The Bishop O'Dowd girls volleyball team pulled out an incredibly competitive first game, taking some of the wind out of Albany's sails, and went on to post a 30-28, 25-21, 26-24 victory over the Cougars in a North Coast Section Division III semifinal on Wednesday.
"I think we did what we needed to do," Bishop O'Dowd coach Chad Salcido said. "We transitioned with consistency, and we were good passing the ball and with serve-receive, which helped us get into our fast offense."
No. 3 Albany (34-6), the defending NCS and Northern California Division III champions, battled back after trailing the entire first game to take leads of 25-24 and 27-26. But No. 2 Bishop O'Dowd righted the ship and took control.
Behind 18 kills from Brianna Karsseboom, who came up with big side-out after side-out, the Dragons (29-6) controlled game two and wiped away a 15-11 deficit in game three.
Kyra Holt had 19 kills for the Cougars.
Bishop O'Dowd will face No. 1 Campolindo, which beat Novato in the other semifinal, in Saturday's section championship. Bishop O'Dowd and Campolindo split its two meetings earlier this season.