Volleyball splits against Dominguez Hills Toros

With an overall split over the weekend, Sonoma State women’s volleyball team breaks even at 3-3 overall at the start of the season.  The team travelled to Southern California this past weekend to face off with Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.  

The Sonoma State volleyball team opened their CCAA play with a four-set loss to the Golden Eagles of Cal State L.A. on Friday night.  Dropping their first two sets, the Seawolves were able to regroup and take the third set (25-19).  They fell just short of taking the game into a fifth and final set, losing 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22).

The Seawolves led most of the way in the first set, but fell short after four straight points by the Golden Eagles.  The second and third sets were anybody’s game, with points going back and forth between the two teams. The Seawolves dropped the second set after four straight points by the Golden Eagles, but rallied to stay alive in the third set, taking the final three points.

While not putting up their best performance overall, Caylie Seitz completed the game with a .238 hitting percentage and 22 kills, which led all hitters.  Madelyn Densberger had 11 kills with a game-high 19 digs.

“We all got in our heads and weren’t playing as a team,” said Seitz. “That’s not how you win.”

Taking the lessons from the first game of working as a team and being confident in themselves and each other, the Seawolves rallied together to sweep the Toros of Dominguez Hills for their first conference win (25-19, 25-23, 25-16).

Again, the Seawolves led the way most of the time during the first set, but this time were able to hold their ground and win the first set.  Caylie and Calan Seitz solidified a second set win with the final three points and kills. In the third and final set, the Seawolves kept the Toros to a game low of 16 points, rallying together to end the game in three.

“When I get a good swing, I cheer as loud as I can to get in the other team’s head,” said Caylie Seitz. “That let’s our team know everything is going to be okay and we can win.”

With one more kill than the night before, Densberger led the Seawolves with 12. Caylie Seitz and Ashley Robinson both added seven kills and a block apiece.  

The Seawolves return back home for their CCAA season home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. to face the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State in The Wolves’ Den.