On Oct 29th, The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled south to take on Dublin and came away with another straight set win, 25-10, 26-24. The Dons combined good passing and serving with a series of errors by Dublin to run away with the first set 25-10.
The second set was much tighter from the beginning as Acalanes and Dublin both struggled to find their groove and the teams exchanged leads throughout the set. The Dons saw their small lead evaporate and they found themselves behind late in the set, but the team settled down in the final points to claim the victory 26-24.
With the latest win, Acalanes stormed to 8-1 in league play and 16-3 for the season. Next week, the Dons close out the season with three matches and have a chance to finish strong to claim the league title!
The Acalanes Girls JV Team played Las Lomas at home and enjoyed a straight-set victory 25-10, 25-21. The Dons settled in quickly and took control of the first set with their serving and the team’s ability to consistently side out and convert free balls into points. Acalanes finished out the first set 25-10 with a strong serving run by Kaitlyn McKendall that included several aces.
In the second set, the pace slowed down and the teams traded the lead as they were tied 13-13 halfway through the set. After a couple of errors, the Dons found themselves down 13-17 which prompted a time out. After a quick side out, Acalanes was able to tie the match 17-17 behind effective serving from Elsa Clever. The Dons then got behind again 20-21 but refocused and buckled down in their passing and defense and were able to close out the set 25-21 and win the match.
Acalanes is now 7-1 in league play and 15-3 overall for the season. Go Dons!!
The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled to Campolindo for a rematch and emerged victorious in three sets 23-25, 25-23, 15-11!
As expected, the two teams battled from the very beginning of the match as the lead went back and forth, with the Dons putting pressure on the Cougars with effective float services and strong outside attack by Roxy Cummings and Ren Dunwoodie as well as blocks and quick attacks by middle blockers Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever, including a kill off of a one-handed set by Rachel Go. Acalanes led 21-20 before Campolindo fought back to take a 24-21 lead. The Dons sided out and served an ace to get to 23-24 but were unable to stop an attack by the Cougars and lost the first set 23-25.
Acalanes came out energized at the start of the second set and took an early lead behind kills by Sarah Nelson and Lexie Fraser. Campolindo stepped up their defense and used a series of tips and roll shots to get back into the set and tie it up at 15-15. The Dons then went on a run behind the serving of Roxy Cummings and blocks from Riana Buchman assisted by Sarah Nelson to lead 20-15. However, the Cougars sided out and went on a serving run of their own to close Acalanes’ lead to 20-19. Acalanes settled down and had clutch kills by Samantha Darin and Roxy Cummings coupled with digs by Kaitlyn McKendall, Zoe McPhail, Hannah Edwards and Rachel Go to get to 24-23. Elsa Clever then aced the Cougars to end the set 25-23.
In the pivotal third set, the Dons got behind early 1-4 but battled back to 6-8. After a couple errors, Acalanes started getting on a roll with solid setting from Rachel Go and Kaitlyn Enrici to outside hitters, Samantha Darin and Roxy Cummings, and serving by Elsa Clever, Hannah Edwards and Zoe McPhail to throw the Cougars off balance and move ahead 10-9. After exchanging points and with support from the loud Acalanes cheering section and Varsity Team, the entire Dons team raised their game and ran off the last four points to win the third set 15-11 and take the match!
With the thrilling victory, Acalanes completed a season sweep of Campolindo and moved to 6-1 in league play (14-3 overall).
The Acalanes Girls JV Team took on Dougherty Valley at home and swept the Wildcats 25-17, 25-16 while hosting a DIG PINK Event to raise awareness and support for more effective breast cancer prevention and treatment.
In the first set, both teams sided out effectively at the beginning and were tied at 8-8. The Dons then stepped up their defense with blocks by Elsa Clever, Lexi Fraser, Riana Buchman and Sarah Nelson as well as backrow digs by Zoe McPhail, Hannah Edwards and Kaitlyn McKendall to surge ahead of the Wildcats. Acalanes also raised their serving game and also added several kills by outside hitters, Roxy Cummings and Ren Dunwoodie, as well as middle blockers, Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever, to close the set out 25-17.
The Dons kept the momentum going at the start of the second set and raced out to a 10-3 lead behind aces by Rachel Go and Elsa Clever. Acalanes kept the pressure on with strong passing and a balanced attack and also forced Dougherty Valley into multiple errors as they led 20-12. The Dons also showed off some new plays, including opposite Sarah Nelson approaching behind and around the middle blocker to attack a set from Rachel Go that fooled the Dougherty Valley blockers. Opposite Lexi Fraser and middle blocker Elsa Clever also contributed several kills, along with aces by Zoe McPhail and Kaitlyn Enrici as the Dons easily finished off the Wildcats 25-16.
The Dons are now 5-1 in league play (13-3 overall) and getting ready to take on rival Campolindo next Tuesday, Oct 20.
Oct 8: The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled to Alhambra and took down the Bulldogs in straight sets 25-16, 26-24 to remain undefeated in league play. The game was tight early in the first set before the Dons took control behind a mix of effective serving and passing, with several kills by Roxy Cummings and blocks by Lexi Fraser and Elsa Clever, as they closed out the first set 25-16. The second set started off slower but the Dons were able to build a comfortable lead at 19-13 before a series of errors led to the set being knotted up at 22-22. Acalanes fell behind 24-23 but made key serves and timely defensive plays to move ahead 25-24. On match point, the Dons dug an attack by the Bulldogs and registered a kill on the outside to finish off Alhambra 26-24. With the win, Acalanes keep their DFAL record unblemished at 4-0 (12-2 overall)—Go Dons!!
Oct 13: The Dons faced Miramonte at home in the sweltering heat and went down in three sets 21-25, 25-23, 9-15. The match was close from the beginning as the teams battled to a 16-16 tie in the first set before the Mats took the lead on a series of errors by the Dons. Acalanes still kept it close but ended up losing the first set 21-25 on a hitting error. The Dons started off stronger in the second set with improved passing and hitting along with more energetic defense to keep the Mats off balance for most of the set. After getting to set point at 24-19, the Dons faced a comeback from Miramonte who battled back to 24-23, but Acalanes buckled down to close out the set with a kill on the outside. The third set started out tight as the teams exchanged points and were knotted up at 8-8. The Dons unfortunately made several consecutive errors that allowed Miramonte to take a lead that they did not relinquish as Acalanes ended losing the third set 9-15 and the match. Acalanes’ DFAL record moved to 4-1 (12-3 overall) and the Dons look to get back on another winning streak when they host Dougherty Valley on Oct 15 at home. Go Dons!
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!
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!
The Acalanes Girls JV Team hosted Dublin at home and routed the Gaels in straight sets 25-10, 25-13. The Dons jumped out quickly with service aces by Kaitlyn Enrici combined with a series of Dublin hitting errors. Acalanes never let up and they sided out effectively the rest of the set with several kills by Ren Dunwoodie, quick attacks by Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever and blocks by Lexi Fraser to win the first set 25-10. The Dons staked out another early lead in the second set and raced to a 19-9 lead behind serving by Roxy Cummings. Dublin served their way back to 19-13, before Acalanes reasserted control and cruised the rest of the way with several aces by Zoe McPhail to finish out the match 25-13. The Dons have remained undefeated at 6-0 in non-tournament play (11-2 overall) for the season!
The Acalanes Girls JV team took on Campolindo for the first time this season and came away with a thrilling three-set victory, 18-25, 25-17 and 15-11. In a sweltering gym, the Dons got off to a slow start and spotted Campo an early lead but started to get back into the groove late in the set before losing 18-25. The Dons jumped out quickly in the second set behind stronger serving, passing and hustling defense, with all players contributing on the offensive and defensive ends. They kept the pressure on throughout the set and closed it out 25-17. The Dons traded points with the Cougars early in the third set before going on a serving run to lead 11-7. Campo closed the gap to 11-10 before the Dons regained their stride and hammered the Cougars the rest of the way to win the match 15-11 in front of a sea of Acalanes fans! With this key rivalry win, the Dons remain undefeated and move to 4-0 on the season.