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Lady Dragons slam Analy again, then clinch SCL title 3-peat beating 2nd-place Healdsburg

Sonoma’s Delaney Swanson (right) readies to reject an attemped kill as teammate Janeth Silva (left) moves in to help on the play during the two-time defending champion and SCL first-place Lady Dragons second sweep of longtime SCL rival Analy last Thursday night in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s Delaney Swanson (right) readies to reject an attemped kill as teammate Janeth Silva (left) moves in to help on the play during the two-time defending champion and SCL first-place Lady Dragons second sweep of longtime SCL rival Analy last Thursday night in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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Over the past two-plus decades, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls have had their share of Sonoma County League championships, or have been perennially in the hunt for the league crown along with El Molino and Analy, while Petaluma joined the champions list in recent years.

This year, the two-time defending SCL champion Sonoma girl spikers are running away with the title race and look on course for an upbeat trip to the postseason after backing up last Tuesday’s road romp over El Molino with last Thursday night’s dominating 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 home victory over Analy in Pfeiffer Gym.

Powering the Lady Dragons – earning a regular season series sweep of both Analy and El Molino for the second year in a row – in their cruise past Analy, were two-time all-league juniors Mackenzie Albrecht and Delaney Swanson.

Bringing her hammer to the match, Swanson spiked home 21 kills, 10 in the first set, to go with 10 digs and two solo blocks.

Albrecht, the reigning SCL player of the year, turned in another outstanding all-around performance as the setter and center of Sonoma’s attacking offense, as well as its stingy defense, and recorded 29 assists, nine digs, six kills and one serving ace.

Also leading the Lady Dragons were senior Kayten Mak’s 14 digs, senior Giana Monterosso’s 10 digs, freshman Jenna Mak’s seven digs and senior Kaitlyn Boldt’s six digs and two aces.

Leading Sonoma’s 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 rout of El Molino were Albrecht’s 11 assists and seven digs; Swanson’s nine kills and four digs; frosh Kiara Miles’ seven digs, six kills and three aces; junior Ciara Smith’s five kills and three blocks; and Monterosso’s five assists.

After totally dominating their SCL opponents to the point of being on course to not lose a single set in the 12-match season, the Sonoma girls finally had their unprecedented run snapped at eight matches and 24 straight set wins last night in Healdsburg.

The visiting Lady Dragons were stunned 23-25 by a tough second-place Healdsburg team in the first set of their showdown with SCL title ramifications on the line.

But Sonoma’s young spikers quickly shook off the shocker by regrouping and sweeping the next three sets 25-21, 25-13 and 25-18 for the match victory over the Greyhound girls, led by Albrecht’s 35 assists and 29 digs, which was also accomplished by Jenna Mak, as Swanson added 16 kills.

With the win, the Lady Dragons – ranked first in the North Coast Section and seventh in the state for Division-3 with a 20-4 record, and a 9-0 mark in the SCL – earned at least a league co-championship with three matches remaining, while clinching an SCL title three-peat.

Sonoma returns home to host SCL foe Piner at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 24, in Pfeiffer Gym, with the junior varsity beginning at 5.