Western Sierra falls in section semifinals
Although seeded seventh in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament, Vacaville Christian proved a bit too formidable for No. 3 Western Sierra Collegiate Academy Tuesday.
The match was played at John Adams Academy in Roseville. “(Vacaville Christian) is really good defensively, so it was hard for us to play the ball down,” said first-year Wolves head coach Morghan Pomeroy. “They have a great coach that I’ve known for years and she has been their one and only coach for many, many years.
“My girls fought hard and that’s all I can ask of them.”
The Falcons had strong outside hitters and the experience of five seniors. Still, the academy pushed back hard before falling 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23.
It was also the final match for WSCA seniors Brenna Mellish, Emily MacIntyre, Olivia Droen and Lydia Smith before the NorCal Regional tournament begins Tuesday. Seeding was scheduled to come out Sunday, as to where the academy’s match will be played.
MacIntyre had six kills, sophomore Desiree McAdams five and freshman Kaatje Matthews had four. Mellish had 21 sets and 20 digs; Hamm added 13 digs.
Serving strong were freshman MacKinley Hamm and sophomores Maddy Pavano, McAdams and Kylee Rocholz.
Droen received the lion’s share of the Falcon’s serves with 14.
It was a great season for the Wolves, winning the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League title 14-0 and winning their first playoff matches in history.
“I’m super proud of them and it’s a great way for me to start off (my first) varsity season,” said Pomeroy. “And I’m honored to work with each and every one of them.”
All three of Western Sierra’s playoff matches had to be played on neutral courts because WSCA’s gym did not meet CIF specifications.
Western Sierra 3, Golden Sierra 0
Played at Lincoln High School, the Wolves swept the Grizzlies 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16.
Western Sierra 3, Leroy Greene 0
Claiming their first playoff victory, the Wolves won big 25-5, 25-10 and 25-7 Oct. 23 at Rocklin High.