October 11 – Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team Beats Dublin

The Lady Dons traveled to Dublin Tuesday to take on the Lady Gaels, besting them in three sets, 25-10, 24-26, 15-7.  The first set was owned by Acalanes.  Service runs from Alta Paladino and Sarah Moore, along with aces from Lily Bauer and a screaming bullet from Holly Gillar kept the higher score consistently on the Dons side.  When the ball was actually returned, kills from Taylor Odom and Gillar, off assists from Dory Grobeck, silenced the opponents.  Defense remained strong led by Ying Stroebe, who had nice back row shots, as well as a scrambling save by Claire Amaral, to deny the Gaels extra points.  The final two points by Groebek, one of which was an ace, ended the first match.

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October 11 – Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. Dublin High Gaels

Set 1:  Basic scoring on both sides was how this match began, but that all changed when Jojo Harnish went up high to roof up the Gaels’ outside hitter.  The Gaels dug up her block and reset for another kill attempt that Harnishagain blocked.  This time it went to the floor for a Dons score.  The defense stayed in high gear when at

6-4 (Dons’ score listed first) Dani Grobeck stuffed a middle-kill attempt by the Gaels.  It was Grobeck again at 7-5 when Harnish put up a sweet back 1-set that beat the block and Grobeck crushed.  At 13-8 Amanda Jarquin hustled to get a ball up, Harnish chased it down and put up a set back to Jarquin.  The set came from behind Jarquin (a very difficult set to get a solid kill on) but Jarquin did just that for a Dons score.  At 15-9 Jarquin showed versatility when she pounded down a middle 1-set.  With the Dons in solid command at 17-10, the ball was served by the Gaels and as soon as our first pass went up Grobeck shouted “One!  One!”  Harnish obliged with the low 1-set and Grobeck slammed it for a dramatic kill.  At 22-15, it was Brooke Aiello showing some timing skill as a pass went far to the opposite (front right) corner.  Harnish got to it, launched a big arcing set to the outside (front left corner).  It seemed to take a few seconds for the ball to get there, but Aiello met it at just the right time and brought the hammer down on it.
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October 8 – Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team Takes Third At Northgate Invitational

The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team blew through the competition Saturday, taking third overall at the Northgate Freshman Volleyball Invitational. During the morning pool at Ygnacio Valley High School, the Lady Dons defeated Ygnacio Valley and Berkeley before facing Carondelet.  Fairly well matched, Carondelet and Acalanes each took one game, and the third game, which only goes to 15, threatened to go to the Cougars.  At 4-14, Lily Bauer showed incredible poise as she calmly served ten in a row to even the score.  The Dons finished out the set 17-15 to take first place in the morning pool.  During a crossover match, which could have eliminated the Dons right there, Acalanes kept the pressure on, defeating Cardinal Newman to move on to the final rounds. Read more

October 6 – Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Continue Winning Streak

The Lady Dons continued their victory march, beating Miramonte’s Freshman Girls volleyball team in two sets, 25-13, 25-18.  The first set started with a nice service run by Sarah Moore including a smashing ace to get the Lady Mats attention.  Aces were also offered up from Dana Piercy, Taylor Odom, Dory Grobeck and Janine Jaber.  Kills by Holly Gillar, Odom and Moore denied any return possibilities, while artfully placed tips from Odom, Grobeck and Claire Amaral added key points to the score.  Scoring efforts from the Mats was an exercise in frustration, as any serve over was quickly passed by Ying Stroebe to Grobeck’s set and more times than not, it was a Don’s point.  A five point service run, including several aces, compliments of Grobeck, brought the score to 23-12. Don’s got the sideout at 24-12, and after a rare point loss, took the set 25-13. Read more

Oct 7 – Friday Sports – Football, volleyball, and golf results

In Thursdays action…

The football team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The jv team was defeated also.
The girls volleyball team was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv and freshman teams were victorious.
The girls golf team was defeated by by Miramonte HS.

In Fridays action…

The boys water polo team competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturdays action…

The cross country team competes in the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno at 9:00 am.
The non-varsity cross country team competes in the Crystal Springs Invitational at Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo at 9:00 am.
The boys water polo team competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.
The jv girls volleyball team competes in the Wolverine Invitational at Deer Valley HS.
The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the Northgate tournament.
The frosh-soph girls water polo team competes in the Alhambra tournament.

October 6 – Acalanes Girls vs. Miramonte Mats

Photo courtesy L. Amaral

Set 1:  A very tough start in this first set as the Mats began with a 10-0 run against the Dons.  A service error by the Mats enabled the Dons to begin their scoring and they answered with a 4-point run themselves, which included a service ace by Tyanna Roy.  Even scoring on both sided until at 6-13 (Dons’ score listed first) Jojo Harnish put up a nice backset to the opposite post that Amanda Jarquin crushed for a solid kill.  Then at 7-15 it was Harnish again getting to a pass near the front right corner, and launching a big set across the court to Brooke Aiello at the outside, who put it down.  The Mats kept up the steady scoring and prevented the Dons from making up ground.  At 9-21 though, Roy woke the gym up with a booming kill from the outside.

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Sep 29 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Alhambra Bulldogs

This well-attended match-up between the Acalanes Dons and the Alhambra Bulldogs was exciting from start to finish. Although this writer was not present until the last few points of the first set, there was still quite a bit of action left to go.

Set 1: Final two points. At 23-17 (Dons’ points listed first) Team Co-captain Brooke Aiello took a set from Jojo Harnish at the outside and drilled it down to make the score 24-17 Dons. On the final point, Aiello delivered a serve that the Bulldogs had trouble handling and could not get the ball back over.
Final Score Set 1: 25-17 Dons.

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Sep 30 – Yesterday’s Results and Upcoming Games

In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team defeated Alhambra HS in 3 games. The JV and freshman teams were also victorious both in 2 games.
The girls tennis team was defeated by Miramonte HS.
The freshman football team defeated Miramonte HS 32-13.

In Fridays action…
The girls water polo team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 4:00, JV at 5:00.
The football team plays at Miramonte HS. JV at 4:30, Varsity at 7:00.
The girls tennis team competes in the Liberty tournament.
The JV boys water polo team competes in the Jesuit tournament.

In Saturdays action…
The girls tennis team competes in the Liberty tournament.
The JV boys water polo team competes in the Jesuit tournament.
R. Takahashi

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