SCL volleyball: Sonoma Valley defeats Petaluma in tournament final

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SONOMA— A week after the Petaluma High girls volleyball team spoiled Sonoma Valley’s senior night, the Dragons avenged that defeat.

Sonoma Valley cruised over the Trojans in the Sonoma County League championship tournament final in straight sets, 25-9, 25-14, 25-22 on Thursday night.

The Dragons weren’t going to let a repeat of last week happen, Sonoma coach Chelsea Scott said.

“They were ready to kick butt tonight,” she said.

The Dragons didn’t waste time, jumping out to a quick 7-1 lead in the first set and forcing a Petaluma timeout. Their pace did not let up, as the Dragons extended their lead to 18-7 before finishing on a 7-2 run to take the first set.

“I think we came in with the mentality that, ‘Hey, we did it once before,’” Trojans coach Christen Hamilton said. “Sonoma definitely wanted it more tonight.”

The two teams battled point-for-point to open the second set, but the Dragons, led by the duo of Mackenzie Albrecht and Delaney Swanson, utlimately pulled ahead 16-9.

With Maddie Mehciz serving, Petaluma got an early lead on Sonoma in the third set.

“We made a couple small changes for the third set, but we didn’t put the press on in the end and they did,” Hamilton said. “That was something I think they were missing last time.”

Petaluma found the fire that got them to the tournament championship match in the third set, as they The Trojans forced multiple Sonoma errors to lead 13-8 in the third set.

“We got complacent and started making some errors in the third set,” Scott said. “We were ready for that match to be over and some things started to get a little sloppy.”

It was then that the Dragons started to turn the set around, and led by Albrecht and Swanson again, pushed for the lead.

“They beat us a week ago, in our home gym,” Albrecht said. “We were going to show them no mercy.”

Albrecht finished with 22 assists, nine digs and an ace, while Swanson recorded 20 kills.

“We know where each other is on the court,” Albrecht started, “even better than we know where we are ourselves,” Swanson finished.

Albrecht found Swanson for a final blow and the match point to clinch the SCL championship tournament crown.

Hannah Herrick notched nine digs, while freshman libero Jenna Mak racked up 22 digs for the Dragons.

Mehciz finished with 18 assists and two aces for the Trojans, while Katie Breuer led with seven kills. Joelle Krist had 14 digs.

“I think we just wanted to show everyone how hard we’ve been working all year,” Swanson said.

The Dragons hope to carry the momentum of winning the SCL regular season title and SCL tournament into the North Coast Section playoffs.

“Tonight we felt like a team and everybody was engaged,” Scott said. “It was a good feeling in the gym.”

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