Sonoma State University sports update, October 12-18. Shulker wins CCAA Golfer of the Week; Analicia Garcia breaks the cross country program record she set last week, earning her CCAA Runner of the Week and taking the team to a sixth place finish in the Santa Clara 6K Invite; men's soccer stays undefeated for another week; women's soccer dominates the weekend; women's volleyball wins a nail-biter; women's golf in fifth place at the SSU Invite during the first round; women's tennis superstar Jensyn Warren places fifth in ITA Oracle Cup; women's water polo coach, Coralie Simmons named new head coach at Cal Berkeley.
Shulker-Led Seawolves Finish Tenth at Otter Invitational
The Sonoma State men's golf team saw their fall season come to an end on October 18 at the Otter Invitational at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside. Following their tenth place team finish, the Seawolves will pack their clubs away for the winter before starting their spring championship season in February.
Shulker Named CCAA Men's Golfer of the Week
Sonoma State men's golf senior Justin Shluker has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association "Men's Golfer of the Week". It was announced by the conference office on October 13. Shluker won the Sonoma State Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park on October 11 by recording the third-lowest 54-hole tournament score in the 14-year history of the SSU men's golf program, an 11-under-par 205 effort that netted him his second-career tournament victory. This is the second-career CCAA Men's Golfer of the Week award for Shluker who nabbed the award on April 13 of last year after winning the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational.
Analicia Garcia Named CCAA Women's Runner of the Week
Sophomore Analicia Garcia has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the week of Oct. 10-16, it was announced on October 18 by the conference office. It is the first CCAA Runner of the Week award for a Sonoma State women's cross country student-athlete in 15 years; the last being Kathy Lenno when she earned the honor for the week of Sept. 3-9, 2001.
Garcia Breaks 6K Record Again, Finishes First at Santa Clara Bronco Invite
Analicia Garcia traversed the six-kilometer course at Baylands Regional Park in 21:02.2, shaving nine seconds off the program's 6K record that she set herself five weeks ago. With this time Garcia captured her third consecutive individual title in a 15-day span, helping the Sonoma State women's cross country team to a sixth place finish out of 16 teams at the Santa Clara Bronco 6K Open Non-Division I Meet.
Seawolves Fight Hard for Win Over Stanislaus State
The Seawolves improved their CCAA record to 6-4 with a four set victory over the Stanislaus State Warriors in the Wolves Den on October 18. The team totaled 8 aces on the night and captialized on Warrior errors to get the win. Calan Seitz and Emily Papale lead the team in kills with 11 a piece and Caiti Wiesner followed closely with 10.
A Victory in Humboldt! Seawolves Chop the Jacks in Five Sets
Sonoma State fought all the way to the fifth set to defeat Humboldt State on October 13 in Lumberjack Arena. The Seawolves (7-9, 5-4 CCAA) finished the game with seven total blocks. Emily Papale and Rachel Andrews had four block assists apiece, and Andrews had one of the team's three solo blocks.
Layman's First Career Goal is Golden, Sonoma Beats Gators
Just 57 seconds into overtime, Sam Layman challenged the opposing goalkeeper on a free ball deep in San Francisco State territory, any attempt to knock the ball away ended up ricocheting off of Layman and bounced several times the other way before resting in the back of the net, giving the Sonoma State women's soccer team a 1-0 overtime victory over SF State Sunday afternoon at Cook Sypher Field in Santa Rosa.
No.19 Seawolves Erupt For Four Goals in Shutout of Otters
The Seawolves brought an afternoon onslaught of goals that left Cal State Monterey Bay reeling as the No. 19 Sonoma State women's soccer team rolled to a 4-0 win over the Otters at East Washington Fields in Petaluma. It was a season-high for SSU's goal scorers as a quartet of Seawolves all found the net. The win boosts the Seawolves to 8-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in CCAA play.
Lopez Scores Equalizer Late as Seawolves Tie With Gators
Down a goal late in regulation, Maury Lopez headed in a pass from Evan Roehrig to knot the game at 1-1 in the 74th minute, but neither team could score the rest of the way as the Sonoma State men's soccer team was forced to tie visiting San Francisco State, 1-1, on October 16 at Cook Sypher Field in Santa Rosa. The Seawolves (6-2-5 overall) extend their unbeaten streak to seven games and sit in second place in the CCAA standings with 17 points (5-1-2 in conference play), just two points back of UC San Diego.
Seawolves Slip N' Slide By Otters in Rainy Friday Action
The Sonoma State men's soccer team was forced to move its home game October 14 to Petaluma due to rain in the area, but it did not stop the Seawolves from cruising in a 2-1 victory over visiting Cal State Monterey Bay. Riding a six-match unbeaten streak, including three straight wins, the Seawolves improve to 6-2-4, and 5-1-1in CCAA play.
Jensyn Warren Places Fifth in Singles at ITA Oracle Cup
Jensyn Warren fended off Gabriela Siembab of NYIT (7-6(4), 6-3) on October 14 to place fifth at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup in Surprise, Arizona. The fifth place finish is the highest for any SSU women's tennis player in recent history.
Jensyn Warren Falls in ITA Oracle Cup Quarterfinal
Sonoma State University women's tennis sophomore Jensyn Warren, who captured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II Fall Regional singles title back on Oct. 1 in Azusa, suffered a loss in straight sets on October 13 in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club in Surprise, Arizona.
Seawolves Place Fourth at SSU Invitational at Foxtail
Haley Whitbeck scored the lowest round of anyone on Tuesday with an even-par 72, jumping from 32nd place to finish in a tie for seventh (153; +9), pacing the Sonoma State women's golf team to a fourth place finish out of nine teams at its own Sonoma State Fall Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park.
Women's Golf Sits in Fifth After One Round at SSU Invite
Sabrina Virtusio fired an opening-round four-over-par 76 and is tied for 11th overall as the Sonoma State women's golf team sits in fifth place after the first round at its own Sonoma State Fall Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park on October 18. The Seawolves scored a 316 (+28) as a team and trails current leader Arkansas Tech by 20 shots.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
SSU Head Coach Coralie Simmons Named New Head Coach at Cal
Sonoma State women's water polo head coach Coralie Simmons has been named the new head coach at the University of California. Simmons will head to Berkeley after nine years in charge of the Seawolves. Since coming to Sonoma in 2008, Simmons has helped build the Seawolves into one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the nation. A two-time ACWPC national coach of the year, in 2009 and 2015, Simmons has guided her teams to third place finishes in the competitive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) twice in the last three years.