Boys Volleyball Meeting / Tryouts Upcoming!

Boys Volleyball Meeting / Tryouts Upcoming!

Looking for a Spring Sport?  Come and meet the Coaches of the 3-time defending league champion Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball teams at lunch on Wednesday January 29!  We will once again have a strong Varsity team, but are wide open on JV, and looking for underclassmen with potential to groom for the future.  Boys Volleyball is a non-cut sport, so bring a friend and come check us out at the meeting this Wednesday at lunch in the PE Classroom.  Tryouts start the week of Feb 10!

Dons Advance to NCS Semis, Host Campo on Tuesday

The reigning NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team began their title defense on May 2 when they hosted Washington High of Fremont on May 2.  The first game was competitive with the Dons winning 25-19. The Dons coasted the rest of the way winning 25-15 and 25-12 to reach the NCS semifinals.

The Dons will host Campolindo on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams. Make it out to support the Dons!

Volleyball Dons Beat Las Lomas

Volleyball Dons Beat Las Lomas

Coming off their upset of previously undefeated Northgate, the defending NCS Champion Acalanes Dons were due for a letdown heading into their volleyball match at Las Lomas. It was a classic “trap” game, with Las Lomas holding its Senior Night. Although they were flat and did not play their best match, the Dons were able to take care of business and win the match, 3 games to 1. The Dons remain tied with Northgate for first place in league. The Dons play at Bentley on Friday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. The Dons close the season on Thursday, April 25, when they host Campolindo for Senior Night with bragging rights, NCS seeding, and a share of a league championship at stake. The festivities begin around 5:30 p.m. Seniors Griffin Johnson, Alex Franke, Lane Altbaum, Jackson Kirke and Colin Kirbach will be honored.

Photo: Kristen Altbaum

Dons upset Broncos, Hand Northgate its First Loss

On Tuesday, April 16, the Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team traveled to Walnut Creek to face the Northgate Broncos.  Northgate entered the game ranked 13th in the country boasting a 19-0 overall record and a 5-0 league record.  One of those victories was a straight set win over the Dons at Acalanes.

The defending NCS champion Dons came ready to play, and the first game was close from the start.  A powerful kill by sophomore Austin Kinnear tied the game at 9-9.  Kinnear then had another kill after he served to give the Dons an 11-10 lead.  Senior Alex Franke won a contested ball at the net then had a kill to put the Dons up 13-12.  After senior Colin Kirbach got the ball up on a great save leading to another kill by Kinnear, Kinnear had another kill and a block to give the Dons a 16-14 lead. Senior Jackson Kirke scored a kill to make it 18-15.  Kinnear had  a serving ace, the Broncos made an error for another Dons point, and Kirbach won a ball at the net and the Dons were up 22-18.   Kinnear then got two more kills including the game winner to give the Dons a 25-22 win in set 1.

In the second set, the Broncos jumped out to a 5-1 lead.  Service errors by Northgate and kills from Kinnear, Franke and junior Niko Heffernan kept the Dons in the game, and the Dons were able to gain an 18-17 lead.  However, the Broncos went on a 7-0 run and won 25-19.

The Dons started off quickly in the third set, with kills from Kirke and Kinnear leading to an early 3-0 lead. Another kill from Kirke made is 4-2 but then Northgate went on a run to go up 10-5.  Franke ended the Broncos run with a monster kill and Acalanes tried to claw their way back.  A kill from Kinnear made it 12-15 and Heffernan had a kill to make it 13-16 but the Dons never got any closer and lost 21-25.

Down two games to one and with all the momentum going Northgate’s way, things were looking bleak for the Dons heading into the fourth game. Behind the serving of Kirbach and Kinnear, the Dons got off to a good start.  A kill by Franke put the Dons up 10-6 and an error by Northgate made it 11-6 and Northgate took a timeout.  The Broncos cut the Dons lead to 12-11 but then botched a serve to make it 13-11 Dons.  A kill by Kirke made it 14-12 and then one by Kirbach made it 16-12.  Kills by Kirke and Franke kept the lead at four 19-15 but the Broncos rallied briefly only to be stopped by a Heffernan kill to give the Dons a 20-17 lead. A timeout by Northgate didn’t work this time and a kill by Kinnear gave the Dons a commanding 23-17 lead.  Heffernan had a nice dink for the game winner, as the Dons won 25-22.

With momentum shifted to them for the decisive game 5, the Dons hoped to capitalize.  A block by Franke gave the Dons an early 4-2 lead then he followed up with a kill to make it 5-3.  Heffernan had a kill to make it 7-3.  Senior Griffin Johnson placed a beautiful shot in the corner to make it 8-4 and Kinnear’s kill made it 10-5.  Northgate burned their last timeout but it didn’t stop the Dons.  A service ace by Johnson, a block from Kirke, two kills by Franke and a Northgate error made it 14-6.  Fittingly, it was Kinnear who finished the Broncos off with a kill to give the Dons a 15-8 victory and to hand Northgate their first loss.

The Dons now are tied for first in league but face a tough schedule the last week.  They travel to Las Lomas on Thursday April 18 where Las Lomas will be fired up for its Senior Night.  It’s an early start at 5:30 and parking is tight so please get there early to support the Dons.  The Dons next travel to Bentley for a non-league match on Friday, April 19, and close the regular season by hosting Campo for Senior Night on April 25 at Acalanes.  Please come up to support the Dons as they fight for a league title and prepare for NCS!

Dons Beat Campo Again, Win Tournament

Dons Beat Campo Again, Win Tournament

Proving that their upset at Campolindo in last year’s NCS playoffs was no fluke, the defending NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team again defeated Campo to capture the championship at a tourney hosted by Leland High School in San Jose on Saturday. Unlike last year’s long match in the NCS semifinals that went to five games, this time the Dons dispatched the Cougars in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-23. The Dons went 4-0 on the day, including a 3-set victory over a talented Cupertino team in the semifinals. The title marked the first time in recent memory that the Dons had captured a tourney title. With the victory over Campo, the Dons’ record improved to 11-1 on the season.

Photo: Teresa Jimenez

Dons Sweep at Deer Valley

The defending NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team traveled to Antioch to play Deer Valley, a Division 1 school with a historically strong program. The Dons started slowly and trailed 3-6  but then scored 11 straight points with junior Nikolai Heffernan serving. The 11-0 run included kills by senior Alex Franke and sophomore Austin Kinnear.  With a 14-6 lead, the Dons cruised to a 25-12 victory in the first game.  The second game featured more dominance from the Dons, as they prevailed 25-13.  In the third game, the Dons got out to a 16-7 lead.  However, inspired play from Deer Valley and a let up by the Dons made the game interesting, as the lead went down to six, at 19-13.   The Dons still went on to win, 25-19. 

Senior Colin Kirbach led the Dons with 26 assists, frequently taking good passes from senior libero Lane Altbaum and sending them over to his teammates for kills.  Heffernan led the team with 10 kills while Franke and Kinnear had 8 each.  Senior Jackson Kirke led the Dons with 3 blocks and along with fellow senior Griffin Johnson, Franke and Kinnear made it hard for Deer Valley to get good hits.  The Dons are scheduled to host Skyline High School on February 27, but at press time it is not certain whether the game will go forward as scheduled.

Defending NCS Champion Dons Win Season Opener

The 2018 NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team is excited to begin the season and defend their crown.  They return Diablo Athletic League MVP senior Colin Kirbach, all-DAL first teamers senior Alex Franke and sophomore Austin Kinnear, all-DAL second teamers senior Lane Altbaum and junior Nikolai Heffernan and all-DAL honorable mention senior Jackson Kirke.  The Dons traveled to Alhambra High School to start the season on February 19.  They won the match 3-0, winning 25-19, 25-20, and 25-22, and next travel to Antioch to play Deer Valley on Thursday, February 21.

Boys Volleyball Informational Lunch — Thursday, January 10, 2018

Boys Volleyball Informational Lunch — Thursday, January 10, 2018

Boys Volleyball is right around the corner! Come meet the NCS Champion Boys VB team and Coaches on Thursday, January 10th 2018 for an informational lunch in the PE Classroom. We are especially looking for Freshman & Sophomores to continue the strong run.  

Tryouts will start the week of January 28, 2019.

Meet the 2019 Boys Varsity Volleyball Coaches:

  • Mason Mulvaney, Varsity Head Coach
  • Lee Kirbach, Varsity Assistant Coach
  • Mark Passalacqua, Junior Varsity Head Coach