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Sonora volleyball wins in three sets in first playoff game


Photo credit: Kim Jochim / Union Democrat Sonora's Bella Patterson makes the dig in the first round of varsity volleyball playoffs at Sonora High School

The Sonora High School girls varsity volleyball team beat American Canyon Halloween night to capture their first playoff victory.

Head coach Amy Wahlbrink said despite a slow start, the team played a solid match.

“I feel like we were really nervous and it took awhile for the girls to kind of get out the jitters and the nervousness,” she said.

They won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-9.

“American Canyon was really short and so they didn’t put up a big block,” said Wahlbrink. “But they were really scrappy on defense.”

The Wildcats were more than up to the task.

Senior Riley Patterson led the team with 13 kills, and six aces. She also had 10 digs Tuesday night.

Senior Molly O’Reilly added three aces.

Leading the team on blocks was senior Sarah Rosasco with four, O’Reilly had three and Riley and Bella Patterson each had two.

Bella Patterson added 15 digs to the team’s final stats. Junior Emma Collett had 13 digs.

Within hours of coaching the ‘Cats to their first win of the 2017 CIF Sac-Joaquin tournament, Wahlbrink was busy scouting their next opponent.

They will play No. 8 seed Beyer out of Modesto tonight at 7 p.m.

And Wahlbrink expects a very tough match, despite the ranking differential. Sonora is ranked No.1 and was undefeated in league play this year.

Beyer beat Oakdale Tuesday night in their first playoff match in three sets, 25-23, 25-15, 25-17.

Wahlbrink said the ‘Cats will have to slow down two powerful outside hitters on the Beyer team.

That’s where fans in the stands help.

“We need the support from the community,” said Wahlbrink.

The Sonora Wildcats will play the Beyer Patriots at 7 p.m. at Sonora High School’s Bud Castle gym.