Rachel Andrews Named 2016 All-AmericanSonoma State University senior middle blocker Rachel Andrews has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II All-America Team. She becomes the ninth volleyball student-athlete in program history to earn All-America honors. Andrews, from Merced, Calif., led the entire West Region in hitting percentage this season with a .379 clip, which breaks Sonoma State's single-season hitting percentage mark that she set herself as a junior last season (.367). Her hitting efficiency as a senior this year was also ranked 12th in all of Division II. Defensively, Andrews ranked third in the CCAA with 94 total blocks in 2016.
Kiech Earns CCAA Player of the Week HonorsSophomore guard Kylie Kiech was named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for the week of December 5-11. This is Kiech's first Player of the Week honor. The Seawolf women's basketball program is off to its best start since the 2007-08 season and Kiech has been instrumental in that accomplishment. Sonoma State currently sits with a 6-2 overall record and 2-1 in conference play.
Buzzer Beater Sinks OttersCarly Gill scored the buzzer-beater three-pointer to get the win against Cal State Monterey Bay Dec. 10. Sonoma State came back from being down 59-63 with under two minutes left in regulation time to win 68-67. The Otters fell to 3-7 overall and 0-4 in conference. Helping Sonoma to victory was near perfect shooting from the free-throw line. The Seawolves as a team were 27-28, and 19-19 in the second half.
Sonoma Dominates in the Paint to Defeat San Francisco StateSonoma State made their presence known inside the paint, both in scoring and rebounding, to triumph over the San Francisco State on Dec. 9, 66-46. The Gators fell to 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the CCAA. The Seawolves pulled down 37 rebounds compared to 19 for the Gators. Sonoma also scored 38 of its 66 points from inside the key. Sonoma scored 16 of 27 second-half points from the paint, including all 12 of its fourth-quarter points.
Seawolves Bounce Back with Convincing Win Over OttersThree Seawolves scored in double figures, including a game-high 20 points from Jimmy Golden, in a convincing 75-57 victory Dec. 10 over Cal State Monterey Bay at the College of Marin in Kentfield. With the win the Seawolves jump to 6-3 on the year and 2-1 in conference play, while the Otters fall to 2-8 overall and remain winless in conference play at 0-4.