Lady Dragon spikers surge to win, golfers sunk in SCL
Sonoma beats nonleague San Marin, golf girls fall to Healdsburg
Sophomores Ciara Smith (left, No. 13) and Hannah Herrick (No. 14) team-up at the net for a block during the Lady Dragons’ four-set nonleague victory over San Marin Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
Returning home for another nonconference battle after splitting preseason matches in San Francisco and Napa, the young Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls’ team was greeted with a marathon first-set Tuesday night at Pfeiffer Gym.
The Lady Dragons, who were edged by University before beating Justin-Siena in last week’s action, managed to survive visiting Terra Linda’s 28-30 win in the opening set with an impressive sweeping match-victory surge by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-21, respectively.
Leading the Sonoma girl spikers to their nonleague triumph were all-league sophomore Delaney Swanson’s 18 kills, 12 digs, two serving aces and two solo blocks and one assisted block; sophomore Anastasia Claros’ 17 digs; all-league sophomore MacKenzie Albrecht’s 15 digs, four aces and one assisted block; sophomore Ciara Smith’s nine kills, seven solo blocks and one assisted block; senior Allyson Beckwith’s eight kills, two solo blocks and one assisted block; and senior Alexis Long-Am’s two aces and junior Gianna Monterosso’s one.
In their recent nonconference sweep of Justin-Siena in Napa, the Lady Dragons were led by Claros’ 21 digs and one serving ace; Swanson’s 17 kills and one ace; Albrecht’s 14 digs, eight kills and seven aces; Long-Am’s 12 digs and one ace; sophomores Hannah Herrick’s and Kayten Mak’s two kills each; and Smith’s one solo block and Monterosso’s one ace.
The Sonoma County League co-champion Lady Dragons, who played at Cardinal Newman in their final nonleague match last night – results not available at presstime – will open their SCL season this Tuesday evening, Sept. 11, against longtime rival El Molino in Forestville.
Sonoma’s girl spikers will then host another longtime SCL rival and co-champion, Analy, in Pfeiffer Gym on Thursday, Sept. 13, with the freshmen beginning at 4, the junior varsity starting at 5, and the varsity playing at 6:30 p.m.
Playing their third straight SCL match on their home Sonoma Golf Club course on Tuesday, the Sonoma girl golfers saw their record drop to 1-2 after dropping a 300-322 decision to Healdsburg.
Pacing the Lady Dragons were senior Jordann Dagner’s nine-hole-round score of 54, followed by senior Allison Cogbill’s and junior Jacquie Peterson’s 62 each, and sophomore Paige Knef’s and freshman Callie Hogan’s 72 apiece.
Rounding out the Sonoma girls’ golf team, directed by longtime coach Tom Hickerson, are senior Barbara Hodgkinson and juniors Leigh Jensen, Chelsea Krause, Erica Larson and foreign exchange student Bulan Setiawan.
Sonoma’s tennis girls opened their SCL season by hosting Piner yesterday – results not available at presstime – while the Dragons’ water polo boys’ and girls’ teams begin their season facing Redwood Empire League rival Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, Sept. 19.