Oct 3 – Acalanes v. Las Lomas Girls Volleyball

After a weekend excursion to the desert for the Nike Tournament of Champions, Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball traveled to Las Lomas Tuesday night for the first league road match of the season. The Dons faced some tough national competition in Phoenix and got stronger as a unit. Their resilience was certainly tested by the Knights:

First Set:

1-0. Sam Darin kill of the Kaitlyn Mckendell covering set (from the libero position).

3-2. Madi Risch kills the Lane Webster set.

4s. Sarah Westergren fires an angle kill from the right side.

7-9. Have to say it…both teams playing pretty sloppy ball right now!

9-11. Cailey McVay delivers a timely Ace!

10-11. Risch! Roof!

12s. Great Elsa Clever serve that takes the Knights out of system, and then Clever comes right back with a pure pass and the Dons tie it up.

14s. Rachel Go sets Risch for a kill and the Dons rally again from down two to tie.

15-14. Kennedy Cornish puts up a big block and roofs it!

18-16. Darin with a huge kill.

18-20. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

19-20. Webster “Oppo” kill.

20s. Darin angle kill.

22-20. Clever kill in the middle as the Dons are on a roll. T.O. L.L.

23-20. Westergren kills the Webster set. Wonderful.

24-20. Clever Roof. Cool.

25-20. Darin delivers. Dons win the first.

 

Second Set:

1-0. Darin picks up right where she left of: with a kill!

3-0. Westergren kill and solid McVay serving serves the Dons well.

4-0. McVay serving gets even better: Ace!

6-1. Clever Ace! Dons serving great tonight. Timeout Knights.

8-5. Risch kills a solid Go set to staunch a little Knights run.

9-5. Grace Higgins steps into the Oppo spot and nails a corner kill.

10-7. Mckendell playing beautiful “D”, keeping the points alive for Acalanes.

12s. Knights charge back to tie it.

13-12. Darin kill to retake the lead.

18-12. Risch kill and Westergren kill, and then another Risch kill and Westergren kill, backed by great McFamily defense (McVay & Mckendell), and smooth Webster sets, and the Dons re-assert control. Timeout LL.

21-14. Westergren again, with a smartly executed roll shot kill.

22-14. Clever Ace!

24-15. “R-Go” Ace to get to set point!

25-18. Risch kill finishes it. Untouched by human hands.

 

Third Set:

1-6. Clever and Westergren get a block after a super-slow Dons start to the 3rd (but not for lack of hustle). Knights have raised their defensive game significantly since the start.

2-6. McVay Ace!

3-6. Westergren kill! Lead cut in half.

6s. Clever Roof, Clever kill. Set tied!

7-6. Sweet Westergren up to Webster, who dumps a “deke” set over the net for a winner. Sneaky.

8s. Textbook Mckendell pass to Webster. Textbook Webster set to Risch. Textbook Risch kill. Been studyin’, ya-know?

9-13. Long, rough, patch.

13-17. Darin fires a kill off the blocker’s fingers. “Touch!” everyone yells.

15-17. Your correspondent calls it: Webster Ace! It was time. (Then your correspondent almost yelled “Let’s Go Knights!” because he is a Las Lomas alumni, but he caught himself in time…all Blue now baby.)

15-20. Timeout Dons. Acalanes not able to climb the mountain…yet.

15-24. Sometimes it’s pretty. Sometimes it’s not.

17-24. Nice Clever roof, but then the Knights take set 3, 17-25.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Clever kill in the middle off of the “1” set from Webster.

3-0. Risch deep corner placement kill.

4s. Knights take the lead, but Westergren ties it back up with a sharp kill.

7-4. Clever Ace! Dons storm back.

8-5. Super McVay pass. Cornish kills the set.

10-7. Higgins flushes an overpass. Yummy.

12-8. Darin kill x2.

13-8. Darin x3. Great Mckendell serving and Go setting.

14-15. Big rough patch at the wrong time!

16-18. Dons scuffling. They get a much needed Risch kill. Team is really up and down tonight. Jet lagged from the AZ trip?

17-20. Hayes Hollar get a kill.

17-22. Timeout Dons. Yikes.

18-25. Knights take the Fourth Set and push this match to decisive Fifth!

 

Fifth Set:

2s. Risch kill as the Dons fight back from down two…this set is only to 15…

3-2. McVay Ace! Crucial serving tonight by Cailey.

4-2. Another McVay Ace!

6-4. Sweet McVay pass. Cornish kill, and the Dons keep the Knights at bay.

7-4. Webster crushes an overpass for a kill! Sa-weet! Timeout LL.

8-6. Cornish roof!

10s. Trading points, and the Dons are giving more than they are getting at the moment. Dons really struggling for any consistent rhythm tonight. A bit stressful.

11-10. Westergren kill. Needed it.

12-10. Risch tools the block. Needed that too.

13-11. Now Westergren kills off the blockers.

14-11. Clever Ace! OMG! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Knights.

14-12. Dons hit long!…still match point.

15-12. Knights serve it long and out. Sad but the Dons will take the “W”! Game over! Match over! Dons win. PHEW!

 

Dons win the match in 5 sets and move to 2-1 in league play. The girls travel to College Park on Thursday night for another road contest. Come on over and watch, then get IN-N-OUT.

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!

Oct 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

It was a battle and the girls volleyball team came out of it on the winning side against Las Lomas HS 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-11. The jv team won in two games.

It was a tough day on the courts for the girls varsity tennis team. Our lady dons felt to Miramonte 7 to 2. With several of the lines being extremely tight we were able to pull out wins with Sydney Bell in line 3 singles and Jasmine Toni in line 5 singles.

In Wednesdays action…

The water polo teams host Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Varsity girls tennis. Sydney Bell and Jasmine Toni won their singles matches.

JV girls volleyball. Annika Olson was the offensive standout and Charlotte Glass was the defensive standout.

Oct 2 – Monday Sports

The football game this Friday v. Concord HS will be played at Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. Concord HS is installing field turf and their facility is not available.

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team trailed Monte Vista HS 10-6 going into the 4th quarter before mounting a tremendous rally. They outscored the Mustangs 5-2 in the 4th quarter, but fell short 12-11.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Desert Vista HS, Rio Rancho HS and Cheyenne HS in the prestigious Nike Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Ironwood Ridge HS in the prestigious Nike Invitational.

Sept 30 – Saturday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

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!

In Friday’s action…

The girls water polo team trailed Monte Vista HS 10-6 going into the 4th quarter before mounting a tremendous rally. They outscored the Mustangs 5-2 in the 4th quarter, but fell short 12-11.

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In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Sept 29 – Friday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

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!

In Thursdays action…

Big Win! The girls tennis team defeated Campolindo HS 7-2.

The girls golf team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

The freshman football team pulled out a victory over Newark Memorial HS 26-18.

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team hosts Monte Vista HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

JV and Varsity football have byes this week.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

The JV girls water polo team competes in the Alhambra tournament.

​Thursdays individual standouts…​

​Girls golf. Avalon Schenone shot a 44 on a 9-hole par 36 course.​

Avalon Schenone

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 21 of 30 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 5 receptions for 68 yards and 2 scores and had 6 carries for 68 yards. Sam Heyman had 5 receptions for 111 yards and a score and Graham Oh had 5 receptions for 95 yards and a score. Defensively, Thomas Schrader had 5 tackles, Tyler Karr had 3.5, and Adam Kim had 3. Garrett Siegel and Dane Jenssen each had an interception.

Sept 28 – Thursday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

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!

In Wednesdays action…

The boys water polo team also opened league play with a 17-12 victory over Las Lomas HS.

The girls water polo team defeated Las Lomas HS 13-7 in their DAL opener.

The girls golf team was defeated by Northgate HS.

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

The girls golf team has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

The freshman football team plays at Newark Memorial HS at 6:00.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Varsity boys water polo. Max Stryker and Bennett Winther each scored 5 goals and had 1 assist. Jake Stone added 4 goals and 1 assist.

JV boys water polo. Charlie Bettencourt scored 5 goals.

Girls water polo. Jewel Roemer was the offensive standout and Bella Wentzel on the defensive end of the pool.

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!!

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