Oct 28 – Acalanes Beats Campolindo 35-28

by Matt Delaney

Wow, what a game. Well played by both sides.

Here are the stats from Digital Scout, I will upload into Hudl and MaxPreps by the morning.

Here are some highlights of tonight.

Time of Possession
Acalanes = 18:14
Campo = 29:46

Robby finished 17 for 24 with 215 yards, 3 passing TDs and 1 Interception.
Robby carried the ball 16 times for 181 yards and 2 Rushing TDs.

Robby = Total Yards = 396
Robby = Total TDs = 5

Torchio = 18 for 31 passes for 217 yards. 15 rushes for 58 yards for a total of 275 yards. He threw 1 interception, caught one interception and had 3 TDs.

Jake Delaney = 9 carries for 65 yards
Brian Merken = 4 catches for 47 yards and 2TDs
Chris Roger = 5 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD

Defense was impressive

Henderson = 5 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles
Nall = 4 Solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks
Trenton Tso = 5 Solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles
Alex Cortessis = 4 solo tackles & 3 Assisted tackles
Gabe Middleton = 3 solo tackles & 5 assisted tackles

Robby Rowell

Oct 10 – Northgate v. Acalanes Girls Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team. Northgate. Broncos. Let’s ride.

First Set:

3s. Elsa Clever Ace as we get going.

5-3. Lane Webster sets Theresa Nevins in the middle and she hammers it like a nail in a horseshoe. Timeout Broncos.

6-8. Broncos gallop ahead with a 5-point run. Grace Higgins stops the stampede with a nice hit.

10-12. Sam Darin cross-court kill on the Maddie Kalil set as the Dons stay close.

12-13. See above! And add a great dig by Madi Risch off a tough serve!

13s. Webster to Higgins at Oppo who ties it up. Yee-Ha!

15s. Higgins puts up a huge block. Rooooof!

19-18. Darin. Key kill. Acalanes trying to get more than a half-length lead on the track.

19-22. Dons timeout after Broncos land three straight bulls-eyes.

20-23. Webster jumps in at Oppo and fires a shot.

21-23. Webster Ace! Timeout for the Broncos as they retreat to the barn to regroup.

21-25. And Northgate does regroup and takes the first set. Broncos roaming all over Acalanes Ranch so far.


Second Set:

Dons looking for more “Good…” and less “Bad and the Ugly.” (See Sergio Leone).

1-0. Darin kill.

2-0. Sarah Westergren kills it off the blockers.

3-0. Great Kaitlin Mckendall pass, permitting a clean set that Risch crushes.

5-3. Nevins makes an incredible one-armed up to keep the point alive and Risch pounds one off the blockers.

7-9. Timeout Dons after another big Broncos stampede. Somebody call Bart the Sheriff of Rock Ridge!

10-12. Webster finds a gap in the block.

11-13. Westergren fires a nifty kill to keep the Dons close.

12-13. Beautiful cross-court winner from Risch.

16-17. Saving back line up from Cailey McVay that Risch kills, and then Webster dumps a winner into the campfire…Taggert shakes his head on the Northgate sidelines over that one.

18-20. Rachel Go smartly sets up a kill.

19-23. Darin kill. Dons hanging on to the saddle horn.

19-25. Broncos buck harder and the Dons cannot stay on the mount.


Third Set:

I’m heading over to the Dons bench with “A Fist Full of Dollars” to try and rally the girls. We have to corral the Broncs right now or this one is over.

3-1. McVay Ace!

6-5. Broncos called timeout at 4-1 and ran off four straight. Then Clever fires an Ace!

7-6. Nevins delivers a nice block and Broncos brush the barbwire (net violation).

10-9. Zoe McPhail comes in and delivers two perfect passes. Risch kills the set off the second one. Fresh horses!

11-9. Dons struggling with on-court communication, but they keep it alive long enough with pure hustle for Webster to fire a clean shot into the back corner.

13-11. Higgins kill. This one is a hoof-biter.

15-14. Great up from Mckendall and Nevins finishes from the “Oppo” spot with a kill.

16s. Kennedy Cornish gets a kill in the middle.

17-16. Go! Ace!

20s. Long ref discussion. Do-over.

23-21. It ain’t pretty on either side of the fence y’all.

24-21. Nevins kills the overpass! Yummy like a sugar cube for the pony.

25-23. Dons finally win this set! Epic struggle to rope in the Broncos.


Fourth Set:

I guess this time I’ll implore the Dons with “For a Few Dollars More” to keep this match going.

1s. Higgins skys high and pounds a kill off the block.

3-2. Risch power slams the tight Webster set.

4s. Timeout Dons to plan a Round-Up.

5-4. Cornish rips one. Winner.

8-9. Claire McNally rolls in like the “High Plains Drifter”, steps up on defense, makes a nice pass, and Higgins finishes off a kill. Yippee Ky Yay!

11s. Higgins ties it up. Yahoo!

12-11. Nevins Roof! Time out Northgate.

14s. Risch ties it again.

15-17. Risch kills it again after yet another crucial Broncos stampede. Northgate is really playing consistently well tonight.

16-17. R-Go Ace!

16-19. Time out Dons. Trying to stop the Broncos from riding off into the sunset.

17-21. Webster smart placement kill.

17-25. Dons get bucked in the fourth and head to the rodeo clowns. This was just not their night and hats off to Northgate for a great match.


Dons fall to 3-2 in league play and travel to the Mata-dome on Thursday night for the second tilt of the year with arch-rival Miramonte. Come on out and wear your BLUE! Go Dons!



Oct 3 – Acalanes v. Las Lomas Girls Volleyball

After a weekend excursion to the desert for the Nike Tournament of Champions, Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball traveled to Las Lomas Tuesday night for the first league road match of the season. The Dons faced some tough national competition in Phoenix and got stronger as a unit. Their resilience was certainly tested by the Knights:

First Set:

1-0. Sam Darin kill of the Kaitlyn Mckendell covering set (from the libero position).

3-2. Madi Risch kills the Lane Webster set.

4s. Sarah Westergren fires an angle kill from the right side.

7-9. Have to say it…both teams playing pretty sloppy ball right now!

9-11. Cailey McVay delivers a timely Ace!

10-11. Risch! Roof!

12s. Great Elsa Clever serve that takes the Knights out of system, and then Clever comes right back with a pure pass and the Dons tie it up.

14s. Rachel Go sets Risch for a kill and the Dons rally again from down two to tie.

15-14. Kennedy Cornish puts up a big block and roofs it!

18-16. Darin with a huge kill.

18-20. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

19-20. Webster “Oppo” kill.

20s. Darin angle kill.

22-20. Clever kill in the middle as the Dons are on a roll. T.O. L.L.

23-20. Westergren kills the Webster set. Wonderful.

24-20. Clever Roof. Cool.

25-20. Darin delivers. Dons win the first.


Second Set:

1-0. Darin picks up right where she left of: with a kill!

3-0. Westergren kill and solid McVay serving serves the Dons well.

4-0. McVay serving gets even better: Ace!

6-1. Clever Ace! Dons serving great tonight. Timeout Knights.

8-5. Risch kills a solid Go set to staunch a little Knights run.

9-5. Grace Higgins steps into the Oppo spot and nails a corner kill.

10-7. Mckendell playing beautiful “D”, keeping the points alive for Acalanes.

12s. Knights charge back to tie it.

13-12. Darin kill to retake the lead.

18-12. Risch kill and Westergren kill, and then another Risch kill and Westergren kill, backed by great McFamily defense (McVay & Mckendell), and smooth Webster sets, and the Dons re-assert control. Timeout LL.

21-14. Westergren again, with a smartly executed roll shot kill.

22-14. Clever Ace!

24-15. “R-Go” Ace to get to set point!

25-18. Risch kill finishes it. Untouched by human hands.


Third Set:

1-6. Clever and Westergren get a block after a super-slow Dons start to the 3rd (but not for lack of hustle). Knights have raised their defensive game significantly since the start.

2-6. McVay Ace!

3-6. Westergren kill! Lead cut in half.

6s. Clever Roof, Clever kill. Set tied!

7-6. Sweet Westergren up to Webster, who dumps a “deke” set over the net for a winner. Sneaky.

8s. Textbook Mckendell pass to Webster. Textbook Webster set to Risch. Textbook Risch kill. Been studyin’, ya-know?

9-13. Long, rough, patch.

13-17. Darin fires a kill off the blocker’s fingers. “Touch!” everyone yells.

15-17. Your correspondent calls it: Webster Ace! It was time. (Then your correspondent almost yelled “Let’s Go Knights!” because he is a Las Lomas alumni, but he caught himself in time…all Blue now baby.)

15-20. Timeout Dons. Acalanes not able to climb the mountain…yet.

15-24. Sometimes it’s pretty. Sometimes it’s not.

17-24. Nice Clever roof, but then the Knights take set 3, 17-25.


Fourth Set:

1-0. Clever kill in the middle off of the “1” set from Webster.

3-0. Risch deep corner placement kill.

4s. Knights take the lead, but Westergren ties it back up with a sharp kill.

7-4. Clever Ace! Dons storm back.

8-5. Super McVay pass. Cornish kills the set.

10-7. Higgins flushes an overpass. Yummy.

12-8. Darin kill x2.

13-8. Darin x3. Great Mckendell serving and Go setting.

14-15. Big rough patch at the wrong time!

16-18. Dons scuffling. They get a much needed Risch kill. Team is really up and down tonight. Jet lagged from the AZ trip?

17-20. Hayes Hollar get a kill.

17-22. Timeout Dons. Yikes.

18-25. Knights take the Fourth Set and push this match to decisive Fifth!


Fifth Set:

2s. Risch kill as the Dons fight back from down two…this set is only to 15…

3-2. McVay Ace! Crucial serving tonight by Cailey.

4-2. Another McVay Ace!

6-4. Sweet McVay pass. Cornish kill, and the Dons keep the Knights at bay.

7-4. Webster crushes an overpass for a kill! Sa-weet! Timeout LL.

8-6. Cornish roof!

10s. Trading points, and the Dons are giving more than they are getting at the moment. Dons really struggling for any consistent rhythm tonight. A bit stressful.

11-10. Westergren kill. Needed it.

12-10. Risch tools the block. Needed that too.

13-11. Now Westergren kills off the blockers.

14-11. Clever Ace! OMG! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Knights.

14-12. Dons hit long!…still match point.

15-12. Knights serve it long and out. Sad but the Dons will take the “W”! Game over! Match over! Dons win. PHEW!


Dons win the match in 5 sets and move to 2-1 in league play. The girls travel to College Park on Thursday night for another road contest. Come on over and watch, then get IN-N-OUT.

Aug 29 – Girls Volleyball Comes Back for a Win

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team started off their season with a non league home match against Deer Valley HS. The defending CA State D3 Champions were excited to get back on the court and see what they’ve got this season. Here we go…

1st Set
2-2 Maddie Kalil gets it going with a nice set to Grace Higgins for the kill.
3-2 Teresa Nevins (Tnev) brings it with a stuff block – Point!
4-2 Madi Risch serves up an Ace
6-2 Tnev with the overpass pound
7-2 Risch with another Ace! Forces a DV timeout.
9-3 Roxy Cummings says “I’m baaack!” with a KILL
10-5 Higgins with another “5” kill
11-5 Lane Webster floats in a back corner Ace
13-7 Elsa Clever joins Cummings for a big block
14-8 Webster to Risch who tools the block
15-11 Tnev SHUTS DOWN a dump attempt. Says “not in my house!”
20-18 Hayes Hollar makes her debut with a sweet kill on the outside.
21-18 Webster skims the ball off the top of the net for an ace.
22-20 Elsa Clever tips the ball into a hole for a kill.
23-20 Webster dumps the ball for a kill.
24-23 Risch kill for set point; but DV says, “not so fast…”
24-26 Set goes to DVHS

Lane Webster
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2nd Set
0-4 Slow start. Team still trying to find it’s rhythm.
1-4 Tnev gets it going with a “1” kill.
2-4 Kaitlyn McKendell follows that up with an ace
4-4 Sam Darin gets in on the action with an oppo kill
6-5 Cummings brings the heat – point!
7-7 Darin rips another one
8-8 Big Clever block
10-10 Clever rips a “1” – fire!
14-17 Tnev gets big in the middle with another block
15-17 Sweet Risch kill from the back row
18-20 Kalil decides she’d like to get in on the hitting action and puts one down off a Webster set
21-20 Risch big block
22-25 Set goes to DVHS; Dons must figure out how to close!

3rd Set
1-1 Sarah Westergren debuts with a kill off the Rachel Go set.
2-1 Clever with another ROOF
4-3 Westergren says “I’d like some more please!” and scores another point
6-3 Webster with the Ace
7-3 Risch gets it going with a BIG RIP
8-3 Another Ace from Webster
9-3 Cailey McVay debuts on D with a great up that Risch uses for a kill;
10-3 Risch throws one to the back corner – point! Dons are rolling now!
12-7 Tnev pounds a “1”
14-11 Darin with a sharp angle kill
15-11 Darin AGAIN
16-11 Zoe McPhail, playing solidly as libero for the match, makes a great up and Clever finishes it off.
18-11 All Dons on the court get in on this point with great all around hustle and Westergren ends it with a kill.
23-17 Hayes RIPS one for a point
24-18 Darin sends one to the back line for a kill; set point. Can the Dons close this one out?
25-18 Yes they can! On to the 4th…

Zoe McPhail
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4th Set
2-2 Clever for the kill after a great up by McVay
3-2 Go gets tricky with a dump that falls to the floor – sweet!
4-2 McVay throws in an ace
6-6 Westergren tools the block
7-6 Webster to Risch for a pounding
8-7 Great D by the McDs (Vay & Phail) [Just realized that all of our defensive players’ names begin with Mc: McPhail, McKendall, McVay and McNally. They will henceforth be referred to as McD!)
9-7 Risch ace
11-7 Darin KILL
12-7 Risch ace again; forces DV timeout
14-8 Tnev scores with some force in the middle
15-8 McPhail says “I’d like an ace too” – done!
17-8 McPhail, ace, again
18-9 Darin sneaks one through the block
22-13 Great Westergren up, Go set, Risch finish
23-13 Westergren powers one through the block
24-13 Sweet McVay up/Risch kill
25-13 Dons push the match to a 5th after a team effort point!

5th Set (Would you want it any other way? Yes, yes I would. 😉 )
1-1 Clever came to play, smashes a “1”
2-1 And another Clever crush off a sweet Go set
4-3 Clever decides to throw in an ACE
7-4 Great defense and hustle by whole team; forces DV to a timeout
8-4 Webster with the ace
9-5 Cummings finds a hole in the block and squeaks one through (the ‘Roxy Special”!)
10-6 Webster finds Darin who RIPS IT
11,12-7 Darin on fire!!
13-7 Clever & Darin form a wall – ROOF!
14-8 Clever will not be stopped in this set – Kill!
15-10 First Dons “W” of the season!!

Cross Country

XC Athlete of the Week:

Riley Noon – Riley has started this cross country season off with a bang. The benefits of his summer training were on full display this week, as well as his ability to be one of our new team leaders. This is Riley’s third year on the team, and we anticipate it to be his best so far!

Michael Maloney
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