Volleyball dominates weekend series

Women’s volleyball had two big matchups to deal with this past weekend, but ended both games in winning fashion only losing one set throughout the entire weekend in the Wolves’ Den.  The lady Seawolves celebrated a 3-1 upset versus UC San Diego and swept Cal Poly Pomona with a straight three-set match that ended in the Seawolves’ favor.  SSU stands at an overall 6-4 record with a 4-2 record in conference play.  

The Tritons of UC San Diego took an early lead winning the first set with a score of 25-22.  The first set consisted of 17 ties and seven lead changes.  The Seawolves wanted to get back into the game and did just that.  In the second set, Sonoma was losing 19-16 until they scored nine of the last 12 points to flip the script and end the second set 25-22 with the entire match tied 1-1 in sets. The third set was led entirely by Sonoma State and won 25-19 to take the lead in sets 2-1.  

The next match started and it could decide the game if SSU could manage to take this set.  The Seawolves got an early 12-7 eventually losing it later at 21-20 with the Tritons getting past the Seawolves.  SSU held strong and jumped to a 24-23 lead.  Kelsey Hull had her 13th kill of the night to end the game and give the No. 19 Tritons an “L”.  The Seawolves hit .236 with 62 kills while UC San Diego hit only .189 with 55 kills.  This upset advanced their record to 5-4 which puts them above .500.

Cal Poly Pomona looked to keep themselves above .500 coming into the Wolves’ Den on Saturday night to take on the lady Seawolves.  SSU took the first set with ease 25-17 getting a one-match lead to start off. The second frame came with a little more trouble as the Broncos took a 24-23 lead with game point on the line.  The two teams exchanged points back and forth until tied at 27 a piece.  

Kelsey Hull dented the hardwood twice to cap off the 29-27 set victory that opened the Seawolves to a 2-0 set lead.  In the third set, the Broncos stayed close early in the frame but let the Seawolves slip away to seal the third set 25-13 and take the win advancing their record to 6-4 and dropping Pomona to .500 at a 5-5 record.  Cal Poly shot poorly at a rate of .189 with only 39 kills and 15 errors in 127 attempts.  Caylie Seitz, Kelsey Hull and Regan Richert together had 76 percent of SSU’s 54 kills as the Seawolves hit .381 to take down the Broncos. 

These big wins are creating big momentum for women’s volleyball as they look to end their five-game homestand on Wednesday night against San Francisco State.  The first serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Wolves’ Den.