After losing its first Diablo Foothill Athletic League match in more than three years, the Campolindo High girls volleyball team did not appear to be very happy.
The Cougars responded to the Oct. 23 loss to Las Lomas with a win over Alhambra, and then faced their toughest test since the loss in hosting Dougherty Valley on Tuesday night. Campolindo won in three games 25-10, 25-19, 25-23.
"We played with more passion tonight, and it helped it was senior night," Campolindo coach John Vuong said. "We're always going to play hard and play the way we play, but tonight it didn't matter who we played because they were going to come out and play their hearts out."
If they defeat Dublin on Thursday, the Cougars will get a share of the league title and likely the top seed in the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.
Campolindo (23-4, 10-1 DEAL) came out to send a message in game one, winning easily and doing so with balance as Annie Shurtz had five kills and Abbey Healey had four.
The Wildcats (19-12, 7-4) came in looking for a chance to tune up for the NCS Division I playoffs, and played better in games two and three, but couldn't get over the hump to extend the match to a fourth game.
"Our serve-receive is what did us in because it wasn't up to our usual standards," Dougherty Valley coach Jen Wilson said. "They have a faster attack than we were used to so we couldn't set up the block and our passing didn't allow us to get into our offense."
BVAL Championships: Heritage won both the singles and doubles titles at the Bay Valley Athletic League Championships at Diamond Hills Sports Club in Oakley.
Courtney Samuda defeated Pittsburg's Ivey Hughes 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for the singles title. In the doubles final, the Patriots' Megan Cleek and Stephanie Sanchez defeated Liberty's Alexis Esquivel and Angela Niduaza 7-5, 7-6 (1). It was Cleek's third straight league doubles championship.