NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Academy, Petaluma able to advance

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In an exciting first-round playoff showdown between Sonoma Academy and Geyserville, the Coyotes were able to pick up their first win in what would also be their school’s first playoff run. Sonoma Academy took it in three hard-fought sets, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-21.

Caroline Praetzel of Sonoma Academy helped the Coyotes get the first set, opening a 6-5 lead to 10-5 and picking up two aces in the process. She had seven aces on the night. With 24 total assists, she helped close out the first set 25-22. Julia Burns and Annie Backen both picked up aces, helping Sonoma Academy to a 25-21 second-set win. In a closely fought last set, the Coyotes won 25-21 to earn their first ever playoff win.

Yanira Briceno had nine kills for Sonoma Academy.

The Coyotes will face third-seeded Mendocino (13-6) at Mendocino on Saturday at 7 p.m.

PETALUMA ADVANCES

In the first round of the NCS volleyball playoffs, seventh-seeded Petaluma dispatched No. 10 Eureka, 25-19, 25-9, 25-20. The Trojans were led by senior caption Amy Swanson, who had twelve kills and twelve digs on the evening.

Trailing 19-18, the Trojans scored seven points in a row and won the opening set 25-19. The second set was dominated by Petaluma, racing to an 8-2 lead. The biggest lead of the set was a 15-point advantage at 22-7.

Eureka came out to a strong six-point lead midway through the third set at 13-7. Petaluma tied it at 15 all, took the lead for good at 17-16 and went on to a 25-20 win.

The Trojans were able to hold Eureka senior star Tess Armstrong to four kills.

Press Democrat correspondents Daniel Poulter and Nick Rogers contributed to this report.