Lady Dragons upended on volleyball, tennis road, at home in golf
Senior Gabby Petersen makes a solo block during the Lady Dragons’ recent nonleague match with Napa at Pfeiffer Gym.
On Tuesday, three Sonoma Valley High School girls’ teams competed in Sonoma County League home and road matches without a win to show for all their hard work and determined efforts.
In a tough SCL volleyball road battle, the varsity Lady Dragons road the momentum from their thrilling come-from-behind win over Casa Grande to a quick start, which led to a 25-15 win over hosting Petaluma in the first set.
But Sonoma started to stagger, then kept fading until they eventually lost three straight sets – 20-25, 22-25, 20-25 – and eventually the match to the Trojan girls.
Pacing the Lady Dragons were senior libero Karly Burningham’s 36 digs; freshman Mackenzie Albrecht’s 15 digs; senior setter Jersey Witous’ 14 digs, five kills, three serving aces, two solo blocks and one assisted block; junior Allyson Beckwith’s eight kills, two solo blocks and one assisted block; senior Gabby Petersen’s six kills, two aces, one solo block and one assisted block; senior Karisa Hess’ five kills, one solo block and one assisted block; and senior Alissa Thomas’ four aces.
The Lady Dragon spikers will host their two longtime SCL rivals next week in Pfeiffer Gym, with El Molino coming to town this Tuesday, Oct. 4, and defending champion Analy arriving on Thursday, Oct. 6, with the freshmen starting at 4, the junior varsity beginning at 5, and the varsity playing at 6:30 p.m.
At the Ragle Ranch Park courts in Sebastopol, the Sonoma tennis girls were downed 6-1 by El Molino, with the Lady Dragons’ lone win posted by sophomore Michelle Stovall and freshman Cecilia Montano, who defeated Lindsey Brooks and Karina Saavedra 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Courtney Struthers’ 1-6, 1-6 to Carly Graves at No. 1 singles; junior Jessica Johnston’s 1-6, 1-6 to Sierra Koenig at No. 2 singles; junior Anna Robles’ 0-6, 1-6 to Molly Erdries at No. 3 singles; junior Francesca Stornaiuoio’s 1-6, 1-6 to Laney Harrison at No. 4 singles; senior Corinne Labitzke’s and junior Regina Mellinger’s 2-6, 2-6 to Claudia Sisonphor and Megan Noella at No. 1 doubles; and senior Sophie Howard’s and junior Raquel Rios-Gomez’s 1-6, 3-6 to Isabella Negri and Sabrina Zeigler at No. 2 doubles.
In exhibition doubles matches for the Lady Dragons – who host SCL rival Petaluma at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the high school courts – senior McKenzie Lawrence and sophomore Haley Glasner, and juniors Lindsey Slack and Jessica Marioni, and sophomore Ava Gonzales and freshman Annie Morgan won their matches, while Robles and frosh Madison Kelley, and juniors Tove Ekman and Dolma Sherpa were edged.
Sonoma’s girl golfers dropped a 293-323 decision to visiting Healdsburg at the Sonoma Golf Club, and were paced by junior Jordann Dagner’s nine-hole round of 59, senior Kamryn Barker’s and junior Allison Cogbill’s 64 each, sophomore Jacquie Peterson’s 65, and junior Grace Peterson’s 71.
The Lady Dragons host SCL rival Casa Grande at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Sonoma Golf Club.