After dropping the first set to UC San Diego 24-26 Sonoma State went on a tear to win the next three sets to take the match with scores of 25-21, 28-26, and 25-23 last Saturday in La Jolla.
The match was neck and neck from the start with both teams going point for point in the first set until Sonoma State was able to pull away to a 24-20 lead due to some UC San Diego Triton errors. Nevertheless UC San Diego was able to go on a roll allowed by errors made by the Seawolves to take the first set 24-26.
Early in the second set the Seawolves looked to be in trouble with the Tritons gaining some momentum after getting off to a 1-5 lead. After reaching an 8-8 tie the match continued to stay tight until it came to a 20 all at which point the Seawolves pulled away with a Rachel Andrews kill, several blocks by the Seawolves front line, an ace, and an error by the Tritons allowed the Seawolves to win 25-21 in set two.
Set three turned out to be an all out war with both sides trading impressive kills but yet again UC San Diego was able to get out to a 23-17 lead. After an offensive explosion with three kills and a Triton error allowed the Seawolves to bring the set back to 21-23.
Following a time-out by UC San Diego the match reached a point of intensity when the Seawolves fended off the Tritons to a 26-26 tie until an ace by Baelei Wiesner and a kill by Emily Papale ended the match at 28-26.
The Seawolves rode the wave of momentum into the fourth and final set to win the set and the match 25-23. The score was tied five times until at 23 all until Olivia Schonewise had a crucial kill and then the Seawolves forced a Triton error to take the match.
This close scoring match led to season high stats for many of the Seawolves players.
Papale had a .390 hitting percentage with 19 kills, a career record 19 digs, three aces and totaled 23.5 points throughout the match. In her CCAA debut, Wiesner had a season high 26 assists, Shonewise had 11 kills, Rachel Andrews had seven blocks and was hitting at a .350 percentage. The Seawolves had a combined 9 aces and team record of 90 digs for the season.
UC San Diego was previously undefeated in CCAA play. When asked about their upcoming matches, Seitz was clear this win will help give the Seawolves the confidence they need moving forward into the remainder of league play.
“Beating UC San Diego was a big win for us, we’ve been having a lot of ups and downs in the beginning of the season and beating UCSD really lifted the team’s spirits,” said Seitz.
You can catch the women’s volleyball team in action tonight in The Wolves’ Den against rival Chico State before the team travels up to Humboldt to take on the Jacks this upcoming Friday.