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Oct 27 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 6-3 in the DAL title match.  Yes, they are the DAL Champions of 2016.  The jv team was defeated by the Matadors.

Zoe BenisekClick on image to buy game photos

Zoe Benisek
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Boys Water Polo

staged a late rally only to fall short to Miramonte HS 16-13.

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Max Stryker
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Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv team avenged an early loss to Miramonte HS be defeating them 6-4.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.  The Senior Night Presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

Freshman Football

hosts Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Schedule change…

Girls Tennis Championship

The DAL girls tennis championships has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The preliminaries will be Monday, October 31 at St. Mary’s College and the semifinals and championships will be Tuesday, November 1 at Acalanes HS.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0, Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8), Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6 and Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5) won their singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech 7-5, 6-4 and Meagan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh 7-6, 6-4 won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-4, Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain 8-2, Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson 8-6 and Sophia Scipi & Sofia Swatt 8-7 won their doubles matches.

Oct 26 – Girls JV Tennis vs. Miramonte

Miramonte 10 – Acalanes 4

The Lady Mats got revenge for our earlier stomping by spoiling our last match of the year 10-4. Despite the loss, the JV Lady Dons can claim the Diablo Athletic League JV Girls Tennis title for the Foothill Division. We finished our league season with a record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Thanks to a Las Lomas win over Miramonte, all of the other teams in the Foothill Division have two losses. Thus, we complete the season ½ game ahead of the Mats and a full game ahead of Campo.

Today’s highlights for the Lady Dons were at the top, middle and bottom of the lineup.

As they did all season Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay faced the opponent’s D-1 duo. Shannon and Lauren dispatched their Miramonte foes 8-4 in tightly contested match. Playing extended points, switching multiple times during extended rallies, Shannon and Lauren covered the court well and secured a fine Acalanes win.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain ended their JV careers as they began three years ago with a Lady Dons win. Niki and Skyler took control of their line early and played their fine, aggressive brand of tennis on their way to an 8-2 triumph at D-2. A nice way to end their JV careers.

In the middle of the lineup at D-6 Naomi “Nomi” Berkowitz and Audrey Glosson played a close, competitive match before emerging victorious 8-6. Audrey and Naomi communicated effectively while playing a number of extended points on their way to a fine win.

In the final match of the day at D-12, Sofia Swatt teamed with D-2 Sophia Scipi to play a match against the Miramonte D-12 and D-2 players. In a match shortened due to time, a tiebreaker was played at 7-7. Having played well as a team during the first 14 games, Sofia and Sophia dug in and played a really exciting tiebreak. The 7-5 win in the tiebreak earned the SoFPHias the final LD point of the day 8-7.

Congratulations to all of the Lady Dons on a terrific tennis season.

Oct 26 – Girls Water Polo vs. Miramonte

The Acalanes Dons Girls Varstiy team traveled to Orinda tonight to face the Mats. The Mats deep bench and 3 senior starters met a tough challenge with our young and spirited group. We went up 1-0 with Lexi Rowell‘s great outside shot, then the Mats rolled off four straight- the scrappy freshman Dons Westphal and Benisek kept it close with goals for a halftime score of 5-3

Ella MaisanoClick on image to buy game photos

Ella Maisano
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Second half the experienced Mats rolled off 5 quick goals before Lexi scored another. End of 3, 10-4. Ella Maisano had a fantastic game stopping a dozen shots including a 5 meter shot. Final score 10-4 Mats.


Graham Westphal

Oct 26 – Girls Tennis vs. Miramonte

We are thrilled to report that our varsity Lady Don’s stomped the Mats today 6 -3
To clinch the DAL title!!!!!
Outstanding play was had by all! Winners today:

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0
Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8)
Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6
Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5)
Lauren Ladrech / Quinn Harrington 7-5, 6-4
Maddie McDonagh / Megan Cardiff 7-6, 6-4

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Oct 26 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept College Park HS 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.  The jv team swept in 2 games and the freshmen came up just short in 3 games.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Miramonte HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Center Meet at Newhall Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Sam Darin, Sarah Nelson and Rachel Go had the opportunity to make an impact and did not disappoint.  Sam and Sarah were stellar at the net and Rachel was a defensive standout.

JV Girls Volleyball

Riana Buchman and Laurel Park were outstanding on offense and Cailey McVay likewise as the libero on defense.

Oct 25 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team kicked of the final week of DAL League Play at College Park, who honored it’s Seniors before the match got underway…as Halloween approaches.

Acalanes Girls Varsity VolleyballPhoto: Craig Nelson

Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball
Photo: Craig Nelson

First Set:

2-3. Roxy Cummings gets the Dons going with the first kill of the evening.

4-3. Melissa Elliott give the Dons the lead on a middle kill.

6-3. Madi Risch…..Ace!

7-3. Ditto.

9-3. Risch again with the serve! Holy Cow! (Go Cubs)

10-3. Risch draws 4 Aces! Awesome.

16-8. Parker Jones Ace!

17-8. See above. Dons firing WICKED serves tonight.

20-14. Risch delivers a deep corner kill. Dons still looking a little SCARY.

22-14. Risch. Guess what? Ace.

23-14. And again. Her aces keep coming back like JASON.

25-17. Jones finishes off the set with a sharp kill, like a KNIFE.

Samantha DarinPhoto: Craig Nelson

Samantha Darin
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Rachel Go sets Jones for a kill.

3-2. Theresa Nevins Roof! Smashed like a PUMPKIN.

5-2. See above!

6-2. Devin Grobeck gets in on the Ace action.

9-10. Rough patch, but Sam Darin turns the tables with a sharp angle kill. DEADLY.

11-12. Go Ace!

14-13. Zoe McPhail bump sets Jones for a kill and the Dons retake the lead.

17s. College Park keeps coming back like ZOMBIES.

20-17. Grobeck fires another Ace to stretch out the lead. Time out Falcons.

22-18. Maddie Kalil back set Jones for a monstrous kill. SPOOKY good.

25-18. Kalil wins the set with an Ace, as the Dons continue to serve with aplomb.

Third Set:

1-0. Lane Webster sets Risch for the kill. Dons strike first BLOOD.

3-0. Webster Ace. “Me too!”

5-1. Elsa Clever fires the ball off a middle blocker for a kill.

6-4. Clever again. FRIGHT NIGHT for the Falcons.

10-9. Risch kill, and then Risch again off the blockers.

13-10. Webster, Ahhhhhh, Ace!

14-10. Triple-body-ricochet Ace for Webster. What?!

15-11. Sarah Nelson cross-court kill. #SNELSON.

16-11. Slide kill attempt by Clever turns into a Kareem Sky Hook winner. That got the Don’s fans SCREAMING.

22-17. Webster feeds Darin for super kill. TREAT.

23-17. Super body twisting dig by Grobeck, rewarded by a huge Nevins roof. TRICK.

25-17. Dons finish the match in 3 sets! On to Senior Night! Come out Thursday night to celebrate the Dons Seniors in their final League match!

Oct 25 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30, weather permitting. Varsity is away and JV is home.

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