The Sonora High School volleyball team continued its hot start to the season last night with a surprisingly easy four-game victory over cross-county rival Summerville in Tuolumne.
The Wildcats (4-0) kept their unblemished record intact by cruising to a 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 25-13 victory over the Bears (2-2), who dropped their second match in a row.
"My kids played very hard as a team," Sonora coach Darla Mayhew said. "They hustled, they backed each other up ? they're a real scrappy team this year."
Looking for a sweep of the match, Sonora fell behind early in the third game before nearly staging what would have been a remarkable comeback. Trailing 18-10, the Cats rallied to tie the score at 24-24 before falling.
Despite the third-game victory, Summerville coach Kristy Dwyer was less than happy with her team's performance.
"We were like a completely different team than the one that showed up to play last week," Dwyer said. "I don't mind losing if we play well, but we were never in this match ? there was no leadership and we were flat."
With the Bears on their heels, Lindsy Evans and Kim Lorenzen sparked the Cats to a 9-0 lead in the fourth game with four straight blocks en route to an easy fourth-game victory.
Sonora visits Argonaut in Jackson on Tuesday, while the Bears must lick their wounds until Saturday, Sept. 20, when they play in the Oakdale Tournament.