Congratulations to the entire Acalanes 2014 Graduating Class! Best wishes in your future endeavors.
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In Fridays action…
Robbie Stern scored the winning touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the game as the football team defeated Las Lomas HS 21-17. The JV team shut out the Knights 35-0.
In Mondays action…
The water polo teams hosts Marin Catholic HS. JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00, and JV boys at 7:00.
Football Robbie Stern completed 9 of 15 passes for 146 yards and scored on a 33 yard run and threw a 17 yard touchdown pass. DeShawn Johnson rushed for 113 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 65 yard run on the first play of the game. Steve Main had 4 receptions for 63 yards including a 17 yard touchdown catch.
Cross country At the Stanford Invitational in division 3, Michael Wang and Annie Marggraff finished in 5th place, and Kelly Collins finished 9th.
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Up against the Dougherty Valley Wildcats, the Dons may not have known exactly what to expect. The Dons did beat them last year, but definitely did not dominate in the match. So the tone needed to be set early, and with a solid serve-receive pass by Ainsley Blandford, a very nice set to the middle by Jojo Harnish, and a decisive middle kill by Rachel Cox, it was. The Dons looked strong during the first few points and at 4-1 (Dons’ score listed first) Molly Dalziel came crashing in from the outside to hammer the set awaiting her from Harnish. Then, on what was to become a bit of a theme, Cox went up high in the middle for a great solo block to make it 5-1. She was to have several more of those in the upcoming games. At 10-4 Harnish made a great effort to get to a pass that was very tight to the net and instead of trying to set the ball, made a nifty backward flip of her wrist to dump the ball to the uncovered Wildcat floor. At this point DV started to look more cohesive and began some better play, especially on defense. They rallied to an 11-8 score but that was stopped when Harnish and Cox got together on a very nice backset and slide, with Cox going around behind Harnish to get to the backset and pound it down. Amanda Jarquin made a diving save on a dink from DV, and they ultimately committed a net violation for a Dons point. Dalziel came back into action in a big way with a booming hit at 14-10, and on the following point came a gorgeous volleyball play in which Brooke Aiello in the back row made a outstanding dig-and-pass on a DV spike, Harnish put up a delectable outside set, and Dalziel came in like a freight train and hammered the ball right through the block. The play was athletic, quick, and coordinated. Harnish was getting the most out of her backsets, too, as in the play at 18-1. It looked like the set would again go to the outside but instead was pushed backward to the opposite corner where Jarquin was prepared for it and put it down for a kill. In all of this was some great digging by Blandford, keeping rallies alive, especially at 21-13 when she laid herself out, and got the ball up high enough for Harnish to put up a set for Aiello to drive down for a score. The rally at 24-14 featured some more blocking skills by Cox when she blocked DV’s middle hitter’s kill attempt; that block was covered by DV and set up to the outside, but Cox slide-stepped over, went up high and blocked that kill attempt. That time the ball went to the floor.
Final Score Set 1: 25-14 Dons.
Starting off in a good way again for this second set was Jarquin with a big outside kill. But DV looked like a better team this set. The scoring was close, and at 7-5 Harnish showed some great net play by following an overpass from our back row that was going to be spiked by the DV front row. The middle hitter did take a swing, but Harnish’s hands were up and ready and skillfully blocked the ball. Tough play to make without committing a net violation. The next few points featured outstanding defense on both teams, lots of digging and effective blocking. Even though the Dons’ hitters were swinging away, the DV back row players were digging them up. But they did not dig up a big hit by Aiello from the opposite side which made the score 9-6. Then at 11-10 an athletic and interesting play ensued when Jarquin went up for a hit, was blocked, recovered that block herself and set up Cox who crushed it for a Dons score. But then the Wildcats got on a roll. It was not for a lack of firepower from the Dons – it was just that DV was digging up everything the Dons were hitting at them. Their 6-point rally got the score to 11-16 and was finally stopped by a big middle hit by Carrington. The Dons were to begin a comeback and it featured Jarquin serving a well-placed corner shot for an ace on her serve. Jarquin was serving so consistently that she was still serving at 16-16. Each team started trading points and at 18-17 it was Harnish again showing great net presence by getting up and blocking the DV middle hitter. On the next point Dalziel showed a sharp eye by letting a very close kill attempt go long by just inches, and at 21-18 Carrington, with some great net play of her own, showed patience and skill by going up on a DV overpass and instead of trying to kill it, deftly re-directed the ball down to an empty spot on the DV floor. Although the Wildcats were still playing well defensively, the Dons were just too overpowering and the score climbed to 24-20. And of course Acalanes was playing very good defense as well. Coach Steve Siegmann noted afterward that this was not only the best-played match of the year but also that the Dons are playing a much better and a more consistent defense. That defense is what kept them in this second set, and they ultimately prevailed.
Final Score Set 2: 25-20 Dons.
More even scoring continued in this third set with both teams essentially trading points. But it was Jarquin who really made the first standout play when she blasted a Harnish set past the four arms of the DV block to make it 2-5. Then she came back again at 3-5 with a big block. Then she came back yet again with another service ace to tie the game at five apiece. Next point… Emily Mesetz going up solo in the middle to stuff the DV middle-hitter’s attempt at a kill. The scoring remained tight and Aiello broke some tension with a powerful drive off a Harnish assist to make it 10-8. But then it was back and forth with the scoring; both teams refusing to relinquish a rally to the other. At 12-12 it was Aiello again drilling the ball to the DV floor, then at 13-12 it was Dalziel following up with a blazing kill of her own. With those two points, the momentum seemed to settle on to the Dons’ side. That was ensured on the next point when Harnish put the lightest of touches to a set seemingly floating no more than a foot above the net. All action seemed to momentarily stop with the ball at its apex until from out of the rafters Rachel Cox came blazing down on the floating sphere and tomahawked it straight down shattering the silent tableau. The score now stood at 14-12 and the Dons, and more specifically Cox, were on a roll. On the next point, she solo-blocked three DV kill attempts, with the last one going down for a Dons’ score to make it 15-12. Next point it was Cox again dominating the net with yet another block for a Dons’ score. This rally would be tough to overcome, and the scoring was basically even from then on. Mesetz had two great plays – the first being a blocked dink attempt by DV, which takes focus while up in the air; the second a booming slide-kill from the opposite side on a Harnish backset. Then it was Harnish again with the 1-hand dump to make it 23-19, an Aiello power-dink to the DV floor to make it 24-19, and a final Aiello kill from the outside to end a long rally, the set, and the match.
Final Score Set 3: 25-21 Dons
Dons take the match 3 sets to 0.
Brooke Aiello: 11 Kills 18 Digs 2 Aces
Amanda Jarquin: 6 Kills 11 Digs 3 Aces
Rachel Cox: 6 Kills 6 Blocks
Molly Dalziel: 7 Kills
In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team defeated Dougherty Valley HS 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22. The JV (25-11, 25-7) and freshman (25-16, 25-11) teams also won in 2 games.
The girls golf team was defeated by Dublin HS.
In Fridays action…
The football team hosts Las Lomas HS. JV plays at 4:30 and varsity at 7PM.
The water polo team hosts the Ron Richison tournament.
In Saturdays action…
The water polo team hosts the Ron Richison tournament.
The cross country team competes in the Stanford Invitational at Stanford Golf Course at 12:00.
The varsity girls volleyball team competes in the Concord Tournament.
The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Tournament.
Thursdays individual standouts…
Girls volleyball Brooke Aiello had 13 kills and 18 digs, Rachel Cox had 6 kills and 6 blocks, and Jo Jo Harnish had 32 assists and 3 blocks.
Girls golf Elizabeth Schultz shot a 39 and Lauren Kim 44 on a 9-hole par 36 course.