Volleyball: Analy rallies past Petaluma

Analy's Shelby Buchmann goes up for the kill during Thursday night's volleyball match against Petaluma. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Analy’s Shelby Buchmann goes up for the kill during Thursday night’s volleyball match against Petaluma. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)


PETALUMA — The Analy Tigers rallied in the fourth set to best the Petaluma Trojans 25-18, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25 on Thursday night.

“I really feel like this was the first time in a couple of weeks where we really had fun,” Analy senior outside hitter Sina Fuiava said of the win.

Analy took the first set with ease, downing the Trojans 25-18, before the Trojans found their niche and easily stole the second set 25-17.

Petaluma rallied around captain Maddie Mehciz and never trailed in the second match as Katie Breuer drilled an unassisted kill to seal the set. Mehciz finished with 28 assists, three kills and eight digs.

“I think we started off making a lot of errors, but then we came back down to earth,” Petaluma coach Christen Hamilton said. “There were a lot of errors, and I think that’s what it came down to. They made less errors.”

The third and four sets were a completely different story.

Analy and Petaluma battled point for point in the third set as neither team led by more than two points at a time. The Tigers finally gained a lead thanks to the combination of setter Abby Groth and Fuiava. The duo put Analy up by six points as they scrambled to hold off the surging Trojans.

“I ask her where she likes the balls set,” Groth said of the duo’s chemistry, “and I tell her some good spots to hit on the court.”

Petaluma came within one point in the third set, but a service error gave Analy the win.

The fourth and final set started slow, with neither team able to gain more than a three-point lead. Petaluma took control of the game behind Saba Kemmer’s aces. The libero finished the night with 17 digs and four aces.

Groth and Fuiava continued to pummel the Trojans with their killer set-ups as Analy rallied from behind.

A kill by the Trojans’ Olivia Baldwin tied the fourth set at 25.

Fuiava’s soft touch gave the Tigers the final game point, and completed their comeback for the 3-1 win on the road.

“They had a shorter middle,” Fuiava said, “so that’s all I was aiming for.”

The Tigers tried to serve tougher plays to the Trojans and minimize the errors, coach Holly Folendorf said.

“We really tried to make them earn their points,” she said.

Fuiava finished with 18 kills, and Groth recorded 25 assists. Sophomore Lexi Mudd notched 30 digs for the Tigers.

Junior captain Alyssa McClure had 10 kills for the Trojans. Junior Morgan Giraud finished with eight.

The Trojans’ chemistry was on point, Hamilton said.

“They all play together,” Hamilton said, “and they all play for each other, and I really like that.”


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