Oct 22 – Girls Water Polo Action

In Wednesdays Girls Water Polo game there was a lot playtime for an early start! AHS played at Alhambra and started early which meant we were ready. The girls came out strong in the first quarter and by halftime we held a strong lead. Keeping the lead to the end of game brought Acalanes the Win. Scoring goals Brooke Alsterlind 2, Hannah Kresnak 3, Ryan Hagglund 1, Bella Wentzel 1, Maddy Stewart 2, Emma Myall 3, Nicole Jackson 1 and Goalies Lucy Fellner 7 Saves, and Emma Myall 3 Saves.

Come out for Tonight Games  v. Northgate Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00

Oct 24 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

shutout Dublin HS 25-15, 25-20, 25-11 to raise their overall record to 16-7 and their DFAL record to 6-2.

Girls Tennis

Varsity and JV girls tennis teams were defeated by Miramonte HS.

Freshman Football

squared off against another DFAL undefeated in a great game that was won by the Dons 14-7. They remain undefeated in the league with a 4-0 record and a 7-1 overall record.


In Friday’s action…


hosts Miramonte HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Northgate HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.


In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 16 kills and 2 blocks. Parker Jones added 11 kills. Molly Armstrong had 6 kills and 2 blocks.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie Guzaitis & Kelianne Witt, Alexia Lucey & Melanie Tymn, Kelly Min & Cameron Morton and Samantha Bell and Allie Figueredo won doubles matches.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell connected with Aidan McNamara and Nick Price for touchdown passes of 3 and 82 yards, respectively. Carson Etnyre, Jake Landry, John Leamy, Brian Merken and Trenton Tso also contributed offensively. Nick and Parker Henderson, Ryan Nall and Ross Ney did likewise on defense.

R. Takahashi

Oct 23 – Freshman Football

The Acalanes Dons Freshman Football team (6- 1 overall, 4- 0 league) defeated the previously unbeaten Miramonte Matadors (7-1, 3- 1) by the score of 14- 7. The Dons defense continues to play well, giving up their first touchdown in three games, in the 4th quarter, after two straight shutouts. The defense was led by Ross Ney, Ryan Nall, Parker Henderson and Nick Henderson. Acalanes had two nice drives in the first quarter, and had another opportunity to score when Tyler Schenone recovered a fumble, but failed to score. In the second quarter after a failed punt by the Mats, quarterback Robby Rowell would hit Aidan McNamara for a 3 yard touchdown. Then with just 23 seconds left in the first half Rowell connected with Nick Price on a 30 yard pass, and Price ran away from the Miramonte defenders for an 82 yard touchdown. No one scored in the third quarter, but defense was big again, as McNamara would intercept a pass to stop a Miramonte drive. The Mats would score late in the 4th quarter, but the Dons defense would hold again when Gabe Middleton and Joey Gladden would sack the quarterback twice to end any chance of a comeback. The Dons had great offense with the running by Jackson Welch and Ben Ross, and Rowell was able to find plenty of receivers to throw to, as Trenten Tso, Carson Etnyre, John Leamy, Jake Landry and Brian Merken caught the football all over the field.

The Dons travel to Walnut Creek next Thursday, 10/30, at 5:00 to take on the Las Lomas Knights, before coming home in two weeks on November 6th at 5:00 to take on that team from Moraga.

Oct 23 – Varsity Volleyball versus Dublin Gaels

Your Acalanes Dons should have traveled to Vegas, cause they were Dublin down.

0-1 Molly Armstrong starts the Dons off with a devastating kill that falls untouched.

2-3 Reilly Webster fires a Grace Bolen set cross court for the kill.

5-4 Mimi White and Grace Bolen team up and get the block.

8-5 M&M roofing company (Armstrong and Molly Dalziel) show up for work.

9-5 Hannah Roberts with a sweet ace.

10-7 Armstrong kill to the middle of the court.

11-7 Armstrong – huge solo stuff block.

14-8 After being blocked a few times, Dalziel changes it up with the roll shot kill.

15-10 Parker Jones starts her approach 4 feet outside the court and takes Bolen’s set and the ball explodes off her hand for the kill.

16-10 Dalziel – back row kill.

17-10 White gets a sweet “1” from Bolen and does what good middles do – kill.

18-12 Jones kill off the block spins harmlessly to the floor.

19-12 Webster smokes a cross court kill.

20-12 White hangs in the air for about 20 seconds and after gravity has affected the Gael blockers she hits the ball for the kill.

21-14 Maddie Kalil pushes a “1” to White for the kill.

22-15 Dalziel – kill back corner.

23-15 Roberts with another devastating ace.

24-15 Roberts is “the closer” and again serves a devastating ace.

25-15 Dons

Game #2

0-0 Jones big kill to the open court.

1-1 Dalziel – tool kill.

2-1 Dalziel with the back row kill.

4-1 Bolen with the sweet set on the net to Jones for the kill.

5-1 Dalziel gets a back row kill to the open back line.

8-3 Jones brings a high arm swing and crushes the ball to the open back row.

9-5 Jones – tool kill.

Julia Gay gets a great pass off a hard hit to keep the point alive.

10-6 Webster and a kill off of the perfect Bolen set.

11-6 Dalziel‘s kill falls on the 10 foot line untouched.

12-7 Gay with the “5” pass to Bolen to Dalziel for the kill off the block.

14-9 Bolen back sets Dalziel for the unblocked scorching kill.

15-9 Dalziel – Ace.

16-10 Jones hard hit falls harmlessly off the block.

17-11 Repeat above.

18-13 Gay to Bolen to White = kill.

19-14 Dalziel kill to the 10 foot line for the kill.

21-16 Armstrong gets a yummy.

22-16 Dalziel tips the ball past two defenders for the open floor kill.

23-19 Meghan Trainor thinks it’s “all about that bass” but Jones thinks it’s “all about that touch, ’bout that touch” – perfect touch on the ball over the blockers.

24-20 White unleashes the anger for the kill.

25-20 Dons

Game #3

0-0 Jones starts the third game off with a crushing tool kill.

1-0 Armstrong‘s smok’n kill shot.

4-0 Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

Bolen started the game off with a great 6 point serving run.

6-2 Dalziel with a kill 6 feet off the net.

The Dons go on a field trip to Fairfield and visit the Jelly Belly factory for the next two points:

7-2 Armstrong – yummy

8-2 Webster – yummy

9-3 “el Fuego” Jones big kill.

10-3 Jones and White = block.

12-4 Webster returns to Fairfield – yummy.

13-4 Gay with a screaming fastball ace.

14-7 White with a kill of off Bolen‘s sweet “1”.

15-7 Bolen sets the ball high and on the net. Dalziel swoops in and smacks the kill straight down.

16-8 Dalziel with a kill off of Bolen‘s quick set.

17-8 Dalziel stuff block.

18-8 Armstrong and Bolen perfectly time their block.

19-8 Dalziel gets a facial kill.

21-8 Sweet arm swing for Armstrong and the kill.

23-9 Magician Dalziel pulls the push shot out of her bag of tricks for the open floor kill.

25-11 Dons

Bolen – 39 assists and 2 (yes 2) blocks

Dalziel – 16 kills, 3 digs and 2 blocks

Jones – 11 kills

Armstrong – 6 kills and 3 blocks

White – 6 kills and 2 blocks

Webster – 5 kills

Lam – 5 digs

Kalil – 4 assists







Oct 23 – JV Girls Volleyball Defeat Dublin in 2 Sets

The JV Volleyball team headed south to Dublin on Thursday night to hand Dublin High a defeat in two sets, 25-11, 25-21. The Gaels were treated to fierce serving by Heidi STANFORD (4 Aces), Melissa ELLIOT (4 Aces), Liza PRESSMAN (3 Aces) and Margot AUDLEY, (2 Aces).  Power at the net by Rachel LOM (7 kills), Hayley GOTELLI (3 kills) and Lexi FRASER (3 kills).  Great blocking by Rachel LOM and Hayley GOTELLI.  Match MVPs were Liza PRESSMAN and Melissa ELLIOT.  Come out next week and support the volleyball teams as they take on at home El Cerrito on Tuesday and MIRAMONTE on Thursday, Freshman 4:00; JV 5:00; Varsity 6:30.

Oct 23 – JV Girls Tennis: Miramonte 8 – Acalanes 4

This afternoon we played an excellent match against a tough Lady Mats squad. Although Miramonte won the match 8-4, all of our lines competed effectively and the Lady Dons continue to improve. Our result today is an improvement over our first match loss at 10-3.

Kelianne Witt and Maddie Guzaitis continued to play winning tennis at D-2 downing a tough combo from Miramonte 8-4. Maddie and Keli returned to the form they showed at Las Lomas and Dougherty Valley in controlling the set against a fine Miramonte doubles team.

Following up on their winning performance at Dublin, our second victory of the day was an 8-4 win by the combo of Melanie Tymm and Alexia Lucey, playing at D-9. Alexia continued to serve consistently and cover the backcourt effectively while Melanie handled a number of tough volleys at net.

A new Lady Dons’ team of Cameron Morton and Kelly Min accounted for an Acalanes point with an 8-5 win at D-11. Kelly kept the Miramonte duo pinned deep with some great topspin groundstrokes and Cameron, playing in her second set of the day, controlled the net in a really hard fought set.

Our final win was recorded by Samantha Bell and Allie Figueredo, who doubled back to play a second set at D-12. Communicating effectively with each other Sam and Allie played a number of hotly contested points in an 8-4 victory.

It should also be noted that recently licensed California driver, Julia Lauer teamed with Olivia Olson and took their Miramonte opponents to a tie breaker in a fine come back effort. Although Miramonte won the tiebreaker, Julia scored 100% on her driver’s test.

A really good effort by all of the Lady Dons players on and off the court.

John Vocke

Oct 23 – Freshman Volleyball Dons Out Duel the Gaels

The Dons defeated the Gaels for the third time this season 25-23, 25-19. It was a team effort as 13 players had attacks and 10 had kills, led by Sami Broad’s 4 and Riana Buchman’s 3. Three non-setters also had assists led by Marcella Chiarello’s 2. The serve also contributed to the victory as Sam Sweeney, Kaitlyn Enrici and Brooke Clark knocked two aces each. On defense, Kaitlyn McKendell had 6 digs (100%) and Shreya Raj dug 3.

Oct 23 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

began the evening with a 13-5 victory over Alhambra HS.

Boys Water Polo

followed the girls with an 18-6 victory over Alhambra HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

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

Girls Volleyball

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

Freshman Football

plays at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 5 goals and had 1 assist. Casey Conrad scored 4 goals and had 1 assist. Brad Robison scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Tommy Fellner had 3 assists. Charlie Rogers had 13 saves.

R. Takahashi

Oct 21 – JV Girls Volleyball defeat Dougherty Valley

The JV girls volleyball traveled to Dougherty Valley on Tuesday night and defeated DVHS handily in 2 sets; 25-11, 25-19. The Dons were led by the hitting power of Theresa NEVINS (4 kills) and Caroline PASSALACQUA and Sarah NELSON (3 kills each). The Wildcats could not respond to the serving dished out by Alex MATSON (4 aces) and Liza PRESSMAN (2 aces). Other tough serves launched by Heidi STANDFORD and Lan Chi HO. Outstanding blocking at the net by Theresa NEVINS and Windy Margerum. Match MVPs were Alex MATSON and Theresa NEVINS. The Dons travel to Dublin on Thursday.

Oct 22 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

continues to roll defeating Dougherty Valley HS 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18 to raise their overall record to 17-7 and 5-2 in the DFAL. Molly Dalziel amassed 22 kills to go with 9 digs and 4 blocks. Grace Bolen had 32 assists. Parker Jones had 12 kills and 6 blocks.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Alhambra HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

R. Takahashi