November 2 – Winning Streak Continues – Freshman Girls Volleyball Team Beats Miramonte

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.

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Nov 3 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Advance to NCS Quarter Final

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.

R. Takahashi

Nov 2 – Girls Varsity Volleyball thriller

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.

R. Takahashi

October 28 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Team Take First Place at Tournament

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.

Lucy Amaral

Oct 25 – Girls Varsity Volleyball Acalanes Dons vs. Alhambra Bulldogs in an exciting comeback

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

October 25 – Acalanes Dons Freshman Girls Volleyball Defeats Alhambra Bulldogs

The Acalanes Freshman girls volleyball team continued its winning streak Tuesday, defeating Alhambra in two, 25-23, 25-18.  The Lady Bulldogs may have earned the first point, but that would be the first and last time they lead the match.  Alta Paladino made clear the Dons came to win by firing in two aces with her first two serves. A nice service run by Jillian Wickline, including some screaming aces, expanded their lead.  Accurately reading their opponents, tips were effectively placed by Lily Bauer, Janine Jaber and Wickline.  Kills by Taylor Odom, Sarah Moore, and Wickline off sets by Holly Fleischmann left no doubt of the Dons intentions.  Back row defense with Ying Stroebe, Claire Amaral and Dory Grobeck, kept any return from aiding Alhambra’s score.  Alhambra would not roll over, however, and the Lady Bulldogs eventually brought the score within one point of tying the Dons.  With some exciting extended rallies, the two teams continued to trade points, eventually allowing the only tie of the day at 23-23.  A sideout to the Dons and a final serve by Jaber brought the first game to a close, 25-23.

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Oct 26 – Wednesday Sports – Girls Volleyball and Tennis results

In yesterdays action…
The girls volleyball team found themselves down 2 games to none to Alhambra HS, when they mounted a furious comeback to win in five games, with a clutch 15-13 win in game five.  Julia Amaral was the sparkplug that helped to ignite the rally.  The jv team split to force a third game, where they overcame a 14-10 deficit to win 16-14.  Molly Dalziel finished the third game with an exclamation mark, by driving home the final kill.  The freshman team made it look easy winning in two games.

The girls tennis team was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Mondays action…
The girls golf team finished 8th at the NCS Southern Qualifier to advance as a team to Monday’s NCS Championships.

In todays action…
The DFAL water polo season comes to an end tonight as they play at Miramonte HS.  The boys game will feature the only undefeated teams in the DFAL, and will determine this year’s league champion.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00, jv boys at 7:00.

The cross country team competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Individual standouts…
Girls volleyball – Lisa Carrington had 8 kills and 7 digs, Rachel Cox had 8 kills and 2 aces, and Danielle Grobeck had 4 kills, 4 blocks, and 3 aces.
Girls golf – Elizabeth Schultz shot a 74 to tie for 2nd overall at the NCS Southern Qualifier.  Lauren Kim shot 88, and Adrienne Lee 93.
Girls tennis – Tessa Karagocev won her singles match.

R. Takahashi


October 20 – Acalanes and Dougherty Valley Varsity Womens Volleyball – Dig for the Cure.

The Dons and the Wildcats faced off on Wednesday, October 20th, in honor of supporting a cure for breast cancer. After the Acalanes freshman and junior varsity teams handily beat their Dougherty Valley opponents, the pressure was on for varsity to maintain the momentum.

Each of the teams sported pink t-shirts with phrases such as “cancer sucks”, “dig for a cure”, and “fight like a girl” to show their support and team spirit . Prior to the game, head coach Steve Siegmann gave a heart warming speech and took a moment to give respect to breast cancer victims, patients, and survivors and encourage the spectators to make donations at the door. Read more

October 13 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Team Defeats Las Lomas

Acalanes Freshman Volleyball Team continued their winning streak Tuesday, again beating Las Lomas in two sets 25-15, 25-18.   While Acalanes lost the first point of the set, they regained the lead quickly and never let it go again.  Service aces from Taylor Odom, Jililan Wickline and a nice service run (five of which were aces) from Sarah Moore left no doubt the Lady Dons had come to win.  Kills were provided by Holly Gillar, Odom and Moore, off assists by Holly Fleischmann, while defense led by Ying Stroebe and aided by Claire Amaral denied many attempts at scoring by the Knights.  At 24-15, a sweet tip by Lily Bauer ended the match.  Dons win 25-15.

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