The first set of the match was tight and the scoring between the two teams stayed within a couple points. It all began well for the Dons when on the first serve of the set the Cougars served out of bounds. Back and forth scoring ensued punctuated by a big outside kill by Lisa Carrington. The Campo defense was tough, often putting up a 3-person block on the Dons’ outside hitters. The Dons showed some powerful defense of their own with Emily Mesetz and Brooke Aiello stuffing a Campolindo kill attempt making the score 6-6. On the next point, Carrington delivered a tough serve for an ace to make it 7-6 (Dons’ score listed first). At 10-8 Jojo Harnish got a tough pass, read the defensive setup and shot a power dump over the net to an open spot on the floor. Aiello took a backrow set from Harnish and crushed a backrow kill to make it 12-9. A few points later YingStroube made an amazing out-of-bounds desperation save that went over the net and dropped for a point bringing the score to 13-10. Amanda Jarquin showed her big hitting skills from the backrow by delivering a blazing kill past the Campo defense at 16-14. Scoring remained close and at 18-18 Mesetz brought the hammer down for a big kill. With the score climbing the tension in the stands was building as well. At 20-22 Campo had a big server up, she delivered her serve, and Stroube pulled back at the last moment deciding to let it go long (which it did). A few points later, both teams were scrambling with the defenses preventing any untouched kills. A long rally ensued and at the end Harnish made a diving pancake save, a desperate set went up, and Aiello pounded it down for the exclamation point. 22-23 Campo. At set point (22-24 Carrington delivered a beautiful kill down the line from the outside to make the score 23-24. Set point again and a net violation was called on Campo. All tied up at 24 apiece, but Campo came away with the next point (24-25) and the Dons had a net violation of their own on the last point.
Final Score: 24-26 Campolindo.
The second set began with Jarquin sending a power dink to the undefended corner of the Campo side to make the score 1-1. Harnish followed with and ace to that very same spot for a 2-1 score. The Dons’ front row defense scored big with Carrington and Jarquin roofing up the big-hitting Campo outside hitter to make it 3-4. Aiello followed with a kill from the Dons’ outside slot at 4-5. A long series of point winners by Campo was finally ended by Mesetz finding the open spot on the Campo side with a well-placed dink to make it 5-9. A 4-point deficit to the Cougars is difficult to overcome but the Dons kept their spirit up. Jarquin was on a roll with her backrow hitting skills and brought another one down at 6-13. She came through again at 8-14 when Harnish, at the far front corner, pushed up a long set to the opposite corner with Jarquin timing it perfectly to drill it for a score. Still much back-and-forth scoring, and at 10-16 Carrington made an impressive solo block on the Cougars’ middle hitter. On the next play, she teamed up with Rachel Cox to roof the same middle hitter to make it 11-16. Two plays after that, Carrington and Cox again teamed up and stuffed the Campo outside hitter to make the score 12-17. Aiello came back into the offensive picture with an outside kill at 13-18 and then teamed up with Mesetz for a solid block at 14-18. Carrington shot a bullet of a spike down the line from the oppo at 15-20 and from the backrow at 17-24. Campo then finished with a point to end the set.
Final Score: 18-25 Campolindo
This set began well with Carrington making the first point with a well-placed dink for a 1-0 score. Coach Steve Siegmann had in fresh players and at 3-4 Molly Dalziel showed up in a big way delivering a crushing kill from the outside at 3-3. Katie Nall also showed big hitting ability with a spike at 6-8, but also displayed great defensive skill with a solo block at 7-13. Carrington shot a power dink to the corner for a 9-14 score, and at at 10-15 Stroube followed suit with a 2-hand push to that same undefended corner on the Campo side. At 14-20 it was Nall again showing the big hitting with a big blow in the middle past a tight double-block by Campo. And it was Carrington again with a huge oppo hit to make it 16-23.
The Acalanes freshman girls volleyball team are 7-0 on the young season and won the 16-team Dougherty Valley Frosh Tourney on Saturday, September 8. The team was there for twelve hours in all and defeated Mercy High of SF, Dublin, St. Joe’s of Alameda, Las Lomas. They beat crosstown rival Campo 2-0 in an exciting semi-final match. The championship match vs. Monte Vista went to three sets with several tense points and long rallies. The Lady Dons pulled out a victory in a thrilling 15-11 final game.
The frosh team: Carly Porep, Claire Porep, Lia White, Amy Sabbadini, Kelsey Wendt, Julia Gay, Hannah Roberts, Morgan Shepherd, Maddie Ponzo, Bella Denny, Asha Allagappan, Caroline Wash, and Rachel LomStory and photo by Kevin Porep
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In Wednesdays action…
The girls volleyball team closed the season with a well-played game against Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS playoffs.
In Thursdays action…
The girls water polo team plays at Campolindo HS at 4:30 in the NCS semifinals.
The boys water polo team plays at Miramonte HS at 6:15 in the NCS semifinals.
The football team hosts Las Lomas HS. JV at 4:30, and varsity at 7:00. The senior night presentation will be at 6:30.
The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team beat Dublin in two sets Thursday, capping a season with yet another victory and ending with an overall 13-2 record, a third place at the Northgate Tournament and a First Place at the St. Vincent-St. Patrick Tournament.
When they met last, the Dons beat Dublin in three tough matches. This time, Acalanes took care of business in two. The team, led by Coach BryanMall, played with precision, using their year of training to effectively shut down the Gaels. In the first set, services aces were offered up by AltaPaladino, HollyGillar, JillianWickline and DanaPiercy. Middle Blocker JanineJaber’s subtly placed tips kept Dublin off balance while kills from sets by DoryGrobeck to SarahMoore, Gillar, Piercy, and Paladino pushed the Gaels back on their heels. Some nice back row hits by Libero YingStroebe and defense work from ClaireAmaral and Wickline let nothing pass. First game: Dons 25, Gaels 21. Read more
In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team continues to provide clutch performances. They fell behind 2 games to none to Dublin HS before winning the next three games 25-20, 25-9, 15-5, to record a DFAL victory in the last match of the regular season. Tyanna Roy and Brooke Aiello were hitting with authority. The jv and freshmen teams finished the season with 2 game wins over Dublin HS.
In Fridays action…
Tessa Karagocev continues play in the second day of the DFAL Girls Tennis Championships at Dougherty Valley HS.
In Saturdays action…
The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts #6 Northgate HS at 3:45 in the NCS quarterfinals.
The #3 seeded boys water polo team hosts #14 Mission San Jose HS at 5:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
The cross country team competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.