The Campolindo High girls volleyball team entered this week with a magic number of two in order to clinch the Diablo Foothill Athletic League title, and they had a chance to take care of business on Tuesday night.
Because the Cougars were hosting Acalanes, the team directly behind them in the standings, a victory would wrap up an outright DFAL title. That's exactly what happened as Campolindo won 25-18, 25-13, 27-25.
"Last year as co-champs, it didn't feel like we won league," Campolindo coach Dave Chen said. "This year feels different and it feels like we're making steps in the right direction."
The visiting Dons (15-11, 6-3 DFAL) looked every part the spoiler early in both the first and second sets, but the Cougars (18-7, 10-0) opened up both sets to take control.
In the first, Natalie Meniktas had a pair of aces to go with a couple of Kelley Wirth blocks as Campolindo took a 12-5 lead, built it to 21-12 and hung on from there.
The second set is where Acalanes may have had its proverbial back broken, as it built a 5-2 lead right away, but saw the Cougars score 23 of the next 31 points for an easy win.
In the third set, Acalanes raced out to a 7-3 lead but couldn't finish it despite five kills by Molly Dalziel in that set.
The Dons were done in when Kirsten Sibley's kill and Hailey Merrick's block put the finishing touches on the match.
BVAL Championships: Heritage's Courtney Samuda did not lose a set on her way to the Bay Valley Athletic League singles title. On Tuesday, the No. 1 seed Samuda defeated No. 2 seed Ivy Hughes of Pittsburg 6-3, 6-0 in the final on Tuesday.
Unseeded Jeannette Shepherd and Daniela Tamura of Heritage beat teammates Esther Mou and Victoria Barce 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the doubles final.