Oct 31 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

Varsity swept Miramonte HS in three hard-fought games 25-20, 28-26 and 25-21. The JV and Freshmen did likewise, both in two games.
The JV girls tennis team was edged out by Campolindo HS 8-6.

Freshman Football

defeated Las Lomas HS.

In Friday’s action…


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

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 23 kills and 5 aces. Reilly Webster had 7 kills and 2 blocks. Grace Bolen had 39 assists.

R. Takahashi

Oct 30 – JV Girls Tennis – Campolindo 8 – Acalanes 2

The Lady Dons completed their 2014 campaign by playing a fine match in a losing effort at Campolindo. Although Campo recorded an 8-2 win most of the lines were close 8-6 or 8-5 losses. All of the Acalanes lines competed hard throughout the match.

Playing at D-2, Maddie Guzaitis and Kelianne Witt continued their winning ways. Maddie and Keli jumped out to a quick 4-1 advantage, but slowed down in the middle of the match to let Campo back in at 5-4. At this point the the Lady Dons regrouped and powered their way to an 8-5 victory. Our D-3 combo of Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell had the reverse experience. Down 5-2 and 6-3, they made adjustments to their game and virtually eliminated the unforced errors that got them into the hole. Playing terrific team tennis, Sam and Allie won five straight games to prevail 8-6. Playing for the first time together at D-9, Claire Terentieff and Sally Tang took their opponents to a tiebreaker which Campo won 8-6.

Although the final score against Campo is the same as our first match, the individual set scores were much closer and the overall match had a more competitive feel.  Once again, as they have all season, the Lady Dons JV Tennis team represented Acalanes High School wonderfully well.

John Vocke

Oct 30 – Varsity Volleyball serves up a sweet treat against Miramonte

Having lost earlier in the year to Miramonte, the Dons showed up looking hungry tonight. Nothing scarier than 14 varsity volleyball players wearing wax Dracula teeth.

Big crowd and a lot of energy in the gym. More fun than trick or treating and being presented with a bowl of full sized candy bars.

Game #1

0-0 Maddie Graham starts the Dons off with a push shot that is sweeter than a handful of candy corn.

1-6 Parker Jones with a rolos shot to the open middle – kill.

2-6 Molly Dalziel‘s cross court crush past two blockers starts off her night.

6-9 Dalziel again with a cross court kill.

9-9 Devin Grobeck‘s Jolly Rancher serve (hard candy) deflects off a Mat’s chest for the ace.

10-9 Grobeck is deal’n and throws the ace to the far corner untouched.

11-15 Graham with the back row kill.

12-17 Mimi White hangs in the air like a spider by a single strand of silk and gets a kill off the block.

13-17 Grace Bolen to Dalziel for a soft back row kill.

14-17 Reilly Webster with a kill between two blockers.

16-17 Armstrong receives Bolen‘s “1” and hits the ball with a crunch for the kill.

19-17 Dalziel takes a little off the Bolen back row set and drops it in the coffin corner.

20-17 Webster‘s kill comes off her hand like a starburst.

21-17 Dalziel back row kill to the other coffin corner.

Hannah Roberts has been serving a bit-o-honey during the last 7 points keeping the Mats out of system.

24-20 Armstrong solo block stops the Mats comeback.

25-20 Dons

Game #2

0-0 Dalziel with the cross court kill off the block.

1-2 Dalziel‘s line kill explodes off a Mat’s chest.

3-5 Jones and Armstrong come together like peanut butter and chocolate for the huge block.

4-9 Roberts with a perfect kill shot to the back row.

5-9 Dalziel – ace.

6-9 Webster with a devastating solo stuff block.

8-11 Webster hits it good and plenty and gets the kill.

9-13 White hits payday with a kill to the middle.

10-14 Dalziel with a push shot to the open corner.

11-15 Bolen‘s set is so sweet that 5 fans go into diabetic shock. Dalziel receives it and crushes a red hot kill on the line.

12-16 Roberts hits a slow rolo to the back corner for the kill.

13-16 Armstrong with the chocolate waterfall kill.

14-16 Bolen to Dalziel for the hit that deflects off a Mat and goes milky way back into the 7th row of the stands.

15-18 3 Musketeers – Dalziel to Bolen to Webster – kill.

16-19 White with a kill off the “1”.

17-21 Webster with a frightful cross court kill.

18-21 Jones and White = block

19-22 Dalziel with a little sugar to the open middle.

21-22 The Dons have been behind the entire game. This is a long point, the crowd is loud and you are sorry that you were not there. Every Don ends up on the floor at one time or another. It has been a rocky road, but Carly Porep delivers the kill to the open middle to tie the game up.

22-22 Calista Lam has been playing solid back row and now gets the much needed ace to take the lead.

23-22 Jones and Armstrong – perfectly timed block.

24-25 Dalziel with the kill on the line.

25-26 Dalziel delivers a push shot for the kill.

27-26 Dalziel with the razzels dazzles ace and win.

28-26 Dons

Game #3

2-7 Webster smoking kill to the back corner is not a milk dud.

3-7 Dalziel hits a shot off the double block that falls out of bounds for the kill.

5-8 Bolen is no butter finger as she sets Dalziel for the kill.

6-8 Armstrong – kill.

7-8 Lam with jolly rancher serve – ace.

8-8 Dalziel gets the kill around two blockers.

9-9 Dalziel – tootsie roll shot to the middle.

10-13 Dalziel – kill off the net, and the net says yes.

11-13 Dalziel puts a little abba zabba on her serve and gets the ace.

12-13 Dalziel takes a little off the serve and the net is a life saver as the ball rolls over for the ace.

13-13 Dalziel – with another ace. It’s all about that ace, bout that ace…

15-16 White and Bolen go up together like a twix bar and get the block.

16-16 White – huge solo stuff block.

17-17 Dalziel scary back row kill.

19-18 Webster pushes the Bolen set past two defenders for the kill.

20-18 Dalziel – yummy.

21-18 Dalziel and the line kill.

22-19 Jones goes up over the block an annihilates the ball for the kill.

23-19 The Dons are ahead, but it feels tight. Bolen takes the pass and sets Dalziel inside the block where she is able to turn on the ball and send it down the line for the kill and the crowd rises to their feet sensing victory.

24-21 Bolen sets Dalziel for the wonka kill.

25-21 Dons

Dalziel – 23 kills and 5 aces

Bolen – 39 assists

Lam – 8 digs

Webster – 7 kills

Armstrong – 4 kills and 2 blocks



Oct 30 – Freshman Volleyball Dons Take Down the Mats With Their Best Attack of the Season

The Dons struck with 19 kills and 9 aces to beat Miramonte for their fourth win in a row. The first set was a close 6-6 when Ren Dunwoodie took the serve and the Dons scored five straight and never looked back. Brooke Clark added on a streak of 6 points during her serve and the Dons won the first set 25-11. The second set saw serving runs of 8 by Haley Pinnella and 5 by both Maddie McDonagh and Marcella Chiarello as the Dons won 25-7. The Dons put up the most kills in two sets this season led by Riana Buchman with 5. Ren and Maddie put down 3 apiece and Haley topped the list with 4 aces. On defense, Ren, Kaitlyn Enrici, Maddie, Marcella and Hannah Edwards scooped up 3 digs each.

Oct 30 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

finished the DFAL season with a 17-0 defeat over Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team was the 7-2 victor.

Boys Water Polo

also finished the DFAL season with an 20-3 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.

Cross Country

The boys and girls teams each finished in 5th place at the DFAL Center Meet.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

has a big home showdown with Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

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

Freshman Football

plays at Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Evan Wentzel scored 5 goals. Michael Green and Brad Robison each scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Jack Winther had 7 saves.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 2nd on the boys side. Sammy Taketa finished 6th and Brooke Lennox 10th in the girls competition.

R. Takahashi

Oct 29 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

held on to a huge victory over San Ramon Valley HS 8-7 in a game with playoff implications.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated San Ramon Valley HS. The JV team played well, but with the same result.

Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 6-3. The jv team recorded a shutout victory 6-0.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00. Between the girls and boys varsity games, the Senior Night Presentation will take place.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Brad Robison scored 2 goals and had 1 assist. Casey Conrad scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Charlie Rogers was outstanding in goal with 11 saves.

Girls Water Polo

Emma Myall scored 3 goals. Hannah Kresnak and Alex Calender each scored a goal.

Varsity Girls Tennis

Melissa Van Pell, Tara Barabi, Skylar Jeveli and Fernanda Heredia won singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech and Katrina Bittner & Megan Yee won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Samantha Bell & Allie Figueredo, Sami Browne & Claire Terentieff, Alexia Lucey & Lucy Nguyen, Maggie Curless & Julia Lauer and Philippine Chauvet & Cameron Morton won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Oct 28 – JV Girls Tennis – Lady Dons 6 – Alhambra 0

The Lady Dons celebrated Maggie Curless’ birthday with a sweep at Alhambra. Playing at D-1, Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell continued to play really well as a team and achieved an 8-4 win. Sam and Allie communicated effectively with each other and kept pressure on their opponents throughout the set. Claire Terentieff and Samantha Browne shut out their D-2 opponents 8-0. Controlling the net throughout the match permitted Claire and Sammie to coast to a win. Alexia Lucey and Lucy Nguyen played effectively at D-3 and brought home an 8-2 victory. Alexia’s serve kept the Alhambra team deep on the court and Lucy capitalized by putting away some fine volleys. Julia Lauer teamed with the birthday girl at D-5 and won handily 8-2. Maggie and Julia, playing together for the first time this season, were a truly effective team. Playing at D-6, Philippine Chauvet and Cameron Morton rounded out the Acalanes scoring with a fine 8-4 win. Cameron served really well and covered the backcourt, while Philippine scored consistently with backhand winners.

In our two exhibition matches, Lia Swan and Samantha Browne teamed at D-7 to defeat the D-1 team from Alhambra 8-1. Sammie was playing in her second set and she again took control of the net and put away a number of volleys, while Lia defended the mid court and back court areas with some terrific ground strokes and half volleys. Our D-8 team of Olivia Olson and Sally Tang played a fine match against the Alhambra D-2 duo. Although Alhambra won a competitive set 8-3, Sally served well and Olivia returned serve with a number of winners.

Once again, all of our lines competed well and demonstrated terrific sportsmanship during the entire match.

John Vocke

Oct 28 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 77 to finished tied for 3rd and Vanessa VanPell 89 to finish tied for 33rd at the NCS Southern Qualifier. Both advance to the NCS Championships Monday at Tilden GC.

In Tuesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host San Ramon Valley HS. JV girls play at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 24 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo v. Northgate

In Friday’s game Acalanes Girls Water Polo pulled off a 12-5 win over Northgate. The Lady Dons had great defense keeping the score low but the offense had a career high with 8 goals from Hannah Kresnak. The girls are looking strong going into 2 games this week with Senior night on Wednesday finishing the week with the Nor Cal Tournament in Atherton. GO DONS!

Scoring for the Dons: Alsterlind 2, Kresnak 8, Wentzel, Jackson.

Assists Alsterlind 2, Calendar 1, Mes 2, Stewart 2, and Myall 2

Steals Alsterlind 1, Mes 2 and Myall 3

Oct 25 – Boys Water Polo – North / South Tournament

The Boys Varsity Water Polo team had a tough go at the North/South Tournament this weekend, but ended the weekend on a high note with a WIN!

Friday’s two games: Game 1) Acalanes 4 – Loyola 11 ;  Game 2) Acalanes 10 – Campo 13.

Saturday started early with the boys leaving Acalanes at 6am for an 8am game. The first game was a loss Acalanes 5 – St Francis 8. Saturday afternoon came out with a WIN Acalanes 11 – Villa Park 9.