By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma State heads into the NCAA volleyball playoffs with four all-conference players.
Named to the 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association first team were senior Ally Sather and sophomore Kelsey Hull. Earning second team honors were a pair of freshmen, Caylie Seitz and St. Helena’s Madelyn Densberger.
A four-time CCAA all-conference selection, Sather is Sonoma State’s career points and kills leader.
Her 3.27 kills per set this season was eighth in the conference.
Sather, from Maria Carrillo, also is a strong blocker, rejecting opponent attacks.
Hull, from Valley Springs, is one of the conference’s top all-around players.
Third on the team in kills, she also was a defensive anchor with 253 digs and making 50 total blocks.
Another Empire great from Maria Carrillo is Seitz, who became a top conference hitter her first season, pounding 3.19 kills per set.
Fellow freshmen Densberger placed in the top four of six different statistical categories for the Seawolves.
She led the team with 33 service aces, was second in hitting percentage (.266), total blocks (63) and digs (276), was third in reception percentage (.933) and hammered the fourth-most kills.
Sonoma State is 22-8 overall and went 16-6 in the CCAA, finishing in a tie for second.
The Seawolves open their fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Tournament in Hawaii on Thursday.