Rallying Lady Dragons overtake Petaluma to win second-straight SCL title
Sophomore Hannah Herrick registers a kill as the Lady Dragons rallied from the edge of defeat for the SCL title-win over Petaluma last night in the Trojans’ gym.
With the Sonoma County League title on the line last night, and the co-defending champions battling it out to retain the crown, the visiting Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls looked and played confident in taking command early and rolling to a 25-18 first-set victory over longtime SCL rival Petaluma.
But the young Lady Dragons – with only two seniors on the roster – couldn’t maintain their momentum and were outplayed by a pumped-up Petaluma team, which jumped out to quick leads and used strong serving, solid defense and well-placed shots to hold on for 20-25 and 19-25 wins in the second and third sets, respectively.
Then, when the Trojan girls took a 20-17 lead in a see-saw fourth-set, the Sonoma spikers were facing the end of their reign, until they stepped up and showed the heart and competitive spirit of a champion.
The Lady Dragons rallied for a 25-22 fourth-set victory, and, in the 15-point winner-take-all fifth-set, they surged past Petaluma for a 15-7 triumph and captured their second-straight SCL championship.