Coming off a historic victory against Holy Names, where the 21 ranked Seawolves set a program record for hitting percentage, the Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team moved on to CCAA play where they faced off to defend their conference title against division foes Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal Poly Pomona.
The 4-2 Seawolves faced the 1-5 Cal State Monterey Bay Otters in Seaside, Ca. to start CCAA play Thursday night. The Seawolves started flat, surprisingly dropping the first two sets to the Otters 25-16 and 25-22.
Sonoma State was eventually able to fight off CSUMB, winning the next two sets 27-25 and 26-24, forcing the all important winner-take -all, final fifth set. The Seawolves furious comeback was stopped short when they were defeated in the last set 15-12, which cost them the match.
Senior Caylie Seitz led the way again for the Seawolves with 28 kills. Senior defensive specialist Kaitlyn Connolly contributed a career high of 24 digs.
This was the CSUMB Otters first win against the Seawolves since 2007. Not only was it their first victory since 2007, it was the first time the Otters have taken more than one set against Sonoma State.
The Otter’s win was their first win against a ranked opponent since 2011 when they upset 16 ranked UC San Diego.
The Seawolves entered the second game of their road trip with a 4-3 record matching up against the 6-4 Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. The defending champion Seawolves were looking to bounce back against the Broncos after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the CCAA opener.
The Seawolves started off strong against Cal Poly Pomona, dominating the first set 25-18. The Broncos fought back in the second set, testing the Seawolves, but they were unfazed by the attack and won the second set 28-26.
Entering the third set with confidence, knowing a win was right there for the taking, the Seawolves blew past the Broncos in the final set of the match 27-25 to secure the three set sweep victory.
Caylie Seitz filled up the stat sheet again for the Seawolves, leading the way with 15 kills. Reigning Enterprise Rent-a-Car Seawolf athlete of the week, Madelyn Densberger added a team high of 12 digs. Junior Lexi Reddick had nine kills of her own with two aces.
Taking the victory over the Broncos, this was the Seawolves first win in CCAA league play this season.
The win in Pomona Saturday night moves the 21 ranked Seawolves to a 5-3 record overall, with a 1-1 record in league play.
They continue their four-game road trip on Friday, Sept. 25, in Chico against the rival Wildcats. The Seawolves will finish their road trip Saturday, Sept. 26, against Stanislaus State, before finally returning home Tuesday, Sept. 29, to take on Cal State San Marcos in The Wolves Den.