Volleyball team split weekend at D2 West Region Showcase

Traveling to Nampa, Idaho to play in the Division 2 West Region Showcase, the Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team split its four weekend games. 

The Seawolves came out hot in their first game on Thursday, winning all three sets to beat Hawaii Pacific 3-0 with scores of 25-20 in the first set, 25-11 in the second and in the final and game-winning set, 25-21. With 11 kills, Calan Seitz was the Seawolves’ team leader in kills for the first game. Morgan Annala and Caiti Wiesner both played strong, helping contribute to the Seawolves’ win with nine kills each. 

On the defensive side for the Seawolves in the first game, it was Annala who held down the fort with a total of seven blocks. When it came to digs for the team, it was both Megan Bohorquez and Lexi Mudd who had that department covered. Bohorquez had 13 digs and Mudd had a total of 10 on the day.

The Seawolves took on Simon Fraser University on Friday. It was a battle of a game, but the Seawolves ended up getting skunked, losing all three sets. The sets points were close; in the first set the score was 25-23, in the second it was 24-23, and in the last set of the game the score was 25-18. 

Despite the loss, it was Wiesner who had the most kills for the Seawolves with a total of 13. Senior middle blocker Kelsey McIntire and Annala also contributed to the offense for the Seawolves with eight kills from both of them. There was only a total of seven blocks for the whole team; Annala had three and Courtney Seda, along with Wiesner, both had two blocks. Bohorquez had 17 digs on the day and Seda, alongside Wiesner, had eight. Although it was a battle, the Seawolves just couldn’t pull this one off. 

The Seawolves had two tough matches on Saturday, the final day of the Division 2 West Region Showcase. In the first game, the team faced Dominican University, winning 3-1. In the first set, the Seawolves outscored Dominican 25-21, but in the second set Dominican battled and won 25-22. 

Despite the quick loss of the set, the Seawolves knew if they wanted to win the game, they needed to win the next set. They came out strong to finish the game, outscoring Dominican 25-18 and then 25-17. When it came to kills for game one on Saturday, three girls all had double-digit points; McIntire had 16 kills, Wiesner with 15, and Seitz had 14 kills. They only had five blocks total on the game, but when it came to digs, Wiesner had 18, Seda had 15, and Ashleigh Phelps had 12. 

“Seda really had a great game! She had so many amazing digs it was insane!” McIntire said.

Despite coming off a fresh win, the Seawolves were unable to win their second matchup against Northwest Nazarene, and lost 3-2.

In the first set of the game, the score was 25-16 NMU. In the second set NMU again was victorious, 25-19. In the next set it was the Seawolves’ turn, winning the set 25-20. Sonoma State was able scrape up one more win with a score of 25-18, but in the last deciding set the Seawolves lost 15-8. 

The Seawolves will return for their next games against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and Saturday.