The Varsity squad kicked off their second week of fixtures with an away match at Livermore High. This match posed a great challenge and level of competition for the team as we faced an opponent that covered a lot of ground defensively and offensively.
After going down 1-0 by half-time, the Dons came out with a high-tempo in the 2nd half and worked to try and produce an equalizer. We came very close in the first 5 minutes; however, luck was just not on our side that day. They continued with their game-plan and ended up putting two more in the back of the net.
With a little more concentration and accuracy with our passes, and a higher defensive work rate in the 2nd half, the outcome of the game for the Dons would have been completely different.
Man of the Match – Samantha Hansen
RESULT – 3-0 Loss
Before entering this match, we knew that this would be one of the tougher opponents we face all season. There was great focus during the warm-up and the Dons were up for the challenge. We started the game very strong defensively as Monte Vista placed four attackers on our back-line making it very difficult for us to build play out of the back.
We maintained possession quite well deep in our defensive third but as soon as we advanced the ball into the middle third, their midfielders were in great position to regain possession and quickly penetrate causing a lot of work for the Goalkeeper.
The few times we broke out of the defensive third with possession of the ball, we were only left with 2-3 players to attack which was not favorable for us. Our ability to continue to fight and not give up is a great sign for the future of this team and we will look to build upon our defensive shape moving forward.
The Lady Dons improved to 5 and 1 on the season with a 47 to 32 victory over Benicia. Despite having a rough shooting night and turnover filled first half, the girls were able to build a modest lead into the half. The lead expanded in the second half thanks to solid man-to man defense. Lauren Frechman led the way with 18 points, while Kaylee Pond chipped in 14 points and multiple key rebounds. The girls are in action next on Thursday night at Northgate.
The Lady Dons opened the Antioch Tournament with a 64 to 27 victory over Benicia. The girls seized control early in the game and raced out to a halftime cushion of 26 points. Solid man-to-man defense and sharp shooting was behind the first half success. From there the girls cruised the rest of the way for a comfortable 37 point victory. Lauren Kobashigawa and Lauren Frechman led the way each scoring 20 points. Meanwhile, Kaylee Pond had a solid all around game with several key steals, assists and a double digit rebounding effort from her point forward spot. The Lady Dons advance to round 2 Friday night at Antioch High School versus Middletown.
Game 2 Antioch Invitational Tournament
The Lady Dons topped Middletown 50 to 17 in the 2nd round of the Antioch Invitational. It was the girls best defensive outing to date, as they only gave up 2 points the entire second half. Lauren Kobashigawa was the high scorer with 19 points, while Lauren Frechman added 10 and Gabi Schneider and Kaylee Pond each scored 8. It’s now on to the championship of the tournament Saturday versus Rancho Cotate.
The Lady Dons won the Antioch Invitational beating Rancho Cotate 72 to 56. The girls started fast with their highest scoring quarter of the season to lead 27 to 14 at the end of the 1st quarter. From there the girls built a 20 point lead in the 2nd quarter, but Rancho Cotate was resilient and played hard until the end. Kaylee Pond had an incredible all around game leading the Dons in rebounds, assists and steals. It was a balanced scoring effort with Gabby Schneider the high scorer with 16, Kaylee Pond finished with 14, Lauren Kobashigawa tallied 13 and Lauren Frechman had 12. A special congratulations to Kaylee Pond for being selected Tournament MVP and Lauren Kobashigawa for making the all tournament team. This was a great 3 game showing for the young Dons and Coach Saki.
The Lady Dons started the season with a 58 to 37 victory over Washington of San Francisco. After a slow start the girls jumped out to an 8 point halftime lead. The lead expanded to 20 plus in the 3rd quarter behind solid man-to-man defensive pressure. The girls coasted the rest of the way for a comfortable victory. It was a balanced scoring effort with Kaylee Pond leading the way with 16 points, while Lauren Kobashigawa, Lauren Frechman and Grace Gebhardt all had 10 points a piece. On the defensive side of the ball Sydney Louie was a standout guarding and containing Washington’s best player throughout the game. The Lady Dons are in action next on Saturday night at South San Francisco High.
The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a rush of holiday shopping! To make this holiday shopping season a great success for you, Sports Basement has scheduled a Special 20% Off Holiday Shopping Dayon Tuesday, December 12 for Acalanes Boosters members and Acalanes High School families who are Basementeers. You can shop all day from 9 AM to 9 PM on December 12 at any Sports Basement store and receive 20% off your entire purchase. Some exclusions apply.
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Each year, Sports Basement donates a portion of their profits to the Acalanes Boosters Club based on the amount of purchases Acalanes Basementeers make. Last year, Sports Basement donated almost $2,000 to support Acalanes athletics.
The Dons Cross Country Team represented Acalanes well at the NCS meet in Hayward on Saturday, November 18!! Thank you to our coaches Mike Maloney, Jeff Hutson, Jed Morrow & Kristina Rojo for a great season!
The Boys team placed 8th overall out of 23 schools, led by Junior Riley Noon flying across the finish line in 22nd place with a time of 16:34.20! Following closely behind were Junior Joshua Starr in 26th place, with a time of 16:35.50, and Senior Ethan Frigon, with a time of 16:52.70. Well done!
The Girls team finished 14th out of 18 schools. Freshman Nicole Frigon came in 34th with a time of 19:42.70. Way to go!
2017 NCS Girls Team: Coach Mike, Caroline Kelly 12, Annie Klospstock 12, Anna Mary Starr 12, Sidney Zimmerman 10, Nicole Frigon 9, Binti Sohn 9 and Beth Hamalian 9, Coach Jeff
2017 NCS Boys Team: Coach Mike, Nick Hutson 10, Josh Starr 11, Ethan Frigon 12, Harrison Seymour 10, Andrew Owens 10, Dominic Basaldua 9, Riley Noon 11, Coach Jeff
The girls tennis team came so close to upsetting the #1 seed Dougherty Valley HS 4-3 in the NCS quarterifnals. Eliza Bates and Jasmine Toni won singles matches and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.
In Fridays action…
The football team defeated Petaluma HS 63-25 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Dons came out in strength in the DAL Championship meet on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Martinez.
Over 80% of the runners had time improvements from the same Hidden Valley Park course back in September! Way to go Dons!!!
Highlights from the meet:
Freshmen Nicole Frigon and Beth Hamalian finished 1st and 3rd overall in the Frosh/Soph Girls 2-mile race with times of 13:37.5 and 14:09.2, respectively!! Also finishing in the top 15 was Freshman Binti Sohn with an 11th place finish with a time of 14:30.2. Sophomore Maxine D’Orazio finished 21st with a time of 15:22.8. Times for Beth, Binti and Maxine were all personal records this year! WOW!!! Great job ladies!!! The ladies led Acalanes to 3rd overall out of 7 teams behind Campolindo and Las Lomas. Great job!!
The frosh/soph boys didn’t disappoint either! Sophomore Nick Hutson came in 1st place with a time of 11:07.3. Now that’s smokin’ fast! Sophomore Harrison Seymour finished in 5th place with a time of 11:27.3. Both times were personal records this year! Amazing running boys! Acalanes finished 4th out of 9 teams behind Campolindo, College Park and Clayton Valley.
The boys varsity also had a very strong 3-mile race, with Senior Ethon Frigon finishing as the top Don in 12th place overall with a time of 16:49.7. Great job!! Juniors Joshua Starr and Riley noon finished 19th and 21st with times of 17:05.1 and 17:19.0, respectively. Freshman Dominic Basaldua rounded out the top 25 with a time of 17:35.6. The Dons finished 4th out of 9 teams behind Campolindo, Las Lomas and College Park.
Great job to all the runners! It’s been a great season! Off to NCS for the top runners this season, which will take place November 18 in Hayward.
Pictures below are Nicole Frigon and Nick Hutson;Riley Noon, Ethan Frigon, and Joshua Starr (all medaled).
Halloween Night. And YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team hit the road to Petaluma
High for the First Round of the 2017 NCS Division III playoffs. The #12 Seed, but Defending State Champ Dons were hoping to make it Fright Night for the #5 Seed Trojans.
1-0. Theresa Nevins one for the first score of the match.
2-0. Cailey McVay Ace!
3-1. Madi Risch drills a kill to the sideline.
4-1. Elsa Clever kills an overpass. Yummy.
5-1. Grace Higgins sharp angle kill off the Maddie Kalil set. Dons off to a good start.
8-4. Now Rachel Go setting and serving, Clever gets a kill and then a Go Ace!
11-8. Sam Darin delivers a kill after a Trojans mini-run.
13s. Tied up. Both teams playing tight.
17-15. Go to Clever for a big kill!
18-17. Lane Webster “tools” the blockers for a kill. Needed that one to retake the lead.
19-17. Clever Roof!
21-19. Clever covers the set and tees it up perfectly for Webster, who tools the blockers again with a hard hit.
22s. Tied up. What a battle.
24-22. Net violation Petaluma…24-23…24s tied again and OT…
25-24. Risch kills it ugly. Dons will take it at this point!
26-24. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve Aces for the set win. Clutch!
5-2. Kalil to Higgins….powered off a Trojan defender for a kill.
7-2. Mckendell kill from the Libero jersey. Fancy.
8-2. Risch big kill. Timeout Petaluma. Great start by the Dons.
9-2. Clever Roof out of the timeout! So many great highlights right now.
11-5. Sarah Westergren sneaky slide kill from the Webster set.
12-8. Darin kill at the right time.
13-11. Webster dump into the “campfire.”
14-11. Nevins block.
15-13. Sweet Risch pass. Sweet Kalil set. Sweet Darin kill. Like Halloween candy.
17-14. Simply beautiful swing and kill from Risch. Like hot melted caramel.
20-21. Oh no! HUGE Petaluma rally to take the lead. Timeout Dons.
21-22. Clever big block to get closer.
22s…Dons fight back…22-23…23 all (Trojans serve it long!)
24-23. Kalil wicked serve causes an overpass…which Nevins flushes with authority. Set point!
25-23. Nevins & Webster roof!!! Dons win the 2nd, showing some real grit. Yasssss.
1s. Risch hammer kill.
2-1. McKendell McAce!
7-5. Webster fireball Ace!
9-5. Clever kill. Dons recapture the momentum.
11-6. Risch Ace!
12-6. Risch dives forward with her arm stretched out and “pancakes” it, saving the point, and then Webster dumps another sneaky one over the net to score “on 2” against the unsuspecting and shocked Trojans.
13-7. Hayes Hollar delivers a key winning roll shot. Smart cookie!
16-9. Kennedy Cornish in and scores a kill, and then Webster kills an overpass. Timeout
Petaluma as their home gym is becoming a haunted house.
18-12. McVay nice pass to Go, who sets Risch perfectly. You know what happens next.
21-15. Great Dons passing in the back row from McKendell, McVay and Risch. Hollar rewards them with a kill.
22-15. Claire McNally serve: Trojans can’t get it back over.
23-17. Webster sets Nevins in the middle and “Tee” crushes one off the body of a defender for a kill. Ouchy.
24-17. Nevins backs it up with another kill. She is taking over the match down the stretch…a Nightmare for the Trojan defenders
25-17. And Nevins finishes it off with yet another kill. Dons win!
Big Dons road win in 3 sets over Petaluma. Now they head to face the #4 Seed Moreau
Catholic (Hayward) at 7pm on Saturday night as the NCS tournament action continues. Be
Acalanes v. Northgate 10/26/2017
Your A.D.G.V.T. traveled over hill and dale out to Northgate Ranch to face the Broncos in the final League Match of the 2017 DAL Season. It was sure to be a big challenge against the much-improved Broncos. Here are the highlights from the Last Rodeo:
3-4. Dons bounce back from a slow start with a big Madi Risch kill. Untouched.
5-6. Maddie Kalil sets Grace Higgins at Oppo for a kill.
8-11. Timeout Dons to try and get sharper…
9-11. Lane Webster sets up Elsa Clever in the middle. Clever rewards us all with a kill.
10-11. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve brings the Dons closer.
11-12. Zoe McPhail sweet dig and then Theresa Nevins gets a big kill in the middle.
13s. Sam Darin makes a perfect pass, then hits, and the Broncos can’t recover.
16-15. Dons take the lead on the Webster dump over the net.
17-19. Rough patch as the Dons lose 4 in a row, then Risch kills it. Phew.
18-21. Clever kill.
19-21. Super Webster dig off a big Bronco hit keeps the point alive and the Dons score.
21-23. Cailey McVay serves a gem and then makes two awesome passes during the point and Higgins finishes it off with a kill.
22-24. McKendell’s turn to pass purely and Higgins again finishes it off after much back and forth. Timeout Broncos. Can the Dons turn this one?
1s. Sarah Westergren delivers a point with a roll shot.
3-4. Kalil to Westergren. Kill.
4-5. McPhail carefully watches a serve go long. Good eye baby!
5s. Risch ties it with a back-corner Ace. Woo! Woo! Woo!
6-7. Rachel Go sets Darin for a beautiful sharp angle kill that finds the sideline. Sassy.
11-10. The teams are trading points. Risch hammers a kill.
13-14. McVay to Kalil to Westergren. Textbook v-ball as Westergren tools the block.
16-14. R-Go Ace! Time out Northgate after a nice Dons run.
17-15. Webster hammers a kill off of a Bronco. Yah!
20-16. WILD point. Dons somehow score after 41 seconds of back and forth.
21-18. Darin fires a kill! Huge point.
22-23. But the Broncos stampede back into the lead. Timeout Dons.
23s…Westergren vital kill…24s…Broncos serve it long…overtime…
24-26. Dons NO again.
4-8. Another slow Dons start to the set. Risch kills one.
5-8. Clever block!
7-10. Long rally again. So many of those tonight. Super hustle from both teams. Hayes Hollar kills one off the blockers.
8-11. Darin kill. Need every bit of it.
11-13. Kalil rips an Ace.
13-15. McVay McMoney Serve.
15-17. Clever. See 5-8 above.
16-17. McPhail sends a tricky little free-ball over the net and it works! Score.
17s. McPhail also fires three great consecutive serves, adds a silky set to Kalil (who sets
Clever in the middle). Bam! Tied Up!
18-19. Risch huge kill off the blockers. The ball flies from the net all the way back past the Dons endline. OK.
19-20. Risch kills a scrambling Webster set. Dons scrambling everywhere trying to get this win.
20-21. Darin kill to keep the Dons close. Do or Die.
20-25. Dons don’t Do, unfortunately, and Dons lose in 3 sets to the Broncos.
Tough loss to end League play at 5-5, and Sombreros off to Northgate who played really well.
Now the Lady Dons will wait to see if they have some NCS playoff volleyball in their future.
Watch this space.