Girls JV Volleyball
Sep 8: The Acalanes Girls’ JV Volleyball team launched the season in style against College Park with a resounding straight set victory 25-9, 25-9 at home. The Dons jumped out quickly in the first set with effective serving, led by middle blocker, Elsa Clever‘s three aces, and had excellent passing and a balanced attack throughout the set, with several kills by opposite, Sarah Nelson. In the second set, the team continued pressuring College Park with their serves and hitting, along with good passing and a strong overall defense. The Dons led early in the second set and never looked back as they notched their first league victory of the season.
Sep 9: The Acalanes Girls’ JV Volleyball team continued their winning ways with another straight set win, 25-16, 25-12, over visiting Pittsburg. In set 1, the Dons’ attack was paced by opposite, Lexi Fraser, complemented by active defense from middle blocker, Elsa Clever, as Acalanes got into a groove later in the set. In the second set, the Dons built on their first set performance to dominate the Pirates, with solid passing in the back row and particularly strong hitting from outside hitter, Samantha Darin, and opposite, Lexi Fraser, as the Dons cruised to start the season 2-0.
Sep 16: The Acalanes Girls JV Volleyball team faced off at home with Monte Vista and came away with a three-set victory, 25-16, 16-25 and 15-8. The Dons started quickly against the Mustangs and jumped to an early lead behind strong serving, with effective hitting from outside hitters, Roxy Cummings and Samantha Darin, and all of the middle blockers. They kept up the pressure and finished off the first set 25-16. In the second set, Monte Vista jumped out to a 6-1 lead but the Dons battled back to 7-10 before the Mustangs put together a series of blocks, spikes and serves to gain the upper hand and closed out the set 25-16. The third set started off tight as the teams traded points early on, but then the Dons asserted control behind a strong serving run by Roxy Cummings, including two that led to overpass kills by middle blocker, Riana Buchman. This was complemented by great hustle and defense in the back row by Hannah Edwards, Kaitlyn McKendell and Zoe McPhail along with solid setting by Kaitlyn Enrici and Rachel Go. With the gym rocking, the Dons closed out the match on a quick attack to win the set 15-8 and run their record to 3-0 in the league.