Sep 29 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball

Lane Webster

Lane Webster

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team traveled to Campolindo on Thursday night, consistently the toughest league-play assignment of each season for over a decade. Here is how the match unfolded, thanks to special guest correspondent George Clever (who demonstrates some musical name-dropping flair as well):

The Campo Cougars trotted out the big guns tonight, and it was just a little too much for your beloved Dons.  Scrappy they were…alas, they ultimately could not “Rise Above” the Cougars.  Campo took the first meeting of the year 3 sets to none, by scores of 20-25, 18-25 and 19-25 leaving everyone feeling “Jealous Again” and primed for revenge on our home turf in a few weeks.

In the first set the Dons started out a little slow, going down 4-11 through a combination of errors and solid play by Campo.  Parker Jones and Alex Matson led the Dons back to 9-12, but Campo took control again with strong play from a bevy of college-bound seniors, taking the score to 13-21.  Acalanes wasn’t quite done yet, and got close again at 19-21 via a great serving run from Lane Webster, strong defense from Devin Grobeck, some thundering hits from the pins, and a couple of nice blocks.  But Campo heated up again and took the first set 20-25. “Hard to Handle.”

Devin Grobeck

Devin Grobeck

In the second set the Dons jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The strong visiting Acalanes students crowd was rocking. What great support! Parker Jones had some nice serves and kills, and the flurry of positivity was punctuated with a great Melissa Elliott kill on a nice quick set from Lane Webster.  The play from that point was relatively even and the Dons were close, but down 14-16.  Campo began to exert its will once again, however, taking control of the set and ultimately prevailing 18-25 in the second. “Twice as Hard.”

Melissa Elliott

Melissa Elliott

The final set was also very competitive.  Parker Jones kills, Theresa Nevins blocks, Alex Matson kills, and some fireworks from the back row led to a 13-13 tie. This Dons squad has proven that it cam compete with anyone. At 16-17 the match started to slip away.  Campo’s stars took it up a notch and ultimately prevailed 19-25 leaving the Dons saying “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie.”  We’ll get them next time!!

Cummings and Nevins block

Cummings and Nevins block

Quoth an anonymous Lady Don on the walk to the parking lot, “They are soooo beatable.”  Let’s hope so.  Perhaps after the rematch we can all enjoy a “TV Party!”

Parker Jones

Parker Jones

George Clever