SCL volleyball: Sonoma clinches league title with five-game win over Petaluma

Sonoma Valley clinched a Sonoma County League volleyball title Tuesday with a dramatic, five-game win over host Petaluma.

The Dragons won, 25-18, 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-7, to wrap up league play with an 11-1 record. Petaluma fell to 9-2 in the SCL and finishes up the season Thursday at El Molino.

While both teams should easily qualify for NCS playoff, the league champ is ensured at least one home game. Petaluma may have to open on the road, coach Christen Hamilton said.

[Link: Photo gallery from Tuesday's match]

It was the last regular season game for the Dragons (26-6 overall), who have a bye Thursday before next week’s SCL tournament. Sonoma was paced by Delaney Swanson’s 12 kills and Anastasia Claros’ 30 digs. Mackenzie Albrecht (4 solo blocks) and Ciara Smith (3 solo blocks, 1 assisted block) were strong at the net, while Gianna Monterosso logged 16 assists.

For Petaluma (18-11 overall), Paula Clarey recorded 16 kills and 28 digs; Joelle Krist had 10 kills and 23 digs and Maddie Mehciz had 45 assists and 13 digs.

It was senior night for the Trojans. Clarey and fellow seniors Louise Pirenne, Heather Higgs and Emma Thomason were honored between Tuesday’s junior varsity and varsity matches.

Last season, Petaluma, Sonoma and Analy finished the year tied at 9-3.