September 9th – Girls Volleyball – Varsity

Acalanes Dons vs. Heritage Patriots

Women’s Varsity Volleyball

Set 1

The Patriots began set one with a four-point run but that was ended by an
outside kill by Tyanna Roy.  Roy followed up with another kill from the
outside on a high set from Megan Dalziel.  Dalziel had a follow-up of her
own two plays later in which she solo-stuffed Heritage’s outside kill
attempt to bring the score to 3-5 Heritage.  The Dons tied the game for the
first time when on a broken play Dalziel set up Natalie Chan for an outside
kill.  Things began looking good as the Dons began to rally and build a
lead.  Kendal Baker brought the score to 9-7 Dons, crushing a perfect 1-set
from Gaby Gaubert in the middle.

The momentum did not hold for the Dons however, and Heritage once again
assumed the lead which it would not relinquish.  However at 19-12 Baker
turned in a masterful solo block and on the next point Chan once again
showed big power from the outside by putting down a set from Gaubert.  The
rallies were long and the points were well-earned, but in the end it was
Heritage prevailing by a score of 25-16.

Set 2

To begin the second set Sierra Shimo’oka and Amanda Jarquin roofed up the
Heritage outside hitter for the first point.  On the next point it was
Shimo’oka again, this time on the offense, and putting a 1-set from Gaubert
down for the kill.  Routine play followed with both sides showing excellent
defensive passing and serve receive.  The next highlight came at 15-12
Heritage when Lisa Carrington received a floating set from Gaubert that
begged to be pounded.  Carrington obliged and the ball struck the floor
untouched.  Shimo’oka then showed her kill skills again by dropping the
hammer on a 1-set from Gaubert.  This brought the score to 22-17 Heritage
and points were traded until Heritage took the set 25-19.

Set 3

Set three began in a big way for the Dons with Gaubert delivering five
strong serves in a row; three for aces.  On the fifth, Heritage had trouble
handling it and their pass was overhit.  Shimo’oka timed the over-pass
perfectly and crushed it for a 5-0 lead for the Dons.  The Dons continued
the tough play and at one point the combination of Shimo’oka to Chan to
Gaubert (each laying out to keep the ball up and eventually over) brought
the Dons’ fans’ yells and whistles out in a big way.  After Gaubert managed
to get the ball over it dropped for the point, making it 7-3 Dons.

The next several points saw Chan showing multiple skills as she crushed an
outside set, dropped in a big service ace, a huge laid-out dig winding up in
a Jarquin kill, and general excellent defensive digging and passing.  The
score now stood at 17-16 Dons.  The game was close the whole way, but the
Dons kept ahead with big hitting by Baker, a service ace (untouched) by
Chan, and a final big roof by Gaubert and Baker to end the set at 25-20

Set 4

The Patriots started out strong in this set and maintained the lead despite
big hitting from Tyanna Roy and Kendal Baker, and service aces by Amanda
Jarquin and Jessica Henry.  The rallies were long, and although the Dons hit
well, the Patriots were up to the task of digging them up.  The Patriots
hung on to win 25-19

B. Aiello