Freshman Girls Volleyball – Oct 19

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 19 – The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team took on Las Lomas on Thursday, amid the balloons and posters of the “Dig Pink” cancer awareness and prevent fundraising campaign. The festive atmosphere carried on into the early part of the match as the home team jumped out to a quick lead on kills from Lyla Cox, Lauren Davis and Daisy Sibley, all from setter Megan Go. Libby Ross came in with a streak of serves early, along with some nice digs, while libero Sydney Sowarby’s defensive play helped the team keep possession. Lyla added several aces, drawing acclaim from local volleyball enthusiast Dan Meade. The Dons continued their strong perfomance and nailed down a 25-8 game one victory.

Set two started out more balanced with the Knights taking a 6-5 lead early. Daisy put the Dons on top again 8-6 with two aces, outsides Carly Coffee and Audrey Passalacqua put hits down and Lyla stuffed an over-pass to stretch the lead to 11-7. Samantha Hansen added three quick points and another Carly kill made it 15-9. Las Lomas held tough fighting off difficult serves from Chloe Wu and Maren Takeuchi to get the match to 20-16. The Dons regained the momentum, and a great dig from Chloe on the last point led to a kill from Samantha to secure a 25-17 victory.

Freshman Girls Volleyball – Oct 17

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 17 – On Tuesday, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball squad traveled to Moraga to take on Campolindo. There was a rivalry feel in the air, though the Cougars did not enjoy the strong fan support the Dons mustered for their home matchup. Campo did use the home court advantage to jump out to a 7-1 lead before a kill and ace from Lauren Davis stopped the bleeding at 7-3. Two phenomenal digs from libero Sydney Sowarby and strong serving from outside Carly Coffee and Maren Takeuchi gave the Dons their first lead at 9-8. The teams traded points until 16-15 which included a nice tip from middle Samantha Hansen off a set from Bella Draper and some great serves from Lyla Cox. Campo surged to a 22-17 lead before two kills from Lauren Davis, on Audrey Passalaqua assists (subbing in at setter for an ill Megan Go) and great defense from Sydney Sowarby got it back to 22-21. In the end the Cougars pulled it off 25-21.

The Dons had a better start to the second set as the teams went back and forth to a 7-7 tie, highlighted by a back corner kill from Audrey Passalacqua and some nice defense from Daisy Sibley. Libby Ross and Chloe Wu each put down some nice serves in the second game as the Dons fought to forge a comeback from 19-8 down, but the hosts held on for a 25-14 victory.

Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Las Lomas – Oct 3

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 3 – On Tuesday afternoon, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team traveled all the way to Walnut Creek for a road tilt with the Las Lomas Knights. The air must have been a little thin in the gym as both teams put several serves and spikes long early, before finding a rhythm. Acalanes ground out to a 17-8 lead in the first game behind strong serving from Daisy Sibley and Audrey Passalaqua, and that pair played some fine defense along side libero Sydney Sowarby. Lyla Cox and Samantha Hansen provided the most consistent offense from the middle blocker position with several quick hits each on ones from Bella Draper and Megan Go, respectively. Acalanes went on to close out the first game 25-15 as passing from specialists Maren Takeuchi and Chloe Wu kept the Knights from gaining any momentum late.

The second set got off to a smoother start with a quick side out and then 9 points on serves from Megan Go and featuring powerful hits from outside Carly Coffee and crafty net play from opposite Lauren Davis. Daisy Sibley then ran off 11 more points to give the team a 22-1 lead and Libby Ross came in to close out the match 25-2. Nice work Lady Dons!

Cross Country Meet Results – 9/27/17

The Cross Country team competed in its first league meet on Wednesday at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.

Standouts in this meet were Freshman Nicole Frigon, who competed in the Girls’ Varsity 3-mile race with a 28th place finish out of 52 runners with a time of 22:09.2; Senior Ethan Frigon and Junior Joshua Starr, who competed in the Boys’ Varsity 3-mile race with 11th and 14th place finishes out of 68 runners (17:18.2 and 17:24.9, respectively); Juniors Coco Cornish and Emersyn White, who competed in the Girls’ JV 2-mile race with 16th and 21st place finishes out of 81 runners (15:52.4 and 16:13.8, respectively); Junior Ed Collinson, who competed in the Boys’ JV 2-mile race with a 17th place finish out of 108 runners with a time of 12:40.7; Sophomores Sidney Zimmerman and Emily Sverak, who competed in the Girls’ Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with 25th and 32nd place finishes out of 88 runners (16:37 and 16:48, respectively); and Sophomore Nick Hutson and Freshmen Dominic Basaldua, Derek Kotarba and Sam Roth, who competed in the Boys’ Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with 2nd, 7th (1st Frosh), 5th (2nd Frosh) and 24th (3rd Frosh) places out of 216 runners with times of 11:44.1, 12:05.6, 12:30.7 and 12:43.0, respectively. Way to go Dons!!

Freshman Girls Volleyball

September 26 by Hunter Davis:

On Tuesday afternoon, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team (10-3) defeated the Miramonte Matadors in straight sets to continue their strong play this season. The defensive tone was set early with a roof from Lauren Davis and a big kill from Carly Coffee on offense. The teams traded possessions until a nice service run from Megan Go made it 16-12. Miramonte fought back to take the lead 17-16, but then a series of deep serves from Chloe Wu and steady defense from Sydney Sowarby allowed the Dons to close it out 25-19.

The second game was never really close as solid serving from Libby Ross, Daisy Sibley, and Maren Takeuchi pushed the team to a big lead early. Bella Draper teamed with Audrey Passalaqua and middle blocker Samantha Hansen for a number of points, and Lauren Davis hammered one deep in the corner off a dime from Megan Go. Miramonte tried to make a late run but a spectacular diving dig from Audrey Passalacqua and a powerful block/kill combination from Lyla Cox ended the match.

September 23 by Hunter Davis:

The Dons played in a weekend East County tournament hosted at Pittsburg High School. The team went 3-1 in the tournament, beating the host Pirates and handling Dougherty Valley in the opening round. In the final pool, they beat Castro Valley in straight sets before falling one game short of the championship, losing to San Ramon Valley in a very tight match. It was a long competitive day of volleyball and the whole team put in a great effort in finishing tied for third place.

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