Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball vs College Park

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis
October 24 – On Wednesday, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team took on the College Park Falcons in the second leg of a back-to-back following Monday’s win over Miramonte. The game started out a bit choppy with College Park keeping it close to 10-10, which may have been attributed to several players trying out new positions. The defense was solid early on behind Daisy Sibleyand Maren Takeuchi, with Chloe Wu and Libby Ross each rotating in to serve and provide support. The team settled in a bit as freshly minted outside Lyla Cox put down some hits, new middle Lauren Davis came through with a few kills and stuffs, and Bella Draper was swinging away at oppo. Veteran setter Megan Go did a nice job distributing to both her new weapons, and the front row tandem of Samantha Hansen and Carly Coffee who each contributed in their traditional roles. The Dons pulled away to win the first set 25-19.

Carly stepped up in the start of the second set as well painting the end line for two early kills, as Megan served off 20 consecutive points before a Falcons side out. Audrey Passalacqua came in to close out the second set serving and playing DS, while libero Sydney Sowarby, who had enough digs for 2 matches in her standout performance Monday had the night off as the Dons closed out College Park 25-2. Congrats to all the Seniors!

Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball vs Miramonte

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Daivs

October 23 – The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team travelled to Miramonte for a rare Monday road matchup against the Matadors.  The game was tight early as both teams were strong on offense and defense, getting out to 15-15 as Lyla Cox, Carly Coffee and Lauren Davis pounded some hits, while Maren Takeuchi and Daisy Sibley teamed up for outstanding defense. A great serving run from setter Megan Go sparked the Dons to a 22-15 lead with Libby Ross coming in to serve and play specialist as well. Miramonte eventually countered back to a 25-24 lead. Needing to stay alive the team played a superb point highlighted by two digs and ultimately a back row kill from the always solid libero Sydney Sowarby. Getting the ball at 25-25, Lauren fired off two unreturnable serves to secure the win. Parent Ken Coffee, resplendant in his 1980s Miramonte hoops jersey was duly impressed, in between humming bars of “Glory Days.”

The Dons took the momentum into the second set jumping out to a 7-0 lead with Megan serving bombs and getting Samantha Hansen and Audrey Passalacqua involved in the offense. Miramonte recovered a bit but the Dons built a 17-6 lead with Chloe Wu coming in to serve. Bella Draper sets to Samantha and Carly provided the punch to go along with more great defense from the trio of Sydney, Daisy, and Maren. The Mats came back to 17-14, at which point Megan pulled a set out of the net that Lauren finished with a tight angle kill and Audrey added a delicate tip to take back the mo. Carly ran a nice service run to 24-15, culminating in a long match point that ended with Lyla stuffing an over pass for the win, 25-17. Great game Dons!

Oct 24 – College Park v. Acalanes Girls Volleyball

It is SENIOR NIGHT for Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team, as 5 Seniors – Sam Darin, Maddie Kalil, Kaitlin McKendell, Zoe McPhail, and Theresa Nevins – step through the celebration balloons with their families and onto the Court to face off with College Park for their last regular season home game of their careers. Nice crowd on hand!

McKendell, Nevins, McPhail, Kalil, Darin
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First Set:

1-0. Darin kill as all 5 seniors are starting tonight.

2-0. Darin again. Senior Style.

4-2. Kalil sets McKendell on the outside. Dons score.

8-4. Kalil jumps to set and throws a winner down over the net instead. Senior Sneaky.

Maddy Kalil
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10-4. Timeout Falcons and the Senior lineup is dominating.

11-6. McPhail makes a nice “up” to save the point and the Dons kill it. Senior Smooth.

13-8. McPhail to Kalil to Darin: Kill.

15-9. McKendell swings and delivers a deep kill from the front row. Woo! Woo! Woo! K-Mack!

20-12. McKendell Ace!

Kaitlyn McKendell
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23-13. McPhail Ace! McSeniors.

25-13. Dons take the 1st.

 

Second Set:

6-4. McPhail passing and Kalil setting to get the Dons rolling in the 2nd, and then Nevins adds in a winning block.

9-5. Nevins explodes a kill straight down from the middle. Wow. Senior Power!

Theresa Nevins
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15-9. Kalil delivers a nifty back-set and the Dons hitter kills it. Maddie Kaaaaaaaayyyy!

22-10. Nevins hammers another kill off the Kalil set. Teeeeeee!

25-12. Dons deep-fry the birds in the 2nd.

 

Third Set:

2-1. Claire McNally Ace! Not a Senior. (I’m doing just one non-Senior highlight tonight, and that Ace was pure gold.)

4s. Nice Senior Saves by Nevins and McPhail to keep the point alive, and the Dons score to tie it up.

9s. Darin kill to tie it again. Saaaaaaaaaammmm!

Samantha Darin
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12-11. Kalil to Darin. Big kill. Seeeeen-yerrrs.

15-11. Sweet Kalil serve and then a quick-reaction, one-armed “up” to save the point. Senior Smarts. Timeout C.P.

17-13. Kalil runs a slide play as Grace Higgins rotates into the middle of the court from the outside to receive the set for a kill, completely flummoxing the Falcons.

20-15. Nevins pounds another winner. Senior Sledgehammer.

21-17. McPhail alertly covers an errant serve-receive ricochet, and then she sets the hitter for a kill. Zo-eeeeeeee!

Zoe McPhail
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24-17. Match Point!

25-17. Dons win!

Dons defeat the Falcons in three sets and move to 5-4 in League play with just one match left to go (at Northgate Thursday night). Congrats Seniors! They all played great tonight.

Oct 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

At the DAL Girls Tennis Championships, Eliza Bates #4 seeded singles, Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate #2 doubles and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh #4 doubles advanced to todays semifinals.

The girls volleyball team dispatched College Park HS 25-13, 25-12 25-17. The jv team swept 25-17, 25-17 and the freshman team likewise 25-20, 25-3.

The unified soccer team dropped a close decision to Heritage HS. Gabe Jess and Daniel Sodestrom each scored 2 goals.

In Wednesdays action…

​Eliza Bates #4 singles, Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate #2 doubles and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh #4 doubles compete in the DAL Girls Tennis Semifinals at Acalanes HS at 3:45.

The water polo teams host Miramonte HS in a HUGE regular season finale. JV girls at ​4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00. Their Senior Night Presentation will take place between the varsity girls and boys games.

The cross country team competes in the DAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Oct 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Mondays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Miramonte HS. The jv team was also defeated and the freshman team was victorious.

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30. The Senior Night Presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

The girls tennis team competes in the DAL Championships at College Park HS at 9:30 am.

Oct 23 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team mounted a furious rally only to fall short 9-7 to Miramonte HS and defeated Leland HS 10-8 to finish 3rd in the NorCal Championships.

The girls volleyball team defeated Heritage HS and Dublin HS and was defeated by Castro Valley HS and James Logan HS in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

In Mondays action…

The girls volleyball team is at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 31 of 42 passes for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brian Merken had 13 receptions for 92 yards. Nick Price had 8 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions. Aidan McNamara had 4 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown and Tommy Thrasher added a touchdown reception.

JV football. John Kalil completed 9 of 14 passes for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mikey O’Donnell added 137 yards and 1 touchdown. Jack Muren had 12 receptions and all 4 touchdowns receiving. Michael Roux had 8 tackles, Carson Burrill 7.5 tackles and Ben Clark, Teo Barakos and Jack Miles each with 4 tackles.

Girls water polo. Jewel Roemer and Bella Wentzel provided stellar play on offense in the high level NorCal Championships.

Oct 21 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

Cross Country Rough Rider Invitational – Oct 13

The Dons competed in the Rough Rider Invitational in Fresno on Friday, October 13. It was an exciting meet!

Boys JV 2.2 mile:

Fr. Harrison Mains – 33rd Place 12:33.2
Fr. Tucker Starbuck – 102nd Place 13:26.5
Jr. Ethan Johnston – 149th Place 14:07.2
So. Austin Poole – 214th Place 15:20.2
Jr. Callan O’Brien – 227ths Place 15:53.2

Boys Varsity 3.1 mile: Acalanes finished 5th out of 29 teams!!

Jr. Riley Noon – 27th Place 17:16.7
Sr. Ethan Frigon – 39th Place 17:38.6
Jr. Joshua Starr – 48th Place 17:45.9
Fr. Dominic Basaldua – 51st Place 17:51.5
So. Harrison Seymour – 54th Place 17:56.4
Fr. Sam Roth – 59th Place 18:02.8
So. Nick Hutson – 62nd Place 18:07.5
Fr. Derek Kotarba – 67th Place 18:10.8
So. Ben Krey – 187th Place 20:55.7

Girls JV 2.2 mile

Jr. Coco Cornish -39th Place 15:29.5
Jr. Julia Helvey – 54th Place 15:47.6
Fr. Lexie Asadorian – 79th Place 16:30.4
Fr. Summer Helvey – 120th Place 17:30.3
Fr. Katie Bettencourt – 146th Place 17:59.2

Girls Varsity 3.1 mile

Fr. Nicole Frigon – 28th Place 20.56.7
Fr. Beth Hamalian -72nd Place 22:58.7
Fr. Binti Sohn – 74th Place 23:03.2
So. Sidney Zimmerman – 94th Place 23:45.5
Sr. Annie Klopstock – 95th Place 23:48.1
Fr. Taylor Hill – 113th Place 24:19.9
Sr. Anna Mary Starr – 119th Place 24:27.0
Sr. Caroline Kelly – 122nd Place 24:32.0
So. Emily Sverak – 140th Place 25:38.6
Fr. Lena Johnson – 150th Place 26:36.4

The Dons should be proud of their hard work! Most results were personal records!

 

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