Oct 29 – Dons Beat Dublin in Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons travel to Dublin High, looking for two league wins in a row, while the Gaels look to put up a fight on their home court.

1st Set:

3-0. Carly Porep is covering nicely in the Libero jersey and the Dons start off hot.
5-1. Maddie Graham had a great 5-serve run to stretch the Dons early lead.
7-1. Porep Ace!
8-2. Grace Bolen sets Theresa Nevins for a strong kill from the middle.
9-2. Hannah Roberts makes an athletic one-arm save pass to continue the point and then gets rewarded with a set and a great kill. “Hann-ahtack!”
11-2. A Dublin timeout does not slow down the Dons. Devin Grobeck serves an Ace, followed quickly by a Nevins ROOOOF! Don’s in control so far.
14-6. Nevins with another strong winner off the blockers after a pure pass by Porep. Perfect.
16-7. I’ve told you a hundred times: Defense wins. OK I never said that before, but Grobeck, Porep, Julia Gay and Calista Lam are playing stellar back row D, propelling the Dons in this set!
19-7. Reilly Webster delivers a kill down the line.
22-10. Mimi White wins a “joust” at the net for another Dons point.
25-11. Nevins finishes off the set with an overpass stuff. Yummy!

a IMG_4785 calista killPhoto: Karen Elliott

2nd Set:

1-6. Really slow start. “Nothing to see here, keep moving” 🙂
2-7. Webster catches the line for a kill.
5-9. Graham scores as the Dons fight back.
11-13. Nice passing by the Dons back row and a Webster kill as the Dons continue to close the gap.
12-13. Graham. Ace. Timely.
13-14. White. Roof. Let’s go Dons!
14-15. Roberts back corner kill. Trading points.
16-15. Dons take the lead on an un-handle-able Grobeck serve. Timeout Dublin!
19-15. Beauty Grobeck pass and Roberts kills it. Great run for the Dons.
21-15. Gaels have no answer for not 1 but 2 consecutive Nevins kills in the middle.
23-16. Nevins again!
25-16. Roberts delivers the dagger ACE to win the set. Dons showed some moxie in that one!

3rd Set:

3-0. Graham kill. White stuff. Bolen Ace. Dons are rolling out of the set break!
6-2. Porep drills a laser beam serve that Gaels cannot handle.
8-2. Nevins kill. Porep Ace. Still rolling!
12-5. Making her match debut in the 3rd, Parker Jones announces her arrival with a stuff winner at the net and a solid kill.
“Welcome Back Parker” was an old sitcom, right? John Travolta was Vinnie Barbarino.
14-6. Lots of great things happened on that Don’s winning point that would take too long to explain!
16-9. Gay serves, Gay passes, Graham kills it. Nice!
17-9. White ROOOOOOOOF!!!!
18-9. Overpass by the Gaels to Graham…lookout Gaels!
19-9. Gay Ace!
20-9. White with a BIG kill. I am writing too much but this is really fun!
21-9. Gay Ace again! Time out Dublin.
24-11. Maddie Kalil serves two consecutive winners to get the Dons to match point!
24-17. Still match point. Dons don’t want this night to end just yet…
25-18. Graham finishes it off with a LEGIT kill!


a IMG_4710 carlyPhoto: Karen Elliott

Carly Porep had 31 digs on the night.

Dons win the road match in 3, 25-11, 25-16, 25-18 and improve to 7-2 in League Play and 14-6 on the season overall.
Next match is Senior Night on Tuesday at Acalanes. Come on out!

Ken Webster