SCL-opening win at El Mo for co-champ Lady Dragons
Sonoma girl netters upended by Petaluma
Junior Janeth Silva (left) and sophomore all-leaguer Delaney Swanson combine for a block during Sonoma’s recent nonleague win over visiting San Marin. The co-defending champion Lady Dragons opened their SCL season with a four-set victory over longtime rival El Molino Tuesday night in Forestville.
Facing a longtime rival in Tuesday night’s Sonoma County League opener, the co-defending champion Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls returned from Forestville with a four-set triumph over El Molino.
After winning the first set 25-16, the Lady Dragons were disrupted by a team medical situation, which was resolved, and dropped the second set 12-25, before rebounding with solid 25-18 victories in the third and fourth sets to seal the match.
Sonoma was led by sophomore Anastasia Claros’ 38 digs and one serving ace; sophomore Mackenzie Albrecht’s 24 digs, nine kills, three solo blocks and two assisted blocks, and an ace; sophomore Hannah Herrick’s 16 digs and one ace; sophomore Delaney Swanson’s nine kills; sophomore Kayten Mak’s five kills; senior Allyson Beckwith’s two solo blocks and one assisted block; sophomore Ciara Smith’s one solo block and one assisted block; and senior Alexis Long-Am’s ace.
The Lady Dragons, who hosted co-champion Analy last night – results not available at presstime – play at league foe Healdsburg this Tuesday, Sept. 18, before hosting new SCL member Piner in Pfeiffer Gym on Thursday, Sept. 20, with the freshmen playing at 4, the junior varsity at 5, and the varsity at 6:30 p.m.
The Sonoma spikers will be hosting their annual Greg Paganini Invitational, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Pfeiffer Gym.
Also seeing SCL action on Tuesday, the young tennis Lady Dragons played well, but still ened up dropping a 6-1 decision to their longtime rival Petaluma at the high school courts.
Winning the lone match for the Lady Dragons was junior Stephanie Brett, who defeated Emma Morgan 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were senior Anna Robles’ 6-1, 6-3 to Maddie Thomas at No. 1 singles; sophomore Cecilia Montano’s 6-4, 6-3 to Nicolette Pedersen at No. 2 singles; junior Michelle Stovall’s 3-6, 7-5, 1-6 to Morgan Intoschi at No. 4 singles; seniors Francesca Stornaiuolo’s and Lindsey Slack’s 4-6, 2-6 to Adriana Nino and Courtney Jones at No. 1 doubles; seniors Raquel Rios-Gomez’s and Regina Mellinger’s 6-2, 6-7, 3-6 to Nina Breece and Ada Payne at No. 2 doubles; and sophomores Hanna Lemaire’s and Annie Morgan’s 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 to Sophia Murphy and Yannah Dranet at No. 3 doubles.
Winning their exhibition matches for the Lady Dragons were the doubles teams of Slack and freshman Brenda Maldonado; senior Jessica Marioni and junior Ava Gonzales; junior Haley Glasner and sophomore Madison Kelley; and sophomores Lilly Shahoian and Stephanie Angulo.
The Sonoma girl netters will host the other new SCL member-school, Elsie Allen, at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the high school courts, before hitting the SCL road for a match in Healdsburg on Thursday, Sept. 20.