Sonoma State volleyball team headed to CCAA Championship Quarterfinals

The Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team continues its win streak with two more victories against Humboldt State and San Francisco State at home. 

On Monday, the Seawolves took on the Humboldt State Jacks in the first game of the week. In set one against the Jacks, the Seawolves came out ready to play. 

They did just that, with a total of 11 kills and only five errors. The Seawolves had a scoring percentage of .286, which was all SSU needed to win set one 25-19. In set two, the Seawolves came out a bit flat and the Jacks tried their best to capitalize on it, but with only 14 kills and four errors, they couldn’t quite take the set.

Despite the slow play in the second set for the Seawolves, they were still able to collect 19 kills and only seven errors, which was enough to win 25-22. Leading 2-0 the Seawolves did not want to push the game to four sets, and in set three Seawolves came out hot – but so did the Jacks. 

With the same amount of errors from both teams, it really came down to which defense was going to crack first. With 13 kills and a very strong defense the Seawolves were able to win another close set 25-21. With this final set victory, the Seawolves defeated the Jacks 3-0. 

In game one of the week, it was Caiti Wiesner with 13 kills, Morgan Annala with 12 and Kelsey McIntire with eight who held it down on offense for another close win for the Seawolves. 

On the defensive side of the ball for SSU, it was again Annala with six blocks, Wiesner with three and McIntire with one. In another area of the defense, it was Megan Bohorquez, the Seawolves’ defensive specialist, who picked up 23 digs on the day. 

“We passed better than them, making it easier to run the ball fast and score offensively,” Annala said. 

On Saturday, the Seawolves took on the San Francisco State Gators. Coming off of a solid win earlier in the week, the Seawolves were hopeful that their momentum would carry over to game two of the week, despite the few days break in between. In the first set of game two, the Seawolves found their momentum and ran through the Gators. With a total of only nine kills and eight errors, SF State just didn’t stand a chance against the Seawolves’ 12 kills and only four errors, and they took set one 25-14. 

Again like earlier in the week, the Seawolves struggled a bit in set two. Both teams scored the same amount of kills and the Seawolves had more errors than SF State. However, the Seawolves were able to dig deep and pull off a close victory in set two 25-21. 

When set three came around, the Seawolves totaled 17 kills and only one error, playing their best set of the game. The Gators barely stood a chance and the Seawolves rolled through set three, winning 25-12 and taking the game 3-0. 

The offensive leaders for the Seawolves in game two of the week were McIntire with 10 kills, Wiesner with 10 and Calan Seitz with nine. On the defensive side it was Annala again with three blocks and Bohorquez with 15 digs. 

“Well, we had that rough patch of losses where we weren’t really playing how we knew we could play. I think that these last two weeks of games we not only played how we knew we could play, but we improved and played even better,” said Courtney Seda. 

 The Seawolves now move to the CCAA Championship Tournament quarterfinals with a record 20-7 overall and 14-4 in conference play. The next opponent for the Seawolves is Cal State LA, which will be played on Thursday in San Francisco. 

The Seawolves must win to move on to the next round of play-offs.