It was a volleyball match that turned into a marathon clash between two longtime Sonoma County League rivals that seemed like it would never end.
In Wednesday night’s SCL and regular-season finale in Pfeiffer Gym, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls, who recently clinched their third straight SCL title and had won all their previous 11 league matches, while dropping only one set, ran into a pumped-up Petaluma team looking to upset the unbeaten run.
After dominating the first set for a 25-16 win, the Lady Dragons were pulling away in the second set when visiting Petaluma made its first of numerous rallies in the match to pulled out a 25-22 decision.
Sonoma, which squeaked out a 25-23 third-set victory, still couldn’t shake the Trojan girls, who captured the fourth set 25-22 to send the match into the fifth and deciding set, which is usually played to 15.
But not on this night, when both teams had numerous chances to win in a tense, seesaw battle that finally ended with Petaluma shocking the Lady Dragons with a 27-25 set and match win.
Before the Wednesday night heartbreaking thriller, Sonoma honored its four seniors – Kaitlyn Boldt, Kayten Mak, Giana Monterosso and Janeth Silva – and their parents.
Pacing the young Lady Dragons against Petaluma were reigning league MVP junior Mackenzie Albrecht’s 35 assists, 19 digs, seven kills, three blocks and one serving ace; freshman Jenna Mak's 27 digs and one ace; frosh Kiara Miles' 18 kills, five digs and two blocks; junior Delaney Swanson’s 14 kills and four blocks; Monterosso’s 12 digs and two aces; Kayten Mak’s eight digs and one ace; Boldt’s seven digs and one ace; junior Ciara Smith’s five blocks and four kills; junior Hannah Herrick’s five kills and two blocks; and Silva’s three kills and one block.
Sonoma – recently ranked first in the North Coast Section and seventh in the state for Division-3 – finishes the regular season with a 25-6 overall record and 11-1 SCL mark.
The top-seeded Lady Dragons will next host fourth-seeded Analy in the first round of the annual postseason SCL Tournament at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Pfeiffer Gym.