Playing with pride, purpose and a chip on their shoulders from being handed their only loss in their final Sonoma County League and regular-season match, the three-time, SCL-champion Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls avenged their lone league defeat to Petaluma in dominating fashion.
After sweeping visiting fourth-seed Analy in three sets to open the annual postseason SCL Tournament last Tuesday, the top-seed Lady Dragons got the matchup they wanted in Thursday’s tourney final at Pfeiffer Gym and pummeled second-seed Petaluma, which beat third-seed Healdsburg in its opener, by a 25-9 first-set margin.
Sonoma followed with a convincing 25-14 second-set win before edging the rallying Trojan girls by a 25-22 third-set score to capture their third straight SCL Tourney title.
Comprising Sonoma’s three-time SCL regular-season and tournament-champion varsity volleyball girls – directed by head coach Chelsea Scott and assistant coaches Michele Foster and Heidi Boatright – are seniors Kaitlyn Boldt, Kayten Mak, Gianna Monterosso and Janeth Silva; juniors Mackenzie Albrecht, Anastasia Claros, Hannah Herrick, Cheyenne McCambridge, Ciara Smith and Delaney Swanson; sophomores Emma Stanfield, Carlie Vollert and Sami Von Gober; and freshmen Jenna Mak and Kiara Miles.
Leading the Lady Dragons past Petaluma were Albrecht’s 32 assists, nine digs and two blocks; Jenna Mak’s 21 digs; Swanson’s 20 kills, 10 digs and two blocks; Herrick nine digs and three blocks; Miles’ eight kills and seven digs; Smith’s six kills and three blocks; and Silva’s four digs, three kills and two blocks.
On Sunday, the SCL-champion Sonoma spikers (28-6 record) were seeded third for the North Coast Section Division-3 playoffs and will host 14th-seed Encinal (11-12, WACC-S champ) in a 7 p.m. NCS opener tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Pfeiffer Gym.
The winner of Wednesday’s opening-round match will host the victor of sixth-seed Acalanes (16-13, DFAL) versus 11th-seed Analy (13-13, SCL) this Saturday night, Nov. 16.
Rounding out the NCS Division-3 opening round matchups are top-seed Campolindo (22-9, DFAL champ) hosting 16th-seed John F. Kennedy (6-22, MVAL); second-seed Bishop O’Dowd (22-9, WACC-F champ) hosting 15th-seed Hercules (8-9, TCAL-S); fourth-seed Albany (21-3, TCAL-ROCK champ) hosting 13th-seed Eureka Eureka (18-13, HDNL-Big5); fifth-seed Miramonte (14-11, DFAL) hosting 12th-seed Terra Linda (13-20, MCAL); seventh-seed Novato (17-14, MCAL) hosting 10th-seed Del Norte (23-10, HDNL-Big5); and eighth-seed Petaluma (19-13, SCL) hosting ninth-seed Sir Francis Drake (16-15, MCAL).