Oct 29 – Girls Volleyball SRV Tournament
YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team spent Saturday at San Ramon Valley High participating in the 14-team SRV Tournament as a final tune-up before North Coast Playoffs next week. And the Dons dominated, reeling off five straight match wins and winning the tournament!
First, in pool play, the Dons were taken to the limit by Carondelet, dropping the first set 20-25. The Dons – awesomely – did not lose another set for the rest of the day! They took the second set in dominant fashion 25-14, and then won the decisive and exciting third set in “OT” at 16-14. As usual for this well-balanced squad, there were big contributions from all kinds of Lady Dons. Standouts were Alex Matson, Zoe McPhail, Maddie Risch and Melissa Elliott.
The second pool play opponent was Berkeley High. The Dons swatted the Yellowjackets 25-20, 25-22. Again, many Dons shined, but Elsa Clever and Theresa Nevins were particularly dominant in the middle.
Acalanes then moved into bracket play against Petaluma, who put up a fight in the first set but the Dons won it 25-20. The Dons, led by Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil, among many other standouts, dominated the second and won 25-18.
The semi-final opponent was Maria Carillo (who the Dons faced and defeated at last weekend’s tournament). By this point the Dons were unstoppable, and they dispatched M.C. 25-8, 25-21. All kinds of Dons players made big contributions in the match, with particular help from Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Sam Darin and Sarah Nelson.
In the finals the Dons faced the top Division I North Coast seed James Logan and their 34-2 record, and were not intimidated. In fact, they played their best team ball of the entire season and beat Logan 25-22, 25-22 to win the Championship. Again all kinds of Dons players were “on” and made big contributions including Lane Webster and Kalil with solid setting. Matson’s serving was on fire and Parker Jones had all around outstanding play. The Dons had fun taking team pictures with the Championship Volleyball. Way to go Dons!
Next up…Round 1 of NCS playoffs on Tuesday 11/1, 7p at AHS. Come cheer on your Dons!