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Lady Dragons win after coach Neves resigns

Sonoma head coach Mindy Neves recently guided her varsity girl spikers to their third straight SCL title before suddenly resigning for personal reasons before last Thursday’s match in Pfeiffer Gym. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Sonoma head coach Mindy Neves recently guided her varsity girl spikers to their third straight SCL title before suddenly resigning for personal reasons before last Thursday’s match in Pfeiffer Gym. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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In the wake of coaching the Sonoma Valley High School varsity volleyball girls to a Sonoma County League title three-peat and securing another postseason appearance, head coach Mindy Neves resigned her post in a sudden announcement prior to last Thursday’s SCL match in Pfeiffer Gym against Piner.

Neves cited personal reasons for her resignation – the same statement, without further reasons given, released by the school – and stated that she wants the girls to keep being successful into, and through, the postseason.

Stepping in as Sonoma’s interim head coach is varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach Chelsea Scott, who, like Neves, is an SVHS graduate and former standout prep and college spiker.

Scott and assistant coach Michelle Foster kept all the pre-match preparations in place and then guided the young and talented Lady Dragons through the stunning late development leading up the evening’s SCL match, and their 25-7, 25-19, 25-12 rout of visiting Piner.

On Saturday Sonoma’s spikers competed in the Northgate Tournament in Walnut Creek and posted a 4-1 third-place record, with their lone loss coming at the hands of eventual tourney champion Branson 18-25, 18-25 in the semifinals.

The Lady Dragons’ four wins included 25-8, 25-18 over Vacaville Christian; 25-3, 25-12 over Ygnacio Valley; 16-25, 25-8, 15-5 over Liberty; and 25-17, 25-23 over Carondelet.

Individual results from the Piner match and Northgate Tournament play were not available at presstime.

Sonoma – recently ranked first in the North Coast Section and seventh in the state for Division-3 – has a 25-5 overall record and remains unbeaten in the SCL with a 10-0 mark.

The Lady Dragons wrap up the SCL regular season by traveling to Santa Rosa tonight for a match with Elsie Allen, before hosting Petaluma in the finale at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Pfeiffer Gym.

Before the varsity match, Sonoma will honor its four seniors – Kaitlyn Boldt, Kayten Mak, Giana Monterosso and Janeth Silva.