Twice as nice-Women’s volleyball team repeats as CCAA champs

 

 

Can you say repeat?

After 28 games, 11 sweeps, a 19-game win streak, 17 conference wins and one conference loss, the Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team is the back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association champions.  

The Seawolves clinched their second-straight CCAA title on Friday night with a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus (25-16, 25-20, 25-11) in the Wolves Den. The team then closed out their regular season on Saturday with a yet another sweep against rival Chico State (25-14, 25-16, 25-15)—their eighth-straight sweep since Oct. 24. 

Although Sonoma State held the first place spot in the standings for most of the season, Cal State San Bernardino trailed closely behind them, putting together an impressive season of their own with a 17-3 conference record and a season-high 11-game winning streak. 

However, they suffered some key losses to CCAA opponents, including one to the Seawolves on Oct. 2, which sealed their fate as the runner-ups.

The Seawolves took to the court Friday against the Warriors who were looking to pick up their first win against Sonoma State since 2007. 

During that span, the two teams have played 16 matches against each other and 14 of them ended in a Seawolf sweep. 

Last weekend was no different.

Sonoma State dominated all three sets of the match. The only time the Seawolves trailed in points was during the second set, when the Warriors took an early lead. The Seawolves still, however, won the set with a five-point margin. 

Leading the crusade against the Warriors was senior Madelyn Densberger, who led both teams in kills and digs with 13 and 10, respectively. Fellow senior Caylie Seitz had 12 kills of her own, which extended her lead of all-time kills record with 1,619. 

Junior Rachel Andrews found her way into the record books, as well. The previous record for blocks in a three-set match was eight, but she had nine in her team’s two previous sweeps, now making her the record-holder. 

Combined as a team, the Seawolves had a .295 hitting percentage and thanks to the teams’ 45 digs and 11 blocks, the Warriors could only rack up a 0.050 percentage.

Nonetheless, on the very next night, the Seawolf defense held Chico State to a 0.028 percentage, their lowest of their entire season. It was senior night in the Wolves’ Den and it was the seniors who came up big during their three sets against the Wildcats. 

Caylie Seitz racked up a leading 12 kills. Densberger also contributed 10 kills, while Kaitlyn Connolly had 13 digs and four aces, which was a career high for her. 

The fight against Chico, however, isn’t over.

Post-season play is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Nov. 19 for the Seawolves as they will once again face the Wildcats in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament at the Rimac Arena in La Jolla. The match will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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