Sonoma State men's volleyball team wrapped up their season this past weekend in Denver Colorado at the Division two National Championship Tournament.
The Seawolves season was one that was marked by its ups and downs but overall was yet another strong season. In 2019, the team finished tied for third with a record of 10-8 in the Northern California Collegiate Volleyball League placing just behind UC Davis (12-5) and UC Berkeley (17-2).
The men's team had a strong push at the end of the regular season with wins against both UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University which helped sparked the teams strong run in both their league and National Tournament.
The Seawolves were placed in Pool D of the Division two Championship bracket, which included the likes of Longwood University, Michigan Tech University, and Bryant University.
Sonoma State would come out of the gate like a bottle rocket, as they would pick up three day-one victories and complete a clean sweep of their respective pool on their first day of play. Winning each match in with relative ease as only one of their matches needed to go to a third set.
The team would keep things rolling with their first match the next day as they would complete a thrilling comeback against the Seagulls of Salisbury University as after dropping the first set 20-25, the Seawolves would storm back capturing the next two sets 25-21 and 15-12. However, the perfect run would, unfortunately, come to a halt as Sonoma State would drop its next match in 3 sets against Calvin University.
“I think the only thing we could have done better in the tournament and really for the season overall is just be more consistent so we can avoid or limit the number of bad days we have,” said junior Andrew Abraham
The team would, however, rebound to push their tournament record to 5-1, but its championship aspirations would ultimately be ended after falling to the Army Black Knights in an exciting 3 set match, that saw the two teams split the first two sets, Seawolves winning the first 26-24. But the Knights fought back and grabbed the final 2 sets 25-20 and 15-9.
The Seawolves would end up finishing 5-2 on the tournament as well as capturing 12 total sets wins and holding their opponents to only 7 sets wins. The Seawolves finished with a 5th place 2019 NCVF Volleyball Championship.
Sonoma States 5th place finish would mark the teams 3rd top 10 finish in nationals in the last 5 years.
“I think you can for sure see this is a program that has gotten used to and really expects to win” said Jacob Gedryn.
It's clear that the team and the program are on the rise and with a strong returning core expectation are even higher for the years to come.
With another trip to the National Championship under their belt, the future could not be brighter for the Seawolves.
As Abraham said, “Were a team that works hard and works extremely well together and I really believe that we are well on our way to capturing the national championship. It's just a matter of time.”
For you or anyone that you know, that is interested in trying out for the men's volleyball team next year/semester visit the team page on facebook or you can contact the team's president, Max king via email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on next years tryouts as well as other information.