Sonoma sweeps Healdsburg, El Mo in volleyball, soccer
Lady Dragon netters topped by Casa, golfers downed by Analy
Senior Jojo Sanchez (No. 21), who scored a goal in the Dragons’ shutout of El Molino on Wednesday, splits two defenders as he dribbles upfield during a recent match at the high school field.
Heading down the back-stretch of the Sonoma County League season, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity volleyball and soccer girls were triumphant on the road, while the girls’ tennis team stumbled at the high school courts on Tuesday, and the varsity soccer boys and golfing girls split at home on Wednesday.
Riding the momentum of last week’s impressive back-to-back SCL home wins over longtime rivals El Molino and defending champion Analy, the volleyball Lady Dragons swept through Healdsburg for a 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 victory and remained in the thick of the SCL title hunt.
Sonoma was led past the Greyhound girls by senior setter Jersey Witous’ 16 assists, 13 digs and both a solo and assisted block; freshman Mackenzie Albrecht’s 13 digs, five kills and two assisted blocks; junior Alexis Long-Am’s 11 digs; senior libero Karly Burningham’s nine digs and one serving ace; frosh Delaney Swanson’s nine kills; junior Allyson Beckwith’s seven kills, two solo and two assisted blocks, and four aces; junior Taryn Mak’s four assists, four aces and one solo and one assisted block; and senior Karisa Hess’ one solo and one assisted block.
The Lady Dragons (6-2 SCL) hosted league rival Windsor last night – results not available at presstime – and will compete in the Dougherty Valley Tournament tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 15, before traveling to Petaluma to face SCL foe Casa Grande this Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Battling to keep their postseason hopes alive, Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys routed visiting El Molino 4-0 behind the shutout effort of senior goalie Ezequiél Vázquez and his fellow Dragon defenders.
Also leading the Dragons were seniors Iván Chávez’s and Rory Johnston’s one goal and one assist each, and seniors Antonio Robles’ and Jojo Sánchez’s one goal apiece.
The Dragon boys (7-7 overall, 6-3 SCL) will play at SCL rival Petaluma this Wednesday evening, Oct. 19.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls traveled to Forestville and, after a tough defensive struggle, returned home having pulled out a hard-earned 1-0 victory over El Molino, with senior standouts Selena Caruso and Annie Studdert hooking up for the winning goal.
Scoring with a set play, Caruso sent a corner kick to Studdert, who found the back of the net with a head-shot, while senior goalie Emily Wilbur and her defenders combined to register the shutout.
The Lady Dragons host SCL foe Petaluma at 4 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the high school field.
After receiving a rousing singles victory by junior Jessica Johnston, Sonoma’s tennis girls couldn’t muster-up another singles or doubles win and ended up falling 6-1 to Casa Grande at the high school courts.
Johnston stepped up for the Lady Dragons by posting a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Laura Lewczyk at No. 1 singles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Anna Robles’ 3-6, 5-7 to Jessica Azevedo at No. 2 singles; senior Corinne Labitzke’s 3-6, 3-6 to Shannon Singer at No. 3 singles; junior Francesca Stornaiuoio’s 4-6, 4-6 to Aderia Marum at No. 4 singles; senior Sophie Howard’s and junior Regina Mellinger’s 0-6, 1-6 to Taylor Doran and Melanie Halligan at No. 1 doubles; junior Raquel Rios-Gomez’s and freshman Cecilia Montano 6-4, 4-6, 5-7 to Marie Pier-Frigon and Nicole Potts at No. 2 doubles; and sophomore Michelle Stovall’s and frosh Annie Morgan’s 4-6, 0-6 to Rocio Ramirez and Rachel Insull at No. 3 doubles.
In exhibition matches for Sonoma, junior Jessica Marioni and sophomore Leigh Jensen won, while senior McKenzie Lawrence and junior Tove Ekman tied, and the pairs of junior Lindsey Slack and sophomore Ava Gonzales, and Robles and frosh Madison Kelly were edged.
The Lady Dragon netters played at Healdsburg yesterday, with the results not available at presstime.
Sonoma’s girl golfers played SCL foe Analy in a rained-out makeup match at the Sonoma Golf Club, with both teams turning in solid efforts, but the Lady Dragons, unfortunately, dropped a 279-297 decision.
Pacing Sonoma were junior Jordann Dagner’s nine-hole round of 46, senior Katie Durkan’s 58, junior Allison Cogbill’s 60, senior Kamryn Barker’s 64, and junior Grace Peterson’s 69.
The Lady Dragon golfers, who hosted El Molino in their regular-season finale yesterday – results not available at presstime – will compete in the SCL Championship Tournament this Monday, Oct. 17, at the Oakmont East Golf Course in Santa Rosa.