September 8th – Girls Volleyball – JV

JV Girls Volleyball Beats Heritage:  Acalanes Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball opened their season with a victory over Heritage High School,
taking the match in two games 25-14, 25-23.  The first game saw both teams trading points, until a nice service run by Rachael Cox opened up the lead.  Heritage fought back hard, but was denied easy points by a defending back row led by Ainsley Blandford and Josie Mueller.  Acalanes
Middle’s were rock solid with tips and key blocks from Danielle Grobeck and Blair Howard.  Kills by Cox, Sophia Takashima, and Amy Thomas drove the Patriots back.  Service aces came from Grobeck, Cox, Julia Amaral and Johanna Harnish, with Harnish firing in the last three serves for the game win.

Heritage refocused their strategy for game two, nipping at the heels of
the Don’s for most of the game.  Again trading points, the Patriots even
took the lead briefly.  Libero, Mueller kept a keen eye out for long  balls, while kills by Jen Lincoln and Sarah Rogers, and blocks by
Grobeck, Howard and Cox moved the game forward at a nice clip.  Service  runs, including several aces, by Howard, Amaral and Cox kept their opponents at bay.  At 23-22, hope for Heritage was squashed as a kill attempt was denied with a diving dig by Natalie Goepel, placed perfectly
for Amaral’s set to Cox for a Dons 80=99s kill, bringing the score to
24-22.  The Lady Don’s allowed Heritage one more serve before shutting  down the match, 25-23.

L. Amaral