After a weekend excursion to the desert for the Nike Tournament of Champions, Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball traveled to Las Lomas Tuesday night for the first league road match of the season. The Dons faced some tough national competition in Phoenix and got stronger as a unit. Their resilience was certainly tested by the Knights:
1-0. Sam Darin kill of the Kaitlyn Mckendell covering set (from the libero position).
3-2. Madi Risch kills the Lane Webster set.
4s. Sarah Westergren fires an angle kill from the right side.
7-9. Have to say it…both teams playing pretty sloppy ball right now!
9-11. Cailey McVay delivers a timely Ace!
10-11. Risch! Roof!
12s. Great Elsa Clever serve that takes the Knights out of system, and then Clever comes right back with a pure pass and the Dons tie it up.
14s. Rachel Go sets Risch for a kill and the Dons rally again from down two to tie.
15-14. Kennedy Cornish puts up a big block and roofs it!
18-16. Darin with a huge kill.
18-20. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.
19-20. Webster “Oppo” kill.
20s. Darin angle kill.
22-20. Clever kill in the middle as the Dons are on a roll. T.O. L.L.
23-20. Westergren kills the Webster set. Wonderful.
24-20. Clever Roof. Cool.
25-20. Darin delivers. Dons win the first.
1-0. Darin picks up right where she left of: with a kill!
3-0. Westergren kill and solid McVay serving serves the Dons well.
4-0. McVay serving gets even better: Ace!
6-1. Clever Ace! Dons serving great tonight. Timeout Knights.
8-5. Risch kills a solid Go set to staunch a little Knights run.
9-5. Grace Higgins steps into the Oppo spot and nails a corner kill.
10-7. Mckendell playing beautiful “D”, keeping the points alive for Acalanes.
12s. Knights charge back to tie it.
13-12. Darin kill to retake the lead.
18-12. Risch kill and Westergren kill, and then another Risch kill and Westergren kill, backed by great McFamily defense (McVay & Mckendell), and smooth Webster sets, and the Dons re-assert control. Timeout LL.
21-14. Westergren again, with a smartly executed roll shot kill.
22-14. Clever Ace!
24-15. “R-Go” Ace to get to set point!
25-18. Risch kill finishes it. Untouched by human hands.
1-6. Clever and Westergren get a block after a super-slow Dons start to the 3rd (but not for lack of hustle). Knights have raised their defensive game significantly since the start.
2-6. McVay Ace!
3-6. Westergren kill! Lead cut in half.
6s. Clever Roof, Clever kill. Set tied!
7-6. Sweet Westergren up to Webster, who dumps a “deke” set over the net for a winner. Sneaky.
8s. Textbook Mckendell pass to Webster. Textbook Webster set to Risch. Textbook Risch kill. Been studyin’, ya-know?
9-13. Long, rough, patch.
13-17. Darin fires a kill off the blocker’s fingers. “Touch!” everyone yells.
15-17. Your correspondent calls it: Webster Ace! It was time. (Then your correspondent almost yelled “Let’s Go Knights!” because he is a Las Lomas alumni, but he caught himself in time…all Blue now baby.)
15-20. Timeout Dons. Acalanes not able to climb the mountain…yet.
15-24. Sometimes it’s pretty. Sometimes it’s not.
17-24. Nice Clever roof, but then the Knights take set 3, 17-25.
1-0. Clever kill in the middle off of the “1” set from Webster.
3-0. Risch deep corner placement kill.
4s. Knights take the lead, but Westergren ties it back up with a sharp kill.
7-4. Clever Ace! Dons storm back.
8-5. Super McVay pass. Cornish kills the set.
10-7. Higgins flushes an overpass. Yummy.
12-8. Darin kill x2.
13-8. Darin x3. Great Mckendell serving and Go setting.
14-15. Big rough patch at the wrong time!
16-18. Dons scuffling. They get a much needed Risch kill. Team is really up and down tonight. Jet lagged from the AZ trip?
17-20. Hayes Hollar get a kill.
17-22. Timeout Dons. Yikes.
18-25. Knights take the Fourth Set and push this match to decisive Fifth!
2s. Risch kill as the Dons fight back from down two…this set is only to 15…
3-2. McVay Ace! Crucial serving tonight by Cailey.
4-2. Another McVay Ace!
6-4. Sweet McVay pass. Cornish kill, and the Dons keep the Knights at bay.
7-4. Webster crushes an overpass for a kill! Sa-weet! Timeout LL.
8-6. Cornish roof!
10s. Trading points, and the Dons are giving more than they are getting at the moment. Dons really struggling for any consistent rhythm tonight. A bit stressful.
11-10. Westergren kill. Needed it.
12-10. Risch tools the block. Needed that too.
13-11. Now Westergren kills off the blockers.
14-11. Clever Ace! OMG! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Knights.
14-12. Dons hit long!…still match point.
15-12. Knights serve it long and out. Sad but the Dons will take the “W”! Game over! Match over! Dons win. PHEW!
Dons win the match in 5 sets and move to 2-1 in league play. The girls travel to College Park on Thursday night for another road contest. Come on over and watch, then get IN-N-OUT.