Lady Dragons hammer Healdsburg
Spikers start postseason with SCL Tourney opening win
Sonoma sophomore standouts Ciara Smith (left) and Delaney Swanson were a formidable pair at the net in helping lead the top-seed Lady Dragons to a three-set sweep of fourth-seed Healdsburg in Tuesday evening’s postseason SCL Tournament opener in Pfeiffer Gym.
Hoping to carry the momentum into the postseason after wrapping up the regular season by winning their second straight Sonoma County League title, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls got off to a good start in their opening match of the SCL Tournament Tuesday night in Pfeiffer Gym.
The two-time champion and top-seeded Lady Dragons hosted fourth-seeded Healdsburg and, after early seesaw skirmishes, they put the hammer down for three stretch-runs and pounded out a convincing three-set-sweeping victory by 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 scores.
Sonoma was led by sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht’s all-around sharp play and six kills, sophomore Delaney Swanson’s match-high 12 kills, and sophomores Hannah Herrick’s five kills and Ciara Smith’s four.
With the win, the Lady Dragons, who claimed the league crown with an 11-1 mark, improved their overall record to 26-6 and hosted third-seed Analy (17-9), which beat second-seed Petaluma (19-12) in their Tuesday tourney opener, in last night’s SCL Tourney title match at Pfeiffer Gym – results not available at presstime.
Next up in the postseason for the Lady Dragons are the challenging North Coast Section playoffs, and they are likely to garner a high-seed at this Sunday’s, Nov. 4, NCS seeding meeting.
Rounding out the SCL champion and tourney top-seed Sonoma’s roster Lady Dragons – directed by head coach Mindy Neves and assistant coaches Brittany Anderson and Michele Foster, and team manager Lily Shipiro – are seniors Allyson Beckwith and Alexis Long-Am; juniors Kaitlyn Boldt, Kayten Mak, Gianna Monterosso and Janeth Silva; and sophomore Anastasia Claros.