Oct 18 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…


Varsity rallied to defeat Dougherty Valley HS to raise their overall record to 6-1 and remain undefeated in the DFAL going into next weeks game against Miramonte HS. Casey Harrington rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns, while adding 191 yard in the air. Leo Barakos ran for 84 yards on 14 carries and scored 3 times. Jack Thoren had 8 receptions for 86 yards and Matt Burns 4 catches for 35 yards. The JV team completed the sweep of the Wildcats with a 37-20 victory.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

R. Takahashi

Oct 16 – Varsity Girls Tennis – Acalanes 7 – Dublin 2

The Lady Dons Varsity tennis team avenged an early season defeat by the Gaels of Dublin High in convincing fashion 7-2. Melissa Van Pell began the scoring with a straight set win at S-1. Singles players Tara Barabi, Alexandra Singer,and Madeline Bakar contributed wins. The Lady Dons doubles teams added to the scoring with Sophomores Lauren Ladrech and Quinn Harrington and the Senior-Sophomore combo of Katrina Bittner and Fernanda Heredia notching victories.

The final point of the day, actually early evening by the time the match concluded, was added by Freshman Sasha Stein playing at S-2. Sasha played one of the finest matches this coaching staff has been privileged to watch in the last two years. Getting into the deepest hole possible, Sasha dropped the first set to her Dublin opponent and trailed 0-5 in the second set. At this point Sasha dug in and playing like your National League Champion San Francisco Giants; she refused to lose. Sasha faced four elimination games while reeling off seven consecutive wins to force a third set tiebreaker. Once in the tiebreaker, there was no way Sasha was not going to win, which she did at 10-6. It was a remarkable individual performance and capped a great team win.

Coaches Ellie Kann, Corby Mullins, Marcy Sharafian, John Vocke (Temp. Upgrade)



Oct 17 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

methodically dispatched Las Lomas HS 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 to raise their overall record to 15-7 and DFAL record to 4-2. The JV team did likewise, 25-15, 25-18.

Girls Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 7-2. The JV team ended in a 3-3 draw.

Freshman Football

defeated Dougherty Valley HS to raise their overall record to 5-1 and remain undefeated in DFAL play at 3-0.


In Friday’s action…


plays at Dougherty Valley HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

closes the regular season against Piedmont HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 16 kills. Maddie Graham had 7 kills and 4 digs.

JV Girls Volleyball

Rachel Lom had 6 kills and 2 blocks. Alex Matson had 8 aces. Caroline Passalacqua had 4 kills. Heidi Stanford had 4 aces.

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Madeline Bakar, Tara Barabi, Aleksandra Singer and Melissa Van Pell won singles matches.
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech and Katrina Bittner & Fernanda Heredia won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Samantha Bell & Allie Figueredo, Alex Awwad & Claire Terentieff and Alexia Lucey & Melanie Tymn won doubles matches.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell scored a rushing touchdown and threw 4 touchdown passes to Aidan McNamara, Ryan Nall, Nick Price and Brian Merken. Aidan McNamara added at 91 yard interception return for a score. Defensive standouts were Gabe Middleton, Vance Parry, Ross Ney and Nick Henderson. Other offensive contributors were Parker Henderson, Ben Ross, Jackson Welch, Tyler Schenone and John Leamy.

R. Takahashi

Oct 16 – JV Volleyball Complete the Sweep of Las Lomas

The girls JV volleyball team take down Las Lomas in their house on Thursday night, winning in 2 games, 25-15 and 25-18. The Dons were on fire with impressive serving by Alex MATSON (8 aces) and Heidi STANFORD ( 4 aces). Great setting by Lan Chi HO and Margot AUDLEY, with each of them also serving up 2 aces. The Knights could not react to the powerful slams by Rachel LOM ( 6 kills), Caroline PASSALACQUA ( 4 kills) and 3 kills a piece for Lexi FRASER and Theresa NEVINS. Rachel LOM also stuffed the Knights with 2 blocks, and a block a piece for Hayley GOTELLI and Windy MARGERUM. The MVPs of the game were Rachel LOM and Alex MATSON.

Oct 16 – Varsity Volleyball versus Las Lomas

Your Acalanes Dons traveled the long road to Walnut Creek to face the Las Lomas Lady Knights.

Game 1

Even with the Giants playing, Acalanes travels well (yes, we were checking the score).

0-0 Parker Jones starts the Dons off with a back row kill off of two blockers for the kill.

1-2 Jones again, this time with the roll shot kill.

1-3 Maddie Graham and Mimi White team up for a block that rolls down the net and falls harmlessly for a point.

1-4 Jones and White (this time the other side of the court) get the stuff block.

2-5 Grace Bolen sets Graham who smashes a kill to the back corner off the block.

2-6 Bolen knows a good thing and sets Graham again who hits the ball to the corner for the kill.

6-9 Graham with the outside kill off the block that falls harmlessly outside the lines.

8-11 Molly Dalziel receives the serve and passes to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill on the line.

12-12 Dalziel with the kill to the back corner.

12-13 Bolen sets Dalziel a little inside the block and the kill falls to middle of the court.

12-15 Grace ace in your face!

13-16 Dalziel coming from the opposite side gets a kill down the line.

13-17 Graham hangs in the air and hits off speed and fools the Lady Knights who are falling back to earth. The kill rolls harmlessly between the blockers and the net.

13-18 Dalziel hits the screaming ace

13-19 Dalziel follows up with the soft ace that falls in front of the back row.

13-20 Jones and the headband (I get royalties if the Volleyball team ever creates a band with that name) soars above the block and gets the cross court kill.

14-21 Bolen with the perfect inside set to Graham who slides inside the block and crushes the kill.

16-23 Dalziel goes Roberta Flack and from the back row is killing them softly with her hits, killing them softly…

25-16 Dons

Game 2

1-1 Graham – kill off the block

3-3 Dalziel with the back row smash and kill.

4-4 Bolen with a sweet “1” to Molly Armstrong and a sweet kill.

7-6 Graham‘s sweet ace that deflects off 2 Lady Knights.

7-8 Bolen sets Dalziel on the pin and hit falls on the line 12 feet off the net for the kill.

8-8 Dalziel‘s kill hits off of two defenders, hangs in the air and falls harmlessly for the kill.

14-12 Calista Lam (been playing great defense all night) hits the hard ace to the middle back.

16-15 Bolen “1” to Armstrong – kill.

16-16 Armstrong goes up strong for the kill.

16-17 Dalziel from far outside gets a kill off the block to the middle.

18-19 Dalziel‘s hit explodes off of a defenders chest pushing her backwards for the kill.

19-22 Dalziel soars high over the block for the kill.

25-19 Dons

Game 3

5-7 Lam has been firing 4 straight missile serves that have kept the Lady Knights off balance and then she cranks it up a little more and with the hard top spin she gets the ace.

5-8 Lam, in a groove, same serve, same spot and same result.

6-9 Reilly Webster channeling Johnny Cash gets a kill that walks the line.

8-10 Graham leaps from about 30 feet behind the net, hangs in the air for about 3 minutes and smashes the kill off the block.


8-11  Dalziel does what she does with over passes and get the crushing kill.

8-12 Bolen to Dalziel for the kill to the middle.

8-13 Bolen again to Dalziel for the kill to the middle.

8-14 Bolen, goes with the hot hand, sets Dalziel for the kill to the back row.

9-16 Dalziel – kill between two blockers.

11-19 Maddie Kalil sets Webster who gets the line kill.

13-20 Kalil with the “1” to White for the kill off the block.

13-22 Dalziel and a back row kill.

13-24 Devon Grobeck and the ace. It takes the Giants four games to win, but the Dons only need three.

13-25 Dons

Dalziel – 17 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces

Graham – 7 kills, 4 digs and 1 ace

Lam – 9 digs and 3 aces

Bolen – 25 assists and 1 ace

Kalil – 3 assists

Oct 16 – Freshman Football

Acalanes Freshman football team (5- 1 overall, 3- 0 league) defeated the Dougherty Valley Wildcats (2- 4, 1-3) on Thursday 42- 0. The Acalanes defense shut out their second straight opponent, and were led by the staunch play of Gabe Middleton, Vance Parry, Ross Ney and Nick Henderson. In the first quarter the Dons started the scoring with an 11 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robby Rowell to wide receiver Aidan McNamara. Acalanes would score twice in the second quarter, first on a 15 yard pass from Rowell to Ryan Nall who would run 34 yards for the touchdown. And then the Dons would strike again right before the half as Rowell would connect with Nick Price for another 11 yard td pass. In the third quarter Acalanes would score on a 23 yard pass play from Rowell to Brian Merken. The Dons would score twice in the fourth quarter. Robby Rowell ran 16 yards around the left side and dove in for the score. Acalanes would finish the scoring when Aidan McNamara intercepted the ball on the Dons 9 yard line and ran 91 yards for the touchdown. On offense, the Dons had offensive contributions by the tough running of Parker Henderson, Ben Ross and Jackson Welch, and the receiving of Tyler Schenone and John Leamy.

Next game is next Thursday at 5:00 pm at Miramonte

Oct 16 – JV Girls Tennis – Acalanes 3 – Dublin 3

The JV Lady Dons earned a split with Dublin High Thursday afternoon 3-3. This is a distinct improvement over our first match with the Lady Gaels, which was a 1-6 loss. Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell continued their winning ways of late playing at D-2. Playing through some questionable line calls early in the match, Sam and Allie maintained their poise for an 8-3 victory. Claire Terentieff and Alex Awwad at D-4 played really well as a team in winning 8-2. Claire handled a number of balls at the net while Alex effectively covered the backcourt. Playing as a last minute fill-in, Melanie Tymm teamed with Alexia LUCEY at D-5 and powered their way to an 8-2 win. Melanie played a number of winning volleys and Alexia served effectively throughout the set.

It was a good effort by all of our lines. We had to contend with a strong wind and for our later lines, failing light. Good effort by all today.

John Vocke



Oct 16 – Freshman Volleyball Girls Unseat Knights 2-0

The Dons leveraged their best service receive of the season to down Las Lomas 25-17, 25-9. Leading the charge were Riana Buchman with 3 kills (.600 hitting %) and Maddie McDonagh, .667 hitting %. Maddie also served 3 aces and Marcella Chiarello earned 87.5% point scored percentage on her serves. Defensively, Hannah Edwards had 5 digs (83.3%) and Sami Broad had 3 (100%!).

Oct 15 – Acalanes Girls Varsity Water Polo v. Miramonte

There was a lot of action at Wednesdays game v. Miramonte. The Acalanes Dons have been working hard on the defense and it paid off against the girls of Miramonte. Keeping it a low scoring game showed that the defense is strong. But the strongest was the Acalanes Goalie Lucy Fellner with an outstanding game with 10 Saves.

The final was still an upset of 9-7  but an exciting game for the Dons!

Scoring Brooke Alsterlind 1, Hannah Kresnak 5, Emma Myall 1 Julia Mess 1 assist

Oct 16 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Alhambra HS 229-289.

Boys Water Polo

battled Miramonte HS to the very end falling just short 13-11.

Girls Water Polo

gave Miramonte all they could handle in a 9-7 defeat.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Dublin HS at 3:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Lauren Kim shot 40 and Vanessa Van Pell 41 on a 9-hole, par 36 course.

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Fellner and Brad Robison each scored 3 goals. Casey Conrad and Brendan Supple each scored 2 goals. Charlie Rogers had 10 saves.

Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak scored 5 goals and Brooke Alsterlind 3 goals. Lucy Fellner had 10 saves.

R. Takahashi