Solano falls to Napa
Sometimes it’s just not your night.
Such was the case as the Solano Community College volleyball team was defeated by Napa 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20 in Bay Valley Conference action Friday night at Solano Gym.
The Falcons (16-10, 8-3 BVC) had a hard time finding their serve, which has been a strength of theirs this year.
”One of our weaknesses tonight has been our strength this year,” Solano coach Darla Williams said. “We had more missed serves than we are used to. That’s uncharacteristic.”
The Falcons fell behind early in the first set when Napa quickly jumped out to a five-point lead. They were able to regain control of the set and pull even on the strength of Cami Walker’s serving. The Storm answered right back and took control of the set, controlling serve and eventually closing the game out on four straight points.
In the second set, Solano controlled the tempo early with precise passing and finishing at the net by Natalie Perry. Perry led Solano with five kills and 17 digs, and was also 12 of 13 from the service line.
Napa, however, regained momentum and the lead after Jessica Bruton held serve for five straight points, giving Napa a 7-6 advantage. The two teams traded leads until Solano lost its serving touch and had a hard time keeping its serve.
The third set saw both teams struggle to hold serve until the Falcons were able to string along some points to put the set out of reach.
With Solano having regained the momentum of the match, Napa quickly took it back, earning three quick points and not allowing Solano to hold serve again. The Storm ultimately put the game away as the Falcons again struggled to maintain service.
With the loss to Napa in its past, Solano is now looking forward to its final regular season game against Yuba, a showdown for second place.
With both teams having lost to Napa and Yuba defeating Solano in five sets, Solano needs to defeat Yuba in less than five sets to earn second place in the BVC and the last guaranteed playoff spot.
Before that, however, Solano will host Los Medanos on Tuesday at 5 p.m.