23 Aug 2014
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Girls Volleyball: Campo Cruises Past Acalanes

Seibert displays Misty May-Treanor-like court vision in the victory.

Campolindo 3, Acalanes 0

Records:  Campolindo 18-2, 8-0 Diablo Foothill Athletic League, Acalanes 4-10, 3-5.

The Star: The Cougars sophomore setter Sophie Seiberth was spectacular, identifying the openings in the Dons' defense on her way to racking up 23 assists.

The Turning Point: Campo scuffled out of the gate, adjusting to a strong blocking Acalanes club. The Dons tied the first game four times but ultimately fell 25-17.  The second set, Campo took control of the match and made quick work of Acalanes, 25-7.

The Quote: "We are gearing up to play well in the playoffs," said Campolindo coach Scott Bishop.

Who's Next? Dougherty Valley at Acalanes, Tuesday. Dublin at Campolindo, Thursday.

The Bottom Line: The Dons looked like they would make the match interesting with a strong first game but ultimately caved to the deft passing, strong defense and overpowering hitting of Campolindo.

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Campo 3, Acalanes 0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-17)

The Campolindo High girls volleyball team found its focus and groove late in the first game and carried that momentum for a three-game sweep of the Dons.

"It took a little while for us to settle down," Campolindo coach Scott Bishop said. "We are constantly working on our offensive game and our focus on offense."

The Cougars are clearly one of the top teams in the Bay Area and come at opposing teams with a balanced attack.

Sophomore setter Sophie Seiberth passed the ball brilliantly, recording 22 assists in the first two games before sitting out most of the last game.

"(Seiberth) has only been setting for about a year and half and she is having a great season," Bishop said. "She is doing a great job leading the offense. She is one of the main reasons our offense is doing so well."

Seiberth regularly dissects the defense and finds the cracks in the other team's blocks. She also has a knack for seeing the floor and lofting her own kills when the defense parts to guard the Cougars' powerful inside and outside hitters.

The Cougars struggled in the first game because of well-timed blocks from Megan Dalziel and Kendall Baker.

But the Dons found out what everyone else in their league already knows: Trying to consistently block the likes of Abbie Noland, Mary Vaccaro, Chandler Moore and Annie Shurtz is a very tough task.

Outside hitter Vaccaro had another standout performance with 19 kills and two aces. Moore served from 10-feet behind the baseline and recorded six aces and eight of her own kills.

The problem comes with keeping such a talented team motivated. 

Campolindo plays 'mini-games' during the match and assigns points for the scoring of the first two points in a game and other offensive accomplishments to push them regardless of the score.

During a stretch in the second game, Campo went on a 10-2 scoring tear, forcing Acalanes to call for time. In the Campo huddle, coach Bishop told his players that although they led 18-5 in the real match, they were losing in the mini-game.

"We are gearing up to play well in the playoffs," said Bishop of his team's championship aspirations.

The Cougars maintained their undefeated mark in the DFAL and look to extend their winning streak at home against Dougherty Valley on Thursday.

Notable: Campolindo is ranked 23rd in all of California by MaxPreps.com.

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