Oct 10 – Northgate v. Acalanes Girls Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team. Northgate. Broncos. Let’s ride.

First Set:

3s. Elsa Clever Ace as we get going.

5-3. Lane Webster sets Theresa Nevins in the middle and she hammers it like a nail in a horseshoe. Timeout Broncos.

6-8. Broncos gallop ahead with a 5-point run. Grace Higgins stops the stampede with a nice hit.

10-12. Sam Darin cross-court kill on the Maddie Kalil set as the Dons stay close.

12-13. See above! And add a great dig by Madi Risch off a tough serve!

13s. Webster to Higgins at Oppo who ties it up. Yee-Ha!

15s. Higgins puts up a huge block. Rooooof!

19-18. Darin. Key kill. Acalanes trying to get more than a half-length lead on the track.

19-22. Dons timeout after Broncos land three straight bulls-eyes.

20-23. Webster jumps in at Oppo and fires a shot.

21-23. Webster Ace! Timeout for the Broncos as they retreat to the barn to regroup.

21-25. And Northgate does regroup and takes the first set. Broncos roaming all over Acalanes Ranch so far.


Second Set:

Dons looking for more “Good…” and less “Bad and the Ugly.” (See Sergio Leone).

1-0. Darin kill.

2-0. Sarah Westergren kills it off the blockers.

3-0. Great Kaitlin Mckendall pass, permitting a clean set that Risch crushes.

5-3. Nevins makes an incredible one-armed up to keep the point alive and Risch pounds one off the blockers.

7-9. Timeout Dons after another big Broncos stampede. Somebody call Bart the Sheriff of Rock Ridge!

10-12. Webster finds a gap in the block.

11-13. Westergren fires a nifty kill to keep the Dons close.

12-13. Beautiful cross-court winner from Risch.

16-17. Saving back line up from Cailey McVay that Risch kills, and then Webster dumps a winner into the campfire…Taggert shakes his head on the Northgate sidelines over that one.

18-20. Rachel Go smartly sets up a kill.

19-23. Darin kill. Dons hanging on to the saddle horn.

19-25. Broncos buck harder and the Dons cannot stay on the mount.


Third Set:

I’m heading over to the Dons bench with “A Fist Full of Dollars” to try and rally the girls. We have to corral the Broncs right now or this one is over.

3-1. McVay Ace!

6-5. Broncos called timeout at 4-1 and ran off four straight. Then Clever fires an Ace!

7-6. Nevins delivers a nice block and Broncos brush the barbwire (net violation).

10-9. Zoe McPhail comes in and delivers two perfect passes. Risch kills the set off the second one. Fresh horses!

11-9. Dons struggling with on-court communication, but they keep it alive long enough with pure hustle for Webster to fire a clean shot into the back corner.

13-11. Higgins kill. This one is a hoof-biter.

15-14. Great up from Mckendall and Nevins finishes from the “Oppo” spot with a kill.

16s. Kennedy Cornish gets a kill in the middle.

17-16. Go! Ace!

20s. Long ref discussion. Do-over.

23-21. It ain’t pretty on either side of the fence y’all.

24-21. Nevins kills the overpass! Yummy like a sugar cube for the pony.

25-23. Dons finally win this set! Epic struggle to rope in the Broncos.


Fourth Set:

I guess this time I’ll implore the Dons with “For a Few Dollars More” to keep this match going.

1s. Higgins skys high and pounds a kill off the block.

3-2. Risch power slams the tight Webster set.

4s. Timeout Dons to plan a Round-Up.

5-4. Cornish rips one. Winner.

8-9. Claire McNally rolls in like the “High Plains Drifter”, steps up on defense, makes a nice pass, and Higgins finishes off a kill. Yippee Ky Yay!

11s. Higgins ties it up. Yahoo!

12-11. Nevins Roof! Time out Northgate.

14s. Risch ties it again.

15-17. Risch kills it again after yet another crucial Broncos stampede. Northgate is really playing consistently well tonight.

16-17. R-Go Ace!

16-19. Time out Dons. Trying to stop the Broncos from riding off into the sunset.

17-21. Webster smart placement kill.

17-25. Dons get bucked in the fourth and head to the rodeo clowns. This was just not their night and hats off to Northgate for a great match.


Dons fall to 3-2 in league play and travel to the Mata-dome on Thursday night for the second tilt of the year with arch-rival Miramonte. Come on out and wear your BLUE! Go Dons!