The Sonora High School girls varsity volleyball team is making a habit of setting and surpassing goals.

The program has long been a powerhouse in Gold Country league play.

The program won seven straight Valley Oak League titles (2007-2013) before moving to the Mother Lode League in 2014. They’ve cleaned up there, too.

Last year, they kept their league crown streak alive, going 12-0 in MLL play last year.

The pressure to succeed is there.

They began their season aiming to go undefeated in Mother Lode League play.

And head coach Amy Wahlbrink saw the determination from her team early.

“They have worked so hard over the summer. They’ve worked to become disciplined,” Wahlbrink said as the season got into full swing in September.

Fast forward to November and the Wildcats not only went undefeated in the MLL they did it while not dropping a set in league play.

The talent level on the ‘Cats roster is deep.

Wahlbrink has said having Bella Patterson back in the lineup and able to play regularly has been a key element to the team’s success.

Patterson has 134 kills on the year, 37 aces and 323 digs, making her a versatile threat to opponents.

On defense Emma Collett has had an impressive year. She’s got 377 digs on the year.

On Thursday, the Wildcats moved closer to their next goal with a win against Beyer High School, 25-21, 25-12, 20-25, 25-7.

Riley Patterson had a lights out game, leading the team on offense with 22 of 50 attempts.

From the line Maddi Fong has been a points-making machine. She was 15 for 15 in the first playoff game and had four aces, bringing her year total to 217.

Wahlbrink will rely on her entire roster as the No. 1 Wildcats take on No. 4 Manteca.

Sonora will again look to use their home court advantage tonight for the semi-final game.

Action starts at 7 p.m. in Bud Castle gym.

Contact Melissa Blanton at (209) 588-4543 or mblanton@uniondemocrat.com . Follow her on Twitter @downtownmelissa.

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