Volleyball roundup: Maria Carrillo tops Sonoma Valley

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo's Cassie Blanchard celebrates after the Pumas scored the final point to win their match against Sonoma Valley on Tuesday.  (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Cassie Blanchard celebrates after the Pumas scored the final point to win their match against Sonoma Valley on Tuesday.
(CONNER JAY/The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo used a balanced attack, led by 11 kills apiece from Caiti Wiesner and Claire Brady, to defeat visiting Sonoma Valley in four sets 25-21, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-22 on Tuesday night.

“Our serving was on and it gave us a lot of offensive opportunities,” first-year Pumas coach Ally Sather said. “We were able to get a lot of players involved in the points.”

When balls did come back over the net, Cassie Blanchard was there to keep the point going. She had 22 digs.

Sather, who returned to her alma mater to take over the program from Jeff Nielson, is enjoying herself.

“I find coaching fun,” she said. “I do a lot more tactical thinking than when I played. I always have to be thinking two steps ahead.”

See photos from the match here

Maria Carrillo, now 6-2, is the defending North Bay League champ.

Delaney Swanson and Mackenzie Albrecht had outstanding games for Sonoma. Swanson finished with 13 kills while Albrecht had 26 assists, 4 kills and 2 aces.

ANALY WINS IN FOUR SETS

At Sebastopol, Analy defeated Montgomery in four sets. Zina Fuiava led the way with 10 kills, one more than Gina Piccinini. Sophomore Lexi Mudd had 26 digs.

“Last week, we lost our captain Maggie VanWeele to a knee injury,” coach Holly Hollendorf said. “This was our first game without her and to the girls’ credit, they worked together and got the win.

“This group has a lot of heart.”

The set scores were 25-14, 25-23 and 25-20. The Tigers are 3-0.

NEWMAN BEATS HEALDSBURG

At Cardinal Newman, the Cardinals took out Healdsburg in four sets. Juli Buehnerkemper led the way with 10 kills.

“We served and passed really well,” coach Anna Waller said. “We let down in the third set and Healdsburg played its best set.”

Mimi Fowler had 21 digs and Kylie Laforge had 12.

RANCHO COTATE RECOVERS

At Rohnert Park, Rancho Cotate lost the first set before rallying to win three straight against El Molino. Outside hitters Cicely Walden and Patty Ward came up big. Walden had 20 kills and Ward 11.

Kelsey Healis continually got the ball up to the front liners as she finished with 33 assists. Maddie Hotaling had 35 digs.

The set scores were 24-26, 25-17, 25-18 and 25-14.

PANTHERS WIN REMATCH

At Boonville, Anderson Valley defeated Rincon Valley Christian in a rematch of last year’s NCS Division 6 title game.

The Panthers prevailed 23-25, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-20.

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