Posted: Sep 10, 2021
Stockton, Calif. - The Solano women's volleyball team lost a pair of tough matches against American River and No. 1 Feather River at the Elite Delta College Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 against American River and 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 against Feather River.
Against the Beavers, freshman outside hitter Dani Rydjord led the Falcon offense with 12 kills, adding a pair of blocks. Freshman Sammy Brown was close behind with nine kills, tacking on 12 digs. Defensively, sophomore Kailyn Kaiser paced the backcourt with 16 digs, while freshman middle blocker Chris Rigney Cruz led the team with four blocks with freshman Gina Garlick contributing three more. Freshman Jeryn Baldonado directed the Solano offense with 18 assists, adding eight digs.
"American River was a tough opponent, but we handled a new lineup as well," Solano head women's volleyball coach Darla Williams said. "We have a few injuries that caused us to make some last-minute changes, and the team adjusted well. We will get another meeting with American River next Wednesday at our Solano Classic #2, or possibly tomorrow depending on the result of its match at 5:30 p.m. today."
Defensively against the Golden Eagles, Kaiser once again led the Falcons with 15 digs and two aces, while freshman Crystal Carroll counted 10 digs of her own. Brown led the offense with seven kills, adding nine digs. And Garlick chipped in five kills with a block.
"The back row defense had some fun digging a lot of attacks from the defending state champions from 2019," Williams said. "We played one of the toughest opponents we will see this season, and we hung in there with several rallies and tough plays. But our offensive attack was not up to par, especially when competing with such a strong team. We need to improve our consistency and serve receive passing to better our offense."
The Falcons (4-6) head back for day two of the Elite Delta College Tournament tomorrow, competing at 10 a.m.