This past weekend, the Sonoma State University volleyball team walked away with two impressive victories over Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego.
“This weekend was huge for us, both San Bernardino and UC San Diego are top teams in our conference that we only get to play once this year so it made us work a little bit harder each game,” said senior Madelyn Densberger.
On Friday, they faced Cal State San Bernardino at home and defeated the Coyotes with a winning score of 3-2. The game was a nail biter, with each team fighting back every chance they could but Sonoma State fought until the very end and pulled off the victory.
The gymnasium was packed with family, faculty and students alike. Although being nationally-raned 25th, the Seawolves were not phased and pulled out a victory in five sets over thevisiting Coyotes.
Sonoma State snapped a 17- match-losing streak to the Coyotes on their home floor, which was the first time the Seawolves had beaten them at home since 1992.
“We’ve always been very competitive with San Bernardino because of our history with them; they won the conference every year until last year when we took home the title. Every time we play them I think we are playing for a little bit more than just a win,” said Densberger.
The Seawolves had a long list of stand-outs with senior Caylie Seitz at 20 kills, junior Emily Papale with 13 kills, Densberger and junior Lexi Reddick both with 12 kills and junior Rachel Andrews had 10 kills while recording a team high of four blocks.
On Saturday, they faced UC San Diego at home, obtaining a five set victory of 3-2 (28-26, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12). The Seawolves winning their sixth game in a row puts them at 10-3 this season, with a sole possession of first place in the conference.
Sonoma State made it a defensive battle from the opening set, as the two teams achieved 199 digs and 30 blocks while holding each other to under .161 on offense.
Seitz again led the way in kills for Sonoma State with 19, but was held to just a .200 clip.
Reddick added 12 kills, including the match-winner, followed by 11 from Densberger and 10 from Papale. Sophomore Courtney Seda passed out 27 assists, had two aces and made 12 digs on defense, while sophomore Calan Seitz assisted on 23 kills to go along with 16 digs, her career-best.
With an outstanding weekend in the bag for the Seawolves, they will travel to Humboldt State this Tuesday in hopes to take home another victory.
“We have a little chip on our shoulder going into Humboldt because last year was a loss,” said Densberger.
With the Seawolves on their sixth straight win, they are expecting great things to come at the end of this season, but first, they will have to put up a huge fight against their last few oppenents.
“Every year is something different,” said Densberger. “We never know what to expect. Last year, we had no expectation of going as far as we did so right now we are just taking it game by game and seeing what works well for us down the final stretch.”