Women’s volleyball team open CCAA’s with two commanding wins

The Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team capped off a strong weekend with two wins against Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. 

Coming off a close loss in their last game against the still undefeated Northwest Nazarene Crusaders, the Seawolves determined to conquer. 

“We knew we had to come out strong and with a lot of energy because Pomona has always been a high energy team,” middle blocker Morgan Annala said.

They did just that, taking all three of the sets, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-8. The Seawolves played with few errors and totaled 41 kills compared to the Broncos’ 32. 

The Seawolves secured the victory with help from Caiti Wiesner’s 13 kills, Annala’s nine, and Calan Seitz’s seven, assisted often by Courtney Seda who totaled 33 assists. 

On the defensive end of the court, Annala had the net covered with seven blocks on the day, while Seda picked up two blocks of her own. For digs in the first game, defensive specialist Megan Bohorquez held it down with 11, along withWiesner with 10 digs. 

On Saturday the Seawolves took on Cal State San Bernardino in a four-set game that resulted in a Sonoma State Victory, 3-1. In the first set of the game the Seawolves came out strong, but so did the Coyotes. 

The points went back and forth the whole set, but the Seawolves were able to pull off the win, 25-22. With a total of 18 kills and only eight errors, the Seawolves were able to pull off another victory in the second set, 25-19. 

Unfortunately, the Seawolves were unable to keep their momentum in what could’ve been the game-winning round and lost the set 25-21. A strong fourth set clinched the Seawolf victory, winning 31-29 against the Coyotes. 

Contributing to the Seawolves’ victory on the offensive side in this game was Wiesner, Kelsey McIntire and Annala. They all had double-digit kills: 19,18, and 15 respectively. 

On the defensive side in Saturday’s game, Annala totaled eight blocks, along with Bohorquez’s 20 digs. Closely following her were teammates Wiesner and Seda with a total of 18 and 12 digs.

“San Bernardino has always been a rival for us, and they have some physical players. Being up two sets, I think we relaxed a little, and San Bernardino took advantage of that. We had to fight our way back, but we stayed calm through every match,” Annala said.

The Seawolves are now 8-3 overall, 2-0 in CCAA play. The Seawolves will take on San Francisco State, Humboldt State, Chico State, and Stanislaus State later this week.