Dons Volleyball Finishes 2nd in NCS Division III

On Saturday, the second seed Acalanes Dons traveled to the College of Marin to take on the top seed Branson Bulls in the NCS championship game.

The Bulls had dispensed with the Dons earlier in the season, winning in straight sets 3 games to 0.  Now, with an NCS title on the line, the Dons were eager for a rematch, and came out ready to compete. The level of volleyball was very high and the crowd of about 150 fans was treated to an awesome display of effort, athleticism, teamwork and sportsmanship by both squads. Unfortunately, the Dons were unable to get past the Bulls.

Here is a recap of Saturday’s action:

0-4 The Dons started off slowly

2-4 Madi Risch kill

3-5 Risch kill

4-5 Erin Meade kill

5-7 Meade kill

6-7 Kaylinn Hiatt good serve Lane Webster tough set Risch kill

7-7 Hiatt ace; Hiatt continuing her strong serving from the NCS semis

9-9 Mackenzie Sauer kill

10-10 Kylie Wood kill

11-11 Webster dig Kennedy Cornish tip

12-14 Meade kill

13-14 Risch kill

14-14 lift

15-14 Cornish Meade block, first lead for the Dons!

16-14 incredible rally Risch with the kill; timeout Branson; unfortunately the timeout works…

18-19 Wood kill

19-20 Wood kill

20-25 Branson takes over down the stretch

1-3 Cornish block

1-9 Yikes

2-9 Elena Needs with the kill

3-9 Needs serves then digsCornish tip

4-11 Risch kill

5-11 Cornish ace

7-12 Hiatt ace, Hiatt’s serving sparks a Dons rally

8-12 Needs kill

9-12 Risch kill

9-12 timeout Branson

10-12 Needs off roof ricochet

Webster great play to get Dons the point

11-14 Wood tip

13-15 Needs kill

14-18 Cornish block

15-25 the Bulls again close strong

Game 3:

1-1 Cornish kill

2-1 Risch kill

4-5 Needs back row kill

5-6 Risch kill

11-11 Cornish kill

12-13 Olivia Elliott kill

13-15 Risch through the block for the kill

14-16 Risch kill

15-16 Hiatt ace

15-19 timeout Dons

16-21 Risch kill

18-23 Cornish

19-23 Elliott block

21-25 Branson takes the title

Since Acalanes advanced to the Final Four of the NCS Division III bracket, they have qualified for the 2019 CIF State Playoff. On Sunday, the Dons were informed that they had been moved up to the Division II bracket of CIF playoffs, as a #10 seed. Oddly enough, their familiar foe Branson was also moved up, as a #7 seed, and will be the Dons’ opponent on Tuesday November 12th at 6pm at Branson. Bracket below: