Tough week for Lady Dragons

It was a disheartening week for the Sonoma Valley High Lady Dragons sports teams, as the volleyball, tennis, and soccer teams all dropped contests while the cross country squad participated in an interlock meet.

The Lady Dragons soccer squad, sporting a 2-0 Sonoma County League record, and having won their previous league contests by outscoring their opponents by a combined score of nine to zero, dropped a tight contest to the Lady Trojans of Petaluma, 1-0 Wednesday afternoon.

Emily Wilber, who hadn’t allowed a goal since Sept. 4, let in only one score, but the Lady Dragon offense could replicate its recent fireworks and the Lady Dragoons dropped their first SCL contest of 2010. Despite numerous opportunities in the second half, the Lady Dragon offense was unable to solve Petaluma’s freshman goalkeeper, Bella Santia, who got the rare shutout for Petaluma (2-1-1 in SCL play).

In the cross country Interlock meet at Spring Lake a trio of Lady Dragons placed in the top 25 over the 3.05 mile course. Emma McGee (22:36) placed 12th, followed closely by Serena Spry (23:00) at 15th and Sarah Summers 24th –place finish with a time of 23:59.

The boys cross country team finished fourth in an Interlock meet last week, also run at the Spring lake Course.

The Lady Dragon tennis squad traveled to Forestville and weren’t able to carryover the positive effects of their early upset of Casa Grande, falling on the road the El Molino Lions 6-1.

Francesca Stornaiulo was the lone victor for the Lady Dragons, winning in two 6-0, 6-1. Suffering defeats for the Lady Dragons were Anna Robles (who pushed her match to the third set before being forced to retire with the score being 6-4, 1-6, 3-4), Courtney Struthers (1-6, 0-6), Jessica Johnston (5-7, 4-6), and Francesca Stornaiuolo (0-6, 1-6) in singles and the teams of Elsa Martinez and Raquel Rios-Gomez (1-6, 0-6), Regina Mellinger and Sophie Howard (2-6, 0-6), and Anelyn Burquez and Corrine Labitzke (3-6, 6-4, 5-7) in doubles.

Other members of the Lady Dragon tennis team include Meagan Durfee, Haley Glasner, Javia Headley, Leigh Main Jensen, Camilla Kittlesen, and Kerstin Meyer.

The Lady Dragons host Petaluma this afternoon at 4 pm at the SVHS courts.

Coach Tom Hickerson’s Lady Dragon golf teamed posted only three scores last week against Healdsburg, failing to post a complete team score for the seventh consecutive league match while the Lady Greyhounds fired a team score of 285 for the victory. Jordann Dagner shot a 56, followed by Kamryn Barker’s round of 59 and Katie Durkin’s 71 last Thursday at the Sonoma Golf Club.

Earlier in the week the Lady Dragons got five players to finish, but still fell to Analy. Pacing Sonoma’s effort again was Dagner with a round of 50, her best this season at SGC. Barker carded a 72, Durkin fired a 75 and Jaque Peterson tallied a 74.

The linksters are at Petaluma this afternoon before returning home for their final SCL home match of the season Tuesday (Oct. 5) against Casa Grande.

The Lady Dragon volleyball squad wasn’t exempt from the school-wide struggles last week, falling in four sets to Casa Grande after winning the opening set. The Lady Dragons won the opener 25-20 before dropping three in a row by the scores of 9-25, 16-25, and 20-25.
However, the Lady Dragon spikers rallied and posted an impressive third place finish in the inaugural Greg Paganini Tournament hosted this past weekend at Pfeiffer Gym.


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