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!
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!!
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.
On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm.
If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!
Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team kicked off 2017 DAL League play by hosting the arch-rival Campolindo Cougars on Thursday night in front of a big and boisterous crowd. The match found the defending D III State Champions still looking to find their 2017 identity, as they came in at 2-4 on the year but with a big win over Marin County powerhouse Redwood High last weekend. This stiff test from the Cougs – currently ranked 6th in the State in Division 3 – would surely push them to their limits and help them grow as a team. Here is some of the action:
2-8. Timeout Dons after a very rocky start. Adrenaline is pumping and Coach Rodriguez looks to settle the Dons down.
3-10. Dons out of sync.
6-15. Sarah Westergren delivers a kill to get the Dons a much needed point.
7-18. Westergren fires another winner deep. Needed it.
8-19. Grace Higgins kills the Lane Webster set. Needed that too! Dons in a big hole but fighting.
10-25. Warm up set completed. Now we can get this match going!
1-0. Webster delivers a winning serve and the Dons have the lead!
2-2. Hayes Hollar drives a kill into the Campo middle.
3-6. Webster back set to Hollar at the “Oppo”. Kill. Dons now fighting with high energy.
4-8. Madi Risch pounds a ball straight down on the kill. With Authority.
6-10. Webster roof!
8-10. Risch on a serving run.
9-10. Webster drills an angle kill from the “Oppo” from the Rachel Go set. Timeout Cougs! The gym is rockin’.
10-11. Cailey McVay digs a tough serve and Go sets to Higgins beautifully, and Grace finishes it with a kill.
12s. Webster Ace!
13-12. Campo fires the ball long and the Dons re-take the lead!
14-12. Webster Ace again! Bullets.
14-15. Timeout Dons to break a little Campo momentum.
18-17. McVay Ace! Dons fight back once again. Resilient.
19-18. Risch block! McVay dig! Risch kill!
19-20. Kennedy Cornish slams down an overpass, but Campo keeps it alive and scores. See-saw battle this set.
20s. Hayes “Ain’t No Hollarback Girl” Hollar crushes a kill to re-tie it.
21s. Risch tools the blockers to re-tie it yet again. Dons playing great v-ball right now!
22s. Go with a buttery set to Higgins who eats it up. Tied again…
22-24. Timeout Dons…
23-24. Big Webster kill! Timeout Cougars. Let’s Go Dons!
24 all…24-25…25s! Elsa Clever stuffs a joust at the net. OT baby.
25-27. Dons fall in the 2nd set. Man!
1-0. Great D from Zoe McPhail and McVay (part of the McFamily) and then Clever delivers a big roof.
2-0. Clever again!
3-0. Risch kill on a roll shot.
4-3. Webster lofts a set from out of the net and gets it to Hollar for the kill.
6s. Go (“R-GO”) back sets Risch, who promptly crushes the kill into the middle of the court.
7-6. McPhail: great serve and then saves the point with a great dig. Back row passing by McPhail, McVay, Go and Sam Darin is on point.
9-14. Tough patch of road for the Dons-mobile. Timeout.
11-16. Clever on the slide kill. Needed it.
11-19. Campo executing and building momentum. Not helpful.
13-22. Timeout Acalanes. Campo still not helping.
14-22. Risch with a saving dig and Webster finishes it at the net.
17-24. Clever kills a “1” in the middle to keep the match alive.
18-24. McVay Ace! Yaaasssss.
19-24. Webster to Risch for the untouched Thunder Bomb Kill. Wow. Stirs memories of the incomparable Parker Jones…Happy Birthday Parker!
19-25. Dons fall in 3 to the Cougars, but it was an exciting match and the Dons will be fun to watch this season, so come on out to some games!