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.
Hutchings bound for all-star game: De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings formally accepted an offer on Tuesday to compete in the 2013 Army All-American Bowl. Hutchings, who has orally committed to USC, is a part of a group that organizers consider the top 90 prep players in the country.
The East vs. West game will be played Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Nicolosi commits: Carondelet High senior Lauren Nicolosi has given an oral commitment to play basketball at Hawaii Pacific University, according to Cougars coach Margaret Gartner. Nicolosi is a 6-foot-1 forward/center. Hawaii Pacific is a Division II school that competes in the Pacific West Conference.
Granada 226, Monte Vista 227: The Matadors took a thriller over the Mustangs at San Ramon Golf Club in East Bay Athletic League action. Granada's Janelle Reali and Yuri Ahn carded 2-over 39s to finish in a three-way tie with Monte Vista's Hailey White for the medalist score.