Oct 6 – Girls Volleyball
YOUR Acalanes Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball team laced up the sneaks for the second night in a row, hosting the brand new Diablo Athletic League division rival College Park Falcons. The Dons were looking to capitalize on home court advantage and establish a strong position in the DAL league standings, hoping to end the night at 3-1 in league play. Here is some of what went down in Dons Land:
3-3. Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil both made nice diving saves, as the Dons slowly but surely got their offense in gear.
5-3. Madi Risch rolls in and immediately fires a sweet kill.
7-3. Mellisa Elliott throws up a clean block and Jones finishes with a kill. Early time out Falcons.
8-3. M&M Roofing Company! Risch and Elliott block for a winner.
11-5. Lane Webster dives and digs it, Devin Grobeck plays guest setter, and Jones kills it once again!
12-5. Jones Ace.
13-5. See above.
15-9. Another great dig by Grobeck and Alex Matson gets in on the scoring with a pasted kill.
16-9. Stuff block by Theresa Nevins.
17-9. See above!
18-9. TRIPLE roof from Nevins! What blocking! Color Commentator Lauren Webster chimes in: “The Dons are really blocking, Ken. They built a wall and the Falcons are actually paying for it!”
22-9. Webster sets Matson “tight” to the net and A.M. pounds the ball off the College Park blockers.
25-9. Nevins finishes off the first set with a “yummy,” crushing the Falcons over-pass.
1-2. Sam Darin serves up an Ace, continuing her hot run from last night.
7-4. Rachel Go sets Risch perfectly for a kill.
9-4 Elsa Clever…Ahhh Ace!
11-4. Clever: Ace to the back corner. Untouched.
12-4. Darin pass, Go set, Darin kill. Ball hogs. JUST KIDDING!!!
14-7. Kalil hustles to make the dig, so Grobeck handles the set to Sarah Nelson, who rewards everyone with a sweet kill between Falcon defenders.
17-15. Long rough patch – credit the hustling Falcons – but Darin crushes one to win back the serve for the Dons.
20-18. Kalil dig. NELSON kill. Dons trying to finish it out but College Park is hanging tough.
21-24. Zoe McPhail dives and does NOT touch the ball – wisely – because it is just out of bounds. Dons hanging on, but then College Park takes the second, 21-25.
1-2. Jones back row kill as the Dons try to recapture the momentum.
5-4. Elliott kills one in the middle. Dons still looking to find their rhythm.
9-8. Jones Ace!
14-8. You don’t win points for style, but the Dons are scoring regardless, helped along by two straight aces from Jones.
17-10. Nevins stuffs the over-pass. Yummy.
20-10. Grobeck with a net-crawler Ace. Tricky.
23-14. Jones deftly floats the kill to the back corner. Nobody home.
25-21. Dons take the 3rd. That’s all you need to know.
1-0. Webster starts off the 4th with an Ace.
2-0. Long rally with big hits by Nevins, Matson and finally Cummings who gets the kill.
5-3. McPhail to Webster to Jones. Big kill!
6-3. Zoe McAce!
10-4. Kalil serve is too hot to handle. Time out Falcons, and then Maddie K follows it up with an Ace!
12-4 Jones Thunder Bomb kill, Kalil follows with yet another Ace and the Dons really take control.
15-6. Webster kills it right handed, but she’s a Lefty…
18-7. Go with the back line floater Ace. Beautiful!
20-6. Webster Ace, finding the hardwood.
23-12. Jones hammers one. Power personified…
24-12. …and another one from Jones. Match Point!
25-13. Dons win the set and take the match 3 sets to 1. Hats off to College Park for great hustle and effort right until the last point.