Nov 4 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team finished the regular season pulling out a victory over Miramonte HS 24-21.

Robby Rowell had 168 passing yards, with 2 touchdowns and 107 rushing yards. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Price added 3 receptions. Jesse Iniguez-Stralla had a 93 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half. Nick Bettencourt had an interception late in the 4th quarter to preserve the win. Trenton Tso had 9.5 tackles, Nick Henderson 6 tackles, Ryan Nall 5.5 tackles and Scott Brydon 4.5 tackles.

In Saturdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays Las Lomas HS at Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays #4 Miramonte HS at Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

The girls volleyball team plays at Moreau Catholic HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

The cross country team competes at the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. #10 general and $6 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Nov 3 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team defeated College Park HS 12-3 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team defeated Foothill HS 22-7 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.

The jv football team trailed Las Lomas HS 36-14 late in the 3rd quarter, but rallied to score 24 unanswered points and pull out a 38-36 victory. The freshman team defeated Miramonte HS 41-7.

In Fridays action…

The varsity football team ends the regular season at Miramonte HS at 7:00pm.

In Saturdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays #6 Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at Miramonte HS at 2:30.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays #4 Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at Miramonte HS at 3:45.

The girls volleyball team plays at Moreau Catholic HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.
The cross country team compete in the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. $10 general and $6 for students, children and senior citizens.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Boys water polo. Bennett Winther scored 5 goals and had 2 steals. Kiriyan Kartsev scored 5 goals and had 1 steal. Mac Darin scored 3 goals. Mike Winther scored 2 goals, had 2 assist and had 2 steals. Spencer Tompkins scored 2 goals, had 1 assist and had 4 steals. Max Stryker scored 2 goals, had 1 assist and had 2 steals.

JV football. Mikey O’Donnell completed 14 of 25 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 4.5 tackles on defense. Michael Roux had 14 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown and 5.5 tackles on defense. Jack Muren had 7 receptions for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 4 receptions for 68 yards and Luke Miles 4 receptions for 64 yards. Ryan Reilly had a rushing touchdown, Teo Barakos had 6.5 tackles and Ben Clark added an interception.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 12 of 17 passes for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran for 2 touchdowns. Graham Oh had a rushing touchdown and 6 tackles on defense. Dan Jenssen had a rushing touchdown. Joe Evans and Sam Heyman had receiving toudhdowns. Adam Kim had 4.5 tackles and Thomas Schrader had 4 tackles.

Nov 1 – Wednesday Sports

Last night, the girls volleyball team opened NCS playoff action with a victory over Petaluma HS 26-24, 25-23 and 25-18 to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday at Moreau HS at 7:00. The victory was a complete team effort led by Maddie Risch, Teresa Nevins, Lane Webster and Maddie Kalil.

Tickets for the following sporting events may be purchased on GoFan. The priced is slightly marked up to cover overhead costs. This provides the convenience of getting through the gate quickly.

Thursdays football games may be purchased at the following site. This is for Acalanes HS hosting Miramonte HS in freshman football at 5:00 and Acalanes HS hosting Las Lomas HS in jv football at 7:00.!

Thursdays NCS water polo playoff games and the Thursday football games may be purchased at the following site. This is for Acalanes HS v. Foothill HS in NCS boys water polo playoffs at 5:00 and Acalanes HS v. College Park HS in NCS girls water polo playoffs at 6:15. Both games are at Contra Costa College.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball v. Petaluma NCS First Round 10/31/2017

Acalanes v. Petaluma NCS First Round 10/31/2017

Halloween Night. And YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team hit the road to Petaluma
High for the First Round of the 2017 NCS Division III playoffs. The #12 Seed, but Defending State Champ Dons were hoping to make it Fright Night for the #5 Seed Trojans.

First Set:

1-0. Theresa Nevins one for the first score of the match.
2-0. Cailey McVay Ace!
3-1. Madi Risch drills a kill to the sideline.
4-1. Elsa Clever kills an overpass. Yummy.
5-1. Grace Higgins sharp angle kill off the Maddie Kalil set. Dons off to a good start.
8-4. Now Rachel Go setting and serving, Clever gets a kill and then a Go Ace!
11-8. Sam Darin delivers a kill after a Trojans mini-run.
13s. Tied up. Both teams playing tight.
17-15. Go to Clever for a big kill!
18-17. Lane Webster “tools” the blockers for a kill. Needed that one to retake the lead.
19-17. Clever Roof!
21-19. Clever covers the set and tees it up perfectly for Webster, who tools the blockers again with a hard hit.
22s. Tied up. What a battle.
24-22. Net violation Petaluma…24-23…24s tied again and OT…
25-24. Risch kills it ugly. Dons will take it at this point!
26-24. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve Aces for the set win. Clutch!

Second Set:

5-2. Kalil to Higgins….powered off a Trojan defender for a kill.
7-2. Mckendell kill from the Libero jersey. Fancy.
8-2. Risch big kill. Timeout Petaluma. Great start by the Dons.
9-2. Clever Roof out of the timeout! So many great highlights right now.
11-5. Sarah Westergren sneaky slide kill from the Webster set.
12-8. Darin kill at the right time.
13-11. Webster dump into the “campfire.”
14-11. Nevins block.
15-13. Sweet Risch pass. Sweet Kalil set. Sweet Darin kill. Like Halloween candy.
17-14. Simply beautiful swing and kill from Risch. Like hot melted caramel.
20-21. Oh no! HUGE Petaluma rally to take the lead. Timeout Dons.
21-22. Clever big block to get closer.
22s…Dons fight back…22-23…23 all (Trojans serve it long!)
24-23. Kalil wicked serve causes an overpass…which Nevins flushes with authority. Set point!
25-23. Nevins & Webster roof!!! Dons win the 2nd, showing some real grit. Yasssss.

Third Set:

1s. Risch hammer kill.
2-1. McKendell McAce!
7-5. Webster fireball Ace!
9-5. Clever kill. Dons recapture the momentum.
11-6. Risch Ace!
12-6. Risch dives forward with her arm stretched out and “pancakes” it, saving the point, and then Webster dumps another sneaky one over the net to score “on 2” against the unsuspecting and shocked Trojans.
13-7. Hayes Hollar delivers a key winning roll shot. Smart cookie!
16-9. Kennedy Cornish in and scores a kill, and then Webster kills an overpass. Timeout
Petaluma as their home gym is becoming a haunted house.
18-12. McVay nice pass to Go, who sets Risch perfectly. You know what happens next.
21-15. Great Dons passing in the back row from McKendell, McVay and Risch. Hollar rewards them with a kill.
22-15. Claire McNally serve: Trojans can’t get it back over.
23-17. Webster sets Nevins in the middle and “Tee” crushes one off the body of a defender for a kill. Ouchy.
24-17. Nevins backs it up with another kill. She is taking over the match down the stretch…a Nightmare for the Trojan defenders
25-17. And Nevins finishes it off with yet another kill. Dons win!

Big Dons road win in 3 sets over Petaluma. Now they head to face the #4 Seed Moreau
Catholic (Hayward) at 7pm on Saturday night as the NCS tournament action continues. Be

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs. Northgate 10/26/2017

Acalanes v. Northgate 10/26/2017
Your A.D.G.V.T. traveled over hill and dale out to Northgate Ranch to face the Broncos in the final League Match of the 2017 DAL Season. It was sure to be a big challenge against the much-improved Broncos. Here are the highlights from the Last Rodeo:

First Set:

3-4. Dons bounce back from a slow start with a big Madi Risch kill. Untouched.
5-6. Maddie Kalil sets Grace Higgins at Oppo for a kill.
8-11. Timeout Dons to try and get sharper…
9-11. Lane Webster sets up Elsa Clever in the middle. Clever rewards us all with a kill.
10-11. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve brings the Dons closer.
11-12. Zoe McPhail sweet dig and then Theresa Nevins gets a big kill in the middle.
13s. Sam Darin makes a perfect pass, then hits, and the Broncos can’t recover.
16-15. Dons take the lead on the Webster dump over the net.
17-19. Rough patch as the Dons lose 4 in a row, then Risch kills it. Phew.
18-21. Clever kill.
19-21. Super Webster dig off a big Bronco hit keeps the point alive and the Dons score.
21-23. Cailey McVay serves a gem and then makes two awesome passes during the point and Higgins finishes it off with a kill.
22-24. McKendell’s turn to pass purely and Higgins again finishes it off after much back and forth. Timeout Broncos. Can the Dons turn this one?
22-25. No.

Second Set:

1s. Sarah Westergren delivers a point with a roll shot.
3-4. Kalil to Westergren. Kill.
4-5. McPhail carefully watches a serve go long. Good eye baby!
5s. Risch ties it with a back-corner Ace. Woo! Woo! Woo!
6-7. Rachel Go sets Darin for a beautiful sharp angle kill that finds the sideline. Sassy.
11-10. The teams are trading points. Risch hammers a kill.
13-14. McVay to Kalil to Westergren. Textbook v-ball as Westergren tools the block.
16-14. R-Go Ace! Time out Northgate after a nice Dons run.
17-15. Webster hammers a kill off of a Bronco. Yah!
20-16. WILD point. Dons somehow score after 41 seconds of back and forth.
21-18. Darin fires a kill! Huge point.
22-23. But the Broncos stampede back into the lead. Timeout Dons.
23s…Westergren vital kill…24s…Broncos serve it long…overtime…
24-26. Dons NO again.

Third Set:

4-8. Another slow Dons start to the set. Risch kills one.
5-8. Clever block!
7-10. Long rally again. So many of those tonight. Super hustle from both teams. Hayes Hollar kills one off the blockers.
8-11. Darin kill. Need every bit of it.
11-13. Kalil rips an Ace.
13-15. McVay McMoney Serve.
15-17. Clever. See 5-8 above.
16-17. McPhail sends a tricky little free-ball over the net and it works! Score.
17s. McPhail also fires three great consecutive serves, adds a silky set to Kalil (who sets
Clever in the middle). Bam! Tied Up!
18-19. Risch huge kill off the blockers. The ball flies from the net all the way back past the Dons endline. OK.
19-20. Risch kills a scrambling Webster set. Dons scrambling everywhere trying to get this win.
20-21. Darin kill to keep the Dons close. Do or Die.
20-25. Dons don’t Do, unfortunately, and Dons lose in 3 sets to the Broncos.

Tough loss to end League play at 5-5, and Sombreros off to Northgate who played really well.

Now the Lady Dons will wait to see if they have some NCS playoff volleyball in their future.
Watch this space.

NCS Volleyball and Water Polo Playoffs

The girls volleyball team plays at #5 seeded Petaluma HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

The boys water polo team is the #5 seed and will play #12 Foothill HS Thursday at 5:00 at Contra Costa College.

The girls water polo team is the #3 seed and will play #14 College Park HS Thursday at 6:15 at Contra Costa College.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $6 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Oct 28 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

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

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.


Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Northgate

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis
October 26 – On Thursday, the Freshman Lady Dons Volleyball team fought the traffic out to Northgate for their final match of a great season. The first game was tight early with the teams trading points. Specialists Maren Takeuchi, Daisy Sibley and Libby Rossdid a nice job handling some difficult serves, and Carly Coffee provided the early offense, but the Broncos were up to the challenge.  The game reached 15-15 before a nice run of play from the Dons stretched the lead as Lauren Davis got a right side kill off a sweet five from setter Megan GoAudrey Passalacqua put down two over passes with authority and Samantha Hansen and Lauren teamed up for two roofs. Audrey then ran off a series of jump serves to put the team up for good and the Dons won 25-21.

The team started off a little slow in the second game….likely because superfan Katie Sowarby broke with superstition and forced the parents to switch ends of the bleachers. The Dons stabilized on a Lyla Cox kill followed by a couple of nice saves from libero Sydney Sowarby and another block from the right side. However, the Broncos put together a strong run despite some spirited parent chants led by father-of-the-year candidate Mark Passalacqua, and took the second game.

The pivotal third game started off better for the Dons as strong passing from Maren and Daisy and a nice serving run from Chloe Wu gave the Dons the lead.  A kill from Lyla off a perfect Bella Draper set put the squad up 11-8 and ended a run for Northgate. The team finished strong, highlighed by a great bump set from Sydney after Megan was forced to dig, which led to a Lauren kill, and a nice up from Chloe that Samantha scrambled to keep out of the net and in play. The match, and the season, ended with Lauren stuffing an over pass for the win. Celebrity Doctor and statistician Alan Go was “happy to see our Lady Dons finish off both a terrific victory!”  Good match and great season Dons!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs College Park

College Park v. Acalanes 10/24/2017

It is SENIOR NIGHT for Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team, as 5 Seniors – Sam Darin, Maddie Kalil, Kaitlin McKendell, Zoe McPhail, and Theresa Nevins – step through the
celebration balloons with their families and onto the Court to face off with College Park for
their last regular season home game of their careers. Nice crowd on hand!

First Set:

1-0. Darin kill as all 5 seniors are starting tonight.
2-0. Darin again. Senior Style.
4-2. Kalil sets McKendell on the outside. Dons score.
8-4. Kalil jumps to set and throws a winner down over the net instead. Senior Sneaky.
10-4. Timeout Falcons and the Senior lineup is dominating.
11-6. McPhail makes a nice “up” to save the point and the Dons kill it. Senior Smooth.
13-8. McPhail to Kalil to Darin: Kill.
15-9. McKendell swings and delivers a deep kill from the front row. Woo! Woo! Woo! K-Mack!
20-12. McKendell Ace!
23-13. McPhail Ace! McSeniors.
25-13. Dons take the 1 st .

Second Set:

6-4. McPhail passing and Kalil setting to get the Dons rolling in the 2 nd , and then Nevins adds in a winning block.
9-5. Nevins explodes a kill straight down from the middle. Wow. Senior Power!
15-9. Kalil delivers a nifty back-set and the Dons hitter kills it. Maddie Kaaaaaaaayyyy!
22-10. Nevins hammers another kill off the Kalil set. Teeeeeee!
25-12. Dons deep-fry the birds in the 2 nd .

Third Set:

2-1. Claire McNally Ace! Not a Senior. (I’m doing just one non-Senior highlight tonight, and that Ace was pure gold.)
4s. Nice Senior Saves by Nevins and McPhail to keep the point alive, and the Dons score to tie it up.
9s. Darin kill to tie it again. Saaaaaaaaaammmm!
12-11. Kalil to Darin. Big kill. Seeeeen-yerrrs.
15-11. Sweet Kalil serve and then a quick-reaction, one-armed “up” to save the point. Senior Smarts. Timeout C.P.
17-13. Kalil runs a slide play as Grace Higgins rotates into the middle of the court from the
outside to receive the set for a kill, completely flummoxing the Falcons.
20-15. Nevins pounds another winner. Senior Sledgehammer.
21-17. McPhail alertly covers an errant serve-receive ricochet, and then she sets the hitter for a kill. Zo-eeeeeeee!
24-17. Match Point!
25-17. Dons win!

Dons defeat the Falcons in three sets and move to 5-4 in League play with just one match left to go (at Northgate Thursday night). Congrats Seniors! They all played great tonight.

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