Pumas’ volleyball dominance continues

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

It doesn’t look like the Maria Carrillo volleyball dynasty will be ending any time soon.

The Pumas, who’ve won the regular season North Bay League title nine years in a row, took another step toward No. 10 Tuesday night as they defeated host Cardinal Newman in three sets, 25-10, 25-21, 25-22.

Cardinal Newman vs. Maria Carrillo Volleyball

Maria Carrillo’s Natalie van Winden, left, and Mia von Knorring, right, go up to try to block the ball during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

“The team is playing stellar,” coach Ally Sather said. “This is one of the more experienced teams we’ve had at Carrillo.”

Leading the way against Newman was Claire Brady. The 6-foot-2 senior knocked down 11 kills. She’ll be playing for Southern Utah University next year.

The Wiesner sisters — Caiti and Baelei — also had big games. The former had nine kills while the latter was credited with 16 digs.

“We have good depth and versatility all the way across the board,” said Sather, who played for the Pumas from 2005-09 before going on to Sonoma State.

Leading the way for Newman was Jade Buhman with eight kills, 10 digs and four aces. Also playing well was Hannah Robles with six kills, 12 digs and four aces while Kate West had 14 digs.

“After the first game, we played well,” Cardinals coach Anna Waller said. “We had our best service match of the season with 15 aces.

“Carrillo does a great job of setting the ball up and then terminating the point. They’re good.”

“After the first game, we played well,” Cardinals coach Anna Waller said. “We had our best service match of the season with 15 aces.

“Carrillo does a great job of setting the ball up and then terminating the point. They’re good.”

The Pumas are 3-0 in league and 10-3 overall. Newman is 7-8 and 0-3.

MONTGOMERY 3,
 RANCHO COTATE 0

At Rohnert Park, Regina Pigsley picked up 31 digs as the Vikings rolled to victory, 25-14, 25-16, 25-11.

“She’s our libero and was all over the place,” coach Koy Stewart said. “We also had strong net play.”

Katie Kirk, Katelyn Schroeder and Ragan Uppal each finished with six kills.

Montgomery is now 2-1 in the NBL and 8-5 overall.

CASA GRANDE 3, UKIAH 1

At Petaluma, Sadie Welch and Gabby Banszek were lethal at the net as the Gauchos improved to 2-1 in league.

Welch knocked down 15 kills and Banaszek was credited with 11.

The scores were: 26-24, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19.

“We didn’t have a good night serving the ball,” coach Ani Larson said.

“However, I was happy with our mental attitude.

“We pulled ourselves out of adverse situations and won the match.”

The Gauchos are 3-2 overall.

SANTA ROSA 3, WINDSOR 1

At Santa Rosa, freshman Makenzie Oden had 41 assists and Sophy Samonte had 29 digs for the victorious Panthers.

The evening didn’t start well for Santa Rosa as Windsor won the first set, 25-21. Santa Rosa then won three straight (25-16, 25-18, 25-16).

Santa Rosa is 9-3 and 2-1 in league.

PETALUMA 3, ANALY 1

At Petaluma, the Trojans lost the first game before rallying to win three straight in a match between SCL title contenders.

The scores were: 19-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-20.

Morgan Giraud led the Petaluma offense with 10 kills, one more than Katie Breuer. Maddie Mehciz had 30 assists.

The Analy offense was paced by Riley McHale’s 13 kills and Lexi Mudd’s 21 digs.

SONOMA ACADEMY 3, 
TOMALES 0

At Tomales, freshman Gillian Kwok knocked down 18 kills to lead the Coyotes.

Stacey Olson contributed 19 assists as Sonoma Academy won its NCL II opener and improved to 9-4 overall.

ROSELAND PREP 3, TECHNOLOGY 0

At Rohnert Park, Roseland prevailed 25-9, 25-11 and 25-13.

RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 3, UPPER LAKE 0

At Santa Rosa,Kierstin Andrews led the home team to the win.

Andrews finished with 13 kills, eight digs and four aces as RVC improved to 6-2 and 1-0.

ST. VINCENT 3, CALISTOGA 0

At Petaluma, the Mustangs opened NCL II play with a win as Sarah Calbresse served 11 aces.