Written by Sonoma State Star Staff Writer Adam Roth
Champions! The Sonoma State University women’s volleyball team brought home the 2014 CCAA Championship Title this weekend, capping off a historic regular season while advancing to NCAA Championship Tournament in Nampa, Idaho.
This is the team’s first conference since joining the division in 1998. The Seawolves put an end to Cal State San Bernardino’s eight-year winning streak as CCAA champions Saturday night with a victory over Cal State Stanislaus.
The Seawolves won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-12 against Cal State Stanislaus in their final regular season game. Once the Seawolves tasted blood, they went for the kill. They started the third set with a demanding 14-0 lead and ended it with a 25-6 score to sweep Stanislaus. The win confirmed their title as the 2014 CCAA Champions and a spot in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Tournament.
Madelyn Densberger lead the pack with 11 kills while Kaitlyn Connolly contributed 17 digs to secure the win.
"We spent a lot of time and energy trying to play hard," said Head women's volleyball Coach Bear Grassl. "Making sure we don’t make mini vacations out there, and I think that’s what has made us so successful this year."
The team finished the regular season with an overall record of 20-6 and 18-4 in the conference division.
The Sonoma State Seawolves will now travel to Idaho take on the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Thursday. The winner of that match will take on either rival Cal State-San Bernardino or Western Washington University on the Friday.
This is Sonoma's eighth appearance at the Division II Volleyball Championship Tournament, with their last appearance being in 2013 and a record of 3-7 at the tournament.
64 teams will be participating in the Women's Volleyball Championship, eight teams from eight different regions. The regional competition will be single-elimination, meaning best three-of-five-set matches. The winners of each region will advance to the Finals held in Louisville, Kentucky on Dec. 4-6.
Visit NCAA.com for more information about the championship tournament and to set up an interactive bracket.
GOOD LUCK SEAWOLVES! WE'RE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!