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.

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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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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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