Oct 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Alhambra HS 25-21, 25-11, 25-18.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team did not fare any better.

Freshman Football

scored with 32 seconds left to take a 28-26 lead and stopped Dublin on the last play of the game from the Acalanes 3 yard line to hold on for a wild victory.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.


plays at Dublin HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno.

R. Takahashi

JV Girls Tennis: Dougherty Valley 7 – Acalanes 1

As we did in our first meeting, all of the Acalanes JV lines played really hard in a 7-1 loss to the defending DFAL Girls Tennis Champions from Dougherty Valley. The coaching staff is really proud of Sammy Browne, who volunteered to play a singles match at S-1. Although it is a cliché to say the match was closer than the score would indicate, it is absolutely true of Sammy’s effort in an 8-0 match, which saw a number of extended rallies and deuce games.

Playing at D-1, Vivian Toni and Maddie McDonagh controlled their DV opponents and came away with an 8-3 win. This is our only JV win against Dougherty Valley in the last three years.

At D-2 Claire Terentieff and Alex Awwad also played a really competitive line in a 3-8 effort. Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini had a number of lead changes in a hard fought 6-8 match at D-3. At D-4 Hayley Gotelli and Maggie Curless could have used a CPA to keep the 6-8 score straight against a mathematically challenged opponent. Fortunately the DV coach clarified the match score.

Once again all of our freshmen pairs competed really well in their first and only trip to DV. Due to a realignment of the DFAL in 2016, Dublin and DV will be in another league. At D-6, Molly Cronk and Milena Lucey got down 0-6 before reeling off five consecutive winning games. Molly and Milena showed great spirit in mounting this comemback. Sophias Lindgren and Scipi teamed at D-5 and played hard in a 2-8 effort. Referred to as “Sophia squared” during introductions, the Sophias played hard despite unseasonal heat in early October.

In the final match of the day, Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay got caught in the “doubling back” snare. Due to an unequal numbers of players, a higher ranked player joined the D-7 line for DV. Lauren and Shannon played a tactically sound match with a number of extended rallies with many of their games to deuce before being decided. Despite being down 0-7, Lauren and Shannon continued to fight hard and broke serve before bowing 1-8. The coaching staff is really proud of this type of competitive effort.

Oct 8 -Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

After regulation time expired the girls water polo team was tied with Campolindo HS 7-7. After 2 periods of overtime, they were still knotted at 8-8. In the first possession of sudden death, Lexi Rowell ripped the winning goal that propelled the team to their first victory over Campolindo HS in over ten years. Things are looking up for the future of girls polo. The JV team was not as fortunate.

Lexi Rowell
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Boys Water Polo

still leads the series 2-1 over Campolindo HS despite a tough defeat.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

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

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Dublin HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Water Polo

Emma Myall scored 4 goals, Lexi Rowell scored 3 and Lucy Fellner had 7 saves.

Emma Myall
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Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and Patrick Worthing had 6 saves.

Brendan Supple
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R. Takahashi

Oct 7 – Girls Water Polo beats Campo in triple overtime

The Acalanes girls water polo beat Campolindo last night in sudden death! The girls had some unbelievable plays and some great defense. Maddy Stewart junior started the game off by an amazing shot and the Dons were up early. But the game came down to the wire and we won in sudden death by Bella Wentzel winning the sprint and the final shot by freshman Lexi Rowell. Emma Myall was the high scorer with 4 goals and senior Lucy Fellner had 9 saves in the cage.

Bella Wenzel
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Myall 4, Rowell 3, Stewart 1 and Wentzel 1
Saves in Goal: L. Fellner 9

Lucy Fellner save
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Oct 7 – Water Polo TONIGHT at Campo

Acalanes Girls and Boys Water Polo Tonight at Campo!
Come Donning your Blue and watch Varsity Girls at 5:00 and Boys at 6:00.

Oct 7 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

pulled out a huge 5-4 victory over Miramonte HS to raise their DFAL record to 5-1 and their overall record to 10-4. The jv team also recorded a victory 8-4.
The girls volleyball team defeated Dublin HS 25-18, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-20. The JV and Freshmen teams swept in two games.

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In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

BIG action in the pool. The Dons go to Campolindo HS for the epic DFAL showdown. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Aleksandra Singer, Sydney Bell and Marina Akutsu won their singles matches.

Aleksandra Singer
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JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless & Maddie McDonagh, Hayley Gotelli & Claire Terentieff, Sammy Browne & Meena Neelakadan, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery, Lia Swan & Sally Tang, Emily Klein & Sophia Lindgren, Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay and Milena Lucey & Liv Olson won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 23 kills and 4 blocks. Maddie Graham had 15 kills.

R. Takahashi

JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 8 – Miramonte 4

The Lady Dons JVs finished the first half of the DFAL tennis season with a resounding 8-4 win over Miramonte. We stomped the Mats!

Sammy Browne and Meena Neelakadan started the Acalanes scoring with a convincing 8-1 win at D-6. Captains Claire Terentieff and Hayley Gotelli overcame their concern for Hayley’s lost phone and recorded an 8-4 victory atD-3.

Despite being badly mis-coached (I thought they were down 3-7, when in fact they were UP 7-3) Maddie McDonagh and Maggie Curless played a terrific match at D-1. After I gave them my best “better luck next time” pep talk when they came off the court, they finally informed me that Acalanes had won 8-5.

Sophomores Jess Gerson and Olivia Towery teamed effectively at D-7 to record an 8-4 win. While Olivia ran a number of balls down in the back court, Jess covered the net throughout the match and volleyed away a winner at match point. Sally Tang and Lia Swan played a close tactical match at D-9, showing great focus to rack up a 9-7 victory. Sally’s serve was smoking and Lia’s ground strokes controlled the back court.

Our frosh duos recorded a pair of Acalanes wins at D-10 and 11. Emily Klein and Sophia Lindgren took and early lead and did not let up on their way to an 8-4 win. Playing against a surprisingly unfocused team from Miramonte, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig kept their composure and were not distracted while securing an 8-4 win for the Lady Dons.

The final match of the day saw Liv Olson and Milena Lucey record an 8-7 win in a match shortened due to time constraints. At 7-7, we agreed to play a seven-point tie breaker. Olivia and Milena really dug in and dominated the tie-breaker 7-2.

The JV Lady Dons are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the DFAL.


Oct 1 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes JV Team traveled to Las Lomas and won the match in straight sets 25-16, 25-17. In the first set, the Dons put together several serving runs combined with solid passing and hitting to take control of the set early and comfortably end the set 25-16.  The second set started off slower for Acalanes as they exchanged leads with Las Lomas early in the set. However, the Dons got into a groove with better hitting, defense and serving to finish off the Knights 25-17.  With the win, Acalanes stayed undefeated at 5-0 in non-tournament play (7-1 overall). Go Dons!

Oct 6 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons host the Dublin Gaels. The Gaels visit with a 1-2 DFAL League record so far, while the Dons look to improve to 2-1 in League.

1st Set:

1-1. Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a kill right out into the Acalanes parking lot.

2-1. Maddie Graham adds a back corner kill off the nice set by Grace Bolen.

3-1. Bolen with a quick middle set to Mimi White for another kill…great distribution!

8-3. Graham with a big kill and the Dons are in control so far.

12-6. As usual, SOLID serving and back row play from Devin Grobeck, Heidi Stanford and Calista Lam. Throw in a couple of winners in the middle from Windy MarGerum and Dublin needs a time out.

17-7. Jones with multiple well-placed kills…

19-8. Bolen. Ace.

22-14. Reilly Webster tools the block as the Dons close in on the 1st set.

25-18. Graham finishes off the set!

2nd Set:

3-1. Jones with her second kill already. She will NOT be denied.

5-2. Graham with the kill-kill combo, including a nasty angle slam!

7-6. Jones kill. Gaels are hanging around…

9-7. Carly Porep serves a couple of nice balls to steady the team.

14-9. Jones. Ace.

16-9. Time out Dublin as the Dons get some mo goin’

17-9. Graham kill. With Authority!

18-9. Jones continues to drill serves and Hannah Roberts finishes it off with a kill.

20-9. Webster tried her Jones impersonation with a strong kill to the deep court.

21-9. Jones says “Nice try Reilly, but THIS is how hard I hit it” and proceeds to crush one.

24-9. Boustani in to serve (Jones must be tired of serving!) and she gets an Ace!

25-10. Webster finishes off the set with a crusher down the line. Nice set Bolen!!!

3rd Set:

0-1. Melissa Elliot with a nice block in the middle, but the Gaels dig and take the first point.

1-5. Jones gets the Dons on the board with a kill. Slow start, but a long way to go yet.

4-6. Great Graham dig and Webster kills to inch the Dons back into it.

5-8. Libero Porep covers Bolen on the set to Jones and, you guessed it – kill!

7-8. Julia Gay with good serves and ups and the Dons are right back in it.

8-10. Great Gay pass and Bolen sets Teeeeee Nevins for the kill in the middle to open floor.

11-13. Bolen back set to the Oppo and Webster finishes.

11-15. Dons are a little out of sync and take a timeout.

13-16. Webster kill to the back corner and the Dons are trying to climb the mountain.

14-17. Webster. Rooooof.

15-17. Maddie Kalil with a nice set to Webster for the score.

17-18 Graham angle kill keeping it close and then Gay with the Ace!

18-19. Nevins with the finger roll. Let’s tie this up!

19-21. Jones with the Thunder Bomb. Needed it!

20-22. Glimpse of the future: Kalil with the “one” to Elliot for a big kill in the middle.

21-22. Time out Gaels!

22-23. Jones kill.

23-24. Graham kill keeps the Dons alive!

23-25. Gaels played great up front and take the 3rd.

4th Set:

Dons looking to come out fast…

1-0. Jones. Kill. Good start.

2-0. Webster. Kill. Keep it going.

3-0. Jones again. I’m not tired…I’ll write about every point until a side out!

4-0. White. Roof.

5-2. Ok. Gaels scored. But then Jones scored too!

7-2. Trying to take a writing break but that was SUCH an awesome roof by White!

8-2. Ace Jones and timeout Gaels. Did I mention coming out fast?

10-2. Great team play. Digs everywhere. Webster back line kill. Pretty.

12-4. Lam “The Laminator”
with the Ace!

14-8. Graham kill. Dublin hanging around again….

15-10. Graham with 3 big swings and the last finally crumples the defense.

16-11 Jones. BIG kill.

19-15. Gaels still hanging around.

20-17. Dons trying to finish.

21-18 on the Jones monster hit off the blockers.

23-19. Dons still trying to finish!!! TO Dublin.

24-20. Pass Set Hit. Dons point from Jones.

25-20. Graham finishes with a classic Gumby contortion shot that finds the floor!

Dons win 3-1! Great competiton from Dublin tonight. Dons improve to 6-4 on the season and travel to play Alhambra Thursday.

Ken Webster

Oct 3 – JV Girls Volleyball – East County Invitational

The Acalanes JV Team traveled to Heritage High School in Brentwood on October 3rd to the East County Invitational Tournament.

In the first match against College Park, the Dons dominated to win in straight sets 25-9, 25-12. Acalanes was the more energetic team from the beginning as they passed, set and hit effectively to keep the Falcons off balance to glide through the first set 25-9.  In the second set, College Park came to life in the beginning to keep things tighter through the first part of the set, but the Dons used tough serving and accurate passing to overwhelm the Falcons and easily close out the match 25-12.

The Dons next took on Foothill and avenged a previous tournament loss by taking the Knights in straight sets 25-22, 25-11. The first set was a real battle as the teams traded points and the lead throughout the set, with strong hitting and defense on both sides of the net. Late in the set, Acalanes buckled down to string together a series of points through clutch hitting and passing to win the set 25-22. At the start of the second set, the Dons rode the momentum to raise their game and pounced on Foothill to grab an early lead. Acalanes never let up and finished strong to end the match in convincing fashion 25-11.

Acalanes kept on their winning ways with a straight set victory over Northgate 25-18, 25-20. Effective hitting from the outside and opposite hitters and solid serve receive kept the Broncos at bay as the Dons comfortably won the first set 25-18. Northgate came out in the second set playing scrappy and battled Acalanes throughout the set before the Dons put away the Broncos with several aces and good defense to seal the match 25-20.

In the semifinals, Acalanes ran into a strong team from Sacred Heart. In the first set, the lead went back and forth throughout as the Irish played spirited defense and served effective float serves. The Dons fought hard and had several chances but ended up losing the first set 19-25. In the second set, Acalanes struggled to find their rhythm as Sacred Heart increased the pressure by serving tough and getting a lot of digs. The Dons kept it close initially and were tied 9-9 before the Irish went on a scoring run that proved too much for Acalanes to overcome as they lost the second set 14-25 to end their tournament.

Congrats to the team for finishing tied for third at the tournament – Go Dons!

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