Freshman Girls Volleyball
by Hunter Davis
September 21, 2017 – It was an exciting afternoon of volleyball as the Acalanes Freshman Lady Dons took on arch rival Campolindo. The first set was tight early with strong blocking from Lauren Davis and Lyla Cox. The Dons used a serving streak from Lyla to break open a 10-5 lead, forcing Campo into an early timeout. The coaching move worked as the Cougars roared back to a 14-11 lead, but an equally well taken timeout from Coach Miranda Rodriguez along with solid serving from Sammy Hansen got the Dons back in the game. They kept it close on aggressive kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Carly Coffee, but could not take advantage of a late service run from Chloe Wu to drop the first game 20-25.
The second set may go down as the game of the season as neither team was able to build a lead, with 7+ lead changes. The Dons had great fan support from the JV and Varsity teams along with many others, and loud cheers of “Let’s go Dons” echoed throughout the gym at key moments highlighting this rivalry match. Back to back kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Lyla Cox on Megan Go assists gave the Dons the momentum and at 11-14, 4 straight points from Daisy Sibley gave the Dons the lead. After falling behind 22-24 the team fought back with excellent defense, nice setting from Bella Draper, and clutch team serving to push the match on. Strong passing from libero Sydney Sowarby and Marin Takeuchi countered Campo’s service game, while scrambling defense from Lauren Davis kept points alive as the tension ramped up. In the end, a few breaks allowed the Cougars to pull off a 30-28 victory in the second set, but it was a great match from both teams.
Acalanes Cross Country represented at the Monte Vista Invitational Meet on Tuesday, September 5. The Dons’ Finished strong on the very hilly, challenging 2-mile course.
The Freshman Dons put in a great first high school performance! Freshman boys showing strong finishes with three runners in the top 15: Sam Roth (5th), Derek Kotarba (9th), and Dominic Basaldua (12th); Freshman girls top runner was Nicole Frigon, who had a 5th place finish; Other standouts were Sophomore boys Andrew Owens and Nick Hutson, who finished 2 seconds apart in 6th and 7th place; Another exciting finish found Junior boys Joshua Starr and Riley Noon just 5 seconds apart for 18th and 19th place. Great running to all the Dons!
Come support your Dons at the next meet on Saturday, September 16 at Newhall Park in Concord at 9:00AM.
Aug 29 by Jennifer Davis
With powerful serving and solid hitting, the Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball team strong-armed their way to victory over Deer Valley in two sets: 25-10, 25-15. A serving streak from Chloe Wu and kills from Carly Coffee, Megan Go and Samantha Hansen helped the Dons reach a 20-10 lead. Audrey Passalacqua jump served five quick points to finish the game. Acalanes took an early lead in the second set with help from Maren Takeuchi’s strong back row passing and good serving by Libby Ross. Late in the game, setter Bella Draper connected with hitter Lauren Davis for a kill as the Dons secured their second pre-season win.