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Girls Volleyball

I love long rallies. Especially the ones that start with a defensive specialist digging the best hitter on the opposing team. Throw in a diving touch on a would-be block, a pancake (hand flat on the floor) and a chicken wing (keep the ball in play with your elbow) and that’s entertainment. Of course, the rally must end with a monstrous kill that bounces inside the 10-foot line.

Right now, girls volleyball is gaining steam entering league play and rallies like the one described above should be abound. So here are some things to think about…

Campolindo could very well be the most talented team in the East Bay. Can Northgate knock off the talented Cougars in the DFAL, the same Campolindo team which returns Kristen Kathan and Britt Erickson and made it to the Division III NorCal championship game last season?

The BVAL is Liberty’s for the taking with co-MVP Allison Cecchini back. Carondelet has struggled so far and it’s seven year strangle-hold on the league could come to end. Can the Cougars make it eight straight?  Carondelet already showed it’s more than possible with a win over the Lions at the Wolverine Invitational.

Is Amador Valley the team to beat in the East Bay Athletic League? The Dons won the thing last year, and they have junior Sophia Dunworth who will only get better.

Can sophomore Tarah Murrey, who one coach said was "the best player in Northern California" and Natalie Bogan carry St. Mary’s-Berkeley this year in the BSAL, or will Jana Poole help Albany regain the crown in lost to the Panthers’ a season ago.

Is this the year Encinal takes out Berkeley in the ACCAL?

Besides all that, how is this libero business going to affect matches?
Hey, it might just lead to more rallies, one of the most exciting sequences in sports.
I’m ready for the volleyball season. Are you?

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  • Kathryn Capps

    Re: “Is this the year Encinal takes out Berkeley in the ACCAL?”

    The answer is: No, not this year.

    Berkeley d. Encinal: The visiting Yellow Jackets beat the Jets in four games to win an Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League playoff and earn the league’s automatic berth in the North Coast Section playoffs.

    Berkeley (21-7) was led by Megan Hourula’s 12 kills and four blocks. Yejide Najee-Ullah had nine kills and two blocks and Natalie Gaber added seven kills and two blocks.

    For Encinal (15-4), Cahery Gutierrez had 10 kills, three blocks and two digs and Phoebe Bautista had 12 kills and three blocks.