Volleyball team ends late-season slump with three commanding wins

It was a victorious week for the Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team, who went undefeated in three league games. 

The first game of the week was against Stanislaus State on Wednesday in Turlock.  In set one, the Seawolves came out dominant with a total of 13 kills and only seven errors, as opposed to Stanislaus State’s seven kills and seven errors. With the Seawolves’ solid play, they were able to defeat Stanislaus State 25-15. In set two, the Seawolves showed they were play-off ready, totaling 13 kills in the set and only four errors this time. Stanislaus State, on the other hand, had a rough set with only nine kills and eight errors. 

Because of the struggle of Stanislaus State and the Seawolves’ dominance, SSU won the set 25-16. In set three the score was closer, but the Seawolves were still the more powerful team. Sonoma State had 12 kills and only five errors in the final set, whereas Stanislaus State had only had eight kills and a tying high of eight errors. With the well-executed play by the Seawolves, SSU was able to pull off the set victory, 25-20, which gave them the overall victory 3-0. The Sonoma State leaders in kills for the day were Caiti Wiesner with nine, Amy Trephan with eight, and Kelsey McIntire with seven. When it came to blocks on defense for the day, it was Morgan Annala and McIntire who had it covered with a total of two blocks each. When it came to diving on the court and keeping the ball alive, it was Megan Bohorquez who sacrificed her body by diving for 14 digs. 

“After a tough weekend in SoCal, we went into the Stanislaus match knowing we needed to play harder than we had been. It was great for our team and morale to have such a strong win against them,” McIntire said about the win against Stanislaus State.

n Friday, SSU played Cal State sMonterey Bay at home in the Wolves’ Den. Coming off a solid victory in its last game, Sonoma State determined to carry over its strong play and momentum from Wednesday to Friday. In the first match against the Otters, the Seawolves stayed disciplined in order to outscore Cal State Monterey Bay in the close first set. In the set, the Otters had a total of 13 kills and only five errors, but it just wasn’t enough when compared to the Seawolves’ 15 kills and five errors. 

With just a few more kills than the Otters, the Seawolves were able to pull off the close victory 25-20. Set two is where it fell apart for the Otters, as they were only able to collect five kills and a high eight errors. 

For the Seawolves in set two, they had a total of 12 kills and only four errors. With the Seawolves clearly dominant, they were able to collect another set victory 25-15. In the third and final set of the match the Otters showed some signs of light, but the Seawolves just would not crack. With a total of 21 kills and only four errors the Otters just didn’t stand a chance, although they had 15 kills and only three errors. With this final set victory, the Seawolves defeated the Otters 3-0. The offensive leaders for the Seawolves on Friday were Annala with 13 kills, Wiesner with also 13 and McIntire with 10. On the defensive side it was Annala who threw up the strong blocks with a total of four. Lastly when it came to digs, Ashleigh Phelps had it covered with a total of 19.

n the final game of the week on Saturday, the Seawolves took on Cal State East Bay at home in the Wolves’ Den. In the first set of the game, the Seawolves came out swinging kills left and right with a total of 14 overall in set one and only four errors. It was not the same story for the Pioneers, as they only had nine kills and a total of seven errors in set one. The amount of errors the Pioneers made helped to take themselves out of the set and the Seawolves won it 25-19. 

In set two the Pioneers began to bounce back with a total of 15 kills and only three errors. The solid play by Cal State East Bay did not faze the Seawolves; they stuck with the same approach and nailed 20 kills in the set and only had four errors. With the Seawolves continuously pounding the ball at the Pioneers, the Pioneers just couldn’t get enough points to win the set and the Seawolves took set two 25-23. In set three the Seawolves played well but fell short and couldn’t get enough offensive production to win the set and they lost, 25-19. 

In the fourth and final set both teams left it all on the court in a very close scoring set. The Seawolves in set four had a total of 17 kills and nine errors as opposed to the Pioneers’ 13 kills and four errors. With the kills going back and forth, it was the Seawolves who came out on top, winning the fourth set 25-22, and winning the game 3-1. 

The offensive leaders for the Seawolves on Saturday were Calan Seitz with 15 kills, Annala with 13 kills and Wiesner with one kill. On the defensive side of the ball Wiesner had five blocks, McIntire had two and Annala also had two. Aside from the blocks on defense, Bohorquez had 17 digs, Seda had 15, and Phelps had 13. Overall the Seawolves had a very solid week of play and captured the North Divison Crown with these wins.

“It’s all about confidence, and coming together as a team after some tough losses in SoCal. We were very motivated and knew they would be hard games and we needed a strong mentality to get through this week’s games,” Annala said about the winning week. The next two games are crucial for the Seawolves as they are CCAA games and if won they will move on to regionals. The Seawolves take on Humboldt State on Monday and San Francisco State on Saturday. Both games will be at home in the Wolves’ Den.