The Union Democrat Sports Department

The Sonora Wildcat volleyball team continued its dominance in its last season in the Valley Oak League, beating Manteca 3-0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-15)on Tuesdayat Bud Castle Gym.

Wildcat Savannah Lawerence stood out with 10 kills, five digs and three total blocks.

Bella Bergamaschi assisted on a team-high 34 passes and Leah Dambacher had one.

Shannon Friend, Ali Pelfrey and Kelsie Evans all thumped eight kills each.

"We didn't play our best match of the season," said Wildcat head coach Kim Evans. "There are definitely things we need to work on in practice. We came out flat and hats off to Manteca, they competed hard and played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm."

Also for the Wildcats, Bailey Henington registered eight digs and Friend added five. Kelsie Evans blocked a spike and Kiana Pisula contributed a block assist.

Friend led the Cats with three aces. Maria Chacon, Dambacher, Kelsie Evans, Makenzee Hope and Pisula all had one each.

"It was a good team effort and I'm happy that we did come away with the win, but our expectations are high, so I always have expectations of the girls," Kim Evans said.

Bears lose first MLL match to Amador

Breann Robinson and the Summerville Bears volleyball team suffered their first Mother Lode League defeat, losing to Amador 3-2 (25-12, 21-25, 15-25, 26-24, 15-17)on Thursday.

Robinson, a co-captain, carried the Bears with five aces on 25/28 serving, blasted 10 kills and assisted on 13 passes.

Bear Melissa Paine was perfect from the line, going 31/31 and received 17 serves.

Caitie Egger and Nikki Christie attacked at will, finishing with six and five kills, respectively.

Also for the Bears, Christie received 19 serves, and Shiloh Plaster and Kylee Sandoval added 11 each.

Julian Craddock was a standout setting the ball with 10 assists on 48/53 attempts.

JV/Frosh- The Summerville Bears JV volleyball team came up short against Linden losing 1-2 (25-21, 15-25, 9-15)on Tuesday.

Madeline Barnes led the Bears with eight digs and two kills.

Avery Bryant finished with eight digs, Sarah Boyer had seven, Janelle Johnson three, and Cherish Bailey and Allie Eveleth each had two.

Boyer recorded three kills. Bryant, Madeline Barnes and Sophie Cowan all had one.

Both Boyer and Cowan held strong at the net with a block each.

Boyer had a team-high four assists and Allie Eveleth and Emily Beluardo chipped in three and one, respectively.

With an active performance from Barnes, the JV Bears beat Amador 2-1 (18-25, 25-21, 15-8)on Thursday.

Barnes led the squad with four kills, seven digs, an assist and a block.

Tori Morrison smacked three kills, Ashley Harrison and Boyer had two, and Beluardo and Cowan each smashed two.

Also for the Bears, Bryant, Harrison and Krysta May generated six digs. Bailey, Boyer, Johnson and Ryley Durling all completed the matches with two, and Morrison added one.

Boyer assisted for a team-best nine. Bailey added two and Barnes and Beluardo both had one.

For the freshmen, the Bears battled tough, but lost 0-2 (14-25, 19-25).

Abby Abenth had a standout day with five kills and two digs. Grace Healy also added two digs.

Both Abenth and Havilah Plaster were perfect from the serving line.

Calaveras volleyers beat Bret Harte

The Calaveras Redskins varsity volleyball team knocked off the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-15) in a Mother Lode League matchon Tuesdayin Angels Camp.

The Redskins improve to 3-1 in league and the Bullfrogs drop to 2-3.

Bears fall short to top Linden team

Down to just three substitutes to start a Mother Lode League match against Linden, the Summerville Bears soccer team clawed out to a quick 1-0 lead on the road.

Bear forward Braden Anderson converted a penalty kick early in the first half to put Summerville on the scoreboard first, but Linden, a first-place team in the MLL, answered with two goals before halftime to hand the Bears a 2-1 defeat.

The loss was the Bears first of the season in MLL play.

"After the first half, we were down to one sub," Bears head coach Dave Reel said. "We were pretty thin, but I was impressed with how they persevered through and gutted it out. It was a tremendous performance."

Despite losing team co-captain Brandon Reel, who went down in the first half, the Bears played solid overall defense. Although Dave Reel was force to use certain players out of position, the defense was able to cut out passing lanes and keep the game within grasp.

"From then on we just stiffened up," Dave Reel said. "I throughly enjoyed it. For us to go down there and keep it a one goal game is impressive in my book, especially against a solid team."

The Bears MLL record is now 3-1-2, and will next host Bret Harteon Thursdayat Thorsted Field.