The Seawolves swept San Francisco State 3-0 in the Seawolf Den Wednesday night. Outsider hitter Kelsey Hull pounded balls to the ground all night long. Hull had 15 kills and no errors in Wednesday’s night game.
Hull was not only impressive on offense but defensively as well with 10 digs in the match. She also had three assist blocks. The seawolves pulled ahead at 17-10 then continued to keep the lead all the way until game point in the first set of the night 25-23. The final score of the second and third set were 25-20, and 25-11.
The Seawolves took another victory on Friday night. “This was one of the first matches where we were tested and we remained calm,” said Nicole Gragnola the libero.
“Nicole played awesome, she was hustling the whole match,” said defensive specialist Paulina Ceja.
The Seawolves in fact did keep their calm and take the match in three sets 25-23, 25-20, and 25-11. To start of the match outside hitter Madelyn Densberger got the first kill of the match. Hayley Ross the setter stayed low on defense and gets a great dig at 3-0. Regan Richert hustled to the ball to get a great one handed dig to save the play at 19-16.
The first set was close all the way until the end. Cal State Pomona gave the Seawolves a run for their money, but the Seawolves pulled through 25-19.
To start of the second set outside hitter Caylie Seitz ran with amazing speed across court to dig a ball. The score was still close at 14-11 then Pomona took a time out. Pomona’s setter had a sneaky setter dump that the Seawolves had to scrap up on defense.
Hull kept momentum of match by serving a strong ace at 16-14 and kept the lead. At 20-14 Pomona took a timeout to figure out how to throw the Seawolves off their winning stride. To end the second set 25-20 Seitz pounded the ball to the floor with a kill.
The Seawolves finished strong winning the match in the third set. Hull started out the set with a defensive dig. At 12-7 setter Devin Shaver had a great set after a scrappy rally at the net. She got completely under the ball and set up her hitter for success. At 5-3 Densberger had a great dig off the setter dump, couldn’t get past the Seawolves defense. Hull killed it at 21-11 and Pomona took a breather with a timeout. To finish off the entire match libero Nicole Nragnola served and kill from Hull.
The players all felt they remained calm when it was most crucial to win the match. Densberger said, “We came together after the match started a little slow. The team fought with the spirit of the crowd and the Noma Nation squad.”
“Pomona was a great team very physical. We served well. We did a good job adjusting and most importantly remained calm” said Regan.
The Seawolves took two wins this week. Friday night’s Seawolf win gave 12th-year head coach Bear Grassl his 200th career victory at Sonoma. The Seawolves are making strides forward as mid season improving to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA.