The Campolindo High girls volleyball team was minus three injured starters in Tuesday's Diablo Foothill Athletic League showdown against upstart Dublin, and it showed early on.
Campolindo looked disorganized and disheveled, almost dropping its first game in league play during game one. But what a difference one game can make.
After being pushed to the brink in the first game, Campolindo (16-2, 6-0 DFAL) did everything right in game two on its way to a 28-26, 25-6, 25-13 win.
"First of all, I told them they needed to relax and simply play volleyball," Campolindo coach John Vuong said. "At first they didn't seem to know how to react with three starters out, and there was a lot of miscommunication."
The communication picked up after that first game as the Cougars scored 50 of the next 69 points in the match.
The Gaels (17-7, 3-3) had game-point three times in the first game but were unable to close it out. Two kills by Annie Shurtz and two blocks by Julia Partlow helped the Cougars avoid suffering the setback as they withstood seven kills in game one from Dublin's Tiffany Harris.
Shurtz also had seven kills in the first game and finished with 18 for the match, while sophomore setter Kenzie Brown had 25 assists filling in for Sophie Seiberth, who was dealing with a wrist injury.
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