A large crowd gathered and cheered for Sonoma State women’s volleyball team as they played Humboldt State on Sept. 28 and won the match 3 sets to 1.
The Seawolves won their first set with a 25-14 score, lost the second 25-20, won the third 25-21, and won 25-15 in the fourth. Sonoma State had a total of 95 points while Humboldt had a total of 75.
Number 4 , Emily Eaton earned 9 points for the Seawolves as well as 3 digs. She played an impressive game with 11 total attacks and only 2 attack errors. The game had its frantic moments, but the team did a great job at staying calm and composed during those times.
The game was an overall success and when asked what specifically went well Eaton said, “playing our game and putting pressure on the other team while limiting our own errors.”
Sonoma State won the majority of the sets, but struggled during the second. The team fell short and the overall energy level seemed to decline compared to the first set. Despite the minor set back, the team was able to bring back the intensity for the last two sets.
The Seawolves had an overall great game and look forward to continuing in conference play. Sonoma State plays in a very competitive conference, but the girls are expected to have a very successful season.
Setter on the team, Jenna Miller gave a total of 7 assists during the match. The game made her excited for future matches and to see where the season will take them as a team.
Miller believed complacency was their only downfall this match. She said, “I think we have learned that we cannot get complacent when we are off to a great start because other teams take advantage of that.”
Both teams had a fairly even number of attacks this match. While Humboldt State had a total of 123 attacks, Sonoma State had 134. Sonoma produced almost twice the amount of assists, kills, and digs than Humboldt State. They also did a fantastic job at limiting the number of errors they produced, which definitely contributed to their win.
Sophomore Kiana Richardson had an impressive total of 13.5 points during the match. Last week’s match on Sept. 21 against Cal Poly Pomona, Richardson made 19 points for Sonoma State. During this match she brought just as much skill and determination in order to get the win.
Richardson was proud of the way the team stayed relaxed and composed throughout each set. Along with her fellow teammates Richardson agreed that complacency is the enemy. The team could always have more energy. “Sometimes when things are changed, like the time we play, it makes it hard for us to be energized.”
Though they won the match, the players know exactly what they need to improve on in order to become an even stronger team.
The Women’s Volleyball team will have their next home game against Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m.