The Sonoma State University Women’s Volleyball team left their opponents helpless and winless this past week in their sweep of CCAA rival Chico State (25-16, 25-19, 25-21) on Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) Saturday.
The two wins boosted Sonoma State’s record to 3-1 in conference play and 7-3 on the year, which pushed them up four places in the standings. They now sit in third place, trailing only Cal State San Bernardino and UC San Diego, who are tied for first.
274 fans were packed inside the Acker Gymnasium in Chico Friday night, looking to be a part of the infamous Seawolf-Wildcat rivalry.
Beginning the first set, the Seitz sisters were responsible for the first three points. Caylie Seitz had two kills and Calan Seitz tacked on a service ace before Chico could score their first point.
From then on, the Wildcats could not catch up to the Seawolf offense. Caylie Setiz had six kills in that set and by the end, the Seawolves led 25-16.
The second set was a different story for Sonoma State. They began the set with a service error and two attack errors and it wasn’t until the Wildcats committed a service error of their own, that they were on the board.
Nearly half way through the set, Chico held a 5-point lead but the other half was all Sonoma. The Seawolves were able to tie it up seven plays later and run away with the set.
Ultimately, it were the Wildcat errors that led to the win for the Seawolves in the second set. Chico committed nine errors and the Seawolves only led the set by six points when the game was over. The third set happened to be the closest out of the three.
Once again, it was Chico State blunders that kept them from prevailing. The Wildcats committed a total of seven errors throughout the third set.
However, the score remained close throughout the set. Chico overcame a 5-point deficit and tied it up at 15 apiece.
After a controversial call that went in the Seawolves’ favor, making the score 21-18, the red-wearing fans began the “Chico State” chant.
However, the crowd was soon silenced when a Wildcat attack error gave Sonoma their 25th point and the win. The Seawolves’ 0.344 hitting percentage, along with the 22 Chico errors were enough to complete the sweep. Densberger and Seitz led the team with 13 kills each. Senior Kaitlyn Connolly had a thriving game of her own defensively, giving her team 16 digs.
The Seawolves were looking for their third sweep in a row entering Saturday’s match against the Warriors of Cal State Stanislaus.
The Warriors, who began their season 7-0, were looking to bounce back in the standings and gain an important win that would put a stop to their 4-game losing streak.
However, the hot Seawolves, who had won four of their previous five mathces, would not allow it.
Sonoma State obtained a 0.358 hitting percentage, compared to Stanislaus’ 0.225 in just three sets.It was a game of personal bests for theSeawolves. Sophomore Kelsey McIntire had career-high 10 kills.
Caylie Seitz led both teams with 15 kills, while Densberger led in digs with 15. Densberger also added 10 kills to her Saturday performance. The 3-0 win marks their fourth sweep in six games; a very promising start to their 2015 campaign where they will be hoping to defend their CCAA Champion’s trophy earned last season.
The Seawolves will look to continue their hot streak at home, taking on three CCAA opponents this week. They will face Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, at 4 p.m., Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, at 7 p.m. and UC San Diego on Friday, at 7 p.m. all taking place in the Wolves’ Den.