DONS BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS 3RD PLACE AT NORCAL HS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2nd Annual Norcal HS Beach Volleyball Championships were held in Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday May 6th. More than thirty high schools participated in the event which reflects the growing popularity of the sport in Northern CA. Brand new club teams from Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte were started this year in response to interest in Beach Volleyball among our local high school athletes. The launch of these teams was made possible by a partnership with LMYA Sports, who sponsored the court time for practice at Moraga Commons, and a devotion to organizing and coaching the teams by LMYA Volleyball Commissioner Eric Standring. It was a successful and fun first season, capped off by a 3rd place finish by the Dons of Acalanes High School.
Members of Acalanes, Campolindo and Las Lomas High Schools inaugural Beach Volleyball teams competed in the Norcal HS Beach Championships in Santa Cruz, CA.
Acalanes High School Team wins 3rd place at Norcal HS Beach Volleyball Championships. (Front row, l to r, Madi Risch & Lane Webster; Back row, l to r, Erin Meade, Annika Olson, Maddie Kalil & Theresa Nevins.)
Congratulations to all Acalanes Athletes recognized on Signing Day. Photos are available here.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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:
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?
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.
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.
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.