Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs Campo 10.17.17

Acalanes v. Campolindo 10/17/2017

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team headed up Snake Hill to Campolindo to face off with the perennial league power Cougars. As usual the Dons knew they were in for a tough battle as they kicked off the second half of DAL League play.

First Set:

1s. Sam Darin drills a back row kill after an alert front row “up” from Kennedy Cornish.

3s. Grace Higgins kills the rock-solid Lane Webster set to keep it tied up. Looks like the Dons are loose and ready to play.

Lane Webster
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3-6. Great up by Kaitlyn Mckendell but Campo strings three winners together.

5-6. Madi Risch serves a hot potato that Campo can’t handle as the Dons come right back.

9-11. Ace from Cailey McVay!

10-13. Higgins floats a nifty ball over the top of the blockers for a score.

11-13. Mckendell! McAce! Strong serving is keeping it tight.

13-14. Mckendell nice pass to Maddie Kalil, who set Hayes Hollar for the kill. Yah Dons!

15s. Risch! Ace! Tied!

17-16. And Darin gives the Dons the lead with a kill off of a defender! Let’s Go!!!

18s. Cornish delivers a gem in the middle!

20s. Higgins winner off the blockers after a long, wild point. Timeout Cougs. Tied up!

21-20. Higgins again gently places it to…nobody. And the ball bounces on the hardwood untouched by any Cougars. Dons can see the finish line and are fired up!

21-22. BUT Campo scores two in a row and now Acalanes wants to talk about it. Timeout Dons.

22-23. Campo hits it wide Dons hanging on.

22-25. Elsa Clever steps in as second setter and makes a sweet set, but the Dons can’t convert. Campo takes the first.


Second Set:

1-3. Darin stops the early Campo barrage with a sharp angle kill. Needed that one.

2-4. Higgins kill off the claws of the Cougar blocker.

6-9. Rachel Go sets Darin: Cougs can’t deal.

11-15. Webster sets Cornish in the middle for a kill. Soph Attack! Dons and Cougs trading points.

13-16. Risch kill!

14-17. McVay sweet pass to Go. Go sets Risch, and Risch “tools” the block for a point.

Cailey McVay
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17-22. Super set from Go tight to the net and Darin finishes it off, but the Dons are running out of time to tree the Cougars.

18-23. Risch to Go to Sarah Westergren and the kill. Textbook volleyball. Nice job Dons!

19-23. Cornish Roof!!!

19-25. Campo prevails in the Second set.


Third Set:

3-2. McKendell Aces it again! Yahhhsssss.

5-4. Webster kill at the “Oppo” spot to give the Dons the lead.

6-4. Kalil Ace!

10s. Diving save by Webster…rally…Cornish fires it off the blockers. Dons fighting hard!

12-11. Webster gives the Dons the lead once again with a setter dump into the campfire. (“Crafty from the Sophomore” says Robert McKendell.)

13-12. Wild scramble. Risch settles it down with a nice kill.

14-12. Higgins tools the block.

14-16. Rough patch, and just like that the Cougars stealthily retake control. Timeout Dons.

15-16. Clever kill off the touch. Zoe McPhail in to serve, and then another Dons kill keeps it close.

16-17. Now Claire McNally in to serve and fires a bullet, but Campo converts and scores.

17-19. A “lift” is called on Campo…now Webster in to serve. Dons giving Campo as many different looks as possible.

18-20. McPhail makes three consecutive solid passes during the same point and then the Campo hit is long. Deeee-fense! Dons still alive!

19-20. Cornish goes up for the block and Campo hits it low into the net. Dons playing hard and maybe need a bounce their way…

19-24…but things do NOT go the Dons way on several fronts…no further comment, and now the Dons are facing match point.

20-24. Risch kill to keep the match going.

20-25. Dons fall. 🙁

Dons play loose and fight hard and were in the thick of it every set, but Campo takes the match in 3 sets. Dons now set their sights on a strong finish in the remaining league matches, starting with Las Lomas at home on Thursday night. It is “Dig Pink” night for breast cancer awareness and fundraising, so come out to the gym and wear your pink!