Lady Dragons upended in SCL golf, soccer, tennis, nonleague volleyball
All 3 teams hosting, spikers holding Paganini Invite Saturday
Senior Gabby Petersen makes one of her two solo blocks during the Lady Dragons’ nonleague loss to Napa last Thursday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Last Thursday’s results made for a rough ending to the week for three Sonoma Valley High School girls’ teams.
Sonoma’s golf and tennis squads dropped their Sonoma County League road matches to Casa Grande and Petaluma, respectively, while the volleyball Lady Dragons were topped by visiting nonleague Napa.
In their SCL opener in Petaluma, the Sonoma tennis girls dropped a 5-2 decision to the perennial league power Trojans.
Registering the Lady Dragons two wins were junior Courtney Struthers, who defeated Erin Gors 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles; and sophomore Michelle Stovall and freshman Cecilia Montano, who edged Alyssa Pennington and Kirby Franklin 7-6, 7-6 at No. 2 doubles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Jessica Johnston to Cecilia Payne 0-6, 3-6 at No. 1 singles; junior Francesca Stornaiuoio to Morgan Intoschi 2-6, 1-6 at No. 3 singles; senior Corinne Labitzke to Nicolina Pederson 0-6, 0-6 at No. 4 singles; senior Sophie Howard and junior Regina Mellinger to Drew Manuel and Maddie Thomas 2-6, 3-6 at No. 1 doubles; and senior McKenzie Lawrence and junior Lindsey Slack to Emma Morgan and Courtney Jones 1-6, 2-6 at No. 3 doubles.
The Lady Dragons, directed by head coach Mary Kate Dreyer, host SCL foe Analy in their home opener at 3:30 p.m. today at the high school courts, before traveling to Petaluma to play defending champion Casa Grande this Thursday, Sept. 15.
Rounding out the Sonoma girl netters’ roster are senior Meagan DurFee; juniors Jessica Marioni, Raquel Rios-Gomez, Anna Robles, Tove Ekman and Dolma Sherpa; sophomores Haley Glasner, Leigh Jensen and Ava Gonzales; and frosh Madison Kelley and Annie Morgan.
Sonoma’s girl golfers fell to Casa Grande 270-307 at the reopened Adobe Golf Club course in Petaluma, and were paced by junior Jordann Dagner’s nine-hole round of 54, enior Katie Durkan’s 57, sophomore Jacquie Peterson’s 62, junior Allison Cogbill’s 64, and senior Kamryn Barker’s 70.
The Lady Dragons host SCL rival Petaluma at 3:30 p.m. today on the Sonoma Golf Club course.
Sonoma’s varsity volleyball girls were topped 19-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 14-25 by visiting nonleague Napa – which is coached by both former SVHS head coach and Dragon Hall of Fame honoree David Rentz and his daughter and SVHS grad and former all-league standout Natalie (Rentz) Dusak – last Thursday in Pfeiffer Gym.
The Lady Dragons were paced by senior setter Jersey Witous’ 23 assists and 16 digs; junior setter’s Taryn Mak’s 13 assists; senior libero Karly Burningham’s 12 digs; freshman MacKenzie Albrecht’s 11 kills and 10 digs; frosh Delaney Swanson’s 10 kills; senior Gabby Petersen’s seven kills and two solo blocks; and junior Allyson Beckwith’s six kills.
Sonoma’s girl spikers open their Sonoma County League season tonight in Sebastopol against defending champion Analy, before hosting SCL foe Healdsburg this Thursday, Sept. 15, in Pfeiffer Gym, with the junior varsity starting at 5 and the varsity playing at 6:30 p.m. Because Healdsburg doesn’t field a freshman team, the Sonoma frosh will begin the evening with a 4 p.m. nonleague match against visiting Rancho Cotate.
The varsity Lady Dragons will then host their second annual Greg Paganini Invitational Tournament – held in honor of Greg Paganini, a longtime, devoted Sonoma girls’ volleyball supporter and father of two former standout Dragon players – starting at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17, in Pfeiffer Gym.