The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team beat Dublin in two sets Thursday, capping a season with yet another victory and ending with an overall 13-2 record, a third place at the Northgate Tournament and a First Place at the St. Vincent-St. Patrick Tournament.
When they met last, the Dons beat Dublin in three tough matches. This time, Acalanes took care of business in two. The team, led by Coach Bryan Mall, played with precision, using their year of training to effectively shut down the Gaels. In the first set, services aces were offered up by Alta Paladino, Holly Gillar, Jillian Wickline and Dana Piercy. Middle Blocker Janine Jaber’s subtly placed tips kept Dublin off balance while kills from sets by Dory Grobeck to Sarah Moore, Gillar, Piercy, and Paladino pushed the Gaels back on their heels. Some nice back row hits by Libero Ying Stroebe and defense work from Claire Amaral and Wickline let nothing pass. First game: Dons 25, Gaels 21. Read more
Alex Ligouri: 10 Digs
Megan Dalziel: 4 Digs, 2 Kills
Tyanna Roy: 11 Digs, 19 Kills, 2 Aces, 1 Block
Brooke Aiello: 7 Digs, 15 Kills, 3 Aces, 2 Blocks
Lila Schoenfield: 2 Kills, 2 Blocks
Marie Teichman: 2 Digs, 1 Kill
Jojo Harnish: 49 Assists, 2 Aces, 3 Digs
In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team continues to provide clutch performances. They fell behind 2 games to none to Dublin HS before winning the next three games 25-20, 25-9, 15-5, to record a DFAL victory in the last match of the regular season. Tyanna Roy and Brooke Aiello were hitting with authority. The jv and freshmen teams finished the season with 2 game wins over Dublin HS.
In Fridays action…
Tessa Karagocev continues play in the second day of the DFAL Girls Tennis Championships at Dougherty Valley HS.
In Saturdays action…
The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts #6 Northgate HS at 3:45 in the NCS quarterfinals.
The #3 seeded boys water polo team hosts #14 Mission San Jose HS at 5:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
The cross country team competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.
The end of the season may be coming near, but the Acalanes Dons Freshman Girls Volleyball team keeps bringing the heat with another victory, this time against Miramonte, beating their cross-town rivals in two sets, 25-8, 25-17. Game one was all about offense, including a ten-point service run by Alta Paladino. When the serve was returned, kills by Dana Piercy, Janine Jaber, Taylor Odom and Katie McCarty fed from sets by Dory Grobeck, shut the Mats down quickly. Ying Stroebe, fresh from being named Most Valuable Player at the St.Patrick-St. Vincent tournament, led defense with skilled passing and quick digs. Dons take the first game, 25-8.
In yesterdays action…
The Acalanes Dons girls water polo team defeated San Rafael HS 15-1 to advance to Saturdays NCS quarterfinal round where they will be the host school at 3:45.
In todays action…
The girls volleyball team closes out the regular season hosting Dublin HS. The seniors will be honored at 6:00. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00, varsity at 6:30.
This match not only had the excitement of a local rivalry, but also had the added intensity of the Dons needing to win to stay in contention for NCS Playoffs. A loss here would mean no shot at making those playoffs. The Mats soundly beat the Dons in their first meeting this season at Miramonte, 3-sets to none (and also took both matches last year).
In yesterdays action…
The girls varsity volleyball team was involved in a thriller with Miramonte HS. They won the first game, only to lose the next two. Down 2 games to 1, they squeezed out a victory in game 4, and crushed the Mats 15-5 in the fifth and deciding game. Tyanna Roy had 17 kills, 11 digs and 5 blocks. Brooke Aiello had 7 kills. Joanna Harnish had 39 assists and 2 blocks.
In todays action…
The NCS water polo playoffs begin as the #3 seeded girls team hosts #14 San Rafael HS at 4:30.
The Acalanes freshman girls volleyball team took home the first place trophy at the St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School volleyball tournament. Losing only one match all day, the Lady Dons showed consistent strength, ability and teamwork as they moved through pool play, match play and into the finals. Well-deserved recognition was given to Ying Stroebe and Taylor Odom, who were named Players of the Tournament. The Lady Dons next take on Miramonte at AHS on November 1.
Set 1: The Dons were visiting the Alhambra Bulldogs and things got underway with the Bulldogs opening up a 2-point lead. But the Dons came around and tied the score at 3-3. The serving game was very good and at 4-3 (Dons score listed first) Lila Schoenfield served up the first ace of the game. The scoring stayed close and at 8-6 it was Alex Ligouri’s turn to tally a service ace. She was serving a string of points and another ace came at 11-6. But the Bulldogs eventually tied the score at 16 and slowly built some separation to with the first set.
Final Score Set 1: 21-25 Bulldogs. Read more