Rohnert Park, Calif- The Pioneers opened up season play on the road against Sonoma State, and despite closely contested opening sets, fell to the Seawolves 3-0.
In their first match of the season, PUC volleyball travelled to Rohnert Park to take on non-conference opponents Sonoma State. The Pioneers took a while to find their footing in the first set, finding themselves trailing 6-12 early. The Pioneers rallied to close the deficit, closing the gap to 14-18 before Sonoma State pulled away to claim the set 18-25.
The well-organized Pioneers rebounded in the second set, and their cohesive play and defensive efficiency allowed them to keep pace with the Seawolves in a closely contested start. Seniors Amanda Loeffler (SR/Hilo Town, HI) and Lauren Purdom (SR/Murrieta, CA) were among the Pioneers' standouts as the away side looked to gain a foothold into the match. PUC leapt to a 14-12 lead, but the momentum shifted towards the home team. Trailing 15-16, the Pioneers allowed 8 consecutive points from the Seawolves and Sonoma State closed the set 16-25.
Sonoma State continued their dominant play into the third set and the Pioneers struggled to generate consistent offensive play, trailing by more than 10 points on several occasions. Struggling to halt the Seawolves' stellar play, and unable to gain offensive momentum, the Pioneers only mustered 11 points on the final set, falling 11-25 to seal the defeat.
The Pioneers will continue play on the road against Menlo College on September 5, at 6:00 pm.