by Ken Webster
Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team kicked off 2017 DAL League play by hosting the arch-rival Campolindo Cougars on Thursday night in front of a big and boisterous crowd. The match found the defending D III State Champions still looking to find their 2017 identity, as they came in at 2-4 on the year but with a big win over Marin County powerhouse Redwood High last weekend. This stiff test from the Cougs – currently ranked 6th in the State in Division 3 – would surely push them to their limits and help them grow as a team. Here is some of the action:
2-8. Timeout Dons after a very rocky start. Adrenaline is pumping and Coach Rodriguez looks to settle the Dons down.
3-10. Dons out of sync.
6-15. Sarah Westergren delivers a kill to get the Dons a much needed point.
7-18. Westergren fires another winner deep. Needed it.
8-19. Grace Higgins kills the Lane Webster set. Needed that too! Dons in a big hole but fighting.
10-25. Warm up set completed. Now we can get this match going!
1-0. Webster delivers a winning serve and the Dons have the lead!
2-2. Hayes Hollar drives a kill into the Campo middle.
3-6. Webster back set to Hollar at the “Oppo”. Kill. Dons now fighting with high energy.
4-8. Madi Risch pounds a ball straight down on the kill. With Authority.
6-10. Webster roof!
8-10. Risch on a serving run.
9-10. Webster drills an angle kill from the “Oppo” from the Rachel Go set. Timeout Cougs! The gym is rockin’.
10-11. Cailey McVay digs a tough serve and Go sets to Higgins beautifully, and Grace finishes it with a kill.
12s. Webster Ace!
13-12. Campo fires the ball long and the Dons re-take the lead!
14-12. Webster Ace again! Bullets.
14-15. Timeout Dons to break a little Campo momentum.
18-17. McVay Ace! Dons fight back once again. Resilient.
19-18. Risch block! McVay dig! Risch kill!
19-20. Kennedy Cornish slams down an overpass, but Campo keeps it alive and scores. See-saw battle this set.
20s. Hayes “Ain’t No Hollarback Girl” Hollar crushes a kill to re-tie it.
21s. Risch tools the blockers to re-tie it yet again. Dons playing great v-ball right now!
22s. Go with a buttery set to Higgins who eats it up. Tied again…
22-24. Timeout Dons…
23-24. Big Webster kill! Timeout Cougars. Let’s Go Dons!
24 all…24-25…25s! Elsa Clever stuffs a joust at the net. OT baby.
25-27. Dons fall in the 2nd set. Man!
1-0. Great D from Zoe McPhail and McVay (part of the McFamily) and then Clever delivers a big roof.
2-0. Clever again!
3-0. Risch kill on a roll shot.
4-3. Webster lofts a set from out of the net and gets it to Hollar for the kill.
6s. Go (“R-GO”) back sets Risch, who promptly crushes the kill into the middle of the court.
7-6. McPhail: great serve and then saves the point with a great dig. Back row passing by McPhail, McVay, Go and Sam Darin is on point.
9-14. Tough patch of road for the Dons-mobile. Timeout.
11-16. Clever on the slide kill. Needed it.
11-19. Campo executing and building momentum. Not helpful.
13-22. Timeout Acalanes. Campo still not helping.
14-22. Risch with a saving dig and Webster finishes it at the net.
17-24. Clever kills a “1” in the middle to keep the match alive.
18-24. McVay Ace! Yaaasssss.
19-24. Webster to Risch for the untouched Thunder Bomb Kill. Wow. Stirs memories of the incomparable Parker Jones…Happy Birthday Parker!
19-25. Dons fall in 3 to the Cougars, but it was an exciting match and the Dons will be fun to watch this season, so come on out to some games!