Stanislaus State’s volleyball team avenged Saturday’s loss to Chico State with an impressive victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday at Fitzpatrick Arena.
After falling in three very tight sets in Chico, the Warriors rebounded at home with an entertaining sweep over Chico State, 26-24, 25-17, 25-22, to earn their 10th victory of the season. The Warriors improved to 10-5 overall and 4-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Chico State, which had won eight of its last nine over the Warriors in this rivalry series, is 14-5, 6-3 CCAA.
The 10-win season is Stanislaus State’s first the 2010 team went 13-14. Stan State has 11 regular-season matches remaining, starting with a pair this weekend against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal Poly Pomona at Fitzpatrick.
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The Warriors out-blocked Chico State 12-8 (total) on the stat sheet, but they also had many uncharted block-zeros, which continued play and extended rallies that mostly went their way. Lindsay Skadeland led the home side with four blocked assists, while Taylor Massengale and Courtney Lewis each assisted on three. There were also a few more net plays that ended up as kills in favor of the Warriors. In the end, Massengale led with 15 kills on a very solid hitting night, going 15 for 27 with just one error (.519 attacking percentage). Lewis went .444 with five kills and Skadeland had 11 kills (.375). Blair Ehrlich smashed eight kills.
Defensively, libero Sarah Crowl had 19 digs, while Maddi Seidl (14) and Ehrlich (12) also were in double digits in digs. Seidl kept up with her assists per set pace with 32 more.
In its best finish of the season, the Stanislaus State men’s golf team completed the InterWest Wildcat Classic in Chico with a sixth-place finish.
The Warriors carded a team score of 291 in the third round of the two-day event – trailing only winner Cal State San Marcos’ 289 – that pushed them to their best tournament results after three events under first-year head coach Brandon Christianson. Stanislaus State finished the event with a 29-over-par 893. San Marcos took first with a 3-over 867, followed by Chico State at 9-over 873. Individually, the Warriors were led by Jordan Koelewyn, the junior college transfer who earned his first top-10 results as a Warrior. Koelewyn, who played for West Hills College last year, carded a 4-over 220 over three rounds. The Warriors have one more fall event before taking a winter break. They will travel to Seaside to play in the Otter Fall Invitational, Oct. 19-20, hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay.