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Sept 23 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team continues to roll with a 56-7 victory over De Anza HS. The JV team also won 54-26.

Jake Delaney
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The boys water polo team defeated EBAL power Monte Vista HS 21-11.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 18 of 25 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Kresnak added 2 touchdown passes. Brian Merken had 3 receptions for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Rogers 6 receptions for 55 yards and 1 score, Nick Price 2 receptions for 53 yards and 1 score. Keaziah Smith scored 2 rushing touchdowns and Jake Delaney added 1 score. Tommy Thrasher had 3 receptions for 51 yards and 3 tackles. Nick Henderson led the defense with 5.5 tackles, Alex Cortessis added 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt and Seth Pezman each added 3 tackles.

Keaziah Smith
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JV football. John Kalil completed 18 of 24 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Avery Howell rushed 13 times for 163 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 54 yard kickoff return. Jack Muren had 4 receptions for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Luke Miles had 5 receptions for 78 yards. Nick Pearson led the defense with 8 tackles and Mikey O’Donnell and Ben Clark added 5 and 3 tackles, respectively. Jack Miles had an interception.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball v. Campolindo 9/21/2017

Girls Volleyball
by Ken Webster

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team kicked off 2017 DAL League play by hosting the arch-rival Campolindo Cougars on Thursday night in front of a big and boisterous crowd. The match found the defending D III State Champions still looking to find their 2017 identity, as they came in at 2-4 on the year but with a big win over Marin County powerhouse Redwood High last weekend. This stiff test from the Cougs – currently ranked 6th in the State in Division 3 – would surely push them to their limits and help them grow as a team. Here is some of the action:

First Set:

2-8. Timeout Dons after a very rocky start. Adrenaline is pumping and Coach Rodriguez looks to settle the Dons down.

3-10. Dons out of sync.

6-15. Sarah Westergren delivers a kill to get the Dons a much needed point.

7-18. Westergren fires another winner deep. Needed it.

8-19. Grace Higgins kills the Lane Webster set. Needed that too! Dons in a big hole but fighting.

10-25. Warm up set completed. Now we can get this match going!

Second Set:

1-0. Webster delivers a winning serve and the Dons have the lead!

2-2. Hayes Hollar drives a kill into the Campo middle.

3-6. Webster back set to Hollar at the “Oppo”. Kill. Dons now fighting with high energy.

4-8. Madi Risch pounds a ball straight down on the kill. With Authority.

6-10. Webster roof!

8-10. Risch on a serving run.

9-10. Webster drills an angle kill from the “Oppo” from the Rachel Go set. Timeout Cougs! The gym is rockin’.

10-11. Cailey McVay digs a tough serve and Go sets to Higgins beautifully, and Grace finishes it with a kill.

12s. Webster Ace!

13-12. Campo fires the ball long and the Dons re-take the lead!

14-12. Webster Ace again! Bullets.

14-15. Timeout Dons to break a little Campo momentum.

18-17. McVay Ace! Dons fight back once again. Resilient.

19-18. Risch block! McVay dig! Risch kill!

19-20. Kennedy Cornish slams down an overpass, but Campo keeps it alive and scores. See-saw battle this set.

20s. Hayes “Ain’t No Hollarback Girl” Hollar crushes a kill to re-tie it.

21s. Risch tools the blockers to re-tie it yet again. Dons playing great v-ball right now!

22s. Go with a buttery set to Higgins who eats it up. Tied again…

22-24. Timeout Dons…

23-24. Big Webster kill! Timeout Cougars. Let’s Go Dons!

24 all…24-25…25s! Elsa Clever stuffs a joust at the net. OT baby.

25-27. Dons fall in the 2nd set. Man!

Third Set:

1-0. Great D from Zoe McPhail and McVay (part of the McFamily) and then Clever delivers a big roof.

2-0. Clever again!

3-0. Risch kill on a roll shot.

4-3. Webster lofts a set from out of the net and gets it to Hollar for the kill.

6s. Go (“R-GO”) back sets Risch, who promptly crushes the kill into the middle of the court.

7-6. McPhail: great serve and then saves the point with a great dig. Back row passing by McPhail, McVay, Go and Sam Darin is on point.

9-14. Tough patch of road for the Dons-mobile. Timeout.

11-16. Clever on the slide kill. Needed it.

11-19. Campo executing and building momentum. Not helpful.

13-22. Timeout Acalanes. Campo still not helping.

14-22. Risch with a saving dig and Webster finishes it at the net.

17-24. Clever kills a “1” in the middle to keep the match alive.

18-24. McVay Ace! Yaaasssss.

19-24. Webster to Risch for the untouched Thunder Bomb Kill. Wow. Stirs memories of the incomparable Parker Jones…Happy Birthday Parker!

19-25. Dons fall in 3 to the Cougars, but it was an exciting match and the Dons will be fun to watch this season, so come on out to some games!

 

Sept 22 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team defeated College Park HS 5-4.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV and freshmen teams were also defeated.

Kennedy Cornish and Grace Higgins
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The freshman football team defeated Northgate HS 42-7.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts De Anza HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys water polo team hosts Monte Vista HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

​Thursdays individual standouts…

​Girls tennis. Zoe Cate and Jess Gerson won singles matches. Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney, Molly Cronk & Vivian Toni and ​Sophia Cooper & Rachel Minden won doubles matches.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 8 of 12 passes for 121 yards and 3 passing touchdowns and one running score. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 3 receptions for 49 yards and 1 score. Quinn Elle and Adam Kim each added a receiving touchdown, Thomas Schrader an interception return for a score and Sam Heyman returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Defensive standouts. Graham Oh had 8 tackles and Adam Kim and Thomas Schrader each added 3 tackles. Adam Kim, Logan Hope and Graham Oh also had interceptions.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Freshman Girls Volleyball
by Hunter Davis
September 21, 2017 – It was an exciting afternoon of volleyball as the Acalanes Freshman Lady Dons took on arch rival Campolindo.  The first set was tight early with strong blocking from Lauren Davis and Lyla Cox. The Dons used a serving streak from Lyla to break open a 10-5 lead, forcing Campo into an early timeout. The coaching move worked as the Cougars roared back to a 14-11 lead, but an equally well taken timeout from Coach Miranda Rodriguez along with solid serving from Sammy Hansen got the Dons back in the game. They kept it close on aggressive kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Carly Coffee, but could not take advantage of a late service run from Chloe Wu to drop the first game 20-25.
The second set may go down as the game of the season as neither team was able to build a lead, with 7+ lead changes. The Dons had great fan support from the JV and Varsity teams along with many others, and loud cheers of “Let’s go Dons” echoed throughout the gym at key moments highlighting this rivalry match. Back to back kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Lyla Cox on Megan Go assists gave the Dons the momentum and at 11-14, 4 straight points from Daisy Sibley gave the Dons the lead.  After falling behind 22-24 the team fought back with excellent defense, nice setting from Bella Draper, and clutch team serving to push the match on. Strong passing from libero Sydney Sowarby and Marin Takeuchi countered Campo’s service game, while scrambling defense from Lauren Davis kept points alive as the tension ramped up. In the end, a few breaks allowed the Cougars to pull off a 30-28 victory in the second set, but it was a great match from both teams.

Sept 21 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls golf team defeated Las Lomas HS 256-262.

Avalon Schenone shot a 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

The varsity girls tennis team has a match at College Park HS and the JV team hosts Bentley HS, both at 3:30.

The freshman football team plays at Northgate HS at 5:00.

Sept 20 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The boys water polo team pulled out a 12-11 victory over Menlo-Atherton HS to raise their record to 7-4.

In Wednesdays action…

The girls golf team has a match against Las Lomas HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:15.

Sept 19 – Tuesday Sports

In Mondays action…

Avalon Schenone shot an 84 over 18 holes at the Poppy Ridge Girls Golf Invitational.

In Tuesdays action…

The boys water polo team hosts Menlo Atherton HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

The girls tennis team has a match against Northgate HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Sept 18 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The boys water polo team defeated Gunn HS and was defeated by Menlo School in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The football team put on quite a performance defeating San Marin HS 49-14. The jv team led off the day in like fashion 46-12.

The boys water polo team defeated Jesuit HS and was defeated by Buchanan HS in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In cross country action, the Dons competed in the De La Salle-Carondelet Nike Invitational Meet on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  In girls action, the top lady Dons were Freshman Nicole Frigon, who finished 3rd (2nd Frosh) in the Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with a time of 13:34.5 and Freshmen Beth Hamalian and Binti Sohn finished 29th and 33rd (16th and 19th freshmen) with times of 14:51.2 and 14:54.1, respectively, leading the Don’s to a 7th place finish; Junior Emersyn White finished 62nd out of 251 runners in the Frosh/Soph/JV Unlimited 2-mile race with a time of 16:14.5; and Maxine D’Orazio placed 68th out of 122 runners with a time of 16:22.5 in the girls’ JV 2-mile race.  Way to go girls!!!

In boys action, the Frosh/Soph finished 8th out of 30 teams, with Sophomore Nick Hutson leading the Don’s with a 16th place finish (11th Sophomore) out of 201 runners and a time of 11:33.2 for the 2-mile race, Freshman Derek Kotarba and Sam Roth finished 39th and 42nd (13th and 14th freshmen), respectively, with times of 11:58.7 and 12:00.6; Freshman Owen Myall finished 60th out of 323 runners with a time of 13:35.9 in the Frosh/Soph Unlimited 2-mile race; Freshmen Tucker Starbuck and Ethan Chow finished 117th and 118th out of a tough 175-runner field in the JV Unlimited race, with times of 13:26.1 and 13:26.4 – what a close finish between those two!  Other notables in the JV Unlimited race were Freshman Josh Evans and Sophomore Aidan Bodner, with times of 13:31.1 and 13:31.9 – another close finish!  In boys’ Varsity action, Junior Joshua Starr earned the Don’s top spot with a 91st place finish out of 241 runners and a person record time of 17:12.1 for the 3-mile race.  Junior Riley Noon and Sophomore Andrew Owens also had fast races with times of 17:32.0 and 17:35.2.  Great job boys!!!

In Mondays action…

The girls golf team competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at Poppy Ridge GC at 12:00.

Sept 15 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

Boys Water Polo pulled out a big victory over Jesuit HS 15-12 to raise their overall record to 4-2.

Girls Volleyball was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV and Freshmen teams recorded victories.

Girls Golf was defeated by Miramonte HS.

Freshmen Football defeated Bishop ODowd HS 27-13.

In Fridays action…

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

Football plays at San Marin HS. JV at 11:00 am and Varsity at 2:00 pm.

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Volleyball competes in the East County Invitational at Pittsburg HS.

Cross Country competes in the De La Salle & Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park.

Thursdays individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball. Offensive standout was Erin Meade and defensively it was Charlotte Glass and Jessica Larrick.

Freshmen Football. Brady Huchingson was 11-12 with 4 TD passes. Sam Heyman caught all 4 TDs and had 150 yards catching. Interceptions by Thomas Schrader and A. Kim. Logan Hope forced and recovered a fumble.

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Sept 14 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Water Polo defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 18-3.

Sarah McCandless
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Girls Golf was defeated by the narrowest of margins by Campolindo HS 265-267.

In Thursdays action…

Girls Volleyball hosts Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Boys Water Polo hosts Jesuit HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Golf has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:15.

Freshman Football plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 5:00.

Sept 13 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

Girls Golf was defeated by Northgate HS.

Avalon Schenone shot a 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Water Polo hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Girls Golf has a match against Campolindo HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sept 12 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Golf has a match against Northgate HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

Sept 11 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

The football team defeated Rodriguez HS 35-10.
The JV team was nearly perfect in victory 44-0.
The boys water polo team defeated Ponderosa HS 14-4 and Rio Americano HS 15-4 in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team defeated Leland HS and Redwood HS before falling to Santa Margarita HS in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

The girls water polo team defeated Gunn HS 16-2 and California HS 18-2 the Acalanes Invitational.
The boys water polo team was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS and St. Mary’s HS of Stockton in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team was defeated by Buchanan HS and Stockdale HS in the Fresno Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Varsity football

Robby Rowell completed 14 of 24 passes for 244 yards, scored on a 32 yard run and threw three touchdowns to Brian Merken, who had 6 receptions for 121 yards. Chris Rogers also had 6 receptions for 65 yards. Nick Price had 4 receptions for 49 yards, and Tommy Thrasher 3 receptions for 61 yards. Jake Delaney had 3 receptions for 45 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Nick Kresnak completed 9 of 11 passes for 109 yards. Defensively, Seth Pezman had 5 tackles, Alex Cortessis 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt 3 tackles.

JV football

Mikey O’Donnell scored 4 touchdowns, 2 passing, 1 running and 1 on an interception return. John Kalil threw a touchdown pass and added 3 tackles. Jack Muren had 5 receptions for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luke Miles had 1 touchdown reception. Avery Howell scored a rushing touchdown. Eddie Gray led the defense with 3.5 tackles and Teo Barakos and Carson Burrill added 3 tackles.

Cross Country results – sept 5

Acalanes Cross Country represented at the Monte Vista Invitational Meet on Tuesday, September 5.  The Dons’ Finished strong on the very hilly, challenging 2-mile course.

The Freshman Dons put in a great first high school performance!  Freshman boys showing strong finishes with three runners in the top 15:  Sam Roth (5th), Derek Kotarba (9th), and Dominic Basaldua (12th); Freshman girls top runner was Nicole Frigon, who had a 5th place finish; Other standouts were Sophomore boys Andrew Owens and Nick Hutson, who finished 2 seconds apart in 6th and 7th place; Another exciting finish found Junior boys Joshua Starr and Riley Noon just 5 seconds apart for 18th and 19th place.  Great running to all the Dons!

Come support your Dons at the next meet on Saturday, September 16 at Newhall Park in Concord at 9:00AM.

Sept 9 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…
The football team defeated Rodriguez HS 35-10.  The jv team was nearly perfect in victory 44-0.
The boys water polo team defeated Ponderosa HS 14-4 and Rio Americano HS 15-4 in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team defeated Leland HS and Redwood HS before falling to Santa Margarita HS in the Fresno Invitational.
In Saturday’s action…
The girls water polo team hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
The boys water polo team competes in the Menlo Invitational.
The jv boys water polo team competes in the Miramonte tournament.
The girls tennis team competes in the Fresno Invitational.
The cross country team competes in the Ed Sias Invitational.
The jv girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.
Friday’s individual standouts…
Football
Robby Rowell completed 14 of 24 passes for 244 yards, scored on a 32 yard run and threw three touchdowns to Brian Merken, who had 6 receptions for 121 yards.  Chris Rogers also had 6 receptions for 65 yards.  Nick Price had 4 receptions for 49 yards, and Tommy Thrasher 3 receptions for 61 yards.  Jake Delaney had 3 receptions for 45 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.  Nick Kresnak completed 9 of 11 passes for 109 yards.  Defensively, Seth Pezman had 5 tackles, Alex Cortessis 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt 3 tackles.

Sept 8 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football
hosts Rodriguez HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.
Girls Water Polo
hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
Boys Water Polo
competes in the Menlo Invitational.
Girls Tennis
competes in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo
hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
Varsity Boys Water Polo
competes in the Menlo Invitational.
JV Boys Water Polo
competes in the Miramonte tournament.
Girls Tennis
competes in the Fresno Invitational.
Cross Country
competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00 am.
Freshman Girls Volleyball
competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Sept 7 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…
The girls golf team was defeated by Irvington HS.
The freshman football team mounted a 19 point 4th quarter rally to defeat Petaluma HS 31-15.
Wednesday’s individual standouts…
Girls golf.  Avalon Schenone shot a 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.
Freshman football.  Brady Huchingson completed 23 of 29 passes for 337 yards, 4 touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.
Tom Heyman was an offensive standout with 8 receptions for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the touchdown that put the team ahead to stay.
Jackson Aris-Dumas had 5 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Drew Davidson had 5 receptions for 77 yards.
Thomas Schrader was a defensive standout.
Thank you to Mr. Matt Delaney and Libby Ross for the report.

Sept 6 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action …
The girls water polo team defeated Tamalpais HS 18-3.
The JV team was equally impressive with a 19-2 victory.
The boys water polo team defeated Tamalpais HS 18-8.
In Wednesday’s action …
The girls golf team has a match against Irvington HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.
The freshman football team hosts Petaluma HS at 6:00.

Sept 5 – Tuesday Sports

In Saturdays action…
The football team defeated Suncoast HS, Florida 21-14.
The JV team defeated Northern Valley Regional HS, New Jersey 24-6.
In Tuesdays action…
The cross country team competes in the Monte Vista Invitational at Oak Hill Park at 4:00.
The water polo teams play at Tamalpais HS.  Varsity boys at 4:30, JV boys at 5:30, Varsity girls at 6:30 and JV girls at 7:30.

Sep 1 – Friday Sports

Football

Saturday, the varsity football team plays Suncoast HS, Florida at 7:00 and the jv team plays North Valley HS, New Jersey at the ESPN Center at Disney World in Florida.

Aug 29 – Girls Volleyball Comes Back for a Win

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team started off their season with a non league home match against Deer Valley HS. The defending CA State D3 Champions were excited to get back on the court and see what they’ve got this season. Here we go…

1st Set
2-2 Maddie Kalil gets it going with a nice set to Grace Higgins for the kill.
3-2 Teresa Nevins (Tnev) brings it with a stuff block – Point!
4-2 Madi Risch serves up an Ace
6-2 Tnev with the overpass pound
7-2 Risch with another Ace! Forces a DV timeout.
9-3 Roxy Cummings says “I’m baaack!” with a KILL
10-5 Higgins with another “5” kill
11-5 Lane Webster floats in a back corner Ace
13-7 Elsa Clever joins Cummings for a big block
14-8 Webster to Risch who tools the block
15-11 Tnev SHUTS DOWN a dump attempt. Says “not in my house!”
20-18 Hayes Hollar makes her debut with a sweet kill on the outside.
21-18 Webster skims the ball off the top of the net for an ace.
22-20 Elsa Clever tips the ball into a hole for a kill.
23-20 Webster dumps the ball for a kill.
24-23 Risch kill for set point; but DV says, “not so fast…”
24-26 Set goes to DVHS

Lane Webster
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2nd Set
0-4 Slow start. Team still trying to find it’s rhythm.
1-4 Tnev gets it going with a “1” kill.
2-4 Kaitlyn McKendell follows that up with an ace
4-4 Sam Darin gets in on the action with an oppo kill
6-5 Cummings brings the heat – point!
7-7 Darin rips another one
8-8 Big Clever block
10-10 Clever rips a “1” – fire!
14-17 Tnev gets big in the middle with another block
15-17 Sweet Risch kill from the back row
18-20 Kalil decides she’d like to get in on the hitting action and puts one down off a Webster set
21-20 Risch big block
22-25 Set goes to DVHS; Dons must figure out how to close!

3rd Set
1-1 Sarah Westergren debuts with a kill off the Rachel Go set.
2-1 Clever with another ROOF
4-3 Westergren says “I’d like some more please!” and scores another point
6-3 Webster with the Ace
7-3 Risch gets it going with a BIG RIP
8-3 Another Ace from Webster
9-3 Cailey McVay debuts on D with a great up that Risch uses for a kill;
10-3 Risch throws one to the back corner – point! Dons are rolling now!
12-7 Tnev pounds a “1”
14-11 Darin with a sharp angle kill
15-11 Darin AGAIN
16-11 Zoe McPhail, playing solidly as libero for the match, makes a great up and Clever finishes it off.
18-11 All Dons on the court get in on this point with great all around hustle and Westergren ends it with a kill.
23-17 Hayes RIPS one for a point
24-18 Darin sends one to the back line for a kill; set point. Can the Dons close this one out?
25-18 Yes they can! On to the 4th…

Zoe McPhail
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4th Set
2-2 Clever for the kill after a great up by McVay
3-2 Go gets tricky with a dump that falls to the floor – sweet!
4-2 McVay throws in an ace
6-6 Westergren tools the block
7-6 Webster to Risch for a pounding
8-7 Great D by the McDs (Vay & Phail) [Just realized that all of our defensive players’ names begin with Mc: McPhail, McKendall, McVay and McNally. They will henceforth be referred to as McD!)
9-7 Risch ace
11-7 Darin KILL
12-7 Risch ace again; forces DV timeout
14-8 Tnev scores with some force in the middle
15-8 McPhail says “I’d like an ace too” – done!
17-8 McPhail, ace, again
18-9 Darin sneaks one through the block
22-13 Great Westergren up, Go set, Risch finish
23-13 Westergren powers one through the block
24-13 Sweet McVay up/Risch kill
25-13 Dons push the match to a 5th after a team effort point!

5th Set (Would you want it any other way? Yes, yes I would. 😉 )
1-1 Clever came to play, smashes a “1”
2-1 And another Clever crush off a sweet Go set
4-3 Clever decides to throw in an ACE
7-4 Great defense and hustle by whole team; forces DV to a timeout
8-4 Webster with the ace
9-5 Cummings finds a hole in the block and squeaks one through (the ‘Roxy Special”!)
10-6 Webster finds Darin who RIPS IT
11,12-7 Darin on fire!!
13-7 Clever & Darin form a wall – ROOF!
14-8 Clever will not be stopped in this set – Kill!
15-10 First Dons “W” of the season!!

Aug 31 – Thursday Sports

Girls Tennis

Today, the girls tennis team has a match against Piedmont HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and jv is away.

Cross Country

XC Athlete of the Week:

Riley Noon – Riley has started this cross country season off with a bang. The benefits of his summer training were on full display this week, as well as his ability to be one of our new team leaders. This is Riley’s third year on the team, and we anticipate it to be his best so far!

Michael Maloney

Aug 30 – Boys Water Polo vs. DLS

Jake Stone
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Sep 5 – All Sports Meeting 7PM

What: Acalanes All-sports meeting (Fall / Winter / Spring) for all Acalanes sports for this year.

When: Tuesday, September 5th @ 7pm

Where: Acalanes PAC

Topics: Important issues for all sports including athletic funding, CIF and NCS rules & registrations, and Q&A.

This meeting will be the only All -Acalanes sports meeting for this year.

Individual sports team meetings with coaches will occur as usual prior to each seasonal sport.

Aug 30 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

You had to be there. The girls volleyball team dropped the first two games to Deer Valley HS. They rallied to win the next three games and posted the win 24-26, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, 15-10. The jv and freshman teams swept in two games, 25-14, 25-10 and 25-15, 25-9, respectively.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Amador Valley HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

has a scrimmage at De La Salle HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Zoe McPhail was a defensive standout in the back row and Sam Darin scored clutch kills in game five.

Samantha Darin
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JV Girls Volleyball

Standouts were Erin Meade on offense and Isabella Macayan on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Standouts were Carly Coffee on offense and Sydney Sowarby on defense.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein and Zoe Cate won singles matches and Megan Cardiff and Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.

Tuesday Aug 29 Freshmen Girls Volleyball Results

Aug 29   by Jennifer Davis  

With powerful serving and solid hitting, the Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball team strong-armed their way to victory over Deer Valley in two sets: 25-10, 25-15. A serving streak from Chloe Wu and kills from Carly Coffee, Megan Go and Samantha Hansen helped the Dons reach a 20-10 lead. Audrey Passalacqua jump served five quick points to finish the game. Acalanes took an early lead in the second set with help from Maren Takeuchi’s strong back row passing and good serving by Libby Ross. Late in the game, setter Bella Draper connected with hitter Lauren Davis for a kill as the Dons secured their second pre-season win.

Aug 29 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Deer Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Amador Valley HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Aug 26 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

It was a great night for the football as the varsity team was outstanding in a 56-14 victory and the jv team triumphed 26-7.

Brian Merken
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the scrimmage day.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Las Lomas scrimmage day.

July 26 – Athletic Medical Clearance Exam

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Happy 4th of July


CONGRATULATIONS to Acalanes Class of 2017!


Congratulations Dons Athletes!!!

Congratulations to Acalanes High School Athletes who were recruited to play collegiate level competitive sports:

Emily Attiyeh, Golf, Claremont McKenna College
Samantha Bell, Soccer, University of Texas at Dallas
Matt Burns, Baseball, Chapman University
Josh Candau, Baseball, UC Santa Barbara
Caroline Clark, Soccer, UC Berkeley
Casey Conrad, Water Polo, Princeton University
Molly Davis, Soccer, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Callie Ericksen, Soccer, Rice University
Paul Griessel, Baseball, Amherst College
Parker Jones, Volleyball,  University of Pennsylvania
Katharine Larson, Soccer, University of Pennsylvania
Windy Margerum, Track & Field, UC Berkeley
Allison Merrill, Soccer, Chapman University
Kevin McConnell, Baseball, Utah Valley University
Julia Mueller, Lacrosse, Scripps College
Brooke Panfili, Basketball, St. Edwards University
Brad Robison, Water Polo, UC San Diego
Morgan Rogers, Soccer, UC Berkeley
Matt Ruegg, Swimming, University of Puget Sound
Ben Salquist, Baseball, Santa Clara University
Nate Welcomer, Lacrosse, Colgate University


May 19 – Acalanes Recruited Athletes Celebration

Acalanes Recruited Athletes Celebration

On Friday, May 19, 2017, Acalanes Boosters is proud to present a celebration of Acalanes’ talented, hard-working student-athletes who have been recruited to play their sports in college (Division I, II or III) while continuing their educations. Acalanes has at least 23 student-athletes who are so accomplished.
 
Local media, parents, friends, Acalanes students, and the community are all invited. There will be a group question & answer session, photo and interview opportunities, and other fun.  Please come to help us celebrate these student-athletes and their accomplishments!
 
Please note: the due to the continuing block schedule, May 19th lunch will take place from 11:15 to 11:50am. 
 
Details for Acalanes Recruited Student-Athlete Celebration Day:
Friday, May 19, 2017
11:20-11:50 a.m.
Big Gym
Alicia Rowell

Boosters BASH Thank You Video

Video: Mary Tong

BASH is Tomorrow – LAST CHANCE!

Last Chance to Buy your Booster BASH Tickets!

It’s not too late! Click here to buy tickets to the Booster Bash on May 6th. Only a few tickets left! We have a fabulous night planned with amazing food, cocktails, games and prizes throughout the night!

Booster BASH starts earlier


Last Week for Discounted BASH tickets

IMPORTANT UPDATE…LAST WEEK TO PURCHASE DISCOUNTED BASH TICKETS!
 
You can purchase your DISCOUNTED tickets (Prices go up 4/1) to the Booster Bash Fundraiser at … https://acalanesbooster s.ejoinme.org/Tickets  
 
The Bash includes heavy appetizers/beverages, entertainment and games, while raising funds for our Athletic Department!

2017-18 CHEER Tryout Packet

Calling all incoming Acalanes 9th-12th graders! Tryout for AHS Cheer Team’s 2017-18 Spirit, Stunt & Competition Squads. During the mandatory 3-Day Clinic, learn cheers, skill techniques & choreographed routines. On Tryout Day, participants will perform their assigned group’s routine in front of Coaches and any AHS Administration.

Tryout Week Information
3-DAY CLINIC | APRIL 17, 2017  Monday-Wednesday  5:30-7:30pm
TRYOUT DAY | APRIL 21, 2017  Friday  5:30-7:30pm

Tryout Location
Acalanes High School Gyms
1200 Pleasant Hill Road | Lafayette, CA 94549

Questions & Schedule Conflicts
Sallina Boynton
AHS Cheer Coordinator
CheerCoach@acalanesboosters.com

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Mar 7 – Important Bash Update!

Only 25 days left to purchase your DISCOUNTED tickets to the Booster Bash Fundraiser.
For tickets… Click HERE

Come taste the amazing catered food by Rick and Ann’s Restaurant in Berkeley. Can we say “YUM”!

Awesome prizes to look forward to…
– Hawaii’s North Shore getaway to include access to the amazing Outrigger Beach Club
– San Francisco escape at a waterfront condominium across from ATT park
– $1,000 valued bottle of wine or your private stocked Wine Cellar
– Taste of Tequila Private Dinner for 16 of your closest friends
– MLB and A’s Baseball Personal Experience with on-field batting practice access and clubhouse tour

Anna Eppinger

Feb 14 – Girls Varsity Volleyball State Championship Celebration Tonight

… at Halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball Game

Let’s keep the celebration rolling for this special team. At halftime of the Boys Varsity basketball game tonight versus Northgate, there will be a celebration for our State Champions – the Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. During this celebration, State Championship rings will be handed out and the State Championship Banner will be unveiled. Please come out and show your love for our prized Girls Volleyball Team. This celebration will be the big blue bow on what was a magical run to both a 2016 DIII CIF Northern California Regional Championship and the 2016 DIII CIF California State Championship.

The Dons won the DIII CIF California State Championship in a thrilling victory over Crossroads High School (Santa Monica) back on December 3, 2016 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Booster BASH – Early Bird Discounts NOW!

Join us for the
Bubbly Booster Bash

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Early Bird Special February 1st through March 31st- $75 per person to include on-site entertaiment, games, silent and live auction and one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers on site.
Price increases April 1st to $90 per person.
Ticket sales close May 1st 11:59pm or when we sell out!
Click here to see who is coming.
Thank you to the businesses who support Acalanes Boosters.
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Interested in becoming an event sponsor?  Click here.
Benefits include premium logo placement on event website, ads in event program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

Boosters Bash Early Bird Rate

BOOSTER BASH TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!  Join us for the “Bubbly Booster Bash”, SATURDAY, MAY 6TH, for a fabulous night raising funds for our student athletes.   Click here to buy tickets at the Early Bird Rate.  Reserve your tickets today because space is limited.    Rates go up April 1st.   If  you have any questions, please email annaeppinger@yahoo.com or contact one of the Booster Bash Tri-Chairs (Anna Eppinger, Paula Carter and Tina Frechman).


Jan 13 – 2016 All Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division

Congratulations to:

Boys Water Polo

1st Team: Brad Robison, Jake Stone
2nd Team: Casey Conrad, Bennett Winther
Honorable Mention: Nate Welcomer

Girls Water Polo

1st Team: Lexi Rowell
2nd Team: Ella Maisano, Bella Wentzel, Brooke Westphal

Cross Country

Boys Honorable Mention: Zach Woodworth

Jan 16 – Parker Jones Named MaxPreps Girls Volleyball Player of the Year

What an honor.  Parker Jones, a senior captain and leader of the state champion girls volleyball team was named the MaxPreps California Division 3 Player of the Year.  Go the link below for more detailed information.

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/-KmUyeXq1kW22E3xQN618w/maxpreps-2016-california-all-state-volleyball-teams.htm

Jan 7 – Acalanes Cheer Qualifies for Nationals

Competition Cheer

team placed 3rd at their first competition of the season in Carmichael on Saturday. They did very well only 4.5 points from the leader and scoring high enough to qualify for Nationals!

Graham Wiseman

Jan 6 – Congratulations to Girls Golf All Stars

2016 Fall All-Diablo League Foothill Division Girls Golf Players:

Most Valuable Player – Emily Attiyeh
First Team – Avalon Schenone
Honorable Mention – Grace Andronico
Link to article can be found here.
http://eastbaytimes.ca.newsmemory.com/?token=GJ7ELzX9ypi%2brNnvMIN%2fXmcG6uRwIZuT&siteCode=CCT&product=eEditionCCT

Jan 6 – Congratulations to Girls Volleyball All-Stars

2016 Fall All-Diablo League Foothill Division Girls Volleyball Players:

First Team – Parker Jones
2nd Team – Alex Matson
Honorable Mention – Devin Grobeck

A link to the newspaper can be found here.

http://eastbaytimes.ca.newsmemory.com/?token=GJ7ELzX9ypi%2brNnvMIN%2fXmcG6uRwIZuT&siteCode=CCT&product=eEditionCCT

Jan 5 – Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez – Coach of the Year

Congratulations…

Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez for being named East Bay Coach of the Year by the Bay Area Newsgroup for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team


Jan 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

defeated Miramonte HS 54-15 to remain undefeated in the DAL.

Boys Basketball

The jv and freshman teams wound up on the short end to Stuart Hall HS.

Congratulations…

Congratulations to Parker Jones for being named as a first team All-Bay Area Newsgroup selection for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team


Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball Wins State Championship

Incredible! Yes, the girls volleyball team is the 2016 division 3 CIF State Champions. They went ahead 2-0 winning 25-13 and 28-26. Crossroads HS rallied to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-17. The girls found themselves behind in the fifth game, but kept their composure and had a rally of their own to pull out the 16-14 victory. Congratulations to Elsa Clever, Roxy Cummings, Samantha Darin, Melissa Elliott, Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Grace Higgins, Parker Jones, Maddie Kalil, Alex Matson, Kaitlyn McKendell, Zoe McPhail, Sarah Nelson, Theresa Nevins, Madi Risch, Lane Webster and coaches Ernie Rodriguez, Shari Rodriguez and Jim Changaris. Parker Jones was most deserving of the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game. This event is historic. It is only the second team state championship in the long history of Acalanes High School, which dates back to the 1940s. Great job girls. We are very proud of you.

Dec 5 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
The JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

IS THE 2016 CIF DIVISION 3 STATE CHAMPIONS  as they defeated Crossroads HS from Santa Monica 25-13, 28-26, 22-25, 17-25 and 16-14.

Boys Basketball

The varsity team defeated San Rafael HS 54-22 to win the championship of the San Rafael Classic.
The jv team was defeated by Campolindo HS to be the runner-up of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Boys Soccer

battled to a 1-1 tie with Alameda HS in the Winter Classic.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts California HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Bring Home 1st State Championship EVER

Acalanes v. Crossroads 12/3/2016
YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls volleyball team laced up the shoes for the final time this season, seeking the ultimate prize in the Division 3 State Championship Match at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. The Lady Dons faced Crossroads from Santa Monica, not fully knowing what to expect, and just trying to play their game and have fun. Here are the highlights in case you didn’t catch the match on the internet or on t.v.!

First Set:
1-0. Parker Jones with the first kill of the match. Dons winning!
2-0. Jones again from the pipe off the Maddie Kalil set.
3s. Crossroads reels off three straight.
4-3. Alex Matson kills the Devin Grobeck set. Both teams NOT showing much nervousness.
7-5. Lane Webster in to serve and…Ace!
8-5. Roxy Cummings fires a kill on the Webster back set.
9-5. Webster Ace again!
11-6. Matson cross court. Killer swing.
12-8. Serve specialist Sarah Nelson delivers, but Crossroads gets a kill.
14-9. Jones stuffs an overpass to keep the Dons up early.
16-10. Matson “tools” the blockers to score again. Timeout Crossroads.
18-10. Jones Ace!
19-10. Melissa Elliott smartly tips one off a Crossroads blocker to keep the Dons momentum going.
21-10. Jones Ace again! Dons rolling! This should be easy right?
22-10. Super Kalil set to the middle and Elliott crushes it!
24-13. Madi Risch kills it off the blockers. Set point!
25-13. Great saving digs from Elsa Clever – Pancake! – and Crossroads hits it long, and the Dons take the first set. The score does not reflect the level of play. More work to do…

Second Set:
2s. Jones sharp kill.
3s. Matson huge kill.
4-5. Nice Kalil set to Matson: Kill.
5-9. Super long rally and Aca finally scores. Needed the point badly after a Crossroads run of points.
6-9. Matson Ace!
7-9. Cummings kill as the Dons mount a furious comeback.
8-9. Matson Ace again!
9s. See above!!!
10-9 ANOTHER Matson Ace! Six straight points for the Dons. The Acalanes crowd is going wild. The much larger Crossroads crowd is going wild, imploring their team to stop the Dons.
11-10. Grobeck wisely watches the Crossroads serve float just long. Good eye baby!
12-10. Cummings kills an overpass.
13-10. Jones crushes another overpass.
14-10. Smart tip down the line by Cummings. Roxy is rocking today! Time out Crossroads as the Dons are on fire!
16-13. Big block from the E&J Roofing Company (Elliott & Jones).
17s. Crossroads ties it up with their own big rally and some sudden Dons shakiness. Timeout Acalanes.
19-17. Webster with another Ace!
21-19. Theresa Nevins is nifty with the placement tip in the middle.
21s. All tied up. Stressful.
22s. All tied up again. Lordy.
22-23. Dons fall down by one. Timeout Aca.
23-24. Set point for Crossroads and they call a timeout.
24 All! Looooooong rally. Clever block, point goes on. Jones kill!!!
25-24. Jones Ace! Set point Dons!
25 All. Crossroads kill. What a battle.
25-26. Oh no. Set point Crossroads now!
26-All! Jones fires off the blockers! Phew.
27-26. Jones scores with a soft roller from the back row. Yes Parker! Set Point #2 for the Dons!
28-26. Oh my God! Grobeck serves it into the net, it hits near the top and stops, and then it rolls over and softly hits the floor on the Crossroads side and the Dons win the Second Set! The crowd is stunned.

Third Set:
1s. Incredible back row passing by Grobeck and Jones crushes the Kalil set.
4-2. A “double” called on Crossroads for a Dons point. Grobeck is serving, passing and setting spectacularly, like the veteran Senior Captain she is.
7-2. Amazing one-armed dig by Kalil and then Nevins ROOF to score. Timeout Crossroads.
7-6. Four straight points from Crossroads. Good timeout. They are not in the State Championship match to simply roll over…
8-6. Jones kill. Again from the pipe. Solid.
9s. Cummings takes a difficult set and makes lemonade for a score to tie it back up.
10-11. Jones kill off the Acalanes timeout. Rachel Go in to serve for the Dons.
12-11. Dons retake the lead on the super Go dig and the Jones kill.
15s. Elliott kill ties it up again. More solid Senior play. Back and forth set!
16s Matson kill off the block to tie it again. Another Senior who brought her very best for her final match.
17-18. Jones kill. Dons hanging tough but Crossroads has made adjustments and is really playing well now.
19-18. Solid Webster set and Cummings kills it.
20-19. Dons come right back on the shoulders of Webster to Cummings. It’s working.
21-19. Messy point. Dons will take it.
22-20. Webster to Cummings again. Kill again. Yasssss! Sam Darin in to serve.
22s. Crossroads scores two crucial points to tie it up.
22-23….
22-24. Set point Crossroads. Timeout Dons. Yikes.
22-25. Crossroads rallies and takes the 3rd.

Fourth Set:
1-0. Kalil starts off the Dons with an Ace!
2-4. Jones stops some bleeding with a placement shot.
3-4. Jones Ace! Stellar play from the Senior Captain.
6s. Matson kills one off the block from the Go set.
6-9. Dons are suddenly tight. Timeout Aca to talk about how to get back to their own game.
8-10. Cummings kill to keep the Dons close
8-11. Nelson serves and dishes a nice set, but Crossroads scores again.
9-11. Spectacular Webster dig to keep the point alive, and Crossroads then hits it wide.
9-14. Really a rough patch for the Dons….
9-16. More roughness. Timeout Dons.
10-18. Out of synch.
11-18. Matson kill. Dons need a huge run of points.
12-18. Nevins/Matson Roof!
16-20. Dons hanging on and closing the gap…timeout Crossroads
17-23. Net violation Dons. This set is just a struggle.
17-25. And OF COURSE we are going to a 5th and final set! Lets Go Dons!

Fifth Set:
1-0. Dons up early with the Elliott tip. First one to 15 is State Champion.
2s. Jones kill. Crowd is going absolutely nuts.
3-4. Dons fall behind but close the gap with another huge Elliott kill
4-5. Jones kill from the pipe.
5-8. Crossroads is slipping away. Timeout Acalanes. Dons need to rally fast!
6-8. Cummings kill from Webster. Vital!
7-9. Cummings again off the blockers! Crucial!
7-10. Dons are down 3 point and time is running out!
8-10. Zoe McPhail in for defense and she makes a great pass and Cummings again gets the kill. Critical!
9-10. Kalil Ace! Come on Dons!
10s. Its tied up!!! Kalil with ANOTHER ACE!!!
11-10. Dons take the lead on a wild point. Timeout Crossroads!
11s. Big Crossroads middle kill. Re-tied.
12s. Risch + Elliott Roof to re-tie it for the Dons!
13-12. Crossroads hits it wide! Timeout Crossroads.
14-12. Jones Ace! Match Point Dons!
14-13. No go! But still Match Point!
14s. No! Tied up again. My goodness. Somebody will win this in OT. Neither team deserves to lose!
15-14. Matson kill!!! Match Point Dons Again! ‘Sco Dons!!!
Jones Kill!!!

Dons Win!!! State Champions!!! Dogpile on the Court!!! 16-14.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball State Champions

Photo: Craig Nelson


Dec 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the championship game of the San Rafael Classic.
JV team plays in the championship game of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 3:30.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated Hercules HS 46-38 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated American HS 42-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity plays San Marin HS in the San Rafael Classic at 6:30.
JV team hosts St. Josephs HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 8:00.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Girls Basketball

plays at Middletown HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF State Championship game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team hosts the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Nov 28 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team IS the CIF Northern California division 3 Champions. They pulled out a five game victory over Sonora HS 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 28-26 and 15-13. If you were not here, you missed an incredible display. The team was behind in the fourth game and when it looked like their season was over, they dug down deep and pulled out a heroic rally to force game five. Game five went back and forth point by point until the Dons overcame. They advance to the State Championship game against Crossroads HS Saturday at 1:30 in Southern California. We could not be more proud of this team.

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In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 4:00.

Nov 26 – Girls Volleyball Wins CIF Northern California Div 3 Championship

The girls volleyball team IS the CIF Northern California division 3 Champions.  They pulled out a five game victory over Sonora HS 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 28-26 and 15-13.  If you were not here, you missed an incredible display.  The team was behind in the fourth game and when it looked like their season was over, they dug down deep and pulled out a heroic rally to force game five.  Game five went back and forth point by point until the Dons overcame.  They advance to the State Championship game against Crossroads HS Saturday at 1:30 in Southern California.  We could not be more proud of this team.

NorCal Div 3 Champions

NorCal Div 3 Champions


Nov 26 – Girls Volleyball Squeak by Sonora to FIRST STATE MATCH EVER

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team for the Northern California Region Championship match, with the winner headed to Orange County next week to play for the Division 3 State title. A huge crowd showed up to cheer the Dons as they sought to keep this magical season alive. Here are lots of highlights!:

Maddie KalilClick on image to buy game photos

Maddie Kalil
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First Set:

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Parker Jones
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3-0. Parker Jones jumps high and puts up a huge roof block as the Dons start fast.

4s. Sonora Wildcats storm back to tie it up. This is gonna be good.

5-4. Alex Matson hits a winner to retake the lead.

9-6. Lane Webster sets “pipe” to Jones for a kill.

11-6. Matson kill again. Timeout Sonora!

14-8. Net violation Sonora as the Dons are firing on all cylinders.

15-14. Suddenly a long rough patch for the Dons and Coach wants a timeout.

16-14. Maddie Kalil sets. Jones Monster Kill. Yasss.

17-14. Melissa Elliott delivers a great roll shot winner deep to the back line.

17s. Sonora ties it back up with furious defense.

19-20. Matson hits it really, really hard for a kill. Needed it.

20-21. Theresa Nevins kills the “1” in the middle. Needed it too…

21-23…Dons …can’t…quite…close the gap.

22-23. Jones nifty roll shot. Dons still alive…

22-25. Dons lose the 1st set. They know they need to elevate their game tonight!

Devin GrobeckClick on image to buy game photos.

Devin Grobeck
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Second Set:

2s. Kalil sets up Jones for a big kill.

5-6. Sonora scoring steadily. Dons are in the fight of their lives tonight.

7s. Sarah Nelson fires a wicked serve and then Elsa Clever roofs the Wildcat kill attempt!

8s. Elliott adds a roof!

12-8. Nice Dons run of points and Sonora need a timeout.

13-8. Devin Grobeck does a fantastic Setter impersonation and delivers a perfect set to Jones for a kill.

16-9. Huge block by Jones & Elliott on Sonora’s top player. Yes!

18-10. Super dig from Matson. Kalil sets it right back to her and Matson pounds one off the blockers.

21-13. Nevins hammers three straight over-passes from Sonora. They dig two, but cannot handle the third one. Finally!

22-14. Nevins SETS Jones for a super angle kill. Wow. Nevins is really multi-tasking tonight!

24-15. Kalil Ace! Set point!

25-15. Jones kill of the blockers to tie up the match at one set apiece.

 

Theresa NevinsClick on image to buy game photos

Theresa Nevins
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Third Set:

1s. Another big Dons block by Elliott and Jones. Blocking will be key to this match.

4s. Amazing defense from Sonora, but the Dons persist, and Madi Risch kills it.

5s. Risch again to the back corner. Great set from Kalil.

6-5. Now Clever and Nevins team up for a winning block. Wall of Doom!

7-8. Webster back sets Matson for a sharp line kill.

8-9. Grobeck delivers several dynamite digs and Jones makes Sonora pay. Every point has highlight reel moments now and the gym is super tense.

8-12. Yikes. Timeout Dons to stop the Wildcat momentum.

10-12. Jones hammers one Big Time.

12-16. Yikes. Timeout Dons to stop the Wildcat momentum, again.

13-18. Elliott stops the bleeding with a huge ROOF!

17-20. Sonora refusing to let Acalanes back into this set.

18-20. Webster lofts a nice set for Nevins to hammer in the middle. Kill!

19-23. Jones smokes one from the pipe (can’t believe we haven’t used that one yet this season!)

20-23. Meanwhile Zoe McPhail is rotating in and delivering strong serves and crucial digs…and Sonora hits it long. Let’s Go Dons!!!

21-24. Huge McPhail digs again – plural – and the Dons hang on to the set a little longer.

21-25. But Sonora takes the 3rd set, now up 2-1.

 

Alex MatsonClick on image to buy game photos

Alex Matson
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Fourth Set:

  • Elliott kill in the middle as it’s now or never to extend the season

4-3. Risch kill.

5-3. Matson kill.

7-3. Nevins kill. Full team effort!

10-9. Sonora makes a tremendous rally. Dons fans are rightly nervous!

10-12. Timeout Dons as they are suddenly down two point and trying to solve this Sonora puzzle.

11-12. Nice Webster set to Jones…killed it.

12-17. Dons are letting the set and the match get away! They need another timeout.

13-17. Elliott kill. Muy importante.

16-18. The Dons are giving it everything they’ve got to fight back! Matson kill. Bodies flying all over the court.

18-19. Matson: funky roll shot kill works. Dons will take it!

19s. Jones ties it!!!

20-19. Roxy Cummings now in the front and she fires a great line kill and the Dons take the lead!

21-20. McPhail sweet pass to Webster. Webster sweet set to Jones. Jones kill. Textbook volleyball right when the Dons need it most.

22-20. Huge rally saves from the Dons, including diving, impossible pancake and pop-up from McPhail and Webster, and Cummings ultimately kills the ball, and Sonora takes a timeout!

23-21. Grobeck sets this time and Cummings finishes again with another huge kill!

23s.

23-24. Oh no Sonora has Match Point! I can’t watch!

24s!…

24-25. On no Match Point Sonora again…the season could be over…

25s! Grobeck is spectacular on defense and refuses to lose!

25-26. Into OT now and Sonora has their third Match Point to win and go to State…

26s! Matson huge kill! Come on Dons!

28-26. Dons somehow score three unanswered and win the Set! OMG! We are going to 5!

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Fifth Set:

  • Risch kill to start the final home court set of the year. The whole gym is on pins and needles.

2-1. Jones big kill! MVP! The Dons crowd is getting really loud and understands the moment here!

4s. Jones Thunder Bomb from the pipe. Grobeck continues awesome passing.

5s. Beautiful Kalil set to Risch, who promptly kills it.

6-5. Webster and Matson both make diving saves to keep the point alive and then Sonora hits it OUT!

8-7. Jones tools the blockers for a kill. Every point is like a precious and rare gem.

10s. Dons frighteningly lose the lead but Risch keeps it tied up with a beauty shot that finds the floor in Sonora’s back row.

11-10. Long crazy rally. Huge Elliott roof! Timeout Sonora.

11-12. Sonora scores two straight off the timeout to take the lead. Timeout Dons as the season is once again on the brink…

12s. Grobeck dig. Clever makes a huge kill.

13s. Nevins ties it up again with a brilliant and timely tip to the sideline. Now it is the first team to get up by two wins it.

14-13. Webster serves Sonora out of system and they hit it into the net! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Sonora.

15-13. Webster serves and Ace!!!!! Dons win it!!!! We are going to the State Championship! Pandemonium ensues! My goodness what an epic match!

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Nov 26 – Acalanes Girls Going to STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Acalanes Girls Volleyball are NorCal Champions going to State!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball are NorCal Champions going to State!


Nov 26 – Saturday Sports

Girls Volleyball

BIG, BIG, BIG!!! The girls volleyball team hosts Sonora HS tonight at 7:00 in the CIF NorCal Championship game. The winner of this game advances to the CIF State Championship game Saturday, December 3 in Southern California.

Girls Basketball

plays at Mt. Eden HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Note: At the CIF NorCal girls volleyball championship game, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 23 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

was hitting on all cylinders and swept Buhach Colony HS 25-19, 25-20 and 25-17 in the CIF NorCal semifinals to advance to the NorCal Championship game as they host Sonora HS Saturday at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

gets off to a good start to the season by defeating Foothill HS 55-52 in the NCS Foundation game.  The jv and freshman teams were defeated.

Girls Basketball

experiences continued success and defeated Mission San Jose HS 62-44 in the NCS Foundation game.  The jv team was defeated.

In Wednesdays action…

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 7:00.  Come out and see this years team and catch up with some familiar faces from the past.

Nov 22 – Girls Volleyball Rolls into NorCal Regional Championship

8 teams were left in the CIF Division 3 State Championship Tournament, and YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team hosted Buhach Colony from Atwater on Tuesday night, looking to keep their historic state tourney run going.

First set:

Madi Risch back line kills the Maddie Kalil Set. Nice start 2 Mads!

4-2. Nice Lane Webster sets to Parker Jones, and to Alex Matson, and the Thunder end up hitting it wide.

5-2. Webster Ace!

6-5. Jones kills from the “pipe” after the Thunder rally back.

10-7. Jones kill. All business.

11-8. Superlative pass from Devin Grobeck. Kalil sets Jones to finish the point.

12-10. Matson fires a much-needed angle kill.

16-15. Long rallies and great play on both sides. Another great battle, as expected.

18-16. Huge roof from Melissa Elliott. Timeout Thunder.

20-16. Great Kalil back set to Jones…kill.

22-17. Elliott Roof!

23-18. Multiple ALL STAR digs from Jones! Fantastic. Timeout Buhach Colony.

25-19. Theresa Nevins rejects the kill attempt and the Dons take the first set!

Second set:

1-0. Elliott with another roof to start the Dons off right. The block is working.

  • Kalil Ace! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

6-7. Roxy Cummings with a nice kill. Another tight set so far.

13s. Buhach rallies. Matson stops it with a roll shot kill.

14s. Risch delivers a deep line kill.

17-18. Rough patch. Matson kill after a Dons timeout. Phew.

20-19. Dons rally! Webster sets Cummings for a sweet kill.

22-19. Roof!…from the Wall of Doom © (Nevins & Jones)!

24-20. Matson flushes a pipe set, but Buhach digs it out, but over-passes, and Elliott kills it! Yummy.

25-20. Matson take the pipe set again, and destroys it this time. Dons win the Second!

Third Set:

1s. E&J Roofing Company (Elliott & Jones).

4-3. Kalil sets a sweet “1”…Elliott delivers the kill.

6-3. Nevins huge solo roof!!!

7-3. Wow. Jones to Kalil to Matson for a Thunder Bomb kill. Timeout Buhach Colony.

10-4. Webster fires an untouchable Ace!

11-6. Jones roll shot kill. Crafty.

13-8. Sarah Nelson serves and then delivers a perfect set – but the Thunder score this time.

14-9. Jones tools the blockers big time.

16-9. Grobeck: just so solid on the defense. Defense Wins Championships.

18-9. Elliott with yet another huge stuff in the middle. Timeout Thunder!

23-13. Cummings delivers a big kill off the smooth Webster back set, as the Dons close in on a big win…

24-15. Elsa Clever makes lemonade from the Webster set and scores. Match Point!

25-17. Dons win! Jones, as appropriate, closes out the match with a stellar kill. MVP!

And suddenly the Dons find themselves in the Final Four for the D3 State Championship. The girls will host Sonora at Acalanes on Saturday night at 7pm for the Northern California Finals. Come out and support the team! The winner will travel down to Anaheim for the State Championship match.

(“Wall of Doom” copyright 2012, Doug Dalziel)

Nov 22 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Buhach Colony HS in the CIF NorCal semifinals at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Mission San Jose HS in the NCS Foundation game.  JV at 1:30 and varsity at 3:00.

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation game.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

 

Note: At the CIF NorCal girls volleyball semifinal game, there is an admission charge.  $9 general and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Note: At the NCS Foundation games, there is an admission charge.  $5 general and $3 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Girls Volleyball CIF Brackets

2016 CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships Division III

Nov 21 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team defeated Aptos HS 25-23, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-21 in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals.  They advance to the semifinals where they will host Buhach Colony HS Tuesday at 7:00.

Cross Country

The boys cross country team finished 10th in division 3 at the NCS Meet of Champions led by Zach Woodworth, who finished in 34th place.

Note:  At all CIF playoff games, there will be an admission charge.  $9 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 19 – Girls Volleyball moves on in State

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls volleyball team hosted the Aptos Mariners in the CIF State Championships Round of 16. Your correspondent scoured the record books and is not aware of any Acalanes volleyball team participating in the State Championships, so it was with pride and excitement that the Dons took the home court on Saturday night!

First set:

1-2. Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a really nice location shot off the Devin Grobeck set.

3-4. Alex Matson back corner kill off the Maddie Kalil set.

6-9. Jones rip. Dons not in synch yet.

7-9. Kalil Ace!

9s. Madi Risch kill ties it up.

13-12. Jones from the pipe. Dons back in the lead.

14-13. Great Matson dig. Jones finishes it off.

18-14. Lane Webster back set to Roxy Cummings for a nice kill.

21-17. Jones hammers another one. Dons now in synch. Time out Aptos.

22-21. Aptos fights back. TO Dons.

25-23. Somehow the Dons won the first set in exciting fashion! I couldn’t watch.

Second set:

2-3. Jones with a big kill after another slow start.

4s. Theresa Nevins stuffs an overpass straight down. Yassss.

7s. Matson down the line to the back corner. Excellent shot ties it up.

7-11. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

12-14. Tough battle tonight! Jones kills one.

15-17. Mariners not going away. Nevins roof!

16-20. Time out Dons. Nothing to see here. Move along…

20-21. Dons fight back!

21-24. Jones kill to keep the set alive, barely.

21-25. Dons drop the second to the scrappy Mariners.

Third set:

  • Kalil Ace starts the Dons off right.

3-1. Big Jones kill from the Kalil set.

4-7. Another rough patch for the Dons and Coach wants a time out to settle down the squad.

5-7. Matson tools the blockers after a long rally.

7-8. Matson Ace!

9-8. Another Matson Ace!

11-10. Sarah Nelson serve gives the Dons the lead.

12-11. Melissa Elliott hammers a “1” in the middle for a big point.

16-14. Dons win a long rally. Timeout Aptos. Lets Go Dons!

19-16. Jones kill.

20-17. Jones kill.

22-18. Jones kill. Timeout Mariners as they seek an answer for the Senior Captain.

23-18. Kalil Ace off the timeout! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

24-18. Risch kill! Set Point.

25-18. R & E Roofing Company finishes the set with a ROOF! (Risch & Elliott).

Fourth set:

1s. Jones kills one With Authority.

2-3. Beautiful digs from Grobeck and the Dons score after a long rally.

3-4. Nevins kill. Looks like another very close set.

6-7. Jones hangs in the air, contorts, and finishes the point.

8-9. Matson kill off the “tight” Kalil set. Dons offense is getting faster, which is good.

11s. Matson and Nevins block one to tie it up. Epic battle.

13-12. Nevins stuff. Dons take their first lead in the 4th.

15-14. Webster smacks a legit back row kill.

16-14. Kalil Ace! Timeout Aptos.

17-15. Elliott dumps one to the floor. Crucial point.

18-16. Webster pass hits the ceiling but Kalil adjusts and recovers it and sets Matson for a ripped kill! Do they practice that?

19-16. Grobeck Ace! The home crowd is wild.

22-18. Nevins turns an ugly jungle ball rally into something beautiful with a stuff kill. Aptos takes their final timeout as the Dons try to close out this tough match.

23-19. Tip party at the net. Dons get the last tip from Matson!

24-20. Nevins REJECTS the Aptos Setter’s attempt at a dump. Match point!

24-21…

Jones kill! Dons Win! 25-21!

Dons defeat the Mariners 3 sets to 1 and advance to the NorCal Semifinals (State Quarterfinals!). Get everyone you know to come out next Tuesday night at 7pm to cheer YOUR Acalanes Dons as they take on Buhach Colony of Atwater.

 

Nov 19 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Aptos HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Girls Basketball

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS in a scrimmage. JV at 9:00 and varsity at 10:30.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Freshmen at 12:00, jv at 1:30 and varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 12:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Pittsburg HS at 10:00.

Nov 19 – Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 19

Girls Volleyball

hosts Aptos HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Freshmen at 12:00, jv at 1:30, varsity at 3:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS in a scrimmage. JV at 9:00, varsity at 10:30.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 12:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Pittsburg HS at 10:00.

Tuesday, November 22

Girls Volleyball

CIF NorCal Semifinals

Boys Basketball

at Foothill HS in an NCS Foundation game. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Mission San Jose HS in an NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 23

Boys Basketball

hosts the alumni game at 7:00.

Thursday, November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 25

Boys Soccer

hosts the alumni game at 5:00.

Saturday, November 26

Cross Country

CIF championships at Woodward Park, Fresno at 8:00.

Girls Volleyball

CIF NorCal championships

Girls Basketball

plays at Mt. Eden HS. JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Nov 12 – Girls Water Polo – Cal Hi Sports Bay Area Video Highlight Reel

Thank you Robert Braunstein from Cal Hi Sports Bay Area !!!


Nov 12 – Girls Water Polo wins first NCS title in 15 Years!

The Lady Dons rolled into Saturday’s championship game vs Drake trying to win their first NCS title in 15 years under Coach Misha Buchel.

Coach had his young squad ready to play in the first quarter with a scoring attack led by Sophmore Lexi Rowell‘s 3 goals and Senior Maddie Stewart in her final game for the Dons lobbing a crafty little shot over the keeper to put the Dons up 4-0.

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Second quarter Drake capitalized on some scrappy inside shots and scored two goals. 4-2 Acalanes at half.

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Drake came out tough in the third scoring a quick goal to close the lead to 4-3. Dons Sophomore Kylie Walker responded with a fantastic bar in low corner shot from way outside. Drake wouldn’t be denied with their amazing goal from 7 meters out. The players, fans and coaches knew they were in for a dogfight in the fourth. End of 3 Dons 5 – Drake 4

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Q4
The Dons worked the ball into all league star Lexi Rowell one more time and she hammered the ball into the back of the net opening up a lead 6-4 with 4 minutes to play.  Drake was not going away as their star player made a miracle high corner shot closing the gap to 6-5.   With the place going nuts freshman Zoe Benisek made a great pass to fellow freshman Brooke Westphal who hit a high corner shot to finish off Drake 7-5 with 2 minutes left.  A flurry of desperation shots were all blocked by star goalie Ella Maisano. Maisano had another amazing game stopping 14 shots including a 5 meter attempt.

 

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The buzzer went off and the coaches and players all jumped in the pool celebrating their first NCS win in 15 years.

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Congratulations and Go DONS!

Graham Westphal

Girls Volleyball CIF State Playoff Brackets (updated 11/13)

CIF Girls Volleyball Playoffs…

The girls volleyball team is the #2 seed in the CIF NorCal playoffs and will be the host site for the quarterfinals Saturday, November 19 at 7:00.

2016 CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships Division III

Nov 14 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

Yes, congratulations go out to the girls water polo team and their head coach Misha Buchel as they are the 2016 NCS DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS.  The defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 7-5 in the championship game. This is Coach Buchel’s first NCS title in 15 years

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Coach Misha Buchel
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Football

The football team finished a great season in defeat to El Cerrito HS in the NCS playoffs.

Nov 12 – Saturday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team ended an outstanding season in defeat to Foothill HS in the NCS team quarterfinals.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS Championships at 12:00.

Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 El Cerrito HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 10:30, JV at 12:30 and freshmen at 2:00.

Nov 9 – Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team traveled to Miramonte on Wednesday night to battle the Matadors in the “Matadome” for the North Coast Section Division 3 semi-finals. This is the second consecutive year the Dons have reached this stage of the post-season – so awesome! – but it would be a stiff challenge to advance against the talented Mats. Read on…

First Set:

2-0. Dons start out quick with a Madi Risch kill after a long rally and great digs by Alex Matson and Maddie Kalil.

3-1. Parker Jones kill after another long rally. Both teams appear ready.

3-6. Mats rally.

4-8. Risch tools the block for a kill after a Dons timeout.

5-11. Mats are hard to handle right now, but Devin Grobeck delivers a back row kill from the Libero position to stop the bleeding.

8-14. Grobeck bump set to Jones for a line kill. Dons are trying to string a run together.

12-17. Zoe McPhail serves the Mats “out of system” twice, leading to a couple of scores.

12-20. Timeout Dons. Looking to crack the code.

13-20. Risch kill. Nice.

14-25. Tough first set. Let’s Go Dons!

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Second Set:

2-0. Matson Ace!

3-0. Elsa Clever delivers a huge block. The Acalanes fans are loud!

5-1. Jones ranges across the court for high ball and kills it.

6-3. Mel Elliott hammers a “1” for a kill.

7-4. Jones stuffs an overpass. Yummy.

10-8. Risch kill stops a Mats mini-rally.

10-11. Timeout Dons after yet another Mats mini-rally.

12-14. Grace Higgins and Sarah Nelson rotate in for the Dons to try and spark the team.

15-16. Jones big kill. Dons going all out!

16-17. Matson: awesome angle kill.

18-19. Theresa Nevins arrives in street clothes (concussion) and the Dons immediately score! Good luck charm?

20-22. Four hits by Miramonte. That is one too many.

20-25. Bummer. Dons fall in the second.

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Third Set:

1-3. Risch gets a “high hands off the block” kill.

3-6. Super Grobeck dig keeps the point alive and the Dons convert.

4-6. Risch Ace!

5-7. Matson kill. Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

6-7. Matson again. Great Kalil set off a crazy dig.

7-8. Elliott kill.

9-10. Kalil dumps one to the empty floor for a winner.

10-12. Matson hammers one off the Mats blockers.

11-13. Jones down the line. Dons playing great, but Miramonte brought it’s A+ game tonight.

12-15. The official NCS Announcer: “Number 14 Parker Jones with the deep cross court kill for Acalanes.” Well played, sir.

13-15. Great Grobeck dig. Kalil sets Jones, who finishes…With Authority.

13-18. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

14-19. Incredible dig from McPhail. ZO-EEE! Dons score.

16-20. Elliott with a left-handed floater kill. OK!

17-21. Clever kill on the slide. Dons trying to hang on here in the NCS…

…but suddenly it’s match point…

…and the Dons fall, 17-25.

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The curse of the Matadome is back for another Dons team to conquer in the future, as the Dons exit the NCS tourney, but is the season really over??? Stay tuned!

 

Nov 10 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #5 Foothill HS in the NCS team quarterfinals at 2:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS Championships at 12:00.

Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 El Cerrito HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS.  Varsity at 10:30, jv at 12:30 and freshmen at 2:00.

Nov 9 – Girls Water Polo heads to NCS Championship

The Acalanes Lady Dons Water Polo team faced an experienced Livermore team tonight in the NCS semi finals. The Dons balanced scoring attack was too much for the Cowboys in the first half led by Lexi Rowell with 3 goals, Brooke Westphal with 1 and Bella Wentzel with 1. First half score Dons 5-2.

Second half the Dons worked the ball inside to Lexi Rowell drawing ejection after ejection resulting in a 6-5 player advantage. The girls made everything in the third period scoring 5 more goals. Maddy Stewart 1, Zoe Benisek 1, Kylie Walker 1, 2 more for Rowell.

Fourth quarter more Dons on the inside with Lexi Williams w two goals, Rowell w another and a night cap goal by Sarah McCandless. Great win for the Dons! However, the story of the night was the stellar goalie play by Ella Maisano with 15 saves including stopping two 5 meter shots!

Come out this Saturday and watch the Dons battle for the NCS title vs Sir Francis Drake!

Go Dons

Graham Westphal

Nov 9 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated American HS 5-2 in the first round of the NCS team playoffs. They host Foothill HS Thursday at 2:00 in the quarterfinals.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #5 Livermore HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team plays at #2 Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 8 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #13 American HS in the first round of the NCS team playoffs at 5:00.

Nov 5 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball NCS Quarterfinal

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team hosted the St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins on Saturday night in the Quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Tournament, looking to stay hot and advance to the Semifinals…

 

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First Set:

1-0. Parker Jones kill. Familiar Dons territory!

2-0. Jones Ace. Nice start!

4-1. Theresa Nevins dig! Alex Matson kill and the crew of white-shirted NCS referees are totally into the match.

6-3. Maddie Kalil stuff.

9-4. Matson roll shot kill to the back line. Time out Bruins as the Dons are in control.

14-6. Madi Risch fires a sharp angle kill to the Dons rolling and the crowd rocking!

18-12. Melissa Elliott crushes a kill in the middle!

19-12. Tough serve from Devin Grobeck that the Bruins can’t handle and overpass…Jones stuffs it.

23-13. Grobeck kill!!!

24-13. Nevins stuffs the overpass. Yummy.

25-13. Just Jones. Dons win the first set.

 

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Parker Jones across the pipe
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Second Set:

6-7. Choppy back and forth start. Jones gets the crowd’s attention with a big kill.

9s. Nevins nifty to the sideline.

12s. Jones crusher.

16-12. Jones Ace. Senior Captain.

17-12. Nevins solo ROOF.

20-14. Zoe McPhail Serve…Zoe McPhail dig…Risch kill. Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

24-15. Matson and Elliott team up for another ROOF!

25-15. Lane Webster serves out the set!

 

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Third Set:

2-3. Matson kill. Dons looking to get grooving in the 3rd.

3-6. Still looking…

5-7. Elliott pounds one in the middle.

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10-8. Kalil Ace as the Dons re-assert control.

11-9. Jones Thunder Bomb!

13-10. Nevins on fire in the middle.

16-13. Webster sets Jones for a kill, but the Broncos are hanging tough in this set.

16-18. Rough patch! Timeout Dons.

18s. Kalil exhibits outstanding defense during a long rally.

19-21. Bruins roar back again.

21s. Jones kill from the “pipe.” All tied up.

22-21. Risch kill regains the lead. Can I get a Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!?

23-21. Matson “tools” the block and the Bruins take a TO. Let’s. Go. Dons. #finish.

25-21. Risch! #finished!. Dons win in 3 sets and advance to the NCS Semis!

 

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Don’t miss it Wednesday night as the Dons visit Miramonte! The Dons will need your support!

Nov 7 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team lost 27-30 to a last second field goal.

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In Saturday’s action…

Melissa Elliott (6) Maddie Kalil (15)

Melissa Elliott (6) Maddie Kalil (15)
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Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team swept St. Patrick’s HS 25-13, 25-15 and 25-21 in the NCS quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals at Miramonte HS Wednesday at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team defeated Justin Siena HS 17-9 in the NCS quarterfinals and will host Livermore HS in the semifinals Wednesday at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

The boys water polo team played in a great game with San Ramon Valley HS only to come up one goal shy in a 13-12 defeat in the NCS quarterfinals.

NCS playoff action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #13 seeded American HS in the first round of the NCS team playoffs Tuesday at 5:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #5 seeded Livermore HS in the NCS semifinals Wednesday at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team plays at #2 seeded Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals Wednesday at 7:00.

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Dons vs. Mats Rematch of 10/13
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Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 seed El Cerrito HS Saturday at 7:00.

Note:  At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers are honored.

Girls Water Polo – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Water Polo Championships Division 2

Girls Volleyball – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Volleyball Championships Division 3

Boys Water Polo – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Boys’ Water Polo Championships Division 1

Nov 4 – Acalanes Cheer

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Nov 3 – Boys Water Polo advance in NCS playoffs

Acalanes blasted away at College Park, winning 25-7 in the first round of NCS playoffs.

Shots all around. Casey Conrad and Brad Robison led scoring with 4 goals each, followed by Nick Davidson and Henry Huchingson with 3 each, 2 each for Jake Stone, Bennett Winther, Christian Shaw, and Max Stryker, with Alex Archer, Mac Darin, and Kiriyan Kartsev each putting 1 one in the net.

Next Up: #4 Seed Acalanes faces #5 Seed San Ramon Valley at Acalanes on Saturday at 230PM

Nov 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated College Park HS 25-7 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Miramonte HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #5 seeded San Ramon Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #9 seeded Justin Siena HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 5:00.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #6 seeded St. Patrick’s HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 3 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team got the NCS playoffs off to a great start with an 18-1 victory over Piedmont HS.  Their quarterfinal game against Justin Siena HS will be Saturday.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #13 College Park HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 8:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Note:  At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and #5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 1 – Girls Varsity Volleyball: NCS Round 1

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball squad (#3) hosted the first round NCS playoffs against Tennyson (#14), their first appearance in NCS playoffs (Congrats Lancers!) Unfortunately for the Lancers, they ran up against a very solid Dons team and were defeated in 3 sets 25-11, 25-3, 25-17. Again, solid all around play from a deep team won the night with continued outstanding play from Parker Jones, Alex Matson and Devin Grobeck. Nevins, Elliott and Clever shut down the net in the middle and Sarah Nelson and Madi Risch ripped it up on the right. And Maddie Kalil and Lane Webster put in a solid night of serving and setting. Great job Dons!

Next up…Quarterfinal match v. #6 St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Saturday night at AHS 7pm. Come out and support your DONS!

p.s. I wanted to give a shout out to Boosters for the beautiful new scoreboards in the gym. They look awesome!

Lauren Webster

 

Nov 2 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team were highly efficient in victory over Tennyson HS 25-11, 25-3, 25-16 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.  They advance to the quarterfinals as they host St. Patrick’s HS Saturday at 7:00.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Piedmont HS at 8:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein competes in the championship round of the DAL Championships at Acalanes HS at 3:30.

Sasha Schtein In NCS semi-final round

Sasha Schtein
In NCS semi-final round

Note:  At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 1 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Tennis

fared well through the first day of the DAL Championships and advance Meagan Cardiff, Zoe Cate, Skylar Jeveli, Maddie McDonagh and Sasha Schtein to the second day of competition.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh had a great round of 74 at the NCS Championships, but came up short of qualifying for the NorCal Championships in a four way playoff.  Congratulations, Emily on a great season.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

competes in the DAL Championships at Acalanes HS at 11:00.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Tennyson HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

 

Note:  At all NCS playoff events, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Oct 29 – Girls Volleyball SRV Tournament

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team spent Saturday at San Ramon Valley High participating in the 14-team SRV Tournament as a final tune-up before North Coast Playoffs next week. And the Dons dominated, reeling off five straight match wins and winning the tournament!

 

First, in pool play, the Dons were taken to the limit by Carondelet, dropping the first set 20-25. The Dons – awesomely – did not lose another set for the rest of the day! They took the second set in dominant fashion 25-14, and then won the decisive and exciting third set in “OT” at 16-14. As usual for this well-balanced squad, there were big contributions from all kinds of Lady Dons. Standouts were Alex Matson, Zoe McPhail, Maddie Risch and Melissa Elliott.

 

The second pool play opponent was Berkeley High. The Dons swatted the Yellowjackets 25-20, 25-22. Again, many Dons shined, but Elsa Clever and Theresa Nevins were particularly dominant in the middle.

 

Acalanes then moved into bracket play against Petaluma, who put up a fight in the first set but the Dons won it 25-20. The Dons, led by Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil, among many other standouts, dominated the second and won 25-18.

 

The semi-final opponent was Maria Carillo (who the Dons faced and defeated at last weekend’s tournament). By this point the Dons were unstoppable, and they dispatched M.C. 25-8, 25-21. All kinds of Dons players made big contributions in the match, with particular help from Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Sam Darin and Sarah Nelson.

 

In the finals the Dons faced the top Division I North Coast seed James Logan and their 34-2 record, and were not intimidated. In fact, they played their best team ball of the entire season and beat Logan 25-22, 25-22 to win the Championship. Again all kinds of Dons players were “on” and made big contributions including Lane Webster and Kalil with solid setting. Matson’s serving was on fire and Parker Jones had all around outstanding play. The Dons had fun taking team pictures with the Championship Volleyball. Way to go Dons!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball SRV Tournament Champions

Acalanes Girls Volleyball
SRV Tournament Champions

Photo: Craig Nelson

Next up…Round 1 of NCS playoffs on Tuesday 11/1, 7p at AHS. Come cheer on your Dons!

Oct 31 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team was also defeated.

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Berkeley HS, Carondelet HS, Petaluma HS, Maria Carrillo HS and James Logan HS to win the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the NCS Championships at Chardonnay GC.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

NCS Playoffs…

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #14 Tennyson HS Tuesday at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #16 Piedmont HS Wednesday at 8:00.

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #13 College Park HS Thursday at 8:00.

Note:  At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Oct 29 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team was also defeated.

Robbie RowellClick on image to buy game photos

Robbie Rowell
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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

Oct 28 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

finished the DAL season with a victory over Northgate HS 25-13, 22-25, 25-21 and 15-8.  The jv team won in three games 25-19, 22-25 and 15-5 and the freshmen swept in two games 25-18 and 25-23.

Freshman Football

turned in a strong second half performance to turn a 14-14 halftime score into a 35-14 victory over Campolindo HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Acalanes High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Seniors

Acalanes High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Seniors
Photo: Craig Nelson

The varsity team was anchored by Parker Jones on offense and Devin Grobeck on defense.  The JV team received strong performances from Sophia Newman and Sarah Westergren offensively and Kaitlyn McKendell defensively.  The freshman team leaned on Emma Fox and Charlotte Glass on offense and Rachel Dadiomov and Izzy Macayan on defense.

Freshman Football

Mike O’Donnell threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.  Tommy Thrasher and Luke Miles caught touchdown passes and Jake Delaney ran in for another.  Nick Kresnak and Jack Muren were frequent receiving targets.

Oct 27 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Northgate

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball squad hosted Northgate on Senior Night, for the last league game of the year, looking to lock down a second place finish in the DAL. Congrats to Acalanes Seniors Melissa Elliott, Devin Grobeck, Parker Jones and Alex Matson.

First Set:

2-1. The four Seniors take the Court for the Dons and Alex Matson delivers an Ace on the serve.

4-1. Matson Ace again. Quick time out for Northgate.

6-1. Another Ace for Matson! SENIOR SHARP SHOOTER.

8-1. See above!

9-1. Diving dig by Parker Jones, which she follows up with a huge block!

11-1. Matson fires her fifth Ace of the Set! Another Northgate timeout as the Dons come out fired up tonight.

12-2. Jones gets set with an “X” move for a kill.

15-2. Devin Grobeck gets in on the Ace action with a wicked float serve.

20-9. Fantastic Grobeck dig, and Matson reward her effort with a sharp angle kill that catches the sideline.

22-12. Jones Thunder Bomb! All wood.

25-13. Dons take the first set decisively. SENIOR LEADERSHIP.

Alex MatsonPhoto: Craig Nelson

Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Jones big kill from the back row.

2-5. Jones again after a rough patch.

5-7. Jones is just killing it. A lot.

6-8. Matson hammers a kill.

12s. Elliott kill in the middle as the Dons storm back to tie it up.

13-15. Matson pounds one down the line to keep it close.

14-15. Elliott and Jones Roof! EJ Roofing Company.

16-15. Matson gives the Dons the lead.

22-24. Dons fighting headwinds this set. Timeout Acalanes.

22-25. Northgate takes the second set as the Dons underclassmen clearly want to give the Seniors more time to play tonight. SENIOR CELEBRATION.

Melissa ElliottPhoto: Craig Nelson

Melissa Elliott
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

2-0. Matson angle kill. Let’s go Dons!

4-0. Elliott block!

7-3. Jones soft roll kill surprises the Broncos.

8-3. Diving save by Matson! Dons convert a kill in the middle, and Northgate needs a TO. SUPER SENIOR DEFENSE.

13-7. Grobeck is anchoring the defense as the Dons look to control this third set.

17-14. Broncos fight back. Matson Ace! Needed it.

19-18. Jones kill. Needed it.

21-20. Diving save by Jones this time and the Dons convert. Nail biter.

24-21. Matson runs one down the top of the net and it rolls over. Score!

25-21. Dons hang on to take the third set.

Devin GrobeckPhoto: Craig Nelson

Devin Grobeck
Photo: Craig Nelson

Fourth Set:

1-0. Elliott kill! SENIOR SLAM.

2-0. Matson Ace.

3-0. Elliott again! Quick start for the Dons.

4-2. Super Matson pass. Jump set. Jones crushes it!

7-5. Jones Ace! But the Broncos still have some kick left in them.

12-7. Matson “tools” the block. Timeout Broncos.

13-7. Matson wins a “joust” at the net.

14-7. Elliott Roof! SENIOR FOR REAL.

16-7. Grobeck dig, Matson kill, and the home crowd roars. SENIOR STYLE.

18-8. Jones kill. SENIOR HIGHLIGHT REEL.

20-8. Matson Ace! Time to put the Broncos back into the corral.

24-8. Matson serving for the match.Dons win! 25-8. SENIOR STARS!

Parker JonesPhoto: Craig Nelson

Parker Jones
Photo: Craig Nelson


Oct 27 – Freshman Football vs. Campo

The Acalanes Freshman Football team played its best game of the year and defeated Campolindo 35-14.  After a close back and forth first half, the game was tied 14-14 at halftime.  The Dons came out and played inspired football in the second half to blow the game open.  The defense locked down the Campolindo offense in the second half with the defensive front applying great pressure on Campo’s quarterback and the secondary playing great man to man defense.

Mike O’Donnell led the way for the offense with three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.  O’Donnell spread the ball to numerous receivers including Jack Muren and new target Nick Kresnak.  Tommy Thrasher and Luke Miles caught touchdown passes from O’Donnell and Jake Delaney scored a rushing touchdown.

The Freshman Dons finish their season next week at Miramonte.

By Brian Miles

Oct 27 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 6-3 in the DAL title match.  Yes, they are the DAL Champions of 2016.  The jv team was defeated by the Matadors.

Boys Water Polo

staged a late rally only to fall short to Miramonte HS 16-13.

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Max Stryker
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Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv team avenged an early loss to Miramonte HS be defeating them 6-4.

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Zoe Benisek
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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Northgate 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.

Freshman Football

hosts Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Schedule change…

Girls Tennis Championship

The DAL Girls Tennis Championships has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The preliminaries will be Monday, October 31 at St. Mary’s College and the semifinals and championships will be Tuesday, November 1 at Acalanes HS.

Wednesday’s Individual Standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0, Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8), Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6 and Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5) won their singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech 7-5, 6-4 and Meagan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh 7-6, 6-4 won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-4, Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain 8-2, Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson 8-6 and Sophia Scipi & Sofia Swatt 8-7 won their doubles matches.

Oct 26 – Girls JV Tennis vs. Miramonte

Miramonte 10 – Acalanes 4

The Lady Mats got revenge for our earlier stomping by spoiling our last match of the year 10-4. Despite the loss, the JV Lady Dons can claim the Diablo Athletic League JV Girls Tennis title for the Foothill Division. We finished our league season with a record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Thanks to a Las Lomas win over Miramonte, all of the other teams in the Foothill Division have two losses. Thus, we complete the season ½ game ahead of the Mats and a full game ahead of Campo.

Today’s highlights for the Lady Dons were at the top, middle and bottom of the lineup.

As they did all season Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay faced the opponent’s D-1 duo. Shannon and Lauren dispatched their Miramonte foes 8-4 in tightly contested match. Playing extended points, switching multiple times during extended rallies, Shannon and Lauren covered the court well and secured a fine Acalanes win.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain ended their JV careers as they began three years ago with a Lady Dons win. Niki and Skyler took control of their line early and played their fine, aggressive brand of tennis on their way to an 8-2 triumph at D-2. A nice way to end their JV careers.

In the middle of the lineup at D-6 Naomi “Nomi” Berkowitz and Audrey Glosson played a close, competitive match before emerging victorious 8-6. Audrey and Naomi communicated effectively while playing a number of extended points on their way to a fine win.

In the final match of the day at D-12, Sofia Swatt teamed with D-2 Sophia Scipi to play a match against the Miramonte D-12 and D-2 players. In a match shortened due to time, a tiebreaker was played at 7-7. Having played well as a team during the first 14 games, Sofia and Sophia dug in and played a really exciting tiebreak. The 7-5 win in the tiebreak earned the SoFPHias the final LD point of the day 8-7.

Congratulations to all of the Lady Dons on a terrific tennis season.

Oct 26 – Girls Water Polo vs. Miramonte

The Acalanes Dons Girls Varstiy team traveled to Orinda tonight to face the Mats. The Mats deep bench and 3 senior starters met a tough challenge with our young and spirited group. We went up 1-0 with Lexi Rowell‘s great outside shot, then the Mats rolled off four straight- the scrappy freshman Dons Westphal and Benisek kept it close with goals for a halftime score of 5-3

Ella MaisanoClick on image to buy game photos

Ella Maisano
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Second half the experienced Mats rolled off 5 quick goals before Lexi scored another. End of 3, 10-4. Ella Maisano had a fantastic game stopping a dozen shots including a 5 meter shot. Final score 10-4 Mats.

 

Graham Westphal

Oct 26 – Boys Water Polo vs. Miramonte

Jake Stone

Jake Stone

acalanes Boys Water Polo statistics

Courtesy: Lisa Dirito

Oct 26 – Girls Tennis vs. Miramonte

We are thrilled to report that our varsity Lady Don’s stomped the Mats today 6 -3
To clinch the DAL title!!!!!
Outstanding play was had by all! Winners today:

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0
Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8)
Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6
Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5)
Lauren Ladrech / Quinn Harrington 7-5, 6-4
Maddie McDonagh / Megan Cardiff 7-6, 6-4

Michelle McDonagh

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Oct 26 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept College Park HS 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.  The jv team swept in 2 games and the freshmen came up just short in 3 games.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Miramonte HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Center Meet at Newhall Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Sam Darin, Sarah Nelson and Rachel Go had the opportunity to make an impact and did not disappoint.  Sam and Sarah were stellar at the net and Rachel was a defensive standout.

JV Girls Volleyball

Riana Buchman and Laurel Park were outstanding on offense and Cailey McVay likewise as the libero on defense.

Oct 25 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team kicked of the final week of DAL League Play at College Park, who honored it’s Seniors before the match got underway…as Halloween approaches.

Acalanes Girls Varsity VolleyballPhoto: Craig Nelson

Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball
Photo: Craig Nelson

First Set:

2-3. Roxy Cummings gets the Dons going with the first kill of the evening.

4-3. Melissa Elliott give the Dons the lead on a middle kill.

6-3. Madi Risch…..Ace!

7-3. Ditto.

9-3. Risch again with the serve! Holy Cow! (Go Cubs)

10-3. Risch draws 4 Aces! Awesome.

16-8. Parker Jones Ace!

17-8. See above. Dons firing WICKED serves tonight.

20-14. Risch delivers a deep corner kill. Dons still looking a little SCARY.

22-14. Risch. Guess what? Ace.

23-14. And again. Her aces keep coming back like JASON.

25-17. Jones finishes off the set with a sharp kill, like a KNIFE.

Samantha DarinPhoto: Craig Nelson

Samantha Darin
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Rachel Go sets Jones for a kill.

3-2. Theresa Nevins Roof! Smashed like a PUMPKIN.

5-2. See above!

6-2. Devin Grobeck gets in on the Ace action.

9-10. Rough patch, but Sam Darin turns the tables with a sharp angle kill. DEADLY.

11-12. Go Ace!

14-13. Zoe McPhail bump sets Jones for a kill and the Dons retake the lead.

17s. College Park keeps coming back like ZOMBIES.

20-17. Grobeck fires another Ace to stretch out the lead. Time out Falcons.

22-18. Maddie Kalil back set Jones for a monstrous kill. SPOOKY good.

25-18. Kalil wins the set with an Ace, as the Dons continue to serve with aplomb.

Third Set:

1-0. Lane Webster sets Risch for the kill. Dons strike first BLOOD.

3-0. Webster Ace. “Me too!”

5-1. Elsa Clever fires the ball off a middle blocker for a kill.

6-4. Clever again. FRIGHT NIGHT for the Falcons.

10-9. Risch kill, and then Risch again off the blockers.

13-10. Webster, Ahhhhhh, Ace!

14-10. Triple-body-ricochet Ace for Webster. What?!

15-11. Sarah Nelson cross-court kill. #SNELSON.

16-11. Slide kill attempt by Clever turns into a Kareem Sky Hook winner. That got the Don’s fans SCREAMING.

22-17. Webster feeds Darin for super kill. TREAT.

23-17. Super body twisting dig by Grobeck, rewarded by a huge Nevins roof. TRICK.

25-17. Dons finish the match in 3 sets! On to Senior Night! Come out Thursday night to celebrate the Dons Seniors in their final League match!

Oct 25 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30, weather permitting. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Oct 24 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Gunn HS 7-6 in overtime and Clovis North HS 13-7 in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Oct 22 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS. The JV team was also defeated.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

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Oct 21 – Girls Water Polo

In the premier Nor Cal tournament of the season the Dons drew a very tough draw the first day.
In the opener they faced the Cougars of Campo. We played fantastic defense and Ella Maisano kept us in the game with 7 saves. Thru 3 quarters the score was 5-3, in the fourth the more experienced Campo girls kept chipping in goals for a 10-3 win. Scoring Bella Wentzel w/ 2 outside goals and Brooke Westphal with 1 outside shot.

In the evening game we faced Clovis West the best team in Fresno. We battled throughout the game trailing by 1 most of the time but came up a bit short 9-5. Brooke Westphal led all scorers with 3 goals, Alex Fellner with 1 and Lexi Rowell had a great turn for a goal.

Next game Saturday at 8:50 in Palo Alto.

Graham Westphal

Oct 20 – Unified Soccer

WOW!!!  What an incredible event.  The unified soccer game between Acalanes HS and Miramonte HS was incredible.  It was a great time to be had by the athletes, the coaches and everyone that supported the program.

I want to extend a gigantic thank you to Katharine Walton and Leadership.  Their presence and positive energy was noticed and greatly appreciated.

There were many staff members in attendance and I want to highlight the support from Travis Bell, Andy Briggs, Erin Pope, the entire main office staff and Will Benham-Baker for waving pom poms for the entire 25 minutes for the cause.

Much of this was made possible by the leadership from Holly Thompson, Jasy Radmanovic and Nick Lee, coach and 2011 graduate.

Oct 20 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls varsity tennis squeaked out a close one against Campolindo on Thursday. Unbelievable “from the gut” performance by Sam Sweeney and Olivia Reineke pulling out a super tiebreaker to close the match for the lady dons 5-4
Other winners include Sasha Stein, Sydney Bell, Skyler Jeveli and Maddy Bakar.

The Lady Dons are now 8-1 in league and play the rubber match against the Mats on Tuesday at Miramonte- if you can make it – come out and cheer these fabulous ladies on as they try and take the title.

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

edged out Campolindo HS 5-4. The JV team also won 9-6.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Singles: Jess Gerson 8-5, Maggie Curless 8-2, Scarlett Reicher 8-7 and Maren Quintella 8-5

Doubles: Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain 8-4, Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey 8-7, Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-5, Anika Mohanty & Vivi Tingle 8-5 and Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson 8-4.

Oct 20 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball squad hit the road to Las Lomas on Thursday, looking to bounce back after a tough loss earlier in the week. Since the Warriors are getting back into hoop action we will channel a little Tim Roye play-by-play into the match recap:

First Set:

1-0. Big opening roof by Theresa Nevins and Roxy Cummings. Defending the paint.

4-4. Back and forth jousting – it is a match against the Knights after all – as both teams are looking to settle in.

7-6. Athletic one-armed dig by Lane Webster, capped by a Melissa Elliott power kill, followed up with a Webster Ace! Dons getting in flow on the court.

9-10. Madi Risch gets in on the action with a kill.

10-11. Nevins crushes an overpass. So tasty.

11-12. Maddie Kalil with a buttery set to Cummings for a kill, but LL is hanging around.

13-12. Risch give the Dons the lead with a deep ball. Ace!

15-12. Devin Grobeck charges the net to reach a short serve, and Cummings drills another kill. T.O. Knights.

17-14. Nevins with another net stuff. With Authority!

18-15. Parker Jones leaps and hammers the ball straight down for a kill. Elevation Sensation!

22-16. Jones Ace. Swish.

23-16. Jones Ace. Net did not move.

24-18. Elliott wins the “joust” at the net for the score.

25-18. Grobeck Ace to finish off the first set for the Dons.

 

Second Set:

1-0. Cummings kill.

2-1. Sam Darin kill.

3-4. Little loss of focus fixed by Rachel Go set to Sarah Nelson for a kill.

5-5. #SNELSON.

8-6. Go to Nevins on the “1”. Crushed.

9-7. Risch kill. Smooth stroke.

10-7. Webster Ace. 3-ball from deep beyond the arc!

12-7. Webster Ace. Downtown.

14-11. Risch Ace. Silky.

15-11. Webster to Clever for the one-handed floater.

17-11 Risch Ace. On fire. LL needs a Timeout.

18-12. Darin kill.

19-14. Nevins with a nifty move and a soft finger roll.

20-15. Solid defensive effort so far, led by Zoe McPhail in this rotation.

21-16. Go and Webster really distributing the rock well in the offense this period, getting all the shooters involved.

22-16. Grobeck Ace.

23-23. Suddenly the Knights have made a big run. Dons Timeout.

24-23…24s…24-25…25s…See-saw battle!

26-25. Nevins and Cummings big roof! Re-jection! Set point.

27-25. Dons outscore the Knights in O.T. On to the 3rd.

 

Third Set:

1-1. Las Lomas air ball.

2-4. Jones kill. Hits the hardwood.

3-5. Clever/Jones block the shot.

6s. Risch splits the defenders. Webster gets the assist.

7s. Several nice passes from McPhail, and Clever finishes strong at the rim.

9-7. Elliott rejection in the middle. Get out of my kitchen!

10s. Risch kill. Racking up points.

13s. Jones Tomahawk Dunk!

16-15. Clever dunk at the net to re-take the lead. Dons and Knights trading shots.

19-17. Triangle offense: Grobeck to Kalil to Nelson for the score.

20-17. NelsonElliott ROOF!

22-19. Goaltending (net violation) Las Lomas.

23-19. Risch Ace!

24-19. See 20-17 entry. Splash Sisters! Match point!

25-20. Dons run out the clock and win the match in 3!

Oct 20 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 9 – Campolindo 6
In a really spirited and hard fought match, the Acalanes Lady Dons bested our rival Campolindo Cougars 9-6. Playing a six singles, nine doubles format, Acalanes won the singles’ lines 4-2 and the doubles’ lines 5-4.

Junior captain Maggie Curless earned the first Lady Dons’ point with a fine 8-2 win at S-4. Maggie served well and her deep groundstrokes kept her Cougar opponent on the defensive.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain rolled to an 8-4 win at D-2. Niki finally accepted Skyler’s analysis that her sixth grade racquet was broken. Playing with the coach’s stick, Niki volleyed well while Skyler played her fine all court game.

Junior captain Jess Gerson, playing singles for the first time this season, brought home a fine 8-5 win at S-3. Jess served effectively and recovered quickly to maintain her court position and keep her opponent off balance.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper squandered a 5-0 lead but recovered to record an 8-7 win at D-2. Milena contends that she and Sophia let Campo back into the set because they wanted Milena’s late-arriving grandparents to see a competitive match. While we want to build our fan base, the coaches are not generally supportive of this approach.

In the most competitive doubles match of the day, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig played a 90-minute marathon before garnering an Acalanes point 8-5. Playing at D-1, Lauren and Shannon were very evenly matched with the #1 Campo duo. Lauren and Shannon communicated very well, switched numerous times during extended points and covered the court with great ability.

Scarlett Reicher, playing at S-5, showed nerves of steel in holding on to secure an 8-7 win. Scaarlett served well and engaged her Cougar counterpart in a number of extended rallies in a really fine match.

Vivi McGinnisTingle and Anika Mohanty, playing at D-6 notched a well-earned victory by the score of 8-5. Both Anika and Vivi played a number of winning groundstrokes and volleys on their way to grabbing an important point for the Lady Dons. Anika and Vivi both fearlessly charged the net to put away winners.

Maren “Quesadilla” Quintella clinched the Lady Dons overall victory with a terrific 8-5 win at S-6. Maren played really focused, all court tennis while placing her serves effectively. Quesadilla maintained her poise throughout her match and brought home the deciding point with a flourish.

Naomi “Nomie” Berkowitz and Audrey Glosson played consistently fine tennis on their way to an 8-4 win. Audrey and Nomie got out to an early lead and refused to let their opponents get into the match by holding serve in their last four service games.

It was a good day for the Lady Dons at Campo.

Oct 20 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

cruised to victory over Northgate HS 17-5. The JV team followed with their own 16-6 victory.

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Girls Water Polo

shined in a 10-2 triumph over Northgate HS.

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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and JV is away.  Don’t miss the opportunity to honor the seniors in their last regular season home match preceded by their Senior Presentation at 3:20.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Clayton Valley HS at 5:30.

Special event…

The Unified Soccer team hosts Miramonte HS at 3:15 on the stadium field.  This is the “Feel Good, don’t miss” event.

Oct 19 – Girls Water Polo

On Senior Night  the Lady Dons crushed Northgate 10-2 in a league match. Balanced scoring all around as the Dons continue playing well leading up to the Sacred Heart tournament this weekend. Ella Maisano keep Northgate at bay with save after save.

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The Dons offense was led by Brooke Westphal‘s 2 early goals including a screw shot upper corner, Amigo Jackie G scored a great goal, senior Lexi Williams chipped in one at set,  Lexi Rowell 3 goals, her cousin Kylie Walker scored 1, Bella Wentzel 1 goal.  next game Friday 1pm.

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Graham Westphal

Oct 18 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 6 – Las Lomas 5

On Tuesday, at the request of Las Lomas, we played a four singles, seven doubles format for the first time this season. To accommodate the Las Lomas request,, Molly Cronk, Sophia Scipi, Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella stepped up to fill singles lines. In a real team effort, the Lady Dons split the singles lines, 2-2 and carried the doubles lines 4-3 to take home a 6-5 Acalanes win.

Playing at S-3, Scarlett Reicher scored the first Dons’ point by besting her Las Lomas opponent 8-6. Scarlett played solidly with effective ground strokes and timely rushes to the net.

Sophia Scipi secured the second Lady Dons’ point by playing a terrific match at S-2. Getting down early in the match, Sophia played tenaciously and earned a 9-7 victory.

The Acalanes doubles teams were led by Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig at D-1. Covering the court extremely well and communicating switches effectively, Lauren and Shannon won going away at 8-2.

Playing together for the first time this season, Skyler DeMartini and Maggie Curless teamed at D-2. Maggie and Skyler meshed well and hung an 8-0 bagel on the Las Lomas distaff Knights.

Also playing in their first match together, Katie Hale and Anya Weinstein won 8-2 at D-4. Katie overcame early serving woes and Anya played her solid all-court game throughout the match.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishop at D-6 won the all-important sixth Acalanes point. Katie and Alyssa seized control of their match early and kept the pressure on the Las Lomas noblewomen on their way to a resounding 8-2 triumph.

In terms of team effort, Lynn Wolfe was called upon to play two matches, partnering Sofia Swatt and Daniella Yadegar in competitive matches. Eunkyu Lee and Leah Douglas played a fine final match that was shortened to a six game format due to time concerns. Leah and Eunkyu pushed their opponents to a seventh game.

Oct 19 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

is gaining momentum leading up to the playoffs with a 9-7 victory over perennial power San Ramon Valley HS.  The JV followed with a 7-4 victory.

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 7-2 to raise their DAL record to 6-1 and overall record to 15-2-2.  The JV team pulled out a 6-5 victory.

Girls Volleyball

fell to Campolindo HS. The JV team was the bright spot of the evening with a 25-22, 25-23 victory.  The freshman team won the first game, but fell in 3 games.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

More DAL action as the water polo teams host Northgate HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein 6-3, 3-6, (10-7), Zoe Cate 4-6, 6-4, (10-5), Maddy Bakar 6-2, 6-1 and Skyler Jeveli 6-2, 6-3 won their singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech 7-6, 6-0, Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh 6-4, 6-3 and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney 6-2, 6-1 won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Scarlett Reicher 8-6 and Sophia Scipi 9-7 won their singles matches.  Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-2, Maggie Curless & Skyler DeMartini 8-0, Katie Hale & Anya Weinstein 8-2 and Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp 8-2 won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Despite a tough night for the team, Devin Grobeck shined with her stellar effort.  Cailey McVay was a JV standout on offense and defense and Riana Buchman the same with many thunderous blocks.  The freshmen received strong performances on offense by Olivia Elliott and on defense by Lauren Westergren.

Oct 18 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Campo

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team hosted the Campolindo Cougars on Tuesday night. The Cougs brought an undefeated league record into Casa Acalanes, as well as a very long winning streak against the Dons, who looked to improve on their 4-2 league record by toppling the talented and well-coached defending DFAL champions. Let’s roll the tape:

First Set

1-1. Setter Lane Webster is forced to pass to Libero Devin Grobeck, who sets up Alex Matson for the kill as the match gets going. Big crowd in the gym tonight!

3-6. Theresa Nevins blocks the Campo middle to stop an early Cougs run.

4-6. See above! Déjà vu all over again.

4-10. Timeout Dons, as Campo is on fire early on. Break out the fire extinguishers!

5-11. Maddie Kalil sets Parker Jones for a kill.

8-15. Elsa Clever stymies Campo’s front line with a “joust” in the middle as the Dons try to hang on.

11-22. Looking for Dons highlights…

14-24. Webster fires a lefty kill in the front row, keeping the Don’s alive in the set. But Campo takes the next point and the first set, 14-25.

 

Second Set

1-3. Webster “back sets” Madi Risch, who “tools” the Campo blockers.

4-3. Dons take the lead on the strength of Zoe McPhail and Grobeck defense. Go big D!

6-7. Jones kill. Dons fighting.

6-11. Rough patch. Time out Aca to discuss things.

9-12. Dons stage a mini-rally on the serving of Webster and good hitter swings from Sam Darin and Melissa Elliott.

13-21. This is just not the Dons night so far, but the night is young!

14-21. Jones crushes a kill. Yassssss.

15-22. Nevins on the slide kill. Satisfying.

15-25. OK! On to the 3rd set! J

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Sarah Nelson
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Third Set

1-3. Dons come out passing well, led by Grobeck, Matson and Jones in the back row, but Campolindo is firing on all cylinders tonight. Impressive.

2-5. Clever kill. Joyous.

5-8. Clever again off the “tight” Webster set. Come on Dons!

6-9. Nice Kalil set to Sarah Nelson, whose swing does not register a kill but definitely pushes the Cougs out of system resulting in a Dons point. #whateverittakes.

9-12. Elliott, with quick hands, snaps a dump attempt back over the net, many digs ensue on both sides – radical digs bro! – until Jones dissects the Campo defense with a surgical kill.

12-15. Sweet dig from Jones, and the Webster back set to Clever works once again. Hammer Time.

13-16. Nelson set up by Kalil for a nice line kill. #SNELSON.

15-21. Dons continue to hustle and battle, but it does not seem to be our night. The night is no longer young, by the way.

17-22. Risch makes a sweet diving “up” and repeats the feat on the next point. Solid.

18-22. McPhail Ace! Dons have not been able to draw that card enough tonight.

21-25. The Dons fight hard but fall in three sets to a very tough opponent. Hats off to Campo for an excellent performance tonight.

Oct 8 – Girls Frosh Volleyball

Frosh Volleyball Team Takes 2nd at Freedom Freshman Tournament

The Lady Dons went out to Oakley early Saturday morning to compete in the Freedom Freshman Tournament.  They prevailed against Antioch and Mission San Jose in 2 sets and came back from behind to beat Liberty in the semifinals 2-1.  The finals was a close one, and the girls almost squeaked out the win, but ultimately lost 13-15 in the last set.  Great playing all around!  Way to go Dons!

Jennifer Glass

Oct 18 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls varsity tennis dominated over Las Lomas today winning 7-2. We had two stellar  comebacks tonight by Sasha Schtein in line 1 singles and Zoe Cate on line 3 singles.  Both players demonstrated incredible perseverance in their come-from-behind wins!

The Lady Dons are 6-1 DAL/ foothill division and 15-2-2 overall

The girls take on Campolindo Thursday, at home. Come out and support these winning Dons – Thursday will also be our senior night celebration!

Winners today
Sasha Schtein 6-3, 3-6, (10-7)
Zoe Cate 4-6, 6-4, (10-5)
Maddy Bakar 6-2, 6-1
Skyler Jeveli 6-2, 6-3
Lauren Ladrech / Quinn Harrington 7-6, 6-0
Maddie McDonagh/ Megan Cardiff 6-4, 6-3
Sam Sweeney / Olivia Reineke 6-2, 6-1

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 18 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

finished 3rd at the DAL Championships.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated College Park HS 11-3.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Campolindo HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Boys Water Polo

hosts San Ramon Valley HS.  Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and JV is away.

Monday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 72 for the lowest round of the tournament.  The 3rd place finish was aided by Avalon Schenone, Grace Andronico, Caitlin McDonagh, Allison Merrill and Elle Hoarau.

JV Girls Tennis

Katie Hale & Sally Tang (10-1), Anika Mohanty & Vivi Tingle (10-3), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (10-6), Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson (10-7), Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson (10-6), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (10-7), Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein (10-4), Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher (10-0), Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp (10-1), Emily Erce & Sofia Swatt (10-1) and Sally Tang & Daniella Yadegar (10-4) won doubles matches.

Oct 17 – Girls JV Tennis

The Lady Dons’ return to College Park was successful. Playing all of the available Acalanes JV teams, the Lady Dons dispatched the Falcons 11-3. Playing a mixed varsity-JV squad from College Park, the JV Lady Dons played well up and down our lineup to secure the win. Our first four lines played the College Park varsity two through five double teams and split with them 2-2.

Using a 10-point pro set format, Katie Hale and Sally Tang notched the first Acalanes’ point of the day with a 10-1 win at D-7. Both Sally and Katie served well as they maintained their focus on their way to victory

As they did last Thursday, Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty secured the second Lady Dons point with a fine 10- 3 win at D-8. Vivi and Anika also took control early in the match and did not look back.

Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi had the unique experience of facing a kick serve at D-3. Playing a varsity duo, Molly and Sophia made the necessary adjustments to their service returns and rolled to a 10-6 win.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson played a fine competitive match against another varsity line at D-4. Maggie and Jess were very evenly matched and played a number of extended points on their way to a well-earned 10-7 victory.

Although by Audrey Glosson’s own admission that “it was not her day,” she and Naomi Berkowitz overcame a slow start came through with a 10-6 win. Naomi and Audrey eliminated their unforced errors to overcome an early 3-5 deficit.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper after building up and early 7-2 lead hung on for a 10-7 victory. Although Milena did not recognize the name “Maria Sharapova” during a stirring coaching talk, she and Sophia played well down the stretch to earn an Acalanes point.

Siena Marchiano and Anya Weinstein at D-9 recorded the deciding win of the day. Anya overcame some early serving difficulties, while Siena cracked winners at the net and mid-court as the overall Acalanes triumph was secured by the score of 10-4. Siena sealed the deal with a fine down the line winner at match point.

Maren Quintella and Scarlett Reicher recorded the only “bagel” or “goose egg” of the day by running off a 10-0 shut out at D-10. Maren placed her serves effectively and Scarlett handled the net extremely well throughout the match.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp maintained their focus and notched a back-to-back win over their College Park opponents 10-1.  Jumping out to an early lead Katie and Alyssa kept the pressure on the Falcons all the way to the end of their D-11 match.

Although Emily Erce was not feeling 100% during her match, she and Sofia Swatt refused to lose at D-12. Sofia and Emily jumped out to an early lead and did not give their opponents an opening on the way to a 10-1 win.

Sally Tang “doubled back” and partnered Daniella Yadegar at D-13. As they have in past matches Daniella and Sally covered the court well and communicated effectively on their way to a 10-4 victory. Sally was playing in her 25th game of the afternoon when she and Daniella closed out a successful Lady Dons afternoon.

All of the Lady Dons competed well against varsity and JV lines at College Park.

Oct 17 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

defeated Rio Americano HS 12-7 and Christian Brothers HS 13-5 in the Jesuit Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the DAL Championships at Delta View GC at 10:00 am.

Oct 15 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

cruised past Las Lomas HS 35-14.  The JV team recorded a shutout 34-0.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

defeated Clovis HS 14-4 and Clovis West HS 15-5 in the Jesuit Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

Congratulations…

As you know, Skylar Jeveli was the overall winner of the Homecoming Acalanes Don Award.  This is not surprising as she is a valuable member of the athletic department and the girls tennis team.  She is an outstanding singles player in her second year as a team captain and has served on the Student-Athlete Board for the past two years.

Oct 14 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

JV Girls Tennis

defeated College Park HS 7-1.

Girls Volleyball

dropped the first two games 25-20 and 25-19 to Miramonte HS, but rallied to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-22.  The fifth game went down to the wire, with the Dons falling just short 17-15.  The JV and freshman teams swept the Matadors 25-18 and 25-18 in both match-ups.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Las Lomas HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Naomi Berkowitz & Anya Weinstein (8-0), Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle (8-0), Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain (8-6), Eunkyu Lee & Lynn Wolfe (8-2), Sally Tang & Daniella Yadegar and Sophia Cooper & Maren Quintella (8-5) won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

The varsity team was led by offensive standout Parker Jones, defensive standout Devin Grobeck and all-around standout Alex Matson.  The JV standouts were Laurel Park on offense and Cailey MacKay on defense.  The freshmen received stellar play on offense from Jessica Larrick and on defense from Charlotte Glass.

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Oct 13 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Miramonte

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team embarked on the second half of DAL League play on Thursday night, hosting the Miramonte Matadors. Here are the highlights:

First Set:

2-2. Devin Grobeck makes a scintillating dig to Lane Webster, and on to Parker Jones for a thunderous kill. The home crowd clapped wildly.

4-4. Melissa Elliott and Jones combine for a nice block. Solid.

6-11. Rough patch. Time out Dons.

8-11. Dons roll out of the TO and score 2 quick points, including a great kill from Roxy Cummings. Super Power.

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11-12. Big ROOOOOF from Elsa Clever and Cummings. Dons storm back.

12s. Cummings line kill ties it up. Boom.

14-12. Clever Ace! Time out Miramonte.

15-13. Jones absolutely crushes one.

16s. Zoe McPhail and Grobeck make several great digs but the Mats rally back.

20-23. Miramonte is simply playing great volleyball. Time out Dons for a strategy session.

20-25. Mats take the first set.

 

Second Set:

1-1. Clever crushes one in the middle. Lets go Dons!

3-3. Clever again in the middle, but crafty this time.

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5-3. Madi Risch and Elliott team up for a stuff block.

8-5. Superlative dig from Grobeck…Maddie Kalil sets Cummings smartly for the kill.

10-12. Another big run for the Mats. Dons will have to bring their “A Game” tonight!

15-18. Timeout Dons as Mats once again assert control.

17-23. Cummings kill off the Kalil set.

18-24. Clever stuffs the overpass. Yummy.

19-24. See above! But the Mats score again to take the second 19-25. Dons on the brink!

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Third Set:

1-2. Clever kill. Dons scrappy. Mats still playing with swagger.

7-4. Super dig by McPhail. Grobeck sets Jones. Kill. Spectacular.

9-5. Jones Ace!

9s. Mats again rally back to tie it.

12-10. Clever crushes one to retake the lead for the Dons, and a Webster serve is too hot to handle.

16-13. Mats tie it up again, but the Dons storm back to the lead with McPhail serving and then a Clever Ace. Yassss.

13-15. LONG drawn out discussion by the refs. It is unclear what the problem is. Maybe post-match dinner plans. And it stretches on and on. It could be vacation planning?

19-15. Jones stuffs an overpass to the hardwood, and then Sarah Nelson makes a great dig and the Mats fire one wide left.

21-17. Monster kill from Matson.

23-19. Lots happened! Time out Miramonte.

25-22. The Lady Dons hang on to win an emotional 3rd set…both teams are fired up and the crowd is rocking.

 

Fourth Set:

3s. Clevers delivers a stuff. Yummy.

4s. Webster sets a quick “1” to the middle that Clever crushes.

6-4. Elliott hammers an overpass straight down. Brilliant.

8-9. Big roof from Elliott and Jones to stop yet ANOTHER long run by the Mats.

15-16. Jones kills one to keep rallying the Dons.

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17-19. Cummings “tools” the block for a badly needed point.

19s. Risch kills one deep to the back line. Perfect placement.

20-19. Dons take back the lead on another big roof by Jones and Elliott. Timeout Mats!

23-21. Matson fires a rocket for a kill.

24-23. RischElliott team roof! Set Point!

25-23. Grobeck guest sets a “pipe” to Jones in the back row. You guessed it: Kill. The Dons have rallied back from down 0-2 to force a 5th set!

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Fifth Set:

1-0. Webster sets up Clever, kill!

3s. Elliott in the middle. Kill. Dons found something to exploit.

4s. See above!

6-7. Matson pounds the ball off the blockers. Phew.

6-9. Time out Dons, after some difficulty.

9-10. Clever Ace!

12-11. ROOOOOOOF! Elliott and Risch!

13-12. Monster angle kill from Jones. Go Dons!

14-12. Another roof! Matson and Elliott. Match point for the Dons!

14-16. Sadly, the Dons would not score again tonight, and the pesky Matadors end up exacting some revenge on the Dons, winning the match in five sets. The Dons showed a ton of grit in battling back from 0-2 to take it to a fifth set, but Miramonte played solid ball all around and earned the win.

Oct 13 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 7 – College Park 1

After being locked down at Acalanes in the morning, the JV Lady Dons locked down the College Park Falcons 7-1 on their courts in the afternoon.

Naomi Berkowitz and Anya Weinstein recorded the first Acalanes point of the day with an 8-0 shut out. Naomi and Anya partnered for only the second time this season and notched their second win playing at D-2.

Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty secured the second Lady Dons point also came by way of the shut out, winning 8-0 at D-4. Vivi playing through a sore wrist teamed effectively with Anika to control the net. Both Anika and Vivi played a number of terrific volley winners.

At D-2, Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini faced the College Park varsity D-2 team and defeated the Falcons 8-6. Niki and Skyler covered the court well hit some fine angle volleys for winners.

Lynn Wolfe and Eunkyu Lee teamed at D-6 to run off a convincing 8-2 win. Both Lynn and Eunkyu served well and took control of the net on a number of points on their way to an Acalanes victory.

The deciding point of the day was locked down by Sally Tang and Daniella Yadegar. Playing at D-7, Daniella and Sally took control of their match early and did not relent. Sally served consistently well and Daniella played effectively at the net throughout their match.

Maren Quintella and Sophia Cooper played the most hotly contested match of the day. Teaming at D-6 for the first time this season, Sophia and Maren played an extraordinary number of long points, beginning with the first point of the match. On their way to a hard fought 8-5 win, Maren and Sophia communicated and covered the court really well. Although there were a large number of long, difficult points, the Lady Dons displayed great sportsmanship throughout the match.

Playing at D-8, Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp got off to a slow start going down 1-3 to a less talented Falcon duo. While the Falcon team did not put much pace on their shots, they jumped to an early lead on Acalanes duo. Katie and Alyssa realized that they were making too many unforced errors and determined to improve their game. Maintaining their focus, they stepped up their games and closed out the match with a fine 8-4 win. Both Katie and Alyssa showed great mental toughness.

Oct 13 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated De La Salle HS 15-6. The JV also recorded a 10-8 victory.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Monte Vista HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Miramonte HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at College Park HS at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Oct 12 – Girls Varsity Water Polo

The Lady Dons played tough tonight vs the top team in the area, the Mustangs of Monte Vista. The first half proved to be too much for our young team- down 6-0,  second half we played much better offense picking up 5 goals. One goal each by Brooke Westphal,  Alex Fellner, Nicole Chapman, Maddie Stewart and Lexi Rowell. Final Score Monte Vista 12 – Dons 5.

Graham Westphal

Oct 12 – Girls JV Water Polo

On Wednesday the girls water polo team hosted Monte Vista High School.  The junior varsity team applied a strong defense, not allowing a goal until the 4th quarter.  Goalie Laura Garden had 14 blocked shots.  The girls won 13-2.  Scoring was lead by Jackie Geannacopulos with 4 goals, followed by Kyra Friedman with 3 goals.  Emma Workman and Mala Neuman scored 2 goals.  Maggie Gerding and Avery Lyon each scored a goal.

The Girls play this Friday and Saturday in Modesto competing in the Western States Tournament. They host Northgate High School next Wednesday, October 19th at 4:00.

Jon Bone

Oct 11 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 4 – Northgate 3

In a very competitive match, the JV Lady Dons earned a 4-3 victory over Northgate High Tuesday afternoon on the Acalanes courts. Unlike the Giants, the JV Lady Dons closed the contest with a late inning win in the last match.

As they have throughout the season, Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain recorded the first Acalanes point. Niki and Skyler started strong and jumped to a 5-0 lead when one of their Northgate opponents strained her knee and was forced to retire. In a display of good sportsmanship, Niki and Skyler went to the Acalanes training room to get an ice pack for the injured Northgate player.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper playing at D-2 got off to a slow start. After getting down 3-6, Milena and Sophia did not lose another game. They ran off five straight games to secure a well-deserved 8-6 win.

Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk played a tight, back and forth match before they secured a service break that carried them to an 8-6 win. Molly and Sophia communicated effectively and played consistently fine points on their way to evening the match at 3-3.

Katie Hale and Sally Tang put the Lady Dons over the top with a fine 8-4 win in the final match of the day. Playing well together at D-7, Sally and Katie took control of the match early and led wire to wire. Both Lady Dons served consistently on their way to the crucial fourth point of the day.

All of the Acalanes lines and competed hard in a well-played match. Our record stands at 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie overall and 4 – 0 – 1 in DAL play.

Oct 12 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

notched another victory 6-3 over Northgate HS to improve to 5-1 in the DAL and 14-2-1 overall.  The JV team squeaked out a 4-3 triumph to improve to 4-0-1 in the DAL and 9-1-1 overall.

JV Girls Volleyball

swept Northgate HS 25-18 and 25-18.  The freshman led off the night sweeping the Broncos 25-23 and 25-10.  The attachment is a picture of the jv team last night.

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Girls JV Volleyball
Photo : Kim Park

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Monte Vista HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Boys Water Polo

plays at De La Salle HS.  JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sydney Bell (6-4, 6-1), Maddie Bakar (6-2, 6-3), Fern Heredia (6-2, 6-2) and Skylar Jeveli (5-7, 7-5, 10-5) won their singles matches.  Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (6-4, 7-5) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-2, 2-6, 12-10) won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain (default), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (8-6), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (8-6) and Katie Hale & Sally Tang (8-4) won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Volleyball

Grace Higgins provided the offensive fire-power and Kaitlyn McKendell accumulated numerous digs on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Jessica Larrick ran off 11 straight service points to rally the Dons in the first game from a 14-23 deficit to 25-23.

Oct 11 – Girls Volleyball over Northgate

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team traveled to their new league member Northgate High School with the goal of a solid win and momentum heading into a big home game against rival Miramonte on Thursday. The team did not disappoint! Here’s how it went down…

First Set

0-3       Slow start. The Broncos are serving well.

1-3       Roxy Cummings and Theresa Nevins turn the mo around with a big ROOF!

2-3       Alex Matson keeps it rolling with an ace!

3-3       See above.

5-5       Lane Webster sets a quick “3” to Melissa Elliott and bam, kill!

7-5       Parker Jones gets in on the fun with a “thunder bomb”!

9-5       Zoe McPhail hammers an ACE and the Broncos take a TO.

15-12   Jones with a solo stuff block, sweet!

17-12   Maddie Kalil serves up an ace!

18-13   Devin Grobeck has been passing and digging beautifully in this set, making it easy for Webster to set up Jones for a line kill to the deep corner. Nice!

21-15   Run of kills by Jones, Matson and Nevins leads to a Broncos TO. But, it doesn’t stop the Dons rolling on with a Cummings kill finishing the set at 25-18.

 

Second Set

2-0       Webster back set to Matson with a wrist away kill.

3-0       Nevins and Madi Risch put up a wall and a block. Broncos cover well and pop it up, but Nevins pounces and kills the over pass.

4-0       Long point with a flying save by Webster. Nevins on fire finishes the point with another ROOF!

5-2       More Nevins fire…kills a “3”.

7-11     Broncos on a run; TO Dons.

8-11     Coach Ernie must have given a good speech cuz Grobeck and Matson have great diving saves and the Dons take the point.

9-11     Jones follows up with an ACE!

17-15   Great defense ensues setting up kills by Jones & Risch.

21-16   An ace by Matson and a 4 point serving run by McPhail put the end in sight for the Dons.

25-20   Kalil to Cummings to finish set two!

 

Third Set

1-0       Webster sets Jones and she tools the block; point!

5-3       Dons serving has been solid all night. Grobeck serves up an Ace. And then, Kalil, awwwww Ace!

6-3       Jones sweeeeet line kill.

8-4       Elliott with a strong block and Broncos play great D, but Matson transitions well and finishes the point with a kill.

9-4       Loooong rally with great defense and blistering hits on both sides; Matson finishes it with a soft shot that finds the floor.

10-4     Sam Darin gets in on the action with a tool off the Bronco block; point!

11-4     Darin on fire; kill!

15-9     Webster pass, Kalil set, Elsa Clever hit; bam!

16-9     Matson rips a serve setting Jones up for the BOUNCE on the overpass.

18-10   Grobeck, awwwwww ace!

20-12   Rachel Go puts up a sweet “3” and Elliott knocks it down.

21-15   Jones, pipe, kill.

22-19   Broncos trying to make a late comeback; TO Dons.

24…    Dons get stuck, but

25-21   Webster sets up a “5” and Matson knocks it down for the W!!

 

Dons end the night with a League record of 4-1 (14-5 overall.) Props to the Broncos for some solid play. And props to the Dons for great teamwork and energy. Let’s keep it rolling when the Mats come to town on Thursday. COME CHEER ON YOUR DONS!!

Lauren Webster

Oct 11 – Girls Varsity Tennis prevailed today over Northgate 6-3

The Lady Dons are more than halfway through the season and their record is 5-1 in DAL/ Foothill division and 14-2-2 overall

They take on College Park on Thursday (away).

Today’s winners
Sydney Bell 6-4, 6-1
Maddie Bakar 6-2, 6-3
Fern Heredia 6-2, 6-2
Skyler Jeveli 5-7, 7-5, (10-5)
Maddie McDonagh/ Meagan Cardiff 6-4, 7-5
Sam Sweeney/Olivia Reineke 6-2, 2-6, (12-10)

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 11 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated St. Ignatius HS 19-6.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match at Northgate HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Oct 8 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Takes 2nd at Freedom Freshman Tournament

The Lady Dons went out to Oakley early Saturday morning to compete in the Freedom Freshman Tournament.  They prevailed against Antioch and Mission San Jose in 2 sets and came back from behind to beat Liberty in the semifinals 2-1.  The finals was a close one, and the girls almost squeaked out the win, but ultimately lost 13-15 in the last set to James Logan.  Great playing all around!  Way to go Dons!

Jennifer Glass

Oct 8 – Girls Water Polo

The very very young lady Dons missing 3 veteran starters faced a Sacramento powerhouse St. Francis Saturday.  First half star was Ella Maisano who blocked everything thrown her way, scoring in first half was led Brooke Westphal with 3 goals, Kylie Walker and Alex Fellner each scoring 1.  End of first half Dons 5-1.

Second half was more solid defense and 2 more goals by Brooke Westphal and another by Kylie Walker.

Dons win 8-2!

Graham Westphal

Unified Soccer

PHOTOS: Holly Thompson

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Oct 10 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated St. Francis HS 8-2 in the Miramonte Showcase.

Boys Water Polo

defeated Los Alamitos and was defeated by Woodrow Wilson HS of Long Beach in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Oct 8 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Irvington HS 242-288.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Foothill HS of Santa Ana and defeated San Clemente HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Football

was defeated by Concord HS. The JV team scored in the last minute and added the 2-point conversion to finish tied 22-22.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

plays St. Francis HS at Miramonte HS at 12:00.

Cross Country

competes in the Belmont Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Oct 6 – Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball team laced up the sneaks for the second night in a row, hosting the brand new Diablo Athletic League division rival College Park Falcons. The Dons were looking to capitalize on home court advantage and establish a strong position in the DAL league standings, hoping to end the night at 3-1 in league play. Here is some of what went down in Dons Land:

First Set:

3-3. Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil both made nice diving saves, as the Dons slowly but surely got their offense in gear.

5-3. Madi Risch rolls in and immediately fires a sweet kill.

7-3. Mellisa Elliott throws up a clean block and Jones finishes with a kill. Early time out Falcons.

8-3. M&M Roofing Company! Risch and Elliott block for a winner.

11-5. Lane Webster dives and digs it, Devin Grobeck plays guest setter, and Jones kills it once again!

12-5. Jones Ace.

13-5. See above.

15-9. Another great dig by Grobeck and Alex Matson gets in on the scoring with a pasted kill.

16-9. Stuff block by Theresa Nevins.

17-9. See above!

18-9. TRIPLE roof from Nevins! What blocking! Color Commentator Lauren Webster chimes in: “The Dons are really blocking, Ken. They built a wall and the Falcons are actually paying for it!”

22-9. Webster sets Matson “tight” to the net and A.M. pounds the ball off the College Park blockers.

25-9. Nevins finishes off the first set with a “yummy,” crushing the Falcons over-pass.

 

Second Set:

1-2. Sam Darin serves up an Ace, continuing her hot run from last night.

7-4. Rachel Go sets Risch perfectly for a kill.

9-4 Elsa Clever…Ahhh Ace!

11-4. Clever: Ace to the back corner. Untouched.

12-4. Darin pass, Go set, Darin kill. Ball hogs. JUST KIDDING!!!

14-7. Kalil hustles to make the dig, so Grobeck handles the set to Sarah Nelson, who rewards everyone with a sweet kill between Falcon defenders.

17-15. Long rough patch – credit the hustling Falcons – but Darin crushes one to win back the serve for the Dons.

20-18. Kalil dig. NELSON kill. Dons trying to finish it out but College Park is hanging tough.

21-24. Zoe McPhail dives and does NOT touch the ball – wisely – because it is just out of bounds. Dons hanging on, but then College Park takes the second, 21-25.

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Theresa Nevins
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

1-2. Jones back row kill as the Dons try to recapture the momentum.

5-4. Elliott kills one in the middle. Dons still looking to find their rhythm.

9-8. Jones Ace!

14-8. You don’t win points for style, but the Dons are scoring regardless, helped along by two straight aces from Jones.

17-10. Nevins stuffs the over-pass. Yummy.

20-10. Grobeck with a net-crawler Ace. Tricky.

23-14. Jones deftly floats the kill to the back corner. Nobody home.

25-21. Dons take the 3rd. That’s all you need to know.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Webster starts off the 4th with an Ace.

2-0. Long rally with big hits by Nevins, Matson and finally Cummings who gets the kill.

5-3. McPhail to Webster to Jones. Big kill!

6-3. Zoe McAce!

10-4. Kalil serve is too hot to handle. Time out Falcons, and then Maddie K follows it up with an Ace!

12-4 Jones Thunder Bomb kill, Kalil follows with yet another Ace and the Dons really take control.

15-6. Webster kills it right handed, but she’s a Lefty…

18-7. Go with the back line floater Ace. Beautiful!

20-6. Webster Ace, finding the hardwood.

23-12. Jones hammers one. Power personified…

24-12. …and another one from Jones. Match Point!

25-13. Dons win the set and take the match 3 sets to 1. Hats off to College Park for great hustle and effort right until the last point.

Oct 7 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated College Park HS 25-9, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-14 to raise their DAL record to 3-1 and overall record to 13-5.  The jv team swept the Falcons 25-16 and 25-14.  The freshmen came up just short in three games.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 7-4 to improve to 3-0-1 in the DAL and 8-1-1 overall.

Freshman Football

defeated Washington, Fremont HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Concord HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Irvington HS at Rossmoor GC 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

plays St. Francis HS at Miramonte HS at 12:00.

Cross Country

competes in the Belmont Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

The varsity standouts were Parker Jones and Alex Matson on offense and Devin Grobeck on defense.  The JV standouts were Sarah Westergren on offense and Paige Holder and Kaitlyn McKendell on defense.  The freshman standouts were Jessica Larrick on offense and Izzy Macayan and Skylar Woehrle on defense.

JV Girls Tennis

Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey, Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson, Naomi Berkowitz & Anya Weinstein, Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle, Emily Erce & Sofia Swatt, Alyssa Aramanino & Katie Bishopp and Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher won their doubles matches.

Oct 6 – Girls JV Tennis

In a really competitive match at Miramonte, the Lady Dons Stomped the Mats 7-4. Our record improves to 8 wins 1 loss and 1 tie overall and 3-0-1 in DAL play.

As they have in earlier matches, Sophia Cooper and Milena Lucey drew first blood with an 8-3 win at D-5. Sophia patrolled the backcourt with some great “gets” and solid ground strokes while Milena put away a number of winners at the net.

Junior captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson playing at D-3 were solid and communicated effectively to secure an 8-5 victory. Maggie continued our tradition of winning with coaching staff-installed overgrip. The LDs are 3-0 with new overgrip.

Sophomores Naomi Berkowitz and Anya Weinstein teamed for the first time this season and recorded a fine 8-5 win at D-6. Anya continued her strong service game and Naomi showed great hands by converting a number of tough volleys at the net.

The sophomore winning streak continued with Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty also recording an 8-5 win at D-8. Anika and Vivi communicated well and covered the court effectively throughout the match.

At D-11, Sofia Swatt and Emily Erce rolled to an 8-4 win with Sofia playing a number of fine volleys and Emily firing a number of winners down the Miramonte alleys.

Katie Bishopp and Alyssa Armanino racked up the deciding point of the match at D-10 by the score of 8-5. Faced with questionable line calls, Katie and Alyssa maintained their composure and requested line judges at 2-2 for the balance of their match.  Both Lady Dons competed well under difficult circumstances.

Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella put icing on the cake of the Acalanes victory with an 8-4 win at D-9. This match also required linespersons to ensure accurate calls. Scarlett maintained her focus and overcame an early service break due to really difficult sun conditions while Maren continued to run down seeming Miramonte winners and turn them into Dons’ points.

All of the Lady Dons lines played really fine competitive matches under difficult sun conditions. The courts at Miramonte are configured on an East-West axis. In the afternoon players on the east side of the net are looking directly into the setting sun. The Lady Dons handled this well, in part by sharing hats and visors, on their way to a fine team win.

Oct 5 – Girls Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team stepped onto their home court against Las Lomas for the first time in DAL League play after a 1-1 road start. This was also the day the Giants launched another even-year run into the playoffs, so…Play Ball! It was also Dig Pink night for breast cancer awareness and the Dons family raised funds for a great cause. Here is the “Scorecard”:

First Set:

3-2. Roxy Cummings hits a shot down the line for a kill as the game gets going.

5-5. Alex Matson drives an angle kill.

7-5. Lane Webster sets up Matson for another angle kill. Matson is locked in early.

9-7. Devin Grobeck – as the Libero sporting the “Good & Plenty” pink and black uniform look – covers for the Setter and serves up a meatball for a Maddie Risch kill.

11-7. Timeout Knights as Maddie Kalil pitches and keeps LL off balance.

14-12. Parker Jones crushes a bomb.

18-12. Webster to Risch as the Dons are on a hitting streak.

21-18. Pitcher’s duel as both teams’ hitters are kept off balance, until Matson lines one into the gap.

25-18. Theresa Nevins roofs the Knights and then LL fouls one off…Dons take the first set.

Girls Volleyball Dig Pink

Photo Karen Elliott

Second Set:

2-1. Sam Darin fires an Ace to lead off the second for the Dons.

4-3. Elsa Clever hits a nice bloop single for a point.

6-3. Kalil: Ace. K!

8-3. Sarah Nelson with an “Opposite” field hit. Dons are batting around tonight. Time out Knights.

11-5. Clever switch hits with a left handed save shot to keep a point alive and the Dons score.

15-6. Rachel Go serves a change-up that fools the Knights.

17-11. Knights stage a little rally, but Risch quiets LL by hammering the ball. Adios Pelota!

19-11. Double Aces from Darin.

20-11. Make that Strike Three from Darin. Darin throwing darts.

22-13. Zoe McPhail dons the Good & Plenty libero look for Dig Pink, and proceeds to serve and dig like a Gold Glover, bringing the Dons close to the set win.

23-15. Clever dinger from the middle, and Dons roll on to take the second 25-15.

Third Set:

2-0. Jones Ace. Dons look to keep the “mo.”

5-0. Another Jones Ace. Double Play.

7-0. And another from Jones. Holy Cow! Serving like Mad Bum.

8-1. Jones juuussssst a bit outside, to get LL on the scoreboard.

9-2. Nelson kill. Boom.

11-3. Webster to Clever for a beauty of a middle kill.

14-3. Darin smokes one down the line.

16-5. Good eye from Cummings on the outside ball from LL.

18-9. Jones and Nevins team up for a block. A great battery.

20-10. Nelson kill. A nice piece of hitting there.

22-10. A Knights swing and a miss, and Nevins finishes the point.

24-10. Nevins again! Match point.

25-10. Webster to Jones for a bunt single that finishes off the Knights. Dons win! Dons win! Dons win!

Oct 5 – Girls Tennis vs Campolindo

Another nail biter today for Varsity Girls Tennis vs Campolindo. Our heroes Olivia Reineke and Sam Sweeney pulled out the final win 6-0, 7-5 to seal the deal!! Congrats !!!!
The Lady Dons take on Miramonte at home tomorrow. Come out and give these lady some love!

Other winners today
Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0
Maddie Bakar 6-1, 6-4
Fern Heredia 6-4, 6-3
Skyler Jeveli 4-6, 6-2 (10-3)

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Quinn Harrington and Lauren Ladrech
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Michelle McDonagh

Oct 6 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

made quick work of Las Lomas HS 25-18, 25-15 and 25-11 raising their overall record to 12-5 and 2-1 in the DAL. The JV team preceded with their own victory 25-23 and 25-11. The freshmen led off the evening sweeping the Knights 25-18 and 25-12.

Girls Golf

defeated by College Park HS 192-234.

Boys Water Polo

dropped a nail-biter to Campolindo HS 9-8.

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Bennett Winther
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Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

Freshman Football

plays Washington, Fremont HS at Tak Fudenna Stadium at 4:40.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball

Laurel Park and Sarah Westergren were offensive standouts and Cailey McVay did so on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Jessica Larrick was the offensive standout and Izzy Macayan was the defensive star.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein (6-2, 6-0), Maddie Bakar (6-1, 6-4), Fern Heredia (6-4, 6-3), Skylar Jeveli (4-6, 6-2, 10-3) won singles matches. Olivia Reinecke and Sam Sweeney pulled out the 5th victory, 6-0 and 7-5 to complete the victory over Campolindo HS 5-4. They raise their overall record to 13-2-1 and their DAL record to 5-1.

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Sasha Schtein
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Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Oct 5 – Girls JV Tennis vs Campolindo

The JV Lady Dons played to a tie with Campolindo this afternoon splitting 10 doubles lines 5-5.

Our D-4 team of Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper recorded the first Acalanes point. In the most one-sided match of the day, Sophia and Milena led throughout their match on the way to an 8-3 win.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson got into a 1-4 at D-2 hole before they stopped digging and took control of their match winning the next seven games. Maggie and Jess played solidly after their rocky start and covered the court really well.

At D-3, Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini had to go to 9-7 before getting by their tough Campo opponents. Once again a timely change of overgrip by the Acalanes coaching staff turned the match around. Down 4-6 when Niki lost control of her racquet and requested a new overgrip, Skyler and Niki dug in and played tenaciously for an Acalanes win.

Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk played the match of the day at D-1. Initially down 1-4, the Lady Dons began attacking down the alley, but still found themselves down 3-6 to a Campo team that was really tough at the net. From 3-6, Molly and Sophia refused to lose and ran off the last four games, three of them going to the sudden-death deuce point.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp won the point that secured the Acalanes tie at D-10. Playing effectively and communicating well, Alyssa and Katie overcame an early 3-4 deficit and came home with an 8-5 victory.

All of our lines competed hard today against our rivals from Campo. We are on the road tomorrow at Miramonte

Oct 5 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30. Tonight is Dig Pink Night. The gate and concessions will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Water Polo

teams play at Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against College Park HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Oct 1 – Girls JV Volleyball

The Girls JV Volleyball team played in the Campolindo JV Tournament this weekend and defeated Northgate HS, St. Joseph’s ND HS, Clayton Valley HS, Head Royce HS, St. Joseph’s ND HS again to advance to the Finals, and was then defeated by Campolindo HS. Standouts for the day included #17 Sophia Newman for her blocking and #2 Cailey for her defense.image1
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Oct 5 – Dig Pink Wednesday

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Oct 3 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Menlo School. The jv team continues to roll defeating Menlo School 9-3.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 10-3.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

defeated Northgate HS, St. Joseph’s HS, Clayton Valley Charter HS, Head Royce HS and St. Joseph’s HS (again) before falling to Campolindo HS in the Campolindo tournament championship game.

Individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay (8-4), Maggie Curless & Skylar DeMartini (8-5), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (8-6), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (8-4), Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson (9-8,7-5 tie-breaker), Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle (8-3), Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein (9-7), Sophia Cooper & Katie Hale (9-7) and Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp (8-4) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Volleyball

Sophia Newman dominated at the net with her blocking and Cailey McVay led the team with her defense.

Oct 1 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

continues to roll defeating Menlo School 9-3.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo tournament.

JV Girls Water Pol

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Sep 29 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball

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Lane Webster

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team traveled to Campolindo on Thursday night, consistently the toughest league-play assignment of each season for over a decade. Here is how the match unfolded, thanks to special guest correspondent George Clever (who demonstrates some musical name-dropping flair as well):

The Campo Cougars trotted out the big guns tonight, and it was just a little too much for your beloved Dons.  Scrappy they were…alas, they ultimately could not “Rise Above” the Cougars.  Campo took the first meeting of the year 3 sets to none, by scores of 20-25, 18-25 and 19-25 leaving everyone feeling “Jealous Again” and primed for revenge on our home turf in a few weeks.

In the first set the Dons started out a little slow, going down 4-11 through a combination of errors and solid play by Campo.  Parker Jones and Alex Matson led the Dons back to 9-12, but Campo took control again with strong play from a bevy of college-bound seniors, taking the score to 13-21.  Acalanes wasn’t quite done yet, and got close again at 19-21 via a great serving run from Lane Webster, strong defense from Devin Grobeck, some thundering hits from the pins, and a couple of nice blocks.  But Campo heated up again and took the first set 20-25. “Hard to Handle.”

Devin Grobeck

Devin Grobeck

In the second set the Dons jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The strong visiting Acalanes students crowd was rocking. What great support! Parker Jones had some nice serves and kills, and the flurry of positivity was punctuated with a great Melissa Elliott kill on a nice quick set from Lane Webster.  The play from that point was relatively even and the Dons were close, but down 14-16.  Campo began to exert its will once again, however, taking control of the set and ultimately prevailing 18-25 in the second. “Twice as Hard.”

Melissa Elliott

Melissa Elliott

The final set was also very competitive.  Parker Jones kills, Theresa Nevins blocks, Alex Matson kills, and some fireworks from the back row led to a 13-13 tie. This Dons squad has proven that it cam compete with anyone. At 16-17 the match started to slip away.  Campo’s stars took it up a notch and ultimately prevailed 19-25 leaving the Dons saying “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie.”  We’ll get them next time!!

Cummings and Nevins block

Cummings and Nevins block

Quoth an anonymous Lady Don on the walk to the parking lot, “They are soooo beatable.”  Let’s hope so.  Perhaps after the rematch we can all enjoy a “TV Party!”

Parker Jones

Parker Jones

George Clever

Sep 30 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 5-4 to remain undefeated in the DAL and raise their overall record to 12-2-1. The JV team was also victorious 9-1 to remain undefeated and raise their overall record to 6-1.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV and freshman teams were also defeated.

Girls Golf

fell to Northgate HS.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo School. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

JV Girls Tennis

has a match at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein (6-2, 6-4) and Maddie Bakar (6-1, 6-2) won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech (6-1, 6-4), Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (6-1, 6-2) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-3, 6-0) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Skylar DeMartini & Niki Palamountain, Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson, Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi, Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson, Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle, Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein, Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher and Katie Hale & Lynn Wolfe won doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity received a strong offensive performance from Parker Jones, a strong defensive performance from Devin Grobeck and a strong offensive and defensive performance from Melissa Elliott. JV team was led by Grace Higgins on offense and Kaylin Haitt on defense. Leading the way for the freshmen was Lauren Westergren offensively and Charlotte Glass defensively.

Devin Grobeck

Devin Grobeck

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 29 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 9 – Las Lomas 1
The JV Lady Dons recorded a 9-1 win over Las Lomas in our first full DAL match.

Playing at D-3 Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini scored the first Dons point by playing consistently aggressive tennis on their way to an 8-2 win. Niki got her serve under control after a shaky start and Skyler controlled the net throughout the match.

Audrey Glosson and Naomi Berkowitz cruised to an 8-0 shutout at D-5. While Audrey’s “shovel scoop” lob winner will not make the ESPN Top Ten, it was effective. Naomi served consistently well during the match.

An 8-0 shutout was also pitched by Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper playing at D-6. Communicating effectively and keeping their opponents on the defensive, Milena and Sophia led wire to wire.

Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi got off to their now-typical slow start but rallied effectively to rack up an 8-4 victory. Molly and Sophia played some really fine points and literally ran down a number of balls to stay in contested points. The coach’s installation of new overgrip on Molly’s racquet was certainly one of the keys to victory.

At D-2, Captains Jess Gerson and Maggie Curless played the most competitive match of the day having to climb out of a 1-4 hole before settling down and winning seven of the last eight games to secure an 8-5 victory and clinch the match for the Lady Dons. Jess and Maggie both served and returned serve well throughout the contest.

Anika Mohanty and Vivi McGinnisTingle, playing at D-7 took control of their match early and kept the pressure on Las Lomas as they ran off an 8-1 win.  Vivi and Anika communicated effectively and controlled the net on their way to victory.

Aanya Weinstein and Siena Marchiano played a fine match at D-8 and recorded an 8-3 win. Siena served consistently well and patrolled the net, while Anya ran down a number of balls and turned what looked like Las Lomas winners into Acalanes points.

Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella took control of their D-9 match early on and did not look back on their way to an 8-1 win. Scarlett played effectively at the net and Maren ran down a number of balls to keep the Lady Dons in points. (You can’t coach speed.)

Playing together for the first time in a match, Lynn Wolfe and Katie Hale rounded out the Acalanes scoring with an 8-2 win at D-10. Lynn played a number of winning volleys from her position at the net and Katie contributed a number of ground stroke winners in a well played match.

Our D-1 team of Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig played a really competitive match that saw a number of extended rallies and deuce games with Las Lomas recording a hard won 8-4 point.

The JV Lady Dons’ record is 6 – 1 overall; 2 – 0 in DAL play.

Sep 29 – Acalanes Girls Tennis barely squeaked by Las Lomas

The Lady Dons squeaked out a win today against Las Lomas 5-4. The Knights pulled ahead  taking a couple nail biters from the singles lines but our rock solid doubles pairs prevailed clinching the win.

Today’s winner’s
Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-4
Maddie Bakar 6-1, 6-2
Quinn Harrington/ Lauren Ladrech 6-1, 6-4
Maddie McDonagh/Megan Cardiff 6-1, 6-2
Sam Sweeney / Olivia Reineke 6-3, 6-0

The Lady Dons are 3-0 DAl/ foothill division and 12-2-1  overall

The girls will face Campo (away) on Wednesday and Miramonte on Thursday (home)  next week- come out and support these talented Lady Dons!

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 28 – Girls Water Polo

The very young Lady Dons faced a seasoned Las Lomas team featuring two US National team members.  The Knights experience and tough inside play got the best of the Dons as the game wore on, losing 14-7.  The girls battled hard working the ball into set and Lexi Rowell‘s quick turns and outside shooting resulted in 5 goals.  Bella Wentzel‘s high corner shot was the shot of the game,  Senior Alex Calendar had the final goal of the game with a terrific shot from 2 meter.

Graham Westphal

Sep 29 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Las Lomas HS 14-10. The JV team did likewise, 12-7.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Girls Golf

came up just short to Campolindo HS 240-249.

In Thursday’s action…

It is GIRLS DAY!

Girls Volleyball

has a big game at Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against Northgate HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

Wednesday’s individual standout…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 27 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball prevail against Miramonte

After a strong non-league showing against a very tough slate of opponents, Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team kicked off League play in the newly formed Diablo Athletic League against Miramonte. The Dons brought a 10-4 overall record and a Top 10 ranking in the California state-wide Division 3 Max Preps ranking.

Despite the props from the “Preps”, the Dons faced a tough task in taking down the Mats in “The Matadome”…something the Dons have not accomplished in at least the last five seasons.

Here is how it went down, for The Who that care to read on:

 

First Set:

2-3. Roxy Cummings gets the Dons on the board after a slow start, followed right up with an Alex Matson ace. Ahhhhh Ace!

4-4. Dons tie it up with a Parker Jones/Melissa Elliott team block. Roof!

7-8. Perfect passes from Zoe McPhail and Devin Grobeck lead to big swings, and points, for the Dons.

10-9. Grobeck dig, Grobeck dig, Grobeck dig, and then a Matson kill. Dons take the lead.

11-9. Teresa Nevins with a nice stuff block at the net.

14-10. Dons are making amazing digs – I Can’t Explain – keying the Dons offensive system, and it’s working. Time out Miramonte.

16-10. Matson Ace, again!

20-12. Setter Maddie Kalil is forced to make some passes and handles it superbly, and follows it up with a great set assist to stretch out the Dons lead. She said “yeah, this is – The Real Me.”

21-12. Ace from McPhail.

22-12. See above.

23-12. Jones hammers a big kill, and the Dons close in on the first set – The Seeker.

25-16. Dons take the first set.

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Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Nevins delivers a “Yummy” with an overpass kill.

3-4. Was needing some writing material after the Mats ran off some points and Nevins provided it, delivering a perfect out of system set to Jones, who hammers a kill.

4-5. Kalil makes a super dig, enabling a Jones kill. Mats look energized this set.

7s. Jones ties it up with a wicked line kill.

11-8. Super dig by Grobeck, Nevins overpass kill, great Roof by Nevins and Kalil, and the Dons surge ahead.

12-10. Sweet roll shot from Jones. Nobody home for the Mats.

12-14. Rough patch. It happens. Dons looking to stay – Happy Jack.

13-15. LONG drawn out discussion by the refs. It is unclear what the problem is. Maybe post-match dinner plans. And it stretches on and on. Could it be vacation planning?

14-19. Another rough patch. Time out Dons.

15-19. Jones breaks the Mats’ serving run with a brilliant cross-court angle kill…this is no longer – My Generation.

15-23. Nothing to see here. Move along.

17-25. The Mats rebound decisively to take the second set.

Parker JonesPhoto: Craig Nelson

Parker Jones
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

3-0. Matson fires an ace to keep the Dons quick start in the third going.

4-1. Grobeck to Kalil to Jones. Textbook offense = kill.

6-3. Frosh party: Lane Webster sets Madi Risch. Mats dig out the Risch blast but can’t get the ball back over. Point Dons.

9-3. Time out Mats after a ball into the net. Risch was ready and up high for the block – I Can See For Miles.

10-3. Ace off of the time out for Jones! Dons rolling.

11-5. Mats try to rally but Elliott finds an empty patch of wood for a point.

13-6. Great diving save on the floor by Webster, and Nevins finished the point with a middle kill.

15-6. Kalil with the double ace! Great serving tonight.

18-9. Dons just trading points with the Mats, which is cool at this point, led by stellar Grobeck passing.

18-10. Rachel Go serves a nugget, but after a crazy rally the Mats end up winning the point. – Pinball Wizard.

20-12. Still trading points. Fine.

21-12. Jones rips a dive-bombing jump serve Ace.

23-14. Webster to Risch for a big kill. – The Kids Are Alright.

24-14. Matson kill. Set Point.

25-17. Matson finishes off the set with an acrobatic kill. Dons take the third set just as decisively.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Webster Ace! – Behind Blue Eyes.

2-0. Jones monster kill. Great start to the set.

3-1. Elliott and Jones big roof – Won’t Get Fooled Again.

5-3. Long rally with great play on both sides! Admission fee tonight? – Bargain.

7-5. Kalil serves up a tasty morsel to Matson who does not disappoint: kill.

7s. Great swing and follow-up saving dig from Sarah Nelson, but the Mats tie it up.

9s. …on the Jones soft tip. Smart play. – Who Are You?

10-9. Webster. Ace again!

12s. Mats are digging and passing superbly, keeping them in the match.

15-14. Jones rips a back row “pipe” set from Kalil to regain the lead. Jones looks fired up and hungry for more. – Who’s Next?

17-14. Dons extend their lead with solid team play. Timeout Miramonte.

20-17. Dons staying solid as McPhail serves and the Don’s defense holds firm.

22-20. Mats stage a little rally off of a time out, but Jones shuts that down with a surgical roll shot kill.

23-20. Webster Ace. Hat Trick!

25-20. Webster sets Risch for a powerful hit, the Mats struggle with it despite a great dig, and the Dons win at Miramonte!

Finally! The Matadome has been reduced to a Teenage Wasteland, and the Acalanes players board the Magic Bus for the joyful trip back to Lafayette.

 

Dons win the match 3-1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-17, 25-20)

Sep 27 – Girls Tennis

Girls Varsity Tennis dominated against College Park today 9-0.  Battling the heat sophomore Sydney Bell and Junior Sasha Schtein were pushed to a 3rd set TB but both prevailed clinching the shut out!
The Lady Dons are 2-0 DAl/ foothill division and 11-2-1  overall

Today’s winners
Sasha Schtein 6-4, 3-6 (10-5)
Sydney Bell 6-3, 2-6 (10-7)
Zoe Cate 6-3, 6-1
Maddie Bakar 6-0, 6-0
Fern Heredia 6-0, 6-1
Skyler Jeveli  6-0, 6-1
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech  6-1, 6-0
Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh  6-2, 6-0
Sam Sweeney & Olivia Reineke  6-0, 6-0

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 28 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Miramonte HS 26-16, 17-25, 25-17 and 25-20. The JV team dropped the first game and rallied to victory 13-25, 25-20 and 15-9. The freshman team won in a 2 game sweep, with a standout offensive performance from Aly Sweeney and defensive performance from Skylar Woehrle.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams open league play hosting Las Lomas HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

Sep 27 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts College Park HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Sep 24 – Girls JV Water Polo

On Saturday, Girls Water Polo hosted Saint Ignatius High School. The Junior Varsity team started the game giving up a goal early in the first quarter. Coach Chris Lanier made a few defensive adjustments and the girls responded. Goalie Laura Garfein and the defense did not allow allow another goal the rest of the game. The girls won 12-1. Scoring was lead by Sarah McCandless with 3 goals, followed by 2 goals each by Annie Stryker and Jackie Geannacopulos. Sarah Bone, Maggie Gerding, Lily O’Toole, Ava Mackay and Emma Workman all scored a goal each.

The Girls play this Wednesday, September 28th at 4:00 when they host Las Lomas High School.

Jon Bone

Sep 26 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated St. Ignatius HS 14-1 to raise their overall record to 9-4.

Boys Water Polo

squeaked out a 10-9 victory over Menlo Atherton HS.

Sep 24 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter over De Anza HS and ran away with a 49-14 victory. The JV team prevailed 13-7.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. JV at 10:00 and varsity at 11:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo Atherton HS at 12:00.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Sep 23 – Girls Water Polo on a Win Streak

The Lady Dons continue their stellar run of victories with a dominating performance over Marin Catholic. The Dons counter attack was unstoppable led by Bella Wentzel‘s terrific outside shooting and Lexi Rowell.

Rowell led all scorers with 6 goals, Wentzel with 4, Kylie Walker 2 goals, Freshman Zoe Benisek 2 goals, Chapman 2 goals, Fellner and Heffelfinger each had one.

Maisano built a wall tonight in front of the goal with 10 saves.

Come see the Dons during this hot streak Saturday am home vs. St. Ignatius at 10am.

Graham Westphal

Sep 23 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Tennis

opened division play with a 6-3 victory over Northgate HS. They split the single matches 3-3 and notched a shutout in doubles. They raise their overall record to 10-2-1. The JV girls were also victorious 3-1.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Davis HS.

Freshman Football

shutout Kennedy, Fremont HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Marin Catholic HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Football

plays at De Anza HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. JV at 10:00 and varsity at 11:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo Atherton HS at 12:00.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Zoe Cate (6-1 & 6-2), Fernanda Heredia (6-2 & 6-3) and Skylar Jeveli (6-1 & 6-2) won singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech (6-2 & 7-6), Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (7-5 & 6-1) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-2 & 6-2) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay (8-1), Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson (8-2) and Sophia Scipi & Lia Swan (8-5) won doubles matches.

Sep 22 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls Varsity Tennis surpassed Northgate 6-3 in their division  opener. Singles were challenged winning 3 of 6 lines. Doubles dominated winning all 3 lines.
The Lady Dons are 1-0 DAL/ Foothill division and 10-2-1 overall

Today’s winners
Zoe Cate 6-1 6-2
Fern Heredia 6-2,6-2
Skyler Jeveli  6-2,6-3
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech  6-2, 7-6 2
Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh  7-5,6-1
Sam Sweeney & Olivia Reineke  6-2,6-2

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 22 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 3 – Northgate 1
Playing in our opening Diablo Athletic League match, the JV Lady Dons came away with a 3-1 win over Northgate High.

Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay played a really competitive match at D-1. Although it is a cliché to say that the match was closer than the score would indicate, in today’s action it was true. While Shannon and Lauren recorded an 8-1 win, they played a number of hotly contested points and games on their way to the first Dons’ win of the day.

At D-2, Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson, took control of their match and played consistently well in recording our second point with an 8-2 win.

Teaming for the first time this season, Molly Cronk and Milena Lucey communicated effectively and covered the court well to secure an 8-2 win.

Lady Dons Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini were matched against a team of Northgate varsity players, who “doubled back” to play a second match. Skyler and Niki competed well throughout.

JV Sophia Scipi “played up” in a varsity doubles exhibition match with Lia Swan. Lia and Sophia were also paired for the first time and played a really competitive match racking up another Acalanes win by the score of 8-5.

Sep 22 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Emily Attiyeh

Emily Attiyeh

Girls Golf

came up just short against Miramonte HS 239-244. Emily Attiyeh shot a 36 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Northgate HS at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

hosts Davis HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Freshman Football

hosts Kennedy, Fremont HS at 5:00.

Sep 21 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was flawless against Berean Christian HS in a 9-0 victory.  Sasha Schtein, Sydney Bell, Maddie Bakar, Skyler Jeveli, Susie Bush and Hannah Snyder won singles matches. Quinn Harrington and Lauren Ladrech, Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney won doubles matches.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sep 20 – Girls Tennis dominates the Eagles

The Lady Dons dominated today against the Eagles from Berean Christian winning all 9 lines. Congrats to Susie Bush and Hannah Snyder, normally doubles partners, for their impressive wins in singles!

All scores as follows:
Match Acalanes 9 BC 0
Singles
Line 1. Sasha Schtein def Ava Miller 7-5,6-4
Line 2. Sydney Bell def Melissa Hansen 6-0,6-1
Line 3. Maddie Baker def Dani Maestie 6-0,6-2
Line 4. Skyler Jeveli def Emi Tom 6-1,6-0
Line 5. Susie Bush def Jordan Sape 6-7, 6-0, 10-7
Line 6 Hannah Snydef def Gene Wysenowski 6-0,6-4 doubles

Doubles

Line 1. Lauren Ladrech, Quinn Harrington def S Meals, C.Stame 6-0,6-1
Line 2. Maddie McDonagh, Megan Cardiff def N Wysenowski, J Hwang 6-1,6-1

Line 3. Sam Sweeney, Olivia Reinecke, def V. Lauzaa, K Mansssa 6-0,6-0

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh tied for fourth overall by shooting a 72 at the Poppy Ridge Invitational.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Berean Christian HS at 3:30.

Sep 17 – Girls Volleyball Tournament Results

The Lady Dons Varsity volleyball team spent most of Saturday at Pittsburg High competing in the East County Varsity Tournament, which brought together a very strong field from around the Bay Area.

In the first match of pool play the Dons defeated Dougherty Valley in 2, 25-20, 25-13.

The second pool play match was against eventual tournament champion Sacred Heart. With a 24-26 overtime loss in first set, the Dons showed awesome all around team play, the hallmark of the Dons so far this season, which pushed the Valkryies to the limit.

In the 2nd set, after a slow start the Dons rallied back for a stretch, closing to 9-15, but Sacred Heart was too strong down the stretch. The Dons finished 2nd in pool play heading into the playoff bracket.

The Dons kicked off bracket play with another perennial powerhouse, Marin Catholic, the eventual 2nd place finisher on Saturday.

Your Lady Dons jumped out to an early 3-1 lead with the two Frosh, Lane Webster serving and then setting Madi Risch, who delivered a clean kill into the seam.

The Dons kept up the pressure on Marin with super Senior play from Parker Jones and Alex Matson, holding a 5-4 lead.

Soph Rachel Go came in to QB the Dons in the “6-2” setter rotation and fed solid sets to the Don middles Theresa Nevins and Mellisa Elliott, keeping the match tied at 8s.

Matson had a nice serve run, assisted by Jones and Risch kills and helped by Matson‘s own great passing. 13-12 Dons!

Marin Catholic had a bit of a run but the Dons kept fighting. Go set Nevins in the middle for a kill to keep the Dons close at 16-17.

Marin got hot down the stretch however and took the 1st set 18-25.

The Dons started the 2nd set off hot, taking a 6-2 lead forcing an M.C. timeout. Soph Elsa Clever anchored the middle and Matson served beautifully during the stretch.

Unsurprisingly M.C. fought back until Webster set “pipe” to Matson for a kill to make it 9-7 Dons.

Roxy Cummings soon got in on the action with an “Oppo” kill to make it 12-9. Senior Libero Devin Grobeck continued to deliver excellent passing like she has done all season.

M.C. then reeled off 4 straight. Oh the horror! Time out Acalanes, now down 12-13.

Clever tied it back up with a ripped kill from the middle.

A rough patch then ensued. But Webster teed up Clever for another big kill and the Dons got the “mo” back and led 19-17.

Jones then led the Dons with 3 straight winners to secure a 21-18 lead.

BOTH Webster and Go set the ball during a point that Matson finished off with a kill, but then Marin Catholic scored two straight, and the Dons took a time out leading 22-21. I saw nail biting in the crowd!

It was a masterful TO by coach Ernie! The M.C. serve was long. Marin’s Coach countered with their own timeout at 23-21. #chessmatch.

Marin scored 2. 24 all. Overtime!

The Dons ended up falling 24-26, showing a ton of fight. They moved on to the consolation bracket, getting more great experience from this tough tourney with a 20-25, 25-20, 10-15 3-set loss to San Ramon Valley. The Dons showed grit in coming back and taking the second set, getting key contributions from Maddie Kalil, Sam Darin and Sarah Nelson, and clutch serving by Zoe McPhail. The scrappy play by all of the Dons against such tough competition should serve the team well as it gets ready to kick off League Play next. Go Dons!

Sep 19 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Archbiship Mitty HS 12-5 and Sir Francis Drake HS 11-7 to 3-1 in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Buchanan HS and St. Francis HS in the Ron Richison Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at 12:30.

Sep 17 – Girls Water Polo

Lady Dons in a Saturday morning game played strong over a tough Mitty opponent.  Winning the game going away 12-5.  A very balanced offensive game w 2 goals each by Rowell, Westphal, Chapman, BenisekStewart and Wentzel each had 1.  In goal Ella Maisano played fantastic with 10 saves.

Game 2 we dominated Drake for a second time in a row
Winning 11-7.   Bella Wentzel caught fire from outside with 5 goals, Rowell with 3,  Westphal 2, and Ryan Hagglund chipped in one with a cross cage shot for a great goal.

Dons head home taking 5th in the tournament.

Graham Westphal

Sep 17 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Palo Alto HS 17-9 and was narrowly defeated by Bellarmine HS 10-8 in the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Burlingame HS and was defeated by Sacred Heart Prep HS in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Golf

defeated Las Lomas HS and was defeated by Northgate HS.

Football

was defeated by Analy HS. The JV team fell short 14-12, as they were unable to convert a 4th quarter 2-point conversion.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 16 – Girls Water Polo

The  Lady Dons played some of their best polo of the season on Friday at the Amanda MacDonald tournament.
Game 1 they played a scrappy Burlingame team, however the Dons shooting was red hot.  Total team effort in the 21-6 win,  Lexi Rowell led all scorers w 8 goals followed by Brooke Westphal w 5 goals, Bella Wentzel with 3 goals, Chapman 2, Mary Beth H 1, Fellner 1, and Lexi Williams w the final goal.
In the evening game they faced a Tough Sacred Heart team, a perennial peninsula powerhouse,  Dons gave it their all but in the end came up short 14-7,  Lexi Rowell – 4 goals, Brooke Westphal– 2 goals, Alex “Scraps” with the bar down goal of the game in the fourth.

Next game 8:45 Sat am @ Menlo HS.

Graham Westphal

Oct 6 – LPIE Special Screening: Girl on the Train

Please join us for a special benefit screening of

The Girl on the Train

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benefitting Lafayette Partners in Education & Acalanes High School Boosters

Thursday, October 6

5:30pm – Reception
Orinda Theatre Square, upstairs patio
drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by
The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill

7:00pm – Private Screening of
The Girl on the Train at Orinda Theatre

Tickets are $50 per person, and include wine and hors d’oeuvres

To purchase your ticket, please click here.
This is an adults-only event; you must be 21 or older to attend.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity.

Can’t join us?
Donations are also gratefully accepted! Click here to donate.

Special thanks to:
DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures and The Fourth Bore

About The Girl on the Train…

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).

In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. Jared LeBoff joins Platt in production duties, and the executive producer is Celia Costas. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.  www.thegirlonthetrainmovie.com

Lafayette Partners in Education, 3450-A Golden Gate Way, PO Box 923, Lafayette, CA 94549

Sep 15 – Girls Volleyball

Acalanes Lady Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball won in straight sets against the Alhambra Bulldogs
First game – 25-16
Second game – 26-24
Third game – 25-15

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Melissa Elliot and Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson


Sep 15 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 5 – Salesian 0

The JV tennis team swept a scrimmage with Salesian High of Richmond 5-0.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson recorded the first Lady Dons win with an 8-0 shutout at D-3. Maggie and Jess took control of the match early and maintained their focus throughout.

At D-1, Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay cruised to an 8-1 victory. Shannon served extremely well and Lauren put away a number of winners at the net.

The most competitive match of the day was again played by our D-2 combo of Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk. Molly ran down a number of balls to keep points alive and Sophia’s ground strokes accounted for a number of clean winners in their 8-3 win.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain, playing at D-4 also pitched a shutout by recording an 8-0 victory. Niki’s service returns kept Salesian backed up and Skyler served a number of aces on the way to the Acalanes win.

Playing in the final match of the day, Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper maintained their focus against a mis-matched Salesian team. Salesian paired their one of their D-1 players with a beginner against Sophia and Milena. Often when playing an unskilled opponent you can lose your focus and have your game suffer. Sophia and Milena communicated effectively and maintained their focus all the way to an 8-1 win.

Sep 16 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Football

plays at Analy HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:30.
Live Stream available on the Cube.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS and Northgate HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Sep 15 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Concord HS 9-0.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 5:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Analy HS at 5:00.

Sep 10 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

Lady Don’s Volleyball Team Takes 2nd at Dougherty Valley Freshman Tournament

The Lady Don’s had a great day of competition at the DV Freshman volleyball  tournament last Saturday.  After taking a first match loss to College Park, the Don’s rallied back winning the next four matches in a row against Berkeley, Dougherty Valley, Foothill and finally Campolindo. The final match against Monte Vista was a back and forth battle with the Don’s losing in a 3 set match.  Well done!

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Sep 14 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Encinal HS. Varsity won in three games 25-6, 25-15 and 25-12 with strong offensive performances from Elsa Clever, Melissa Elliott, Maddie Kalil, Sarah Nelson and Madi Risch and great defensive play out of Devin Grobeck and Zoe McPhail. The JV team won 25-7 and 25-9 anchored on offense by Hayes Hollar and on defense by Kaitlyn McKendell.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Concord HS at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sep 13 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts California HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Sep 11 – Color Run

Early finishers sported the most color

Early finishers sported the most color

Colors wore off on spectators too

Colors wore off on spectators too


Sep 12 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Granite Bay HS 4-2 and McClatchy HS 5-1 to win the division 2 bracket in the Fresno Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

defeated Lick Wilmerding HS, Bishop O’Dowd HS, The Bay School, and Sonoma Valley HS before falling to Head Royce HS in the Cougar Classic at Albany HS.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Drake HS and was defeated by Las Lomas HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

Brooke Westphal

Brooke Westphal

Sep 10 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Marin Catholic HS and was defeated by Monte Vista HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

Football

played very well in defeat to Heritage HS. The JV team suffered the same fate.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Los Altos HS and Bakersfield Christian HS 4-2 and tied Clovis North HS 3-3 in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Albany Invitational.
Freshman team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Sep 8 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 5 – Piedmont 4

Playing their third match in three days the JV Lady Dons rallied from behind to defeat a fine Piedmont High School team 5-4. Using the three set varsity format, four of the five Acalanes points were earned in third set tiebreakers.

Playing at D-3 Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson scored the first Lady Dons point by coming from one set down to win in a tiebreak. Even Jess and Maggie’s 10-point tie breaker went to overtime with the Lady Dons fighting through to an 11-9 win.

The D-6  sophomore-freshman combo of Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper also went to a third set tiebreak before the Lady Dons closed out the match. In a match that saw momentum swing somewhat wildly, Sophia and Milena cruised to a first set win at 6-1 only to see Piedmont respond with a 6-0 bagel. Sophia and Milena, played solidly, took control of  the tiebreak and secured our second point by a 10-4 margin.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain dropped the first set on their way to a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory. Playing and communicating well, Niki and Skyler took advantage of aggressive net play by their Piedmont opponents and scored crucial points in the third set tiebreaker by going down the alley that Piedmont abandoned in trying to control the net.

Playing at D-9, Siena Marchiano and Anya Weinstein brought the Lady Dons even at 4-4 by racking up our only straight set victory of the day 6-2, 6-4. Anya again served effectively and Siena returned serve with great pace to keep their Piedmont opponents off balance throughout the match.

Playing in the final and deciding match of the day, Emily Erce and Sofia Swatt played an up and down match before winning their tiebreaker 10-7. Emily and Sofia played a solid first set winning 7-5, only to have Piedmont record their second bagel at 6-0. In the deciding set Emily and Sofia returned to their winning first set ways and secured the Acalanes overall match victory with a 10-7 win.

All of the Lady Dons’ llines competed hard and  maintained their composure against a well-coached Piedmont team that featured aggressive net play.

Sep 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

was defeated by Heritage HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Football

plays at Heritage HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Albany Invitational.
Freshman team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Sep 8 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

hosts Heritage HS at 5:00.

Girls Tennis

Varsity Girls Tennis competes in the Fresno Invitational.
JV hosts Piedmont HS at 3:30.

SEP 6- JV Girls Tennis

The JV Lady Dons ran into a hungry pack of Lady Wolves at San Ramon Valley High dropping our first road match 2-7. All of our lines played tenaciously under difficult conditions as the thermometer stayed in the low 90s throughout the match. We played the varsity format of best of three sets and every line competed and hard, making fine line calls in the best tradition of Acalanes tennis.

The two Lady Don wins came in virtually identitcal fashion with our teams going to a third set tie-breaker to achieve victory. Both Acalanes duos won their first set, dropped the second and re-grouped to win convincingly in the the third set tie break.

At D-2, Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi broke through first by winning the first set 7-5, dropping the second 2-6 and rallying to win 10-5 in the third. Sophia served exceptionally well throughout and Molly controlled the net all afternoon, including the final volley for a winner.

Playing at D-4 Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini got a service break to prevail 6-4 in the opening set, but then seemed to be hit by the heat, dropping a close second set 5-7. In the tie-breaker, Niki and Skyler reverted to their first set form and won going away at 10-6. Skyler’s hard first serve returned and Niki put away a number of winners en route to our second win of the day.

Both matches took a full two hours to complete, but were really fine examples of players digging in and supporting each other in difficult situations.

Sep 7 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Tamalpais HS 25-10, 25-13, 25-18. The JV team did likewise 25-6 and 25-12 as did the freshmen 25-3 and 25-16.

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Girls Tennis

continues to roll with a 5-4 victory over San Ramon Valley HS to raise their overall record to 4-0.

Boys and Girls Water Polo

recorded easy victories over Tamalpais HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

JV recognizes Laurel Park for her outstanding offensive play and Kaitlyn McKendell for her outstanding defensive play.

Freshman Girls volleyball recognizes Lauren Westergren for her outstanding offensive play and Skylar Woehrle for her outstanding defensive play.

Sep 6 – Girls Tennis Results

Girls Varsity Tennis prevailed over the always tough San Ramon Valley HS 5-4 to bring their overall record to 4-0. The Lady Dons host Alhambra Wednesday.

Sep 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

rolled past Skyline HS 33-0 to raise their overall record to 2-0. The JV team did likewise 38-0.

Chase Maderious

Chase Maderious

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts Las Lomas HS in a scrimmage.

Sep 2 – Acalanes Football wins a blowout at home 33-0

Acalanes ran right past Skyline 33-0. This photo gallery includes closeups of lots of linemen and defenders.

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor


Sep 1 – Girls JV Tennis

Playing a three-set mini-match against Carondelet High School, the JV Lady Dons delivered a 3-0 shut out.

Playing at JV line 1, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig got the ball rolling with an 8-0 win. Communicating effectively and placing their shots effectively Lauren and Shannon took control of the match early and did not look back.

At JV-2, Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi also got off to a fast start and maintained their lead throughout the match to record an 8-1 victory. Molly and Sophia were effective at the net  and played a number of winners from that position.

The only Lady Dons duo that had to come from behind were Jess Gerson and Maggie Curless playing at JV-3. Overcoming an early Carondelet lead, Maggie and Jess settled down, took control and won the next eight games.

Filling in at the last minute for an ill varsity player Milena Lucey teamed with Lia Swan to secure an 8-3 win for the Varsity. Milena cotrolled the net and Lia played a number of ground stroke winners.

All in all, it was a good day for the sophomore JV Lady Dons.

Sep 1 – Girls Volleyball Beat Monte Vista for the First Time in a Long Time

Your Acalanes Dons swung into action this week. On Tuesday they prevailed on the road at Deer Valley in 4 sets.

Then on Thurs night the Dons came out hot against a very tough Monte Vista squad.

Behind solid team passing, serving and the all around strong play from Senior Parker Jones, the Dons took an initial 9-6 lead in the first set.

Monte Vista then just overpowered the Dons to take a 24-16 lead. But wait! The Dons reeled off three straight, showing some spunk and setting the tone that they were not going to be an easy out this night.

The Mustangs regrouped with a timeout and took the First set 19-25.

Dons came out rip roaring in the 2nd set. MV TO with a 6-1 Dons lead.  Dons held firm at 10-5 but then the Mustangs stampeded back to 11-10. The Dons worked several different player combos and went toe to toe and forced a MV TO leading 21-17. MV came storming back with 4 unanswered, forcing an Acalanes TO at 22-21. Finally after more intense back and forth the Dons took the 2nd set 25-23! Almost as good as Rio!

Once again the Dons jumped out to an early set lead in the 3rd, gapping the Mustangs out to 8-1, clearly outplaying their hosts and forcing an early MV timeout. The timeout was ineffective as the Dons pushed out to a 13-4 lead. And then to a 19-7 lead with all kinds of great team play.  And the Dons worked hard to the finish, led by dominant play from Parker Jones, and took the 3rd set 25-14.

MV flipped the script to start the 4th with a big 9-0 run. The Dons fought back to 6-12 before MV pulled away to force the decisive 5th set. 4th set 10-25

And to the 5th:

1s Parker Jones kill

2-1 Theresa Nevins ROOF!

4s. Both teams scrambling.

5-4 Jones kill

6-4 Melissa Elliott block

7-4 TO Mustangs. Go Dons!

8-5 Jones Thunder Bomb.

9-5. Devin Grobeck with great passing!

10-8 MV storms back

11-8 Alex Matson kill

12-11 MV rallies again

13-11 net violation MV

14-12 Jones delayed hangtime kill. Match point!

14-13. Match point…but no!

14s. Time out Acalanes. Going OT.

15-14. Jones roll shot finds the floor. Match point, again.

Dons win! Dons win!

5th set 16-14 in a thriller. This was a signature win early in the season over one of the perennially great Northern California volleyball programs. What a great start to the season.

Sep 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

found themselves tied 2 game apiece with perennial power Monte Vista HS and in the 5th and deciding game they were still tied 14-14 before finishing off the Mustangs 16-14 to record their most important victory in many years.

Girls Tennis

defeated Justin Siena HS 8-1. All lines won in straight sets. This brings the Lady Dons record to 3-0 pre-season. They host San Ramon Tuesday.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Skyline HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts Las Lomas in a scrimmage at 8:00 am.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 22 kills, 2 blocks and 10 digs.  Alex Matson had 7 kills and 12 digs.  Theresa Nevins had 4 blocks.  Devin Grobeck played an outstanding defensive game.

Sep 1 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Carondelet HS 7-2. The JV team won their three matches.

Maddie Bakur

Maddie Bakur

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Monte Vista HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Justin Siena HS at 4:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi and Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson won doubles matches.

Sep 6 – College Athletic Recruitment Information Night

When: September 6, 2016  6 – 8pm
Where:  Miramonte HS Theater
NCSA will be presenting an informational night geared to help your student-athletes discover the best college opportunities:
· Recruiting workshops – educate students and families in person
· High School RMS – access our digital platform and tools
· Coach meetings – educate coaching staffs on recruiting resources

Aug 31 – Wednesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Carondelet HS at 3:30.

Girls Water Polo

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS.  Varsity 4:00, jv 5:00.

Boosters Membership Cards

If you purchased an Acalanes Boosters membership, you may pick up your card outside the stadium between 4:15 and 7:00 pm this Friday. If you missed out, it is never too late to join! You can purchase online here, bring your receipt and pick up your card Friday too. Or bring your checkbook to the game!

Aug 29 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Rodriguez HS at 3:30.

Aug 27 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

started off the year in spectacular fashion by outplaying Alhambra HS from start to finish in a 41-7 rout.  The JV team was defeated by the Bulldogs.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

hosts their scrimmage day.

JV and Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo scrimmage day.

Aug 26 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Alhambra HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the varsity scrimmage day.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Campolindo Jamboree.


Aug 25 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

hosts Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity team competes in the Campolindo scrimmage tonight at 4:00.

Aug 23 – Tuesday Sports

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Patrick’s HS in a scrimmage.  Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Aug 22 – Monday Sports

Girls Tennis

It wouldn’t be the first day of school without high school sports action.
The girls tennis team hosts Benicia HS in a scrimmage at 3:30.

Aug 18 – Fall Sports Night

Yes, not only is the 2016-2017 school year upon us, but Fall Sports have also arrived.  There will be a Fall Sports Parent meeting Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center.  After a brief presentation by the Administration, there will be team meetings in separate locations on campus.  We look forward to seeing you Thursday night.

2016-17 Athletic Clearance Forms

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Athletic Clearance

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Fall Sports Tryouts

Monday,  8/8 through Saturday, 8/13

Football
Varsity: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:45 to 7:45, Wednesday, 5:45 to 9:45,
Saturday, 10:00 to 12:00 and 4:00 to 6:00

JV: Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30, Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00

Freshmen: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00 to 5:30, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 to 9:30,
Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00

Monday, 8/15 through Saturday, 8/20

Cheerleading

Varsity: Monday and Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00
JV: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00

Cross Country

Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5:00

Girls Tennis

Varsity: Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 12:00
JV: Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 2:30

Girls Volleyball

Monday through Wednesday, 4:00 to 7:00

Boys Water Polo

Varsity & JV: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 am and 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Varsity & JV: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Girls Water Polo

Varsity & JV: Monday,3:00 to 6:00,Tuesday & Thursday,3:30 to 5:30,Wednesday & Friday,3:30 to 6:00 pm
Varsity: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 to 7:30 am
Saturday: JV scrimmage at Campolindo HS

Girls Golf

Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 at Buchanan Field (driving range only)

May 2 – TUESDAY DEADLINE

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

April 29 – ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2016 BOOSTER BASH

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

S20.       2nd Annual Lafayette Grand Prix Dad’s Go Kart Party (Limit – 40 Dads)

S21.        “A Taste of Napa” Party with “Live” Entertainment  (Limit – 150)

S22.       “The Return of Finest Whites, City Lights” (Limit – 100)
S23.       Hoffman House –  1st Annual Oktoberfest (Limit – 60)

S24.       Bleacher Babe Bash (Limit – 80)

S25.       Mardi Gras Madness! (Limit – 85)

S26.       Senorita Margarita Party! (Limit – 30)

S27.       Fall Fiesta Celebration! (Limit – 50)

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: Here

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: Here

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

$75.00/person

or

$1,000 for a Diamond Dons V.I.P Table Package (Seats 8)

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=51

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jodndok0

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Boosters BASH Diamond Dons VIP Tables Now Available

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016
Do you want to secure a seat at the 16th Annual Booster Bash – Shine Bright Like a Diamond. If so, you and 7 of your friends can purchase a Booster Bash Diamond Don VIP Table for $1,000 on the Web Store today. The (14) Diamond Don VIP Tables will be the ONLY full size tables in the social hall during the Booster Bash. They will surrounding the main dance floor where all of the fun and action will take place. Purchasing a VIP Table is another great way to make a donation to Acalanes Athletic Program.

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If you don’t wish to purchase a VIP Table but want to attend the Booster Bash, you can purchase individual tickets to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND for $75.00 on the Web Store now.
Individual 2016 Booster Bash Gala Tickets: “Shine Bright Like A Diamond – Celebrating 75 years of Acalanes Athletics”
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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will be the biggest and coolest fundraiser of the year for Acalanes Athletic Boosters. We want to see you on Saturday May 7th and we need your financial generosity.

As Always…Go Dons!!

May 7 – Save the Date – Booster BASH

Save the Date, May 7th, to celebrate 75 years of Acalanes Athletics at the 2016 Acalanes Booster Bash.  6:30pm-11pm, Temple Isaiah.  Purchase your tickets at the Acalanes Web Store here

 

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Mar 3 – Drowsy Chaperone Opening Night

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Get your tickets NOW before the show sells OUT.

I’ve seen the show and it’s the best musical in years!

Runs Thursday through Saturday Mar 3-5 at 7PM

Buy tickets here

Feb 16 – Senior Night Celebration Before Boys Varsity Basketball Tonight

– Arrive Before 6:30pm

Let’s get to know the senior student athletes that will be recognized tonight at the Senior Night Celebration. Please arrive before 6:30pm so you do not miss the festivities.

Acalanes Varsity Cheerleaders

· Rebecca Maron: Rebecca is one of the captains on the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader for all four years of high school. Rebecca has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Rebecca has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

· Alese McGilbra: Alese is one of the captains of the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader at Acalanes since she was a freshman. Alese has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Alese has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

Acalanes Girls Varsity Basketball

· Julia Lyons (Shooting Guard): Julia is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Julia has played on varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Taylor Jones (Center/Power Forward): Taylor has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Taylor has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Alison Smith (Guard): Alison has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alison has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 year varsity player).

· Alex Grant-Hudd (Shooting Guard): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 years varsity player).

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball

· Nico Brightbill (Forward): Nico has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 2 years, freshman year and senior year. After a two year absence, Nico earned a roster spot on the 2015-16 varsity team (1 year varsity player).

· Nathan Edwards (Guard): Nathan has participated in the Acalanes Basketabll Program for 4 years. Nathan has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Joey Christensen (Center/Power Forward): Joey has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Joey has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Alex Kinnear (Forward): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Alex has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

· Andrew McKendell (Point Guard): Andrew is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Andrew has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Andrew has played on the varsity team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

Thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication to Acalanes High School.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Acalanes Cheer Competition Team qualified for Nationals

…which will be held in Anaheim in March. The Competition Team is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Acalanes Saturday, February 6 from 8 – 10 am. We are raising money for our competition fees and other expenses associated with the trip. Attached is the flyer. We would love it if you would share with your teams. Please join us!

Thanks All!
Jill Douglas

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Dec 10 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

put on an offensive display defeating Kennedy HS, Richmond 7-1.

Alex Topping
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Girls Basketball

cruised to a 75-48 victory over Hercules HS. The JV team did likewise.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Hercules HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts St. Joseph’s HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts Alhambra HS in their DFAL opener at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

JV team plays at El Cerrito HS in the El Cerrito tournament at 8:00.
Freshman team plays Sir Francis Drake HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 21 points. Brooke Panfili scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Alex Grant-Hudd scored 14 points, with 4 3-pointers.

Boys Basketball

Gavin Shipp scored 14 points.

Congratulations…

Brendan Supple, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay first team selections for boys water polo.

Brendan Supple
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Casey Conrad, junior, and Tommy Fellner, senior, were named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay second team selections for boys water polo.

Hannah Kresnak, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay first team selections for boys water polo.

Hannah Kresnak
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Emma Myall, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay second team selections for boys water polo.

The article is in today’s Contra Costa Times.

Nov 30 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 37th at the CIF Division 3 Cross Country Championships.

Boys Basketball

fell to the Alumni.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Nov 28 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the CIF Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Nov 27 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the CIF Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Nov 24 – Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday

Boys Basketball

hosts Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation games. Freshmen at 1:30, jv at 3:00 and varsity at 7:30.

Girls Basketball

hosts California HS in the NCS Foundation games. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 6:00.

Friday

Boys Soccer

the Alumni game at 5:00. Boys soccer in the James Logan jv tournament.

Saturday

CIF Cross Country Championships

at Woodward Park, Fresno 8:00.

Girls Basketball

in a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

Boys Soccer

in the James Logan jv tournament.

Nov 21 – Gaskell qualifies for State Championship

With a finishing time of 15:22.4, Cameron Gaskell qualified Saturday for his fourth straight trip to the California State Cross Country Championship! The boys team finished collectively over four minutes faster than last year’s time on this course to place fifth overall in a very competitive field of 20 teams.

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Cameron Gaskell

The girls team was led by Brooke Lennox who finished in 19:34.4. The girls team ALSO significantly improved their collective times over last year’s performance, with a total improvement of three minutes, thirty-three seconds.

Coach Inman

Nov 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Boys team placed 5th at the NCS Championships in division 3. Cameron Gaskell finished 4th, Alex Kelly 13th, Ethan Frigon 38th, Zach Woodworth 40th and Christian Lyons 55th. On the girls side, Brooke Lennox placed 30th.

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams host the NCS Foundation games. The boys host Foothill HS and the girls host California HS. Freshmen boys play at 1:30, JV boys at 3:00, JV girls at 4:30, Varsity girls at 6:00 and Varsity boys at 7:30.

Note: The Foundation games are an NCS event and there will be an admission charge. $5 general admission and $3 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 21 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

The football team was defeated by Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals.

Matt Bostwick
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In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Montgomery HS. Varsity at 10:00, jv at 11:30 and freshmen at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 12:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Nov 20 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Montgomery HS. Varsity at 10:00, jv at 11:30 and freshmen at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 12:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Girls Volleyball

CONGRATULATIONS to the girls volleyball team for a great season


Nov 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

ended a great season in defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

Parker Jones
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In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 6:00.

NCS post-season action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

 

Calista Lam
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Nov 18 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

NCS playoff action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions Saturday at 8:00 am at Hayward HS.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Nov 17 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Berkeley HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

NCS playoff action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions Saturday at 8:00 am at Hayward HS.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Nov 16 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team played extremely well in defeating #5 Sonoma Valley HS 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Hannah RobertsPhoto: Karen Elliott

Hannah Roberts
Photo: Karen Elliott

This week’s NCS post-season action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Grace Bolen setting Mimi WhitePhoto: Karen Elliott

Grace Bolen setting Mimi White
Photo: Karen Elliott

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 14 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball advance to NCS semifinal

NCS Round of 8. Acalanes v. Sonoma Valley

YOUR Lady Dons welcome the Sonoma Valley Dragons for the last home game of the year.

1st Set:

Mimi WhitePhoto: Karen Elliott

Mimi White
Photo: Karen Elliott

1-3. Parker Jones kills it for the first Dons point.
4-4. Reilly Webster blocks one to tie it up.
7-6. Theresa Nevins roofs it to give the Dons the lead!
9-7. Maddie Graham gets in on the action with a powerful kill off the blocker.
12-10. Grace Bolen sets to the middle and Mimi White delivers a soft, well-place winner. Nobody home.
18-15. Hannah Roberts makes a textbook pass to Bolen, and Graham finishes it off.
20-16. Carly Porep serves a gem that flummoxes the Dragon defense. Time out S.V.
22-17. Jones kill, behind great Dons passing from Calista Lam and Devin Grobeck.
24-20. Porep saves the point with a SICK one-armed up! Jones completes the winner.
25-20. Jones finishes a long point with more great Dons defense and the Dons take the First.

2nd Set:

1-1. Jones kill. Yesssss.
3-2. This time White chooses power over finesse and rips it in between the back row defenders.
7-4. Bolen and Nevins combine for a ROOF!
9-5. Porep with another wicked serve and the Dragons can’t get it back over.
11-13. Dragons run. “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen”…Time out Dons.
14-16. Graham kill. Dons fighting back.
15-16. Lam! Ace!
18-19. Jones with a big kill to keep the Dons close.

Parker JonesPhoto: Karen Elliott

Parker Jones
Photo: Karen Elliott

20-19. Jones FINALLY gives the Dons the lead after the Longest Point of the Season. Everybody in the gym is tired after that rally.
21s. Epic battle.
24-21. Graham stuffs the overpass! Yummy. Dons make a big run at the right time.
25-21. Winner! Dons take the Second.

3rd Set:
1-1. Grobeck makes a great pass off a kill attempt, and Jones follows with a kill that cannot be passed back.
4-1. Bolen Ace! Go Dons!
6-2. Jones Ace! G’Dons!
7-3. Solo stuff from White. Dons trying to slay the dragon, metaphorically speaking.
9-3. Roberts Ace after some spectacular defense from the Dons.
11-3. Short quick set from Bolen to White in the middle. You know the result. Dons are rollin’.
13-3. Jones dives and delivers a “Parker Pancake” from the back row and the Dons take the point.
14-4. Webster line kill. Her specialty.
16-4. YOU GET ME A KILL MADDIE GRAHAM RIGHT NOW!! And she does.

Maddie GrahamPhoto: Karen Elliott

Maddie Graham
Photo: Karen Elliott

19-7. Jones: Monster kill and the gym erupts.
23-10. White ROOOOOOOF!
24-13. Dragons fight hard, but now it’s match point for the Dons…
25-13. Roberts sends Acalanes to the NCS semi-finals with an Ace!!! Way to go Dons!

Dons win 3-0

Alert: there will be no write up for next Wednesday night’s Campo match, so if you want to know what happens you need to come to the game and root on YOUR Acalanes Dons!

KEN WEBSTER

Nov 14 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

Acalanes defeated Eureka HS 42-28 to move on to the quarterfinal round of NCS playoffs.

Will Rembac interception
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Defense doesn’t get enough credit
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Nov 13 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Eureka HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 11 – Dons Girls Volleyball Wins NCS Opener

YOUR Acalanes Dons start NCS Tournament play at home hosting Moreau Catholic from Hayward.

1st Set:

1-1. Carly Porep make a solid pass, Maddie Kalil sets it up, and Parker Jones delivers her first kill of the night.
5-4. Mimi White punishes the defense with a kill in the middle.
7-4. Nice saving “ups” by Maddie Graham and Theresa Nevins, enabling the line kill from Reilly Webster.

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Theresa Nevins
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11-5. Devin Grobeck is on a service run as the Dons stretch out an early lead.
12-5. Nevins ROOF! Timeout Mariners.
14-7. Porep back row kill!…technically 🙂
17-7. Kalil: Tricky dump shot into the campfire for a point, followed by a big Jones kill!
20-10. Kalil to Jones…kill. Dons in control.
22-11. Great pass by Calista Lam and Graham delivers a sharp angle kill.
24-14. Graham off a blocker for a kill.
25-11. Jones finishes off the set for the Dons!

2nd Set:

1-0. Jones kill.. Dons looking to start strong.
3-2. Webster double kills, but Moreau fights back.
7-2. Jones. Ahhhhh….Ace!
9-4. Lam. Ahhhhhh….Ace!
13-8. Porep with another back row kill!
16-9. Kalil cooks up a delicious set for White in the middle, who obligingly crushes it to the back corner. So yummy!

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Maddie Kalil
Photo: Karen Elliott

19-11.  Jones. Ahhhh….Ace! Again!
21-11. See above.  Great Dons serving tonight!
25-16. Dons finish the 2nd like the 1st: Strong!

3rd Set:

2-2. White delivers the set this time and Jones pounds it for the kill.
5-6 Hannah Roberts serves a hot dog with mustard that is too spicy for the Mariners to handle…
6-7. Webster slams a kill off the blockers.  Meanwhile, Moreau is exhibiting some great defense to hold the early lead.
10-10. Lam serves a winner.
12-12. Kalil delivers a smart deep corner shot…winner!
13-13. Kalil: tasty set to Jones for the Thunder Bomb kill.
17-16. Melissa Elliott throws down the block to give the Dons the lead!
21-16. Grobeck Ace! Part of a nice Dons run that stretches the lead. Timeout M.C.
23-18. Nevins. Kill. Grobeck. Ace.  Dons closing in.
24-18. Cali Boustani kill! Match Point!
25-18. Dons win!

Melissa ElliottPhoto: Karen Elliott

Melissa Elliott
Photo: Karen Elliott

Dons take the match 3-0 and move on to quarterfinal play –

at Acalanes on Saturday night vs.

defending champion Sonoma high school.

Come on out!

Ken Webster

Nov 12 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

The girls water polo team ended a great season in a 6-5 double overtime defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

Brooke Alsterlind
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The boys water polo team also ended a great season in defeat to Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS semifinals.

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team defeated Moreau HS 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals where they will host #5 Sonoma Valley HS Saturday at 7:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Football

Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Girls Volleyball

Saturday, the girls volleyball team hosts Sonoma Valley HS at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 11 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo hopes ended in Semi-Finals

The Acalanes Girls Water Polo ended their season to Campo in the Semi-Finals 6-5 in Overtime. The game was good contest throughout. Offensively both teams trying to get their shots off but the defense was too tough. Both teams shutting down the shooters keeping it a low scoring game.

Emma Lyall

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The Starting Seniors played their part in last nights game. Emma Myall scored 2 with 1 assist and 1 steal with the shot that pushed the Dons into Overtime. Hannah Kresnak with her powerful shots had 1 goal and 1 assist. Brooke Alsterlind came in with finesse and scored 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 steals. And Lucy Fellner with another amazing game in goal with 13 saves and 4 steals.

Hannah Kresnak
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Even though the team will loose 5 Seniors, The Dons will be a threat next year with our talented young players. This year we had a lot of freshman talent on the team, one being Lexi Rowell who scored 1 goal and had 2 steals in last nights game.

Thank you for the great year Dons!

Goals: Myall 2, Alsterlind, Kresnak, Rowell

Saves in Goal: Lucy Fellner 13

Nov 11 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

dropped a close match to Foothill HS 4-3 in the NCS playoffs.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Football

Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 10 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match at Foothill HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 2:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Wednesday, the #3 seeded girls water polo team plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.
Wednesday, the #5 seeded boys water polo team plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.
Wednesday, the #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.
Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Acalanes Girls Water Polo Advance to the NCS Semi Finals!

Lots of action in the pool on Saturday with Acalanes Dons hosting the NCS Water polo. The Acalanes girls advance to the Semi Finals after defeating Drake 11-5. The game was tight at the start but the Dons pulled it off in the last quarter. Top of her game was Lucy Fellner with an amazing game in goal.

Emma Myall 5, Hannah Kresnak 3, Bella Wentzel 3

Lucy Fellner had 10 saves in goal and 4 steals.

Wednesday November 11th The Semi-Finals at Campolindo 7:15

Acalanes v. Campolindo

Come out for the Game! Wear your blue and cheer for the Dons!

Nov 9 – Monday Sports

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Girls Tennis

Tuesday, has a first round match at Foothill HS at 2:00.

Girls Water Polo

Wednesday, #3 seeded Acalanes plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

Wednesday, #5 seeded Acalanes plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

Wednesday, #4 seeded Acalanes hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Football

Friday, Acalanes hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Note:  At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 8 – Sunday Sports

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell placed 3rd and Alex Kelly 17th at the DFAL Championships.

Nov 8 – Acalanes Advances to NCS Water Polo Semifinals

It was a great day for Dons water polo in the NCS quarterfinals.

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls led off the day with an 11-5 victory over #6 Sir Francis Drake HS. They advance to the semifinals Wednesday at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15 at Campo.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys followed with a thrilling back-and-forth 11-9 victory over Las Lomas HS. They advance to the semifinals Wednesday at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15 at Drake HS.
Saturday’s standouts: Casey Conrad scored 3 goals. Tommy Fellner, Evan Wentzel and Jack Winther each scored 2 goals.

Note: At all NCS post-season events there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

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2015 Football Senior Class

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Nov 7 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Leo Barakos

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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes hosts #6 Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts #4 seeded Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 5 – Girls Volleyball Mats Squeak by Dons in a Tough Battle

Last League match of the year, as YOUR Acalanes Dons travel to the “Matadome” to battle with Miramonte on Senior Night. The Dons have locked up sole possession of 2nd place in DFAL, but this is always a spirited and tough match no matter what the circumstances. Let’s get ready to rumble!

1st Set:

0-0. Nothing has happened yet!
2-4. Dons down early, but Maddie Graham delivers a kill to get the offense started.
3-4. Reilly Webster creates a wall for a solid roof.
6-6. Long rallly finished by Parker Jones with a powerful kill.
8-7. Grace Bolen set Teresa Nevins on a slide to the outside…kill! Dons lead.
9s. Mimi White delivers a kill at the end of another really long rally. Really tight match so far!
11-9. Carly Porep wisely watches the ball fly out of bounds without hitting it.
13-14. Mats rally and score several tough points…timeout Dons.
16s. Nevins block secures the point for the Dons.
17s. Nevins kill. Middle play is strong again for the Dons tonight.
18-20. Porep with a very nice pass as the Dons try and stay within striking distance.
19-20. Strong serve from Hannah Roberts takes the Mats out of system and Jones finishes.
20s. Great pass from Roberts and Jones executes a smart roll shot to tie it back up!
21-22. Jones kills it again.
22s. …and again! Hustling play by both teams. Timeout Mats.
23-22. Porep saves the point with a fantastic up.
23-24. Nail biting…
23-25. Dons fall in the 1st set.

2nd Set.

3-3. Jones Ace!
4-2. See above!
5-6. Webster “tools” the blocker as the Dons are in a real fight here tonight.
7-8. Nevins REJECTS a dump attempt from Miramonte.
8s. Roberts ties it up on a kill after a long rally. Great team play by the Dons.
8-13. Timeout Dons. The Mats are playing fantastic volleyball in all phases tonight.
8-16. See above, unfortunately.
12-16. Jones kill. Dons rallying.

Parker Jones

15-18. Mimi White with the timely tip winner.
16-19. Jones drops the Thunder Bomb. Let’s Go Dons!
16-23. White hits a nifty deep corner kill.
17-25. Tough set. On to the 3rd. G’Dons!

3rd Set:

3-5. The Matador onslaught continues. Jones kills it and the Dons are giving it everything they’ve got.
5-10. Jones kill. Keep fighting!
6-10. Webster hammers an overpass. Yummy!
8-10. Nevins Roof! Dons scrapping and clawing.
9-13. Mats stretch out the lead again. They refuse to be denied!
15-17. Nice Bolen set to Jones, who finishes it with a monster kill.
16-18. Bolen fakes the set and dumps it over. Winner. Timeout Miramonte. Dons are fighting hard to keep this match going.
20-22. Jones. Roof. Timely.
21-24. Dons on the brink!
22-24. Jones kill. Timeout Mats.
23-24. Devin Grobeck and Calista Lam keep passing to keep the point going and then Jones kills it! Still alive!…
23-25. And the Mats take the 3rd set to win the match.

Dons fall 0-3, and could not crack the code on Miramonte tonight. Kudos to the Mats for a fantastic showing.

Dons finish league play at 9-3 and in 2nd place and will now wait and see who they will meet in next week’s NCS.

Ken Webster

Nov 6 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes defeated Mission San Jose HS 18-6 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team won in 2 games.

Julia GayPhoto: Karen Elliott

Julia Gay
Photo: Karen Elliott

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Campolindo HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The Senior Night presentation will be between the JV and varsity games.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein and Melissa Van Pell compete in the semifinals and finals of the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB sticker will be honored.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Fellner and Brendan Supple each scored 4 goals. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Gordon Kerns and Bennett Winther each scored 2 goals. Patrick Worthing had 4 saves.

Nov 4 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Wins First Round NCS v. Ukiah

The Acalanes girls beat Ukiah in the first round NCS 12-6. Great defense for the Dons helps for the Win.

Come on out to Game #2 NCS Saturday at 2:30 v. Drake at AHS.

Kresnak 3, Myall 2, Wentzel 2, Kylie Walker 2, Chapman, Rowell, Stewart

Nov 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes defeated Ukiah HS 12-6 to raise their overall record to 15-8 and advance to the NCS quarterfinals Saturday as they will host Sir Francis Drake HS.

Girls Volleyball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 25-14, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-20 to raise their DFAL record to 9-2 and their overall record to 16-6.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts #12 Mission San Jose HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 8:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

Girls Volleyball

concludes the regular season at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events there will be an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or student body stickers will be honored.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 19 kills, Mimi White had 10 kills and Theresa Nevins had 9 kills.

Nov 4 – Girls Volleyball wins at Dougherty Valley

YOUR Acalanes Dons visit Dougherty Valley for the 2nd of 3 straight nights of volleyball.
Don’t want to jinx it but a win tonight clinches a solo 2nd place finish in DFAL. Go Dons!

1st Set:

3-1. Parker Jones starts off in a familiar way…with a kill to the floor.
6-2. Reilly Webster starts off in a familiar way too…line kill.
8-6. Teresa Nevins gets up high and pushes the ball into an empty spot for a winner. Smart play.
10-7. Nice passing from Calista Lam and Grace Bolen dumps one over for a point. Another smart play.
13-7. Jones kill and Hannah Roberts follows that up with an Ace! Timeout D.V.
14-8. Nice pass by Carly Porep to Bolen, who sets Webster for the kill. “In System” and its working.
16-8. Mimi White. Middle kill. Powerful.
20-13. Maddie Graham gets a kill. Dons are closing in on the set win…
22-13. Devin Grobeck, the birthday girl, serves an ace!
25-14. Dons start strong.

2nd Set:

1-0. Grobeck makes an incredible “up” that Jones finishes with a backwards-facing one-armed kill. What?
2-0. Lam kills it from the back row.
4-1. Webster kill, Graham kill. Dons rolling.
6-7. Well it’s not all Mr. Pibb and Red Vines. D.V. fights back and takes the lead.
8-8. Jones steadies the squad with a kill.
13-10. Bolen has a strong serve run and Jones follows that up with an Ace as the Dons try and reassert control.
14-10. Jones. Ace. Again.
15-13. D.V. is hanging tough, but Webster pounds a kill off of the Bolen back set.
17-16. Nevins winner keeps the Dons ahead, barely.
18-16. Nice Porep pass and then Jones…big kill.
19-17. Nevins again!
19-18. Wildcats still scoring and causing the Dons trouble…Timeout Dons.
20-19. White Roof!
22-23. Two Jones kills keep the Dons in it…Timeout D.V.
22-25. D.V takes the 2nd.

3rd Set:

3-2. Porep – nice pass. White – nice kill. This is a battle!
5-5. Nevins kill.
8-7. Jones kill. D.V. playing inspired on their Senior Night.
11-9. W&W Roofing Company shows up for work. Dons need to refuse to lose!!!
13-10. Porep. Ahhhhhh……Ace!
14-10. See above! Timeout Wildcats!
15-11. Bolen dumps one into the “campfire.” There is tension in the gym at this juncture.
17-12. Nevins. ROOF!!
18-12. Nevins kill. D.V. can’t answer the Dons power in the middle.
20-14. Just great all-around team play as a long rally is finished off by a Jones kill…a little bit of breathing room for the Dons.
22-15. Thunder Bomb kill for White in the middle. BOOM! Dons are closing in on the 3rd set and have really regrouped nicely.
25-17. Juila Gay serves it and then passes like butter, and Webster kills it on the back line like a surgeon to finish off the set. Exhale. On to the 4th. Let’s Go Dons!!!

4th Set:

1-0. Bolen sets White for yet another middle kill to start off the Dons. Good strategy.
4-2. Jones drops the hammer.
9-8. Suddenly Dons are barely hanging on again. D.V. is doing a great job on defense, digging everything, and keeping Acalanes “out of system” and off rhythm. Certainly no lack of Dons effort!
#streetfight
#iamnervous
11-9. Smart short set by Bolen to White, who pushes it over into a blind spot. Dons scoring any way that they can right now.
#remembertokeepbreathing
14-10. Webster brings the sizzle off the Bolen back set. Kill!
15-10. Graham! Roof! Timely!
16-10. Webster! Roof! Timely! Time Out D.V.
#notrelaxing
17-10. Yes!
17-13. No!
19-13. Porep! Ace!
#phew
20-13. Webster paints the back line with a kill.
#donsincontrolandshouldwinthismatchbutidontwanttojinxitsonevermind

21-14. Graham kill! Creeping. Closer. Point. By. Point.
23-15. Exhaling. Great Lam and Porep passing! As I’ve said 100 times, it all starts with passing 🙂
24-20. Not done yet! Credit to D.V. for not giving up and making a late run. Time out Dons. Let’s Finish This Dons!!!
25-20! Dons win! And then they all sing Happy Birthday to Devin. Sorry but they are much better volleyball players than singers!
Dons move to 8-2 in league and 16-6 overall.

Come on out to Miramonte High tomorrow night for the last DFAL volleyball league game…ever!..and root for the Dons!

Ken Webster

Nov 3 – Dons Girls Volleyball Victorious on Senior Night

It’s Senior Night for the Dons, so we celebrate the Senior Crew: Grace Bolen, Julia Gay, Maddie Graham, Calista Lam, Carly Porep, Hannah Roberts, Reilly Webster and Mimi White. That is a lot of collective years of hard work and fun with Acalanes Volleyball! Congrats Seniors!

Now, on to the match against the Lady Bulldogs of Alhambra.

1st Set:

4-1. Dons establish an early lead, with Bolen setting Webster for a big hit, but it gets dug, but then it gets ROOFED by Webster! Seniors!

Grace Bolen

5-1. Parker Jones. Ace!
6-1. Webster line kill and timeout Bulldogs.
7-1. Graham and White double up for a ROOF! Seniors!
8-1. Jones. Another Ace! Alright Dons!
9-2. White with a middle kill. The Dons inside game looks sharp tonight.

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Mimi White
Photo: Craig Nelson

 

12-4. Teresa Nevins delivers a nifty shovel kill into the Alhamba “campfire” for a winner.
15-5. Lam fires over a tricky service ball, and Nevins finishes off the resulting Alhambra overpass. Timeout Bulldogs!
17-5. PERFECT Bolen set to Nevins on the “Back 1” play for a quick kill that gives Alhambra’s defense no time to react.
20-7. Roberts serves a hot potato, resulting in another low hit that White stuffs on the block. Seniors!
22-9. Dons don’t score this time, but a SWEET dig from Lam deserves a shout out.

Calista Lam

25-11. White hammers a bomb straight down to the floor to lock up the first set! Nice set from Bolen. Seniors!

2nd Set:

1-0. Porep bumps up a PERFECT pass to Bolen, to Webster for the kill down the line. Senior Teamwork!

Carly Porep

4-2. Graham kills one with her patented cross-court sharp angle shot.

Maddie Graham

5-2. And Graham again to the deep back corner. Untouchable.
7-2. Jones. Ace. G’Dons!
9-3. ROOF from the W&W Roofing Company (Webster & White)!….Yay Seniors!

Webster and White

10-3. Porep and Bolen go 2 on 6: dig, pass, hit and win. Seniors!
15-6. Roberts Ace! Dons are really playing solid as a team tonight.
18-10. Webster fires another cannon shot down the line. Winner!
19-11. Porep to Bolen to Webster for a winner. Seniors in sync!
22-15. Nevins kills it to stop a little Bulldog run.
23-15. See above.
25-15. Bolen dumps her set into the empty floor in the middle of the defense. Bulldog Campfire. Don’s take the 2nd!

3rd Set:

3-2. The salty veteran White delivers a kill from the middle.
6-6. Dons a little out of sync, but the seasoned 4-year letterman Bolen steadies the squad with a rock solid set to Nevins for a kill.
9-7. The wily and experienced Porep goes ahead and hits the ball twice in a row off the ceiling – nobody in white shirts notices! – and the Dons win the point with a Jones kill.

Hannah Roberts Photo: Craig Nelson

Hannah Roberts

Photo: Craig Nelson

13-8. Roberts is serving really well and Lam is passing really well, and the Dons are starting to stretch out a lead.

16-10. White pass to Bolen who sets back to White for the kill.
19-10. Mellisa Elliott stuffs an overpass. Yummy!
20-10. Jones! Ace! Timeout Bulldogs!
21-10. Julia Gay – Senior! – serves an Ace and follows it with a great dig.

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Julia Gay
Photo: Craig Nelson

23-14. It’s not pretty but it works: Graham makes a diving “up” that Bolen pops over to Senior Co-Captain Webster who slaps it into the top of the net..and it rolls over for a point.

Reilly Webster

25-15. Frosh Finish! Again! Obviously Cali Boustani is the Don’s secret match close-out weapon!

Dons win in 3. Congrats again seniors!

Acalanes improves to 7-2 and in second place in DFAL and 15-6 overall.

 

Varsity Volleyball Senior Class

Varsity Volleyball Senior Class
Photo: Craig Nelson

Ken Webster

Nov 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Alhambra HS. Varsity in three games and jv in two.

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Acalanes Varsity Volleyball Seniors
Photo: Craig Nelson

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts Ukiah HS at 6:45 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Grace Bolen had 25 assists and 5 blocks. Mimi White had 7 kills and 6 blocks. Carly Porep had 10 digs and 2 aces.

Nov 3 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 77 and had the 8th best round overall at the NCS Championships, but missed the playoff to advance to the CIF NorCal Championships by one stroke. Congratulations Emily on a great season and a great post-season run.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Alhambra HS. JV plays at 5:00. The Senior Night Presentation will following the JV game. Varsity plays at 6:30.

NCS water polo playoffs…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded Acalanes hosts Ukiah HS Wednesday at 6:45 in the first round.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded Acalanes hosts Mission San Jose HS Thursday at 8:00 in the first round.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 2 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Emily Attiyeh competes in the NCS Girls Golf Championships at Boundary Oak CC.

NCS Water Polo Playoffs…

Girls Water Polo

is the #3 seed and will host #14 Ukiah HS Wednesday at 6:45 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Boys Water Polo

is the #5 seed and will host #12 Mission San Jose HS Thursday at 8:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note: At all NCS post season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for children, students and senior citizens. No passes nor ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 1 – Sunday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Davis HS and defeated Gunn HS in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by St. Francis HS of Sacramento and Las Lomas HS in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Oct 29 – JV Girls Volleyball

On Oct 29th, The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled south to take on Dublin and came away with another straight set win, 25-10, 26-24.  The Dons combined good passing and serving with a series of errors by Dublin to run away with the first set 25-10.

The second set was much tighter from the beginning as Acalanes and Dublin both struggled to find their groove and the teams exchanged leads throughout the set. The Dons saw their small lead evaporate and they found themselves behind late in the set, but the team settled down in the final points to claim the victory 26-24.

With the latest win, Acalanes stormed to 8-1 in league play and 16-3 for the season. Next week, the Dons close out the season with three matches and have a chance to finish strong to claim the league title!

Go Dons!!

Oct 31 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

defeated Las Lomas HS 32-10. The JV team did well also, 45-18.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Oct 30 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Dublin HS 25-11, 25-16, 25-18. The freshman team pulled out a 2-1 victory.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team finished their season with a 10-3 victory finishing 11-4 overall and 7-3 in the DFAL.

Freshman Football

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Las Lomas HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Theresa Nevins had 13 kills and 5 blocks. Mimi White had 6 kills and 5 blocks. Grace Bolen had 29 assists and 6 digs.

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Sydney Bell and Marina Akutsu won singles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless & Maddie McDonagh, Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery, Alex Awwad & Meena Neekeladan, Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay, Emily Klein & Sophia Lindgren, Alexia Lucey & Lucy Nguyen, Milena Lucey & Sally Tang and Liv Olson & Lia Swan won doubles matches.

Oct 29 – Dons Beat Dublin in Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons travel to Dublin High, looking for two league wins in a row, while the Gaels look to put up a fight on their home court.

1st Set:

3-0. Carly Porep is covering nicely in the Libero jersey and the Dons start off hot.
5-1. Maddie Graham had a great 5-serve run to stretch the Dons early lead.
7-1. Porep Ace!
8-2. Grace Bolen sets Theresa Nevins for a strong kill from the middle.
9-2. Hannah Roberts makes an athletic one-arm save pass to continue the point and then gets rewarded with a set and a great kill. “Hann-ahtack!”
11-2. A Dublin timeout does not slow down the Dons. Devin Grobeck serves an Ace, followed quickly by a Nevins ROOOOF! Don’s in control so far.
14-6. Nevins with another strong winner off the blockers after a pure pass by Porep. Perfect.
16-7. I’ve told you a hundred times: Defense wins. OK I never said that before, but Grobeck, Porep, Julia Gay and Calista Lam are playing stellar back row D, propelling the Dons in this set!
19-7. Reilly Webster delivers a kill down the line.
22-10. Mimi White wins a “joust” at the net for another Dons point.
25-11. Nevins finishes off the set with an overpass stuff. Yummy!

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2nd Set:

1-6. Really slow start. “Nothing to see here, keep moving” 🙂
2-7. Webster catches the line for a kill.
5-9. Graham scores as the Dons fight back.
11-13. Nice passing by the Dons back row and a Webster kill as the Dons continue to close the gap.
12-13. Graham. Ace. Timely.
13-14. White. Roof. Let’s go Dons!
14-15. Roberts back corner kill. Trading points.
16-15. Dons take the lead on an un-handle-able Grobeck serve. Timeout Dublin!
19-15. Beauty Grobeck pass and Roberts kills it. Great run for the Dons.
21-15. Gaels have no answer for not 1 but 2 consecutive Nevins kills in the middle.
23-16. Nevins again!
25-16. Roberts delivers the dagger ACE to win the set. Dons showed some moxie in that one!

3rd Set:

3-0. Graham kill. White stuff. Bolen Ace. Dons are rolling out of the set break!
6-2. Porep drills a laser beam serve that Gaels cannot handle.
8-2. Nevins kill. Porep Ace. Still rolling!
12-5. Making her match debut in the 3rd, Parker Jones announces her arrival with a stuff winner at the net and a solid kill.
“Welcome Back Parker” was an old sitcom, right? John Travolta was Vinnie Barbarino.
14-6. Lots of great things happened on that Don’s winning point that would take too long to explain!
16-9. Gay serves, Gay passes, Graham kills it. Nice!
17-9. White ROOOOOOOOF!!!!
18-9. Overpass by the Gaels to Graham…lookout Gaels!
19-9. Gay Ace!
20-9. White with a BIG kill. I am writing too much but this is really fun!
21-9. Gay Ace again! Time out Dublin.
24-11. Maddie Kalil serves two consecutive winners to get the Dons to match point!
24-17. Still match point. Dons don’t want this night to end just yet…
25-18. Graham finishes it off with a LEGIT kill!

 

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Carly Porep had 31 digs on the night.

Dons win the road match in 3, 25-11, 25-16, 25-18 and improve to 7-2 in League Play and 14-6 on the season overall.
Next match is Senior Night on Tuesday at Acalanes. Come on out!

Ken Webster

Oct 29 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 10 – Miramonte 3

The Lady Dons ended the 2015 JV tennis season with a convincing win over rival Miramonte 10-3. For the second time this season, we stomped the Mats! In a season that seems to have flown past, the JV Lady Dons compiled a fine 11-4 record overall. Our 7-3 league record assures us a second place finish in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League.

Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini playing at D-3 started the Acalanes scoring with an 8-2 win over Miramonte opponents who had beaten them 2-8 in our first match. This turnaround from Niki and Skyler is indicative of the type of improvement that we have seen throughout the season from all of the JV Lady Dons. Playing at D-1 Maggie Curless and Maddie McDonagh continued their strong play and winning ways by recording an 8-4 victory. Maddie was named the JV Lady Dons’ Most Valuable Player at our post-season party.

At D-2, Captains Claire Terentieff and Hayley Gotellli played a fine match before bowing 6-8 to a fine Miramonte duo. Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi at D-4 came back from 0-40 to 6-7 before their opponents could claim a 6-8 win.

Jessica Gerson and Olivia Towery played a terrific match against a D-5 Miramonte team that could have played at D-1 or D-2. With Jess controlling the net and Olivia the backcourt, the Acalanes tandem recorded a fine 8-6 win. Sammy Browne and Captain Doe Steinbrecher dug out of a 0-4 hole before Miramonte could claim a point at 4-8.

Remarkably, the remaining Acalanes lines from D-7 to D-13 swept the Lady Mats. At D-7, Captain Alex Awwad and Meena Neelakadan got out to an early lead and did not let their opponents into the match on their way to an 8-2 win. Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay at D-8 got off to a slow start at 0-2, but battled their way to a 4-3 lead and held on to achieve an 8-5 win. Lauren and Shannon won the seventh Acalanes point of the day, thus ensuring a Lady Dons’ victory in our final match of the year.

At D-9, Emily Klein and Sophia Lindgren meshed their games effectively to secure a hard won point with an 8-6 win. This set saw really intense rallies and a number of deuce games that Sophia and Emily were able to convert. Captains Alexia Lucey and Lucy Nguyen played really well together in their final JV outing, besting their Miramonte foes 8-4.

Playing at D-11, our Sophomore/Freshman combo of Sally Tang and Milena Lucey got and early lead and did not relinquish it on their way to an 8-3 win. Sally’s serve was tremendously effective and set up a number of put away volleys for Milena at the net.

As she did earlier this week against Alhambra, Olivia Olson hung a bagel on her opponents. Playing today with Lia Swan at D-12, Olivia served effectively while racing to an 8-0 victory. Playing in her last JV match, Lia volleyed away the set point with a clean winner to clinch the Acalanes point.

Since we did not have a 13th line, Jess Gerson and Sophia Scipi agreed to “double back” and play a second set against a fine pair of Miramonte players. Sophia served and patrolled the backcourt effectively while Jess played a second strong set as a “net monster” and recorded the final Acalanes point of the 2015 season at 8-5.

As they have all season, each of our lines competed effectively and with great integrity. The JV Lady Dons represented Acalanes High School wonderfully well during the entire course of the 2015 season. Go Dons!

COACH JOHN

Oct 29 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Alhambra HS 15-3.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

finish the regular season with a pivotal match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Dublin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Las Lomas HS at 5:00

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Cross Country

At the DFAL Center Meet, Cameron Gaskell won the varsity race and Brooke Lennox finished 10th. Christian Lyons won the frosh-soph race.

Oct 28 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Senior night with a Win!

Acalanes girls water polo defeated Alhambra 12-5 in their final league game at home. There was a lot of playtime by all and ended the game with a beautiful send off to the Seniors. Thank you all for coming out and watching the game.

Goals: Rowell 3, Myall 2, Adrielle Thorenfeldt 2, Alsterlind, Kresnak, Sophia Malinovsky, Kylie Walker, Lexi Williams

Saves in Goal: Fellner 5, Souza 3

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Photo: Lisa Dirito

Oct 28 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

was flawless against Las Lomas HS as varsity won 25-18, 25-20, 25-14, jv 25-10, 25-21 and freshmen 25-16, 25-19.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 6-4 improving to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the DFAL.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host Alhambra HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00. Don’t miss the Senior Night Presentation between the girls and boys varsity games.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 17 kills, 5 aces and 16 digs. Reilly Webster had 9 kills. Mimi White had 7 kills and 4 blocks.

JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless & Maddie McDonagh, Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery, Emily Klein & Sophia Lindgren and Liv Olson & Sally Tang won doubles matches.

Oct 27 – Dons Sweep Las Lomas in Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons hosted Las Lomas as the team gets right back to work in DFAL League play after the successful weekend tournament.
The Dons are looking to solidify 2nd place in DFAL and improve on their 5-2 record.

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Photo: Karen Elliott

1st Set:

1-2. Parker Jones starts off the attack with a nice deep ball winner.
2-2. Reilly Webster roofs the hitter to tie it up.
3-2. Maddie Graham gives the Dons their first lead with a cross-court angle kill.
6-5. Julia Gay serves deep and sets up a Grace Bolen ROOF!
8-7. Carly Porep delivers a challenging serve that takes the Knights out of system.
14-11. Webster stuffs one at the net, and Jones aces her serve to push open a lead, as the Dons are finding their rhythm.
19-14. Devin Grobeck delivers on the “Ahhhhhhhh….Ace!”
20-14. See above!
21-15. Graham hits it hard into the tape and it rolls over for a kill.
22-15. Porep. Ace. Timely.
23-16. Beautiful Calista Lam pass. Perfectly placed for Grace Bolen, who sets Jones for the thunderous kill. Tough to handle the Dons when they execute like that!
25-17.  Mimi White finishes the set off for the Dons with a “3” kill in the middle.

2nd Set:

1-0. The “Mimi Show” starts off the 2nd set: White pass to Bolen, back to White for the kill.
3-0. Lam sets Jones for a MONSTER kill!
6-4.  White is racking up multiple kills and having fun doing it!
10-9.  Graham delivers a smart roll shot kill as the Knights are playing tenaciously.
13-14. Dons trying to rally back. Jones kill helps.
16-15. Dons take back the lead on the always popular “LamGraham-Slam, thank you Ma’am.”
18-15. Windy Magerum skys and “tools” the block for a big Dons point.
19-18. Webster with a big kill to stop LL’s Mo. Tight set!
20-19. Lam makes a sensational diving “up” on the serve receive and Graham finishes with a nifty kill. Advantage Dons.
22-19. Jonesey-bomb kill and timeout Knights to try and slow the Dons’ charge to 25!
23-20.  The crowd says “Yeah Parker” as Jones registers another big kill.
24-20. See above.
25-20. Jones AGAIN for the set winner. James Bond opens next weekend.  Jones is providing us with “A View to a Kill” tonight.

3rd set:

1-1. Heidi Stanford delivers a smooth dig and Webster finishes the point with a nice kill down the line.
4-1.  Things are looking pretty good: Graham kill, a Jones Ace, and a Dalziel sighting in the gym!
6-4.  Las Lomas rallies back and then White pounds the ball off of a Knights back row player for a winner. Ka-bam!
8-5. Theresa Nevins scores on a block in the middle.
9-5 Grobeck Ace!
11-6. Nevins pounds the “1” set in the middle.  Winner.
12-6. Somebody hits it over and scores. 🙂
14-6. Time out Knights.  Dons in control. G’Dons!
16-8. White still racking up kills.
19-8. Bolen Ace, Jones Roof, and the Dons look to finish strong.
20-8. Maddie Kalil serves up a set on a platter and Jones eats it up for a power-slam kill.  Awesomeness.
21-12 Kalil sets the “1” to Melissa Elliott for a big kill.
22-12. Elliott stuffs the overpass.  Yummy!
25-14. Frosh Finish! Cali Boustani slams the kill for the match point winner.

Dons win! Dons Win! (Sorry Cub fans)

Next match Thursday at Dublin High.

Ken Webster

Oct 27 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls JV Team played Las Lomas at home and enjoyed a straight-set victory 25-10, 25-21. The Dons settled in quickly and took control of the first set with their serving and the team’s ability to consistently side out and convert free balls into points. Acalanes finished out the first set 25-10 with a strong serving run by Kaitlyn McKendall that included several aces.

In the second set, the pace slowed down and the teams traded the lead as they were tied 13-13 halfway through the set. After a couple of errors, the Dons found themselves down 13-17 which prompted a time out. After a quick side out, Acalanes was able to tie the match 17-17 behind effective serving from Elsa Clever.  The Dons then got behind again 20-21 but refocused and buckled down in their passing and defense and were able to close out the set 25-21 and win the match.

Acalanes is now 7-1 in league play and 15-3 overall for the season.  Go Dons!!

Oct 27 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 6 – Alhambra 4

Playing under the lights for the first time this season, the Lady Dons defeated the Bulldogs of Alhambra High 6-4. With this win we improve to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in league matches. This was one of the best-attended matches of the season and the parental and grandparental support is appreciated.

Maggie Curless and Maddie McDonagh playing at D-1 got us off to a strong start by recording a convincing 8-1 win. Maggie and the Maddie took control of the match early and did not look back. Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain got off to a slower start at D-2 but gathered themselves to move on to an 8-3 victory.

Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi playing at D-3 also took control of their set early and did not let their opponents into the match on their way to an 8-1 win. At D-4, Jess Gerson and Olivia Towery continued to play steady tennis both at the net and in the backcourt as they bested their Bulldog opponents 8-3.

At D-7, the Lucey Sisters, Alexia and Milena, did their best Williams’ sisters impersonation as they rallied from as slow start to come home winners at 8-2. Milena and Alexia communicated effectively (amazing for siblings) and covered the court well chasing down a number balls that looked to be Alhambra winners before they turned into Acalanes points.

Sally Tang and Olivia Olson handed the Alhambra D-8 team a bagel. Serving and volleying well, Olivia and Sally romped to an 8-0 victory. Because we had to change our order of play to accommodate some time concerns, Emily Klein and Sophia Lindgren were on the court until 7:00 p.m. Despite the late start for the D-6 line and scrappy Bulldog opponents, Emily and Sophia communicated effectively and covered the court well as they put us over the top with an 8-5 victory.

All of our lines competed well with a number of our losing sets going to deuce games that were marked by long rallies and really fine shot making.

COACH JOHN

Oct 27 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 74 in the NCS Southern Qualifier to place 3rd overall.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

plays at San Ramon Valley HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

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Oct 24 – Girls Volleyball Dougherty Valley Tourney

The Lady Dons started bracket play in the annual Dougherty Valley Tournament against American High from Fremont.
25-18, 25-17. 2-0 win for the Dons against American. Solid Dons play all around.

Enoch High from Modesto is next
25-19, 25-19. 2-0 win! Dons fought back from behind in both matches to finish first in Pool Play.

Next up for the Lady Dons is Analy and the competition continues to get tougher….
16-25, 25-12, 15-9. Dons rally back from a tough first set loss to take the next 2 sets and move into the Gold playoff bracket. Let’s go Dons!

The Dons draw one of the top teams in North Coast D1 for the playoff round, squaring off against Foothill Pleasanton.
25-19, 18-25, 11-15. Dons fall in 3 to Foothill in a really well played match all around. Dons finish the day tied for 5th out of 24 teams. Way to go Dons!

Ken Webster

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Oct 26 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Dana Hills HS 12-9 and Menlo School 9-6 in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Menlo Atherton HS 15-10 and St. Francis HS in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart HS.

Girls Volleyball

went 3-1 placing 5th in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Emily Attiyeh competes in the NCS Southern Qualifier at San Ramon GC.

Oct 24 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

played well in defeat to Miramonte HS. The JV team was also defeated.

Matt Burns
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In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart HS.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Nathan Edwards
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Oct 23 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 7-2 to raise their DFAL record to 7-3 and overall record to 12-3. The jv team recorded a shutout raising their DFAL record to 6-3 and overall record to 8-4.

Freshman Football

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Miramonte HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart HS.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Aleksandra Singer and Skylar Jeveli won singles matches. Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Susie Bush & Fernanda Heredia and Marina Akutsu & Hannah Snyder won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless & Maddie McDonagh, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi and Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay won doubles matches.

Oct 22 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 3 – Dublin 0

The Acalanes JV juggernaut rolled over the Dublin Gaels 3-0 in their house. Playing at D-1, Maddie McDonagh and Maggie Curless started the Acalanes scoring with an 8-1 win. Both Maddie and Maggie served well and controlled points at the net in nailing down the opening victory.

Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk, at D-2, overcame some questionable line calls by focusing on their game and rolling to an 8-2 triumph. Despite this potential distraction, Molly and Sophia maintained their composure and controlled both the net and the backcourt on their way to victory.

Playing at D-3, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig continued their winning ways by defeating their Dublin opponents 8-1. Shannon and Lauren communicated effectively on a number of points and played solidly both at the net and in the backcourt.

Since Dublin could only field three JV lines, captains Alexia Lucey and Lucy Nguyen agreed to play an exhibition set against a Dublin varsity team. Alexia and Lucy were opposed by a D-1 / D-4 team of varsity Gaels. Lucy and Alexia played a number of competitive points and deuce games in a great 2-6 effort.

The Lady Dons record improves to 8-4 overall and 6-3 against DFAL opponents.

Oct 22 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

turned a 4-2 lead at halftime into a 12-4 victory over Miramonte HS.

Patrick Worthing
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Girls Water Polo

played very well in defeat to Miramonte HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

plays at Dublin HS at 3:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and Gordon Kerns and Jack Winther each scored 2 goals.

 

Brendan Supple
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Oct 21 – Girls Water Polo

Tough loss for the Acalanes girls water polo to Miramonte last night. Game final was 11-5 with Hannah Kresnak with 2 goals, Lexi Rowell 2 goals and Maddie Stewart with 1. Lucy Fellner had 7 saves in the cage followed by Kenny Souza with 1.

Oct 21 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 7-2 to raise their DFAL record to 6-3.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team dropped the first game 25-23, but rallied two win the second game by the same score. In the third game, they overcame a 7-2 deficit to pull out the 15-11 victory. The freshman team cruised to a 25-15 and 25-17 victory.

Reilly Webster and Windy Margerum
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In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Miramonte HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Alex Singer, Skyler Jeveli and Sydney Bell won singles matches. Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Susie Bush & Fernanda Heredia and Marina Akutsu and Hannah Snyder won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Vivian Toni & Kelli Min, Alex Awwad & Sammy Browne, Maggie Curless & Skylar DeMartini, Lucy Nguyen & Claire Terentieff, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi, Emily Klein & Sophia Lindgren, Milena Lucey & Sally Tang and Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay won doubles matches.

Maddie Graham
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Oct 20 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled to Campolindo for a rematch and emerged victorious in three sets 23-25, 25-23, 15-11!

As expected, the two teams battled from the very beginning of the match as the lead went back and forth, with the Dons putting pressure on the Cougars with effective float services and strong outside attack by Roxy Cummings and Ren Dunwoodie as well as blocks and quick attacks by middle blockers Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever, including a kill off of a one-handed set by Rachel Go.  Acalanes led 21-20 before Campolindo fought back to take a 24-21 lead. The Dons sided out and served an ace to get to 23-24 but were unable to stop an attack by the Cougars and lost the first set 23-25.

Acalanes came out energized at the start of the second set and took an early lead behind kills by Sarah Nelson and Lexie Fraser. Campolindo stepped up their defense and used a series of tips and roll shots to get back into the set and tie it up at 15-15.  The Dons then went on a run behind the serving of Roxy Cummings and blocks from Riana Buchman assisted by Sarah Nelson to lead 20-15. However, the Cougars sided out and went on a serving run of their own to close Acalanes’ lead to 20-19.  Acalanes settled down and had clutch kills by Samantha Darin and Roxy Cummings coupled with digs by Kaitlyn McKendall, Zoe McPhail, Hannah Edwards and Rachel Go to get to 24-23. Elsa Clever then aced the Cougars to end the set 25-23.

In the pivotal third set, the Dons got behind early 1-4 but battled back to 6-8. After a couple errors, Acalanes started getting on a roll with solid setting from Rachel Go and Kaitlyn Enrici to outside hitters, Samantha Darin and Roxy Cummings, and serving by Elsa Clever, Hannah Edwards and Zoe McPhail to throw the Cougars off balance and move ahead 10-9. After exchanging points and with support from the loud Acalanes cheering section and Varsity Team, the entire Dons team raised their game and ran off the last four points to win the third set 15-11 and take the match!

With the thrilling victory, Acalanes completed a season sweep of Campolindo and moved to 6-1 in league play (14-3 overall).

Go Dons!!!!

Oct 20 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 9 – Los Lomas 0

The Lady Dons swept Las Lomas today 9 – 0. Following the excellent advice of Negro Leagues great and Major League pitcher Satchel Paige: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” – all of our lines got off to good starts and did not look back to let their opponents into the match.

Vivian Toni and Kelly Min set the pace for Acalanes at D-1 by recording a fine 8-2 victory. Vivian and Kelly played solidly from the first game, which began during team introductions at the request of Las Lomas. At D-2, Sammy Browne once again stepped up to fill in and partnered with Alex Awwad to an 8-5 win. Sammy and Alex were involved in the most competitive match of the day.

Also answering the call for a sub, Maggie Curless steeped into the lineup at noon today as Skyler DeMartini’s partner at D-3. Skyler and Maggie played very well together and cruised to an 8-2 victory. Claire Terentieff and Lucy Nguyen overcame some early unforced errors to take command of line D-4 and record an 8-3 Acalanes win.

Jess Gerson and Olivia Towery made some early adjustments due to the sun and their opponents playing style to keep the Acalanes ball rolling with an 8-4 win. Olivia and Jess displayed terrific sportsmanship throughout the match, with Olivia going so far as to give her opponent a hair tie when the Las Lomas player needed one.

At D-6 Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi jumped out to a 6-1 lead before I could walk around the court to check in with them. Sophia and Molly maintained their focus to record a convincing 8-1 victory. Sophia Lindgren and Emily Klein overcame some questionable line calls and kept their focus on their games to come home winners at 8-4. Also having to deal with debatable line calls, Milena Lucey and Sally Tang showed great tenacity in rolling over their Las Lomas opponents 8-1.

Showing great good sportsmanship at D-9, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig were matched against complete beginners from Las Lomas. The initial plan to team a Las Lomas beginner with one of their better players did not work out and Shannon and Lauren found themselves across the net from girls who are just learning the game. Both Lauren and Shannon assisted the Lady Knights in keeping score, switching sides and were generally supportive of their opponents. Coach Katie and I could not be prouder of the way our D-9 girls handled themselves on their way to an 8-0 shut out.

Since Las Lomas could not field their tenth line Olivia Olson and Lia Swan played an exhibition match against the D-3 team from Las Lomas. Olivia played really well at the net and Lia ran down a number of balls in a truly competitive match that Las Lomas pulled out 8-2.

With this win, we improve to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in DFAL play.

Oct 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Vanessa Van Pell scored 76 at the DFAL Championships to finish 1st and 2nd overall and qualify for the NCS Southern Qualifier Monday, October 26 at San Ramon GC.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Oct 19 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the DFAL Championships at Diablo Creek GC at 10:00.

Oct 16 – Homecoming Activities

Halftime Cheer Performance


Video: Gint Federas

Powder Toss


Video: Gint Federas

Oct 17 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team came out on the winning end.

Jack Thoren
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In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

Oct 15 – Lady Dons best Dougherty Valley on “Dig Pink” Night

The Lady Dons are hosting Dougherty Valley on “Dig Pink” night to promote breast cancer awareness.

1st Set:
1-1. Parker Jones gets the Dons with a kill! Comforting!
3-4. Nice Calista Lam pass and then the set to Maddie Graham for the kill.
7-6. Another Graham kill in a tight match so far.
9-8 as Graham ties it back with a thunderous kill and Jones backs that up with a sharp angle kill.
11-10. Carly Porep with the Ace!
12-11.  Mimi White brings down the hammer for a kill.
13-13.  DV playing tough with some well placed hits…
14-14. Great Graham dig leading to a nice down the line kill by Reilly Webster.
16-16. More Graham passing and kills keeping the Dons right there.
19-18. Porep: Ace #2!
20-21. Tenacious D from DV and the Dons take a timeout.
21 all on the big Jones kill.
23-21 on the Bolen serve and DV net violation. Timeout DV…nail biter!!!
25-22. Dons get it done with hustle and grit. We can work on style points in the next set!

 

Calista Lam
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2nd Set:
3-3. White and Melissa Elliott combine for a sweet block winner at the net.
7-6. Devin Grobeck makes a super save shot!  If they put high school girls volleyball highlights on Sports Center, she would be on it.
12-11. White kill keeps the Dons just ahead of the scrappy ‘Cats.
15-16. Dons had a rough patch. Jones rights the ship with a kill on the smooth set from Maddie Kalil.
19-19. Kalil Ace!
20-19. See above! Timeout Wildcats.
21-19. My goodness another Ace from Kalil, matching the Jones hat trick from Tuesday night!  Fantastic.
22-19. Jones. Kill. TO DV.
24-20. Jonesssssss.  Yesssssss.
25-20. Dons stabilize and take the 2nd!

Parker Jones
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3d Set:
2-6. Slow start. Jones delivers a big block.
5-8. Graham kills it as the Dons claw back against the Cats. Grobeck follows up with an ace! 6-8.
8s. Grobeck ties it with another ace!
10-9. Where do I start on this point? Margerum block, Crazy Lam up, crazy Graham up, multiple saves and digs, and finally a Graham kill!  Dons lead!
12s. Bolen + White block ties it up again.
13-12. Huge White block!
14-13. Precise Hannah Roberts pass, finished off by a Jones Thunder Bomb. Boom!
16-19. Graham kill keeps the Dons within striking distance.
17-20. Graham again!
18-21. Jones to the back corner.
19-21. White and Porep with cat-like ups and Jones to the OTHER back corner!  Kill. Timeout Dougherty.
22-21. Porep Ace to get the Dons on top!  Timeout Dougherty.
23-23. Roberts winner from the back row.
23-25. Wildcats take the 3rd.

Maddie Graham
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4th Set.
1-0. White and Jones start the Lady Dons off right with a big block.
4-0. White with another block! Timeout DV.
5-1. The block party continues!  Jones this time
6-3. Block!  Elliott this time.
9-5. Teresa Nevins gets a middle kill.
11-6. Porep!  Ace!
13-6. Screamer down the line from Jones.
19-11. Teee Nevins with the block winner in the middle.
21-12. Graham “tools the block” with a kill.
22-13. Fabulous Grobeck dig that Nevins flushes for a kill. Bam!
24-14. White and Jones block in the middle to get the Dons 1 point from victory.
25-15. Dons take the match. Another hard fought battle!

Grace Bolen and Windy Margerum
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Dons finish the first half of the league rotation at 5-1 in DFAL and in second place. They are 9-4 overall and travel to Campolindo on Tuesday for a big match. Would be great for Acalanes fans to pack their gym!

Great job Lady Dons!

Ken Webster

Oct 15 – Dig Pink

Acalanes High School Dig Pink Volleyball

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Oct 16 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15. The JV and Freshmen swept 25-16, 25-17 and 25-17, 25-8, respectively.

 

Parker Jones

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In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Dougherty Valley HS for Homecoming. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

Oct 15 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls JV Team took on Dougherty Valley at home and swept the Wildcats 25-17, 25-16 while hosting a DIG PINK Event to raise awareness and support for more effective breast cancer prevention and treatment.

In the first set, both teams sided out effectively at the beginning and were tied at 8-8. The Dons then stepped up their defense with blocks by Elsa Clever, Lexi Fraser, Riana Buchman and Sarah Nelson as well as backrow digs by Zoe McPhail, Hannah Edwards and Kaitlyn McKendall to surge ahead of the Wildcats. Acalanes also raised their serving game and also added several kills by outside hitters, Roxy Cummings and Ren Dunwoodie, as well as middle blockers, Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever, to close the set out 25-17.

The Dons kept the momentum going at the start of the second set and raced out to a 10-3 lead behind aces by Rachel Go and Elsa Clever. Acalanes kept the pressure on with strong passing and a balanced attack and also forced Dougherty Valley into multiple errors as they led 20-12.  The Dons also showed off some new plays, including opposite Sarah Nelson approaching behind and around the middle blocker to attack a set from Rachel Go that fooled the Dougherty Valley blockers. Opposite Lexi Fraser and middle blocker Elsa Clever also contributed several kills, along with aces by Zoe McPhail and Kaitlyn Enrici as the Dons easily finished off the Wildcats 25-16.

The Dons are now 5-1 in league play (13-3 overall) and getting ready to take on rival Campolindo next Tuesday, Oct 20.

Go Dons!!

Oct 15 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Northgate HS 7-2. The jv team was not as fortunate.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Las Lomas HS.

Boys Water Polo

fell just short to Las Lomas HS 16-13.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Dougherty Valley HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless and Skylar DeMartini won their doubles match.

Oct 14 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo defeated Las Lomas

It was a team effort in the Win against Las Lomas. Defense was tough with a lot of steals, great assist and some tough shots, but Acalanes led the game the entire time. Lucy Fellner had an outstanding game with 13 saves.

Alsterlind 1, Alex Fellner 1, Kresnak 3, Myall 4, Rowell 2 and Stewart 1

Lucy Fellner 13 saves in goal.

Oct 14 – JV Girls Tennis: Northgate 4 – Acalanes 1

The Lady Dons dropped a well-contested road match to a fine Northgate squad 4 – 1. Playing the varsity three-set format for the first time this season, the Acalanes pairs played hard in a losing cause.

At D-1, acting captains Skyler DeMartini and Maggie Curless played a terrific match that went to a tie-breaker in the second set. In a seven-point tiebreaker, Maggie and Skyler forced their opponents to go to 12-10 before earning the win, 6-4, 7-6.

At D-2, Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk played a fine two set match with a number of the games going to deuce before Northgate pulled it out at 6-3, 6-3. Our D-3 duo of Emily Klein and Sophia Lindgren ran into a Northgate team that could have been seeded at D-1. Sophia and Emily played a number of fine points during their match. Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig played well in a 4-6, 3-6 loss, with Lauren winning points with her volley at the net while Shannon delivered a number of backcourt winners off her groundstrokes.

Allowing Acalanes to avoid the bagel, acting captain Olivia Olson, looking very stylish in Converse low cuts and Milena “I Love Tiebreakers” Lucey teamed to pull out a three-set victory, The match at D-5 saw the Acalanes tandem prevail in TWO tiebreakers. Playing a seven-point tiebreaker for the first set, Milena and Liv started strong and ran off a 7-4 win. After dropping the second set 1-6, Olivia and Milena re-grouped and played a wonderful ten-point tiebreaker to secure the third set and a well-deserved win, 7-6, 1-6, 10-5. In their last two matches Milena and Olivia have won three tiebreakers, playing really fine tennis under pressure.

 

 

Oct 14 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Miramonte HS 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 to raise their DFAL record to 4-1 and their overall record to 8-4.

Mimi White and Maddie Graham
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Girls Tennis

was edged out by Campolindo HS 5-4.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Dublin HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host Las Lomas HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Northgate HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Madeline Bakar and Sydney Bell won singles matches. Susie Bush & Fernanda Heredia and Julia Lauer & Hannah Snyder won doubles matches.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 36 and Vanessa Van Pell 39 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Oct 13 – Dons Girls Volleyball Sweep the Mats

Miramonte #1 10/13/15

Your Acalanes Dons host the Mats in a battle of two early DFAL league leaders. Both teams only have 1 loss so far. SOMETHING has to give tonight

1st Set:

3-1. Dons start with great defense and some solid Grace Bolen serving.
6-4. Maddie Graham kill. Looks like it will be a tight match.
8-7. Devin Grobeck and Calista Lam keeping the Dons slight edge with solid digs and passing.
12-9. Parker Jones slams a hard kill, Reilly Webster blocks the Mats and Jones follows with a tip kill.
13-12. Mats roar back and then Jones kills it to stop that run.
15-12. Lam pass. Bolen set. Jones kill. Dons leading and time out Miramonte!
17-12. Webster ROOF!
20-13. Windy Margerum kill keeps the Dons Momentum going!
21-14. PHE-nominal dig by Lam and up by Bolen, but Miramonte wins that point. Exciting level of play.
24-14. Dons in control. Grobeck with some great serves taking Mats out of system.
25-16. Bolen dumps the pass to the floor to seal up the 1st set. Much more battling to come tonight!

Grace Bolen
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2nd Set:

2-1. Lam with yet another stellar up and Jones finishes with a kill
3-1. Mimi White with the winning block at the net.
4-6. Time out Dons. A little unsettled is all. No biggie…yet.
6-8. Webster hits one off the back row player.
7-9. Jones kill keeps the Dons close
8-9 Heidi Stanford serves and passes nicely, permitting another Jones kill.
10-10. Lam ace ties it.
13-13. Multiple net violations for both teams.
15-14. Julia Gay Ace!
16-15. Graham kill: With Authority.
19-16. Strong serving from Stanford permits Dons to gap out just a bit here. Timeout Mats!
21-17. Long rally with great ups leads to Jones kill!
22-17. See above.
23-17. Again but White finishes! Deee-fence!!!
25-17! Super D carries the Dons in the 2nd.

Reilly Webster
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3rd Set:

1-0. White starts the Dons off right with a Middle kill.
5-1 Jones: the Hat Trick! Triple Ace serving!
7-1. White solo ROOF and Graham kill off the block and Dons are rollllllin and timeout Mats!!!
8-4. Lam pass saves the point and halts a furious Mats rally.
8-7. Timeout Dons – Mats rally continues as their backs are against the wall.
9-8. Webster with a big block to get the serve back.
10s with a great Bolen/Margerum team block.
13-12. Dons take the lead on a sweet Jones kill.
15-12. Huge roof from the W&W Blocking Company! (White and Webster)
17-12. Jones kill and Bolen Ace. Dons looking great.
18-14. White another kill in the middle.
19-14. Jones Ace again! Wow!
20-14. Good White block to keep the point alive and Webster kill finds a seam in the middle. Timeout Mats!
22-15. Margerum nice hit in the middle for a winner. Closing in slowly…
24-18…….Grobeck to serve….Mats hang around a bit longer!
25-19. Graham finishes a match (again!) with a kill!

Maddie Graham
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Dons win 3-0. Total team effort tonight against a very strong opponent. Dons go to 8-4 on the season.

Ken Webster

JV Girls Volleyball

Oct 8: The Acalanes Girls JV Team traveled to Alhambra and took down the Bulldogs in straight sets 25-16, 26-24 to remain undefeated in league play. The game was tight early in the first set before the Dons took control behind a mix of effective serving and passing, with several kills by Roxy Cummings and blocks by Lexi Fraser and Elsa Clever, as they closed out the first set 25-16. The second set started off slower but the Dons were able to build a comfortable lead at 19-13 before a series of errors led to the set being knotted up at 22-22. Acalanes fell behind 24-23 but made key serves and timely defensive plays to move ahead 25-24. On match point, the Dons dug an attack by the Bulldogs and registered a kill on the outside to finish off Alhambra 26-24.  With the win, Acalanes keep their DFAL record unblemished at 4-0 (12-2 overall)—Go Dons!!

Oct 13: The Dons faced Miramonte at home in the sweltering heat and went down in three sets 21-25, 25-23, 9-15.  The match was close from the beginning as the teams battled to a 16-16 tie in the first set before the Mats took the lead on a series of errors by the Dons. Acalanes still kept it close but ended up losing the first set 21-25 on a hitting error.  The Dons started off stronger in the second set with improved passing and hitting along with more energetic defense to keep the Mats off balance for most of the set. After getting to set point at 24-19, the Dons faced a comeback from Miramonte who battled back to 24-23, but Acalanes buckled down to close out the set with a kill on the outside. The third set started out tight as the teams exchanged points and were knotted up at 8-8. The Dons unfortunately made several consecutive errors that allowed Miramonte to take a lead that they did not relinquish as Acalanes ended losing the third set 9-15 and the match. Acalanes’ DFAL record moved to 4-1 (12-3 overall) and the Dons look to get back on another winning streak when they host Dougherty Valley on Oct 15 at home. Go Dons!

Oct 13 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 4 – Campolindo 3

The Lady Dons JVs edged the Cougars of Campolindo 4 – 3 in a close match in unseasonably hot weather. While the calendar read October 13, the thermometer was well into the 90s. Doe Steinbrecher and Sammy Browne recorded the first Acalanes point at D-4 by taking control of the match early and finishing with an 8-4 win. Although Doe was hit early in the match by a Campo shot, she and Sammy held their ground and the lead.

At D-5 Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini jumped out to an early 5-2 lead only to see their opponents come back and get into the match at 5-4. Niki and Skyler held their focus and their serve to emerge 8-6 winners. Getting out to an even bigger lead at D-6, Molly Cronk and Meena Neelakadan were enjoying a 7-1 advantage only to see their opponents cut the margin to 7-5, before Molly and Meena closed them out. Niki, Skyler, Molly and Meena all played really well when the momentum shifted to their opponents. It is easy to get down on yourself or your partner when your opponents begin reeling off wins, but both or D-5 and D-6 teams dug in and secured much-needed points for the Lady Dons.

As they did in our first match at Campo, Maddie McDonagh and Maggie Curless played a tense, competitive, match at D-2 to ensure the Acalanes win. Despite Maggie getting drilled by a Cougar volley, she and Maddie fought hard to earn a thrilling 9-7 victory. Maggie may have the first honest tennis ball bruise of the 2015 season.

This win by the Lady Dons avenges our earlier 3-7 loss at Campo and demonstrates the improvement made by the JV team this season. Our record improves to 5-3 overall and puts us back at .500 in the DFAL with a 3-3 record.

Oct 15 – Dig Pink

The Girls Volleyball Program will be hosting their annual DIG PINK EVENT on Thursday October 15th throughout their games versus Dougherty Valley. Yummy baked goods will be sold to help support Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. All funds raised during this event will be donated to THE DIG PINK FOUNDATION.

Please come out cheer on all three Girls Volleyball Teams while supporting a wonderful cause.

Freshman Game: 4:00pm
JV Game: 5:00pm
Varsity Game: 6:30pm

Go Dons!!

Oct 13 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against Dublin HS at San Ramon GC at 3:15.

Acalanes Campolindo Girls Water Polo Video Highlights

Acalanes Campolindo Girls Water Polo Video Highlights available from Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area.
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Oct 12 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Miramonte HS and Bellarmine HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:00.

Individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 11 goals and had 3 assists. Tommy Fellner scored 9 goals and had 3 assists. Casey Conrad scored 7 goals and had 4 assists. Patrick Worthing had 37 saves.

Oct 10 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 10-5.

Boys Water Polo

defeated Los Alamitos HS 11-5 and was defeated by Foothill HS 10-7 in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Football

was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team was victorious.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Fellner scored 5 goals and had 2 saves. Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and had 2 saves. Patrick Worthing had 19 saves.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 38 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Oct 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Alhambra HS 25-21, 25-11, 25-18.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team did not fare any better.

Freshman Football

scored with 32 seconds left to take a 28-26 lead and stopped Dublin on the last play of the game from the Acalanes 3 yard line to hold on for a wild victory.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Football

plays at Dublin HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno.

R. Takahashi

JV Girls Tennis: Dougherty Valley 7 – Acalanes 1

As we did in our first meeting, all of the Acalanes JV lines played really hard in a 7-1 loss to the defending DFAL Girls Tennis Champions from Dougherty Valley. The coaching staff is really proud of Sammy Browne, who volunteered to play a singles match at S-1. Although it is a cliché to say the match was closer than the score would indicate, it is absolutely true of Sammy’s effort in an 8-0 match, which saw a number of extended rallies and deuce games.

Playing at D-1, Vivian Toni and Maddie McDonagh controlled their DV opponents and came away with an 8-3 win. This is our only JV win against Dougherty Valley in the last three years.

At D-2 Claire Terentieff and Alex Awwad also played a really competitive line in a 3-8 effort. Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini had a number of lead changes in a hard fought 6-8 match at D-3. At D-4 Hayley Gotelli and Maggie Curless could have used a CPA to keep the 6-8 score straight against a mathematically challenged opponent. Fortunately the DV coach clarified the match score.

Once again all of our freshmen pairs competed really well in their first and only trip to DV. Due to a realignment of the DFAL in 2016, Dublin and DV will be in another league. At D-6, Molly Cronk and Milena Lucey got down 0-6 before reeling off five consecutive winning games. Molly and Milena showed great spirit in mounting this comemback. Sophias Lindgren and Scipi teamed at D-5 and played hard in a 2-8 effort. Referred to as “Sophia squared” during introductions, the Sophias played hard despite unseasonal heat in early October.

In the final match of the day, Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay got caught in the “doubling back” snare. Due to an unequal numbers of players, a higher ranked player joined the D-7 line for DV. Lauren and Shannon played a tactically sound match with a number of extended rallies with many of their games to deuce before being decided. Despite being down 0-7, Lauren and Shannon continued to fight hard and broke serve before bowing 1-8. The coaching staff is really proud of this type of competitive effort.

Oct 8 -Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

After regulation time expired the girls water polo team was tied with Campolindo HS 7-7. After 2 periods of overtime, they were still knotted at 8-8. In the first possession of sudden death, Lexi Rowell ripped the winning goal that propelled the team to their first victory over Campolindo HS in over ten years. Things are looking up for the future of girls polo. The JV team was not as fortunate.

Lexi Rowell
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Boys Water Polo

still leads the series 2-1 over Campolindo HS despite a tough defeat.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Dublin HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Water Polo

Emma Myall scored 4 goals, Lexi Rowell scored 3 and Lucy Fellner had 7 saves.

Emma Myall
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Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and Patrick Worthing had 6 saves.

Brendan Supple
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R. Takahashi

Oct 7 – Girls Water Polo beats Campo in triple overtime

The Acalanes girls water polo beat Campolindo last night in sudden death! The girls had some unbelievable plays and some great defense. Maddy Stewart junior started the game off by an amazing shot and the Dons were up early. But the game came down to the wire and we won in sudden death by Bella Wentzel winning the sprint and the final shot by freshman Lexi Rowell. Emma Myall was the high scorer with 4 goals and senior Lucy Fellner had 9 saves in the cage.

Bella Wenzel
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Goals:
Myall 4, Rowell 3, Stewart 1 and Wentzel 1
Saves in Goal: L. Fellner 9

Lucy Fellner save
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Oct 7 – Water Polo TONIGHT at Campo

Acalanes Girls and Boys Water Polo Tonight at Campo!
Come Donning your Blue and watch Varsity Girls at 5:00 and Boys at 6:00.
GO DONS!

Oct 7 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

pulled out a huge 5-4 victory over Miramonte HS to raise their DFAL record to 5-1 and their overall record to 10-4. The jv team also recorded a victory 8-4.
The girls volleyball team defeated Dublin HS 25-18, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-20. The JV and Freshmen teams swept in two games.

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In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

BIG action in the pool. The Dons go to Campolindo HS for the epic DFAL showdown. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Aleksandra Singer, Sydney Bell and Marina Akutsu won their singles matches.

Aleksandra Singer
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JV Girls Tennis

Maggie Curless & Maddie McDonagh, Hayley Gotelli & Claire Terentieff, Sammy Browne & Meena Neelakadan, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery, Lia Swan & Sally Tang, Emily Klein & Sophia Lindgren, Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay and Milena Lucey & Liv Olson won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 23 kills and 4 blocks. Maddie Graham had 15 kills.

R. Takahashi

Oct 6 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 8 – Miramonte 4

The Lady Dons JVs finished the first half of the DFAL tennis season with a resounding 8-4 win over Miramonte. We stomped the Mats!

Sammy Browne and Meena Neelakadan started the Acalanes scoring with a convincing 8-1 win at D-6. Captains Claire Terentieff and Hayley Gotelli overcame their concern for Hayley’s lost phone and recorded an 8-4 victory atD-3.

Despite being badly mis-coached (I thought they were down 3-7, when in fact they were UP 7-3) Maddie McDonagh and Maggie Curless played a terrific match at D-1. After I gave them my best “better luck next time” pep talk when they came off the court, they finally informed me that Acalanes had won 8-5.

Sophomores Jess Gerson and Olivia Towery teamed effectively at D-7 to record an 8-4 win. While Olivia ran a number of balls down in the back court, Jess covered the net throughout the match and volleyed away a winner at match point. Sally Tang and Lia Swan played a close tactical match at D-9, showing great focus to rack up a 9-7 victory. Sally’s serve was smoking and Lia’s ground strokes controlled the back court.

Our frosh duos recorded a pair of Acalanes wins at D-10 and 11. Emily Klein and Sophia Lindgren took and early lead and did not let up on their way to an 8-4 win. Playing against a surprisingly unfocused team from Miramonte, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig kept their composure and were not distracted while securing an 8-4 win for the Lady Dons.

The final match of the day saw Liv Olson and Milena Lucey record an 8-7 win in a match shortened due to time constraints. At 7-7, we agreed to play a seven-point tie breaker. Olivia and Milena really dug in and dominated the tie-breaker 7-2.

The JV Lady Dons are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the DFAL.

COACH JOHN

Oct 1 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes JV Team traveled to Las Lomas and won the match in straight sets 25-16, 25-17. In the first set, the Dons put together several serving runs combined with solid passing and hitting to take control of the set early and comfortably end the set 25-16.  The second set started off slower for Acalanes as they exchanged leads with Las Lomas early in the set. However, the Dons got into a groove with better hitting, defense and serving to finish off the Knights 25-17.  With the win, Acalanes stayed undefeated at 5-0 in non-tournament play (7-1 overall). Go Dons!

Oct 6 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons host the Dublin Gaels. The Gaels visit with a 1-2 DFAL League record so far, while the Dons look to improve to 2-1 in League.

1st Set:

1-1. Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a kill right out into the Acalanes parking lot.

2-1. Maddie Graham adds a back corner kill off the nice set by Grace Bolen.

3-1. Bolen with a quick middle set to Mimi White for another kill…great distribution!

8-3. Graham with a big kill and the Dons are in control so far.

12-6. As usual, SOLID serving and back row play from Devin Grobeck, Heidi Stanford and Calista Lam. Throw in a couple of winners in the middle from Windy MarGerum and Dublin needs a time out.

17-7. Jones with multiple well-placed kills…

19-8. Bolen. Ace.

22-14. Reilly Webster tools the block as the Dons close in on the 1st set.

25-18. Graham finishes off the set!

2nd Set:

3-1. Jones with her second kill already. She will NOT be denied.

5-2. Graham with the kill-kill combo, including a nasty angle slam!

7-6. Jones kill. Gaels are hanging around…

9-7. Carly Porep serves a couple of nice balls to steady the team.

14-9. Jones. Ace.

16-9. Time out Dublin as the Dons get some mo goin’

17-9. Graham kill. With Authority!

18-9. Jones continues to drill serves and Hannah Roberts finishes it off with a kill.

20-9. Webster tried her Jones impersonation with a strong kill to the deep court.

21-9. Jones says “Nice try Reilly, but THIS is how hard I hit it” and proceeds to crush one.

24-9. Boustani in to serve (Jones must be tired of serving!) and she gets an Ace!

25-10. Webster finishes off the set with a crusher down the line. Nice set Bolen!!!

3rd Set:

0-1. Melissa Elliot with a nice block in the middle, but the Gaels dig and take the first point.

1-5. Jones gets the Dons on the board with a kill. Slow start, but a long way to go yet.

4-6. Great Graham dig and Webster kills to inch the Dons back into it.

5-8. Libero Porep covers Bolen on the set to Jones and, you guessed it – kill!

7-8. Julia Gay with good serves and ups and the Dons are right back in it.

8-10. Great Gay pass and Bolen sets Teeeeee Nevins for the kill in the middle to open floor.

11-13. Bolen back set to the Oppo and Webster finishes.

11-15. Dons are a little out of sync and take a timeout.

13-16. Webster kill to the back corner and the Dons are trying to climb the mountain.

14-17. Webster. Rooooof.

15-17. Maddie Kalil with a nice set to Webster for the score.

17-18 Graham angle kill keeping it close and then Gay with the Ace!

18-19. Nevins with the finger roll. Let’s tie this up!

19-21. Jones with the Thunder Bomb. Needed it!

20-22. Glimpse of the future: Kalil with the “one” to Elliot for a big kill in the middle.

21-22. Time out Gaels!

22-23. Jones kill.

23-24. Graham kill keeps the Dons alive!

23-25. Gaels played great up front and take the 3rd.

4th Set:

Dons looking to come out fast…

1-0. Jones. Kill. Good start.

2-0. Webster. Kill. Keep it going.

3-0. Jones again. I’m not tired…I’ll write about every point until a side out!

4-0. White. Roof.

5-2. Ok. Gaels scored. But then Jones scored too!

7-2. Trying to take a writing break but that was SUCH an awesome roof by White!

8-2. Ace Jones and timeout Gaels. Did I mention coming out fast?

10-2. Great team play. Digs everywhere. Webster back line kill. Pretty.

12-4. Lam “The Laminator”
with the Ace!

14-8. Graham kill. Dublin hanging around again….

15-10. Graham with 3 big swings and the last finally crumples the defense.

16-11 Jones. BIG kill.

19-15. Gaels still hanging around.

20-17. Dons trying to finish.

21-18 on the Jones monster hit off the blockers.

23-19. Dons still trying to finish!!! TO Dublin.

24-20. Pass Set Hit. Dons point from Jones.

25-20. Graham finishes with a classic Gumby contortion shot that finds the floor!

Dons win 3-1! Great competiton from Dublin tonight. Dons improve to 6-4 on the season and travel to play Alhambra Thursday.

Ken Webster

Oct 3 – JV Girls Volleyball – East County Invitational

The Acalanes JV Team traveled to Heritage High School in Brentwood on October 3rd to the East County Invitational Tournament.

In the first match against College Park, the Dons dominated to win in straight sets 25-9, 25-12. Acalanes was the more energetic team from the beginning as they passed, set and hit effectively to keep the Falcons off balance to glide through the first set 25-9.  In the second set, College Park came to life in the beginning to keep things tighter through the first part of the set, but the Dons used tough serving and accurate passing to overwhelm the Falcons and easily close out the match 25-12.

The Dons next took on Foothill and avenged a previous tournament loss by taking the Knights in straight sets 25-22, 25-11. The first set was a real battle as the teams traded points and the lead throughout the set, with strong hitting and defense on both sides of the net. Late in the set, Acalanes buckled down to string together a series of points through clutch hitting and passing to win the set 25-22. At the start of the second set, the Dons rode the momentum to raise their game and pounced on Foothill to grab an early lead. Acalanes never let up and finished strong to end the match in convincing fashion 25-11.

Acalanes kept on their winning ways with a straight set victory over Northgate 25-18, 25-20. Effective hitting from the outside and opposite hitters and solid serve receive kept the Broncos at bay as the Dons comfortably won the first set 25-18. Northgate came out in the second set playing scrappy and battled Acalanes throughout the set before the Dons put away the Broncos with several aces and good defense to seal the match 25-20.

In the semifinals, Acalanes ran into a strong team from Sacred Heart. In the first set, the lead went back and forth throughout as the Irish played spirited defense and served effective float serves. The Dons fought hard and had several chances but ended up losing the first set 19-25. In the second set, Acalanes struggled to find their rhythm as Sacred Heart increased the pressure by serving tough and getting a lot of digs. The Dons kept it close initially and were tied 9-9 before the Irish went on a scoring run that proved too much for Acalanes to overcome as they lost the second set 14-25 to end their tournament.

Congrats to the team for finishing tied for third at the tournament – Go Dons!

Oct 6 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls JV Team hosted Dublin at home and routed the Gaels in straight sets 25-10, 25-13.  The Dons jumped out quickly with service aces by Kaitlyn Enrici combined with a series of Dublin hitting errors. Acalanes never let up and they sided out effectively the rest of the set with several kills by Ren Dunwoodie, quick attacks by Riana Buchman and Elsa Clever and blocks by Lexi Fraser to win the first set 25-10.  The Dons staked out another early lead in the second set and raced to a 19-9 lead behind serving by Roxy Cummings. Dublin served their way back to 19-13, before Acalanes reasserted control and cruised the rest of the way with several aces by Zoe McPhail to finish out the match 25-13.  The Dons have remained undefeated at 6-0 in non-tournament play (11-2 overall) for the season!

Oct 6 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Dublin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

R. Takahashi

Oct 3 – Girls Water Polo

Acalanes girls water polo fell short to Montevista 10-6.
A physical game against Montevista. Acalanes lacked defense. Emma Myall scored 5 of the 6 goals with Bella Wentzel adding the 6th goal.
Lucy Fellner had 6 saves in goal with 1 steal.
Girls Face Campolindo Wednesday at 5 o’clock @ Campo

Oct 5 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

The girls tennis team was defeated by Castilleja HS and defeated Mountain View HS in the Battle of the Bay Invitational.

R. Takahashi

Oct 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

opened the DFAL season with a 34-13 victory over Alhambra HS. The JV team scored a last minute touchdown to squeak out a 27-26 victory.

Braden Stephens
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Girls Water Polo

played very well against perennial power Monte Vista HS in a 10-6 defeat.

Girls Tennis

fell to Cupertino HS and rebounded to defeat Willow Glen HS in the Battle of the Bay Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Water Polo

Emma Myall scored 5 goals and Lucy Fellner had 14 saves.

R. Takahashi

Oct 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

shutout Las Lomas HS 25-11, 25-15, 25-16. The jv and freshman teams did likewise in two games.

Girls Golf

defeated Alhambra HS 231-251.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Alhambra HS in their DFAL opener. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Monte Vista HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:30.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 and Vanessa Van Pell 39 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Oct 1 – Girls Volleyball win in 3

Las Lomas #1 10/1/15

Your Acalanes Dons visit the Knights on a beautiful night (NOT 100 degrees!)

2-1 Jones kill gets the Dons started. Las Lomas is a younger team this year.

7-4 Jones Aces the serve

8-4 Long rally and a Webster block

9-4 Webster with a line kill…mmm tasty

12-5 Marjerum with the dunk in the Middle

15-8 Bolen with a nice block

17-8. Stanford: Ahhhhh Ace!

19-8 Grobeck makes a sweet pass to keep the point alive and then Time Out Knights. Dons playing nice and steady.

23-10. Nice ups by Stanford on some short serves and Marjerum finishes with a kill in the middle

25-11 Roberts finds a crease with a kill, then scores again to win the set with a sweet roll shot that finds wood.

2nd set:

1-0. Mimi White with the ROOF.

2-1 Webster says “I can ROOF too!”

3-5. Knights on a little roll but Graham shuts it down with a kill, and then Lam serves 2 straight aces…6-5 Dons!

8-6 Webster kills it down the line.

10-7 Stanford. Ace. Again.

12-7. Jones heating up. 2 Big Kills. This Las Lomas Alum is worried for the Knights!

15-7. Dons front line blocking really well. Jones roofage.

17-7. Stanford. Ace. Again. And then another one!!!

19-8. Gay and Porep with nice passes. And Jones finishes With Authority.

21-9 Elliot kill off the Kalil set! Beautiful.

25-15. Dons finish it off to take the 2nd set.

Set 3:

1-1. Nevins with the kill in the middle to get the Dons started in the 3rd.

5-3. Nice dig by Jones then Bolen to Webster for the kill.

7-3. Graham with “the Elevation Sensation” kill. And Lam follows with an Ace! 8-3.

10-6 Graham pounds a kill. Dons trying to build a lead and finish this match in 3.

14-7. Nevins with a big block winner, Grobeck with an Ace, and LL with a timeout to try and regroup!

15-7. Timeout ineffectual. Grobeck Ace.

16-7. Kalil in to set and she launches a good one for a Jones sharp angle kill.

18-8 Teee Nevins with a kill.

19-8. Web. Ster. Kill.

22-14. Roberts gets a back row kill after a long rally. Dons closing in on it…..

25-16 And the Dons close it out in 3!

Game scores: 25-11, 25-15, 25-16.
Dons improve to 5-4 on the season.

Ken Webster

Oct 1 – Girls JV Tennis

The JV Lady Dons tennis team downed the Alhambra Bulldogs 8-3 in a DFAL match this afternoon in Martinez. All of the Acalanes lines played competitively in a convincing win.

Using the 8-game pro set format, Maddie Guzaitis and Kelianne Witt playing at D-1 began the scoring with an 8-2 win. Maddie and Keli overcame a slow start before taking control of the match by running off six consecutive games. Also starting slow at D-2, Sam Sweeney and Olivia Reinecke found themselves down 0-3 before they began to play their game on their way to an 8-4 victory. Playing against opponents, who did not put much pace on the ball and lobbed consistently, Olivia and Sam tried a couple of different tactics before settling on playing a fine aggressive style of tennis on their way to victory.

Niki Palamountain and Skyler Demartini continued their winning ways by serving and volleying effectively to record an 8-2 win at D-3. Captains Alex Awwad and Doe Steinbrecher, playing at D-4 took control of the net en route to an 8-4 victory. Also prevailing 8-4, Meena Neelakadan and Milena Lucey communicated effectively on a number of points and covered the court well at D-5. At D-8, Sally Tang and Olivia Towery got off to a fast start at 3-0 and continued to pressure their opponents at the net to secure an 8-3 win.

The Lady Dons freshman duos acquitted themselves well at D-7, 9 and 10. Sophia Lindgren and Emily Craig played really well together and covered the court effectively in notching an 8-4 win. At D-9, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig served well and maintained their focus to record an 8-2 Acalanes victory. Rounding out our day and recording a dominant 8-0 win, Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk also had to work to maintain their focus, while Sophia was knocking Molly’s racquet out of her hand with a serve.

The JV Lady Dons improved their record to 4-2 overall and evened our record at 2-2 in the DFAL.

John Vocke

Oct 1 – CC Times Athlete of the Week

Hannah Kresnak was recognized by Contra Costa Times as an Athlete of the Week.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports/ci_28902006/east-bay-athlete-week-hannah-kresnak-acalanes-girls

 

Oct 1 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 25-4 in their DFAL opener raising their overall record to 8-2.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 17-5 in their DFAL opener raising their overall record to 9-3.

Girls Golf

defeated Campolindo HS 245-259.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Alhambra HS at Franklin Canyon GC at 3:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Kai Mills scored 3 goals and had 3 assists. Casey Conrad scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Michael Green and Nico Hillman each scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Even Wentzel and Bennett Winther each scored 3 goals. Nathan Brickman and Brad Robison each scored 2 goals and had 2 assists. Brendan Supple scored 2 goals.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 39 and Vanessa Van Pell 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell won the boys race at the DFAL Center Meet.
Sammy Taketa placed 11th and Brooke Lennox 13th in the girls race at the DFAL Center Meet.

R. Takahashi

Sep 30 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 5-4 to raise their overall record to 6-2 and their DFAL record to 3-1. Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Madeline Bakar and Aleksandra Singer won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech won their doubles match.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00 and Varsity boys at 6:00.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 29 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Vanessa Van Pell shot a 73 and Emily Attiyeh 74 at the Poppy Ridge Invitational.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Dublin HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 26 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

2nd Place 2015 East County Invitational

2nd Place 2015 East County Invitational

The Freshman Girls Volleyball team went undefeated until the final match, where they dropped to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in the East County Invitational Tournament this past weekend.  The girls played very well and were excited to bring home the 2nd place plaque for Acalanes.

Sep 26 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo finished 2nd in the Amanda MacDonald Tournament

Friday the Acalanes Girls started off The Invitational by defeating Menlo high 15 to 3. Followed by a win over Archbishop Mitty 12 to 5 with Hannah Kresnak as a high scorer with 7 points.

Saturday’s games proved to be tough, but Acalanes Girls came out of the first game with a Win over Leland high school 10-8. This game was a battle with Emma Myall high scorer with 4 points and 3 steals but key player of the game was Lucy Fellner with 12 saves in Goal. The tournament came to an end with the 6-4 loss against St. Francis in championship round. A Great Invitational and a lot of great water polo from the Acalanes Girls!

Menlo v AHS
Goals/Assist
Kresnak 5 , Rowell 4, Myall 3/4, Stewart 1/1, Wentzel 1/1, Walker /1, Lucy Fellner /1
Mitty v AHS
Kresnak 7/1, Myall 3/4, Kylie Walker 1, Wentzel 1, Stewart /2, Chapman /1
L. Fellner 7 Saves
Souza 2 Saves

Leland v AHS
Myall 4, Kresnak 2/1, Wentzel 2, Stewart 1/1, Rowell 1
Lucy Fellner 12 saves in Goal
St Francis v AHS
Kresnak 2, Calender 1, Wentzel 1, Myall /1, Rowell /1
L. Fellner 7 Saves

Sep 26 – Gaskell Wins at Stanford Invitational

Supreme shout out to CAMERON GASKELL, who finished FIRST in the prestigious Stanford Invitational Div III race on Saturday, with a winning time of 15:18.9, while setting a new Acalanes school record for this course in the process. SIMPLY AMAZING…..but that’s not all! To top off the historic day, both varsity teams improved their collective times on the Stanford course from one year ago! Awesome job team! Complete meet results are posted at www.xcstats.com. (click on “subscribing schools” and then “Acalanes.”).

BUT FIRST…..
CAMERON GASKELL POST RACE INTERVIEW:
http://stanfordxcinvite.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=364&do=videos&video_id=155421

Tarq Inman

Sep 28 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at Poppy Ridge GC at 12:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 27 -Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Bellarmine HS 14-9, but finished the day with a big victory over Campolindo HS 12-9 in the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Leland HS 10-8 before falling to St. Francis HS 6-4 in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

R. Takahashi

Sep 26 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Clovis HS 15-6 and Menlo School 13-6 in the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Menlo School 15-3 and Archbishop Mitty HS 12-5 in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

Brandon Supple

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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Stanford Invitational at Stanford Golf Course at 12:00.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 24 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Wins over Marin Catholic

Acalanes girls water polo started their long weekend of playing with a Win v. Marin Catholic 11-3.

Today the Dons head to the South Bay for the Amanda MacDonald Tournament. Game times start at 12:00. They will continue to play through Saturday. If you can catch a game take a look at https://www.menloschool.org/athletics/us-girls-varsity-water-polo.php and click on the Amanda MacDonald Tournament 2016 link. We would love to see the Dons Fans out there.

Goals: Hannah Kresnak 6, Emma Myall 3, Alex Fellner, Maddy Stewart

Assist: Emma Myall 2, Lexi Rowell 2, Hannah Kresnak, Maddy Stewart, Bella Wentzel

Steals:Lexi Rowell 4, Alex Calendar, Annika Walker, Hannah Kresnak, Alex Fellner, Emma Myall, and Nicole Chapman

Good Luck in the Tourney Ladies

GO DONS!

Sep 25 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

cruised to a 11-3 victory over Marin Catholic HS to raise their record to 5-2.

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 6-3 to raise their overall record to 5-2 and their league record to 2-1. The jv team recorded a 6-0 shutout.

Girls Volleyball

gave Campolindo HS all they could handle before falling in four games. The jv team won in 3 games and the freshman team lost in two very close games.

Maddie Graham
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In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Stanford Invitational at Stanford Golf Course at 12:00.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Skylar Jeveli and Sydney Bell won their singles matches.
Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Susie Bush & Fernanda Heredia and Marina Akutsa & Hannah Snyder won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie McDonagh & Kelly Min, Sammy Browne & Claire Terentieff, Alexia Lucy & Lucy Nguyen, Milena Lucey & Olivia Towery, Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson and Emily Craig & Sophia Lindgren won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones did it all recording numerous kills from the net and back row, and passing with great efficiency. Maddie Graham used precision hitting to dissect the Cougars. Grace Bolen spread the wealth by recording countless assists to many of her teammates.

Parker Jones
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R. Takahashi

Sep 24 – JV Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls JV team took on Campolindo for the first time this season and came away with a thrilling three-set victory, 18-25, 25-17 and 15-11. In a sweltering gym, the Dons got off to a slow start and spotted Campo an early lead but started to get back into the groove late in the set before losing 18-25.  The Dons jumped out quickly in the second set behind stronger serving, passing and hustling defense, with all players contributing on the offensive and defensive ends.  They kept the pressure on throughout the set and closed it out 25-17.  The Dons traded points with the Cougars early in the third set before going on a serving run to lead 11-7. Campo closed the gap to 11-10 before the Dons regained their stride and hammered the Cougars the rest of the way to win the match 15-11 in front of a sea of Acalanes fans!  With this key rivalry win, the Dons remain undefeated and move to  4-0 on the season.

Sep 24 – JV Girls Tennis: Acalanes 6 – Las Lomas 0

The JV Lady Dons recorded their first DFAL win of the 2015 season by blanking the Las Lomas Knights 6-0 at home. Due to a number of illnesses, Las Lomas only brought three lines to today’s match. Captains Alexia Lucey and Lucy Nguyen got the Acalanes ball rolling with a convincing 8-1 win at D-3. Alexia and Lucy communicated effectively and covered the court well throughout their match. Also recording an 8-1 win were Captains Sammy Brown and Claire Terentieff at D-2. Claire and Sammy took control of the net and the match early and did not look back.

At D-1 Kelly Min and Maddie McDonagh got off to a slow start getting down 0-2 before they cut down their unforced errors and began playing their game en route to a 8-3 win. Maddie was literally a last minute fill in with her mother bringing her tennis gear to school during seventh period.

At D-5, Milena Lucey and Olivia Towery teamed to play the D-2 team from Las Lomas. Despite Milena hitting a first serve off the back of Olivia’s head, our D-5 combo rolled to an 8-2 victory.

Las Lomas split up its D-1 team to play lines four and six. These proved to be the most competitive and compelling matches of the day. Facing a D-1, D-3 team, Maggie Curless used a combination of her hard first serve and “moon ball” second to keep Las Lomas off balance and Jess Gerson effectively controlled the net on their way to an 8-6 win. The final match of the day saw the frost duo of Sophia Lindgren and Emily Klein playing at D-6 against a D-1 player and her D-3 partner. Emily and Sophia grabbed an early lead and did not let go. Sophia served out an 8-6 win with Emily volleying a clean winner at match point.

This impressive win evens our overall record at 3-3 and we move to 1-2 in DFAL play. Way to go Lady Dons!

COACH JOHN

Sep 23 – JV Girls Tennis : Acalanes 5 – College Park 1

The Lady Dons played well at all lines to defeat College Park High 5-1 on the road. Olivia Towery and Jess Gerson began the Acalanes scoring at D-5, by blanking their opponents 6-0 in a six-game pro set format. Claire Terentieff and Olivia Olson controlled both the net and their College Park foes to bring home a 6-1 win at D-4. Sally Tang and Maddie McDonagh at D-3 served and volleyed well in hanging a bagel (6-0) on their opponents.

Lia Swan teamed with Sammy Browne to ring up a terrific 6-2 win at D-6, again by controlling the net and dictating play. At D-1 Vivian Toni and Mia Westphal dropped their first set 2-6, but then regrouped and refocused to prevail 6-1 against a difficult, unorthodox College Park pair. Mia and Vivian showed real mental toughness.

The final and most competitive match of the day saw Sophia Lindgren and Hayley Gotelli rally from 4-5 down at D-2 to rip off three consecutive games and walk away winners 7-5. Some of our lines had finished their second exhibition set before Sophia and Hayley got off the court. Many of the games in this match went to deuce; and Sophia and Hayley had to break serve twice in the last three games. This was a really fine competitive effort.

It was a great effort for all of the Lady Don pairs this afternoon.

John Vocke

Sep 24 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

was defeated by Dublin HS.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated College Park HS 5-1.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Marin Catholic HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Hayley Gotelli & Sophia Lindgren, Maddie McDonagh & Sally Tang, Liv Olson & Claire Terentieff, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery and Sammy Brown & Lia Swan won their doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Sep 23 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

continues to assert themselves with a 15-9 victory over De La Salle HS. The JV team pulled out a 9-8 victory. Tommy Fellner scored 6 goals and had 1 assist. Bennett Winther scored 4 goals and had 3 assists. Brendan Supple scored 4 goals. Patrick Worthing had 20 saves.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against Dublin HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 22- Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Las Lomas HS 254-278.

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts De La Salle HS. Freshmen at 4:30, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 21 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

defeated Miramonte HS and Northgate HS and was defeated by Monte Vista HS and Lowell HS in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Boys Cross Country

finished 17th at the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational. Cameron Gaskell finished 4th, individually.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Varsity Girls Volleyball Play Well in Deer Valley Tournament

The Lady Dons varsity volleyball team traveled to Heritage High in Brentwood
Saturday and competed against some top teams in the Championship bracket of the Deer Valley Varsity Tournament.

The Dons lost to Lowell of San Francisco, and Monte Vista of Danville, but both matches were very close.
In the afternoon the team defeated Northgate and rival Miramonte in exciting matches.

The Dons are now 4–3 on the season and host crosstown rival Campolindo this Thursday night at 6:30.

Sep 19 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Analy HS. The JV team stopped the last minute 2-point conversion to pull out a 34-33 victory.

Michael Bone
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

Varsity team competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.
JV team competes in the Sacred Heart tournament.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Las Lomas JV tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 17 – Girls JV Tennis

The Lady Dons first road trip was commandeered by Campolindo as the Cougars won a spirited match 7–3. Molly Cronk stepped up to play our first singles match of the year and fought hard before dropping an 8-game pro set 3-8.

At Doubles 1, Maddie MacDonagh and Sam Sweeney provided Acalanes’ first highlight by playing an “up and down and up” match in recording an 8-6 win. Sam and Maddie were up early only to see their lead dissolve before they re-grouped to pull out a victory in a really fine match.

At D-6, Jess Gerson teamed with Maggie Curless to play a terrific match that resulted in an 8-6 Lady Dons win. Both Maggie and Jess dominated the net and covered the court effectively throughout the match. Our final win was in the final match of the day with Niki Palamountain hitting the final winner to secure an 8-5 win with her partner Skyler DeMartini. Niki and Skyler ran down a number of Campo shots that appeared to be winners only to turn them into Lady Don points.

Although we came up short today, we get Campo at our house in October and will look to reverse the result. You should also know that the Campolindo’s Coach Melanie complimented all of you on your sportsmanship and competitiveness.

John Vocke

Sep 18 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

pulled off a HUGE 5-4 victory over Campolindo HS. Sasha Schtein, Aleksandra Singer, Skylar Jeveli and Sydney Bell won singles matches. Marina Akutsu & Hannah Snyder won their doubles match.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Analy HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Las Lomas JV tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Sacred Heart tournament.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Las Lomas JV tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 17 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

squeaked by Alhambra HS 261-264.

Girls Volleyball

played very well in defeat to perennial power Monte Vista HS taking them to four games.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Northgate HS.

Freshman Football

mounted a last minute drive that fell short as they were defeated by Analy HS 8-6.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 39 and Vanessa Van Pell 40 on a 9-hole, par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Girls JV Volleyball

Sep 8: The Acalanes Girls’ JV Volleyball team launched the season in style against College Park with a resounding straight set victory 25-9, 25-9 at home. The Dons jumped out quickly in the first set with effective serving, led by middle blocker, Elsa Clever‘s three aces, and had excellent passing and a balanced attack throughout the set, with several kills by opposite, Sarah Nelson. In the second set, the team continued pressuring College Park with their serves and hitting, along with good passing and a strong overall defense. The Dons led early in the second set and never looked back as they notched their first league victory of the season.

Sep 9: The Acalanes Girls’ JV Volleyball team continued their winning ways with another straight set win, 25-16, 25-12, over visiting Pittsburg. In set 1, the Dons’ attack was paced by opposite, Lexi Fraser, complemented by active defense from middle blocker, Elsa Clever, as Acalanes got into a groove later in the set. In the second set, the Dons built on their first set performance to dominate the Pirates, with solid passing in the back row and particularly strong hitting from outside hitter, Samantha Darin, and opposite, Lexi Fraser, as the Dons cruised to start the season 2-0.

Sep 16: The Acalanes Girls JV Volleyball team faced off at home with Monte Vista and came away with a three-set victory, 25-16, 16-25 and 15-8. The Dons started quickly against the Mustangs and jumped to an early lead behind strong serving, with effective hitting from outside hitters, Roxy Cummings and Samantha Darin, and all of the middle blockers. They kept up the pressure and finished off the first set 25-16. In the second set, Monte Vista jumped out to a 6-1 lead but the Dons battled back to 7-10 before the Mustangs put together a series of blocks, spikes and serves to gain the upper hand and closed out the set 25-16. The third set started off tight as the teams traded points early on, but then the Dons asserted control behind a strong serving run by Roxy Cummings, including two that led to overpass kills by middle blocker, Riana Buchman. This was complemented by great hustle and defense in the back row by Hannah Edwards, Kaitlyn McKendell and Zoe McPhail along with solid setting by Kaitlyn Enrici and Rachel Go. With the gym rocking, the Dons closed out the match on a quick attack to win the set 15-8 and run their record to 3-0 in the league.

Alan Go

Sep 16 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Monte Vista HS. Freshman at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Northgate HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Freshman Football

hosts Analy HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 15 – JV GIRLS TENNIS – Dougherty Valley 8 – Acalanes 0

All of our lines competed hard in a 8-0 loss to the defending DFAL Girls Tennis Champions from Dougherty Valley today. At D-1, Kelly Min and Sam Sweeney rallied from 3-6 down to take their 8-game pro set to a tiebreaker at 8-8. They even took the tiebreaker beyond 7-points before Dougherty Valley could break through 8-6.

All of our freshmen pairs competed really well in their first DFAL action. Milena Lucey shook off being drilled in the back by Emily Klein’s serve and they went on to take 5 games from their opponents at D-6. Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig won 4 games from their opponents in a really hard-fought match at D-5. Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi playing at D-4 lost 8-2, but the match was much closer than the score would indicate. Many of their games went to deuce before being decided.

Overall, the Lady Dons really played well against a fine DFAL opponent. While it was a tough day on the court, the pain started with Olivia Olson being stung by a bee during the team introductions. Playing through the pain, Liv partnered with Lia Swan at D-7 and played a tough match winning 4 games.

We look forward to taking on Campo in an away match on Thursday.

Coach John Vocke

Sep 12 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

The Freshman Girls Volleyball team took 3rd place in the Dougherty Valley Freshman Tournament this past Saturday, dropping to Bishop O’Dowd in the semi-finals.  Monte Vista defeated Bishop O’Dowd to win the final.  Girls worked hard and learned a lot, looking forward to the next Freshman Tournament September 26th at Deer Valley!

AHS Freshman Volleyball

Nadeshiko Osaki #15


Sep 15 – Tuesday Sports

Girls Tennis

has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

R. Takahashi

Sep 11 – Follow us on Twitter

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Sep 16 – Volleyball game date change

The girls volleyball match with Monte Vista HS has been changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, September 16. The site remains Acalanes HS and the times remain the same as the freshmen play at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30. The girls need your support. Please come out in mass.

R. Takahashi

Sep 12 – 4th at The Acalanes Invitational

Acalanes Girls Water Polo Team was busy this weekend playing in their biggest fundraiser The Acalanes Invitational!

Playing 2 games on Friday and 2 on Saturday these Dons proved to be a tough group. Finishing in 4th this weekend the Dons season is underway.

Thank you to all that helped make our Invitational a great success and a big thank you to Kim Stewart for making 2 pools run swimmingly!

Brooke Alsterlind
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Sep 12 – Ed Sias Invitational Results

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Christian Lyons
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It looks like Southwest is now boarding…
Over 200 entries in each division

 

Tarq Inman

 

Sep 14 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Righetti HS 9-5 and recorded a HUGE victory over Campolindo HS 9-5 in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

Acalanes Invitational Tournament Action

Emma Lyall
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R. Takahashi

Sep 12 – Ed Sias Invitational

Riley Smith placed 4th overall in the Boys JV Unlimited Division with a time of 12:17.4 over two miles.

Full Acalanes results to follow…

Riley Smith
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Gint Federas

Sep 12 – Boys Water Polo – Santa Barbara Tournament

Boys Water Polo – Santa Barbara 6th annual Invitational Tournament

Acalanes won their opener against Cerritos handily 15-9.

Acalanes lost to 4th seeded Huntington Beach 13-10. Jack Winther led the team with 5 goals.

The Dons rebounded from the loss with a 10-9 win over San Marcos. The Dons were down 9-6 with just under two minutes left. Then capped a 4 goals run with a counter goal from Casey Conrad off of a Brendan Supple steal to give the Dons the lead with 14 seconds left.

Acalanes defeated Righetti 9-5. The Dons led the whole game. Tommy Fellner had 3 goals.

Acalanes defeated Campolido 9-5 for 9th place in the Santa Barbara invitational. Acalanes was up 4-0 at the end of the first and never relinquished their lead for the rest of the game.

by Tommy Fellner

Sep 12 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

rallied to score 18 points in the second half to take their first lead of the game, but Heritage HS scored on their last possession go ahead for good 28-25. The JV team almost pulled off the miracle comeback, but fell short 28-22.

DEFENSE
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Girls Water Polo

won their first two game in the Acalanes Invitational.

Girls Tennis

split their first two matches in the James Logan Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

participates in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park, Martinez

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Girls Tennis

competes in the James Logan Invitational.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 14 – 18: Cheer Clinic

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Sep 11 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Heritage HS in the home opener. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Girls Tennis

competes in the James Logan Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Girls Tennis

competes in the James Logan Invitational.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 9 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Season Opener v. Tamalpais

Acalanes Girls Water Polo swept Tamalpais in their season opener.
Looking strong for the season and getting ready for the Acalanes Invitational this weekend. Hannah Kresnak, a Senior lead with 7 goals. An amazing start of the season for Hannah. Emma Myall, Senior Utility had control of the ball with 3 goals, 3 assist, and 2 steals. Lexi Rowell, Freshman started her career at Acalanes strong with 2 goals, 2 assist and 3 steals. Brooke Alsterlind, Nicole Chapman and Alex Fellner all followed with a goal each.
In the cage Ella Marsiano saved 4, Lucy Fellner 3 with 1 assist and Kenny Souza 1 save.

Acalanes Invitational September 11th-12th:

Come out to support our girls and watch the action at the Acalanes Invitational. First Varsity game is at 2:00 – against Amador Valley.  Second game will be at 5:00 or 6:00. There is a gate fee – $6 for the day or $10 for a 2-day pass. Saturdays games start at 8:30 finishing up the tournament with Championship at 3:30.
Go Dons!

Sep 10 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

starts the season 2-0 after defeating Pittsburg HS 25-9, 25-5, 25-12. The jv team won 25-17, 25-12 and the freshmen likewise 25-11, 25-8.

Girls Water Polo

opened their season with a 15-1 victory over Tamalpais HS.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against College Park HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Heritage HS at 5:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Hannah Roberts had 10 kills and 3 aces. Calista Lam had 11 digs and 2 aces. Heidi Stanford had 10 digs.

R. Takahashi

Sep 9 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

AHS freshman girls volleyball team defeated Pittsburg tonight 25-8, 25-11. Highlights included 5 hits by middle hitter Coco Cornish and 5 service aces by outside hitter Laurel Park and 4 service aces by Claire McNally.

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#10 Laurel Park

Kim Park

Sep 8 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

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Collette (Coco) Cornish and Lara Dissman

Acalanes Freshman Girls kicked off their volleyball season with a win over College Park Freshman team (25-8, 25-18).  In their Home opener, freshman serving was strong and defense was solid.

Kim Park

Sep 9 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

 

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Girls Volleyball

defeated College Park HS 25-15, 25-15, 25-12. The JV team did likewise 25-9, 25-10 as did the freshmen 25-8, 25-18.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Pittsburg HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Parker Jones
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R. Takahashi

Sep 8 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

opens their season hosting College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Cross Country

competes in the Monte Vista Invitational at Oak Hill Park in Danville at 4:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 5 – Saturday Sports

Football

Friday night, the football team cruised past Skyline HS 49-0. The JV team did likewise 39-6.
R. Takahashi

Sep 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

JV Girls Tennis

defeated San Ramon Valley HS 6-3.
Hannah Snyder & Mia Westphal, Maddie McDonagh & Sam Sweeney, Skylar DeMartini & Niki Palamountain, Hayley Gotelli & Claire Terentieff, Jess Gerson & Olivia Towery and Sammy Browne and Zoe Steinbrecher on their doubles matches.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Skyline HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 3 – JV Lady Dons Tennis launches season 6-3 over the Wolfpack from San Ramon Valley

In a really well played match, comprised of 10 game pro sets, the Lady Dons were lead by Hannah Snyder and Mia Westphal playing at D-1. Mia and Hannah played physically and mentally tough to break serve at 9-10 and force a tiebreaker. They secured an 11-10 victory by winning the tiebreaker 7-2. Sam Sweeney and Maddie MacDonagh had a much easier time at D-3, but maintained great focus in winning 10-3. At D-6, Niki Palamountain and Skylar DeMartini were locked in a really competitive match 5-5 before pulling away to record a 10-6 win.

At 10-1, Claire Terentieff and Hayley Gotelli won the most lopsided of our lines at D-7. Like Maddie and Sam, Claire and Hayley did not let their opponents into the match by continuing to play aggressively at the net. At D-9, Jess Gerson and Olivia Towery also demonstrated terrific net play in a 10-3 victory. The final match of the day saw Doe Steinbrecher and Sammy Browne overcome a 6-9 deficit to prevail 11-9. Doe and Sammy got off to a rocky start, but picked up their games by eliminating unforced errors and showing great mental toughness throughout the match.

Overall, all of our lines competed effectively against a fine team from San Ramon Valley. It was also great to see a number of Lady Dons, who were not slated to play, at the courts to support their teammates.

COACH JOHN

Sep 3 – Thursday Sports

Girls Tennis

has a match against San Ramon Valley HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

R. Takahashi

Sep 2 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Berean Christian HS 9-0 to raise their record to 2-0.

Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Madeline Bakar, Aleksandra Singer, Skylar Jeveli and Sydney Bell won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech, Susie Bush & Fernanda Heredia and Marina Akutsu & Kelly Min won doubles matches.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

has a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 1 – Tuesday Sports

On Deck

Girls Tennis

hosts Berean Christian HS at 3:30.

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Aug 29 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Antioch HS. The JV team pulled out a 28-26 victory.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

hosts their scrimmage day.

Varsity and JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Sacred Heart HS Jamboree.

R. Takahashi

Aug 28 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

starts the season with a 6-3 victory over Justin Siena HS.

Sasha Schtein, Madeline Bakar, Aleksandra Singer, Skylar Jeveli and Sydney Bell won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech won their doubles match.

In Friday’s action…

Football

kicks off their season at Antioch HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

hosts their scrimmage day.

Varsity and JV Boys Water Polo

compete in the Sacred Heart HS Jamboree.

R. Takahashi

Aug 27 – Thursday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Justin Siena HS at 3:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Antioch HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

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Aug 24 – Girls Tennis

In Monday’s action…

The girls tennis team hosts Benicia HS in a scrimmage at 3:30.

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Apr 24 – Dons Commitment Day

Pictured Left to Right:

Molly Dalziel, Volleyball – UC San Diego

Brady Aiello, Football – University of Oregon

Katharine Torchio, Soccer – University of Wisconsin

Zach Stromberg, Baseball – Boston College

Brittany Usinger, Swimming – Harvard University

Cheer Clinic and Tryouts May 11-16

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Mar 28 – Acalanes Throwing Team

This Saturday, March 28th, the Acalanes Throwing Team will be out at Foothill High School in Pleasanton.  Qualifiers will head to the Arcadia Invite.  Stay tuned for results.

Feb 16 – Monday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Soccer

finished their DFAL Championship season defeating Campolindo HS 3-2.  The JV team suffered in defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team recorded a 9-1 victory.

Girls Basketball

defeated Alhambra HS 63-43 avenging an earlier loss.

Boys Basketball

rallied furiously from a 23 point deficit only to fall short to Alhambra HS 72-68.  The jv team successfully came from behind edge the Bulldogs 59-58.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

has a scrimmage at San Ramon Valley HS.  JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Baseball

plays San Leandro HS in a scrimmage at 11:00.  Varsity is home and jv is away.

 

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match against Justin Siena HS at Napa Valley College at 3:30.

 

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 17 points and added 9 rebounds. Brooke Panfili scored 19 points with 1 3-pointer and 4 assists. Roni Marrone scored 13 points.

 

NCS girls soccer playoffs…

The #1 seeded girls soccer team hosts El Cerrito HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note:  At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge of $9 for general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens.  No passes will be honored.

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Jan 28 – Acalanes Girls Soccer 2-0 over Dougherty Valley

On paper it looked like it should be an easy win for the Dons. Dougherty Valley came into Wednesday’s game with a 3-9-1 Record and Acalanes came in with a 12-1 record. But Dougherty Valley showed why 8 or their 9 losses were by less than 2 goals and why 6 or their losses were by 1 goal. They play hard and try to capitalize on mistakes.

The game was fast-paced as usual and started off quickly with Kierra Krawec (#4) scoring on a quick flip from Caroline Clark (#14). Krawec weaved past two defenders and drew the goalie out. From there it was an easy kick into the goal to score the first goal.

The rest of the second half was beautiful passing and defense by the Dons. Although the offense played beautifully and created many opportunities, the ball just couldn’t find the net again in the first half.
The second half started with the Wildcats playing with a lot more intensity and getting a few opportunities, but they again could not penetrate Acalanes tough defense. The Acalanes Lady Dons combined for 25 takeaways and wreaked havoc with the Wildcat’s offense.

Although Acalanes had several opportunities (two goals that went wide but the crowd was convinced had gone in), the lone goal of the second half came with 15 minutes left in the game. Acalanes took advantage of another steal and forced the ball back up the middle. Emily Smith (#25) and Clark (#14) put some well-placed passes right at the feet of their strikers. Callie Ericksen (#19) beat her defender and then the goalie to cross her ball directly in front of the net. Krawec (#4) , perfectly positioned and with no goalie to worry about, took Ericksen’s (#19) cross and placed the ball in the back of the net for her 2nd goal of the game. Acalanes’ possession game then took over and the defense kept the ball away from the Wildcats for the majority of the remainder of the game. Coach Sassano’s back four of Morgan Rogers (#21), Lexie Silva (#3), Molly Davis (#16) and Katharine Larson (#6) shut down the Wildcat’s offense, while freshman goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) saved all shots on goal to record the shut out.

The win takes the Dons to 13-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Lady Dons could really use some fan support as they take on Dublin this Friday at 6:15 at Acalanes. The Dons sit in 1st place by themselves, but have 4 very tough games left before the NCS Tournament.

By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:

Game: Acalanes HS (13-1-0 Overall and 7-1 Conference) v. Dougherty Valley HS (3-10-1 Overall and 1-5-1 Conference)
Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 1-0
Final Score: 2-0
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Kierra Krawec (#4) (2:55)
Goal 2: Kierra Krawec, #4 (Assist Callie Ericksen, #19) (64:50)
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 2 saves (1st half)/5 saves (2nd half) DVHS – 2 saves (1st half)/4 saves (2nd half)

Jan 26 – Water Polo Fundraiser

Hi Everyone, Diablo Water Polo is having a dinner at Gianni’s Restaurant in San Ramon on January 26, 2015.

I will be a Waitress for the evening at Gianni’s as well as other Diablo Water Polo volunteers and here is the KEY…
ALL TIPS will go to Diablo Water Polo players and their trip to Italy. More specific all their apparel.

If anyone would like to sponsor the team and have their company on the apparel please let me know as well.
Come join the fun, make your reservations on line at Open Table or Call Gianni’s. We would love to see you!

See you there,
Julia Myall

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Congratulations to all the Fall Sports athletes recognized by DFAL this year:

Cross Country: Cameron Gaskell, Sammy Taketa

Football: Brady Aiello, Michael Fink, Tom Hofmeister, Tyler Henderson, John O’Malley, Chad Johnson, Jared Finney, Tommy Nimura

Girls Golf: Emily Attiyeh, Vanessa Van Pell

Girls Tennis: Melissa Van Pell, Sasha Schtein, Lauren Ladrech, Quinn Harrington, Tara Barabi

Girls Volleyball: Molly Dalziel, Parker Jones, Calista Lam

Boys Water Polo: Charlie Rodgers, Brendan Supple, Tommy Fellner, Jack Winther, Brad Robison

Girls Water Polo: Hannah Kresnak, Brooke Alsterlind, Emma Myall, Lucy Fellner

Dec 19 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Maria Carrillo HS 65-26 in the first round of the Lady Don’s Classic. Sierra Galanza led the scoring with 15 points and Julia Lyons and Roni Marrone each added 11 points.

Wrestling

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts Windsor HS in the semifinals of the Lady Don’s Classic at 8:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the second round of the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS at the De La Salle Showcase at 12:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts the Lady Don’s Classic.

JV Girls Basketball team

in the final round of the California tournament.

Boys Basketball

plays at San Marin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Concord HS at 2:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS at 11:00.

Congratulations…

Molly Dalziel was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls volleyball.
Cameron Gaskell and Sammy Taketa were named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for cross country.

Shopping News…

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Dec 6 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Redwood HS 54-50 in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

won their semifinal game in the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Girls Soccer

defeated Hercules HS 9-0.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS in the third round of the Acalanes Invitational at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Campolindo HS in the consolation championship game in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament at 130.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the championship game of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the Pittsburg Tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00.

Congratulations

Charlie Rogers, Brendan Supple and Hannah Kresnak were named Contra Costa Times All-East Bay 2nd team selections for water polo.

Shopping News…

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R. Takahashi

Dec 5 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Immaculate Conception Academy 65-13 in the first round of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

defeated Colfax HS in the first round of the Pittsburg Tournament.

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Montgomery HS in the first round of the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

Boys Soccer

was down early 1-0, but rallied to tie the score only to fall in the last minute to Albany HS 2-1 in the second round of the Acalanes Invitational.

JV Boys Basketball

defeated Cardinal Newman HS in the first round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

defeated El Cerrito HS 66-24 in the first round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts Hercules HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Lincoln HS in the semifinals of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco at 8:30.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the semifinals of the Pittsburg Tournament at 8:30.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays Redwood HS in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS at 5:30.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the semifinals of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament at 8:30.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the semifinals of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS at 6:30.

Wrestling

competes in the DFAL Novice Tournament at Campolindo HS at 4:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS in the third round of the Acalanes Invitational at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

plays in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the Pittsburg Tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey poured in 10 points.

Boys Soccer

Joey Moran recorded the lone goal.

Congratulations

Charlie Rogers, Brendan Supple and Hannah Kresnak were named Contra Costa Times All-East Bay 2nd team selections for water polo.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

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DFAL Names All-League Cross Country Teams

Congratulations to these Acalanes athletes. DFAL recognizes outstanding outstanding performance by selecting the best of the best.

1st Team Boys – Cameron Gaskell

1st Team Girls – Sammy Taketa

DFAL names All-League Girls Volleyball Teams

Congratulations to these Acalanes athletes. DFAL recognizes outstanding outstanding performance by selecting the best of the best.

1st Team – Molly Dalziel – Senior

2nd Team – Parker Jones – Sophomore

Honorable Mention – Calista Lam – Junior

Acalanes Sports over the Thanksgiving break

Saturday, November 22

Cross Country

battled the elements and fought through the mud to post an outstanding NCS Championship showing. The boys finished 5th overall in division 3 to qualify for the CIF Championships Saturday, November 29 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Cameron Gaskell continues to shine placing 4th accompanied by Nima Leclerc finishing 18th and Alex Kelly in 34th place. The girls improved greatly on last years finish with a 9th place finish. Sammy Taketa placed 9th to qualify for the CIF Championships and Brooke Lennox finished 40th.

Football

completed a strong season in an offensive shootout at Analy HS falling just short 49-41 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Freshman Boys Soccer

recorded a 4-0 victory, with Shukoor Haji scoring 3 goals.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny fell short to Dublin HS 2-0 in the mud bowl.

Monday, November 24

Girls Basketball

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 76-35.

Tuesday, November 25

Girls Basketball

defeated California HS 73-64 in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Foothill HS 72-66 in overtime in the NCS Foundation game. Joey Hewitt led in scoring with 32 points.

Wednesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

defeated the Alumni 59-55.

Saturday, November 29

Cross Country

Congratulations to Sammy Taketa for a strong performance placing 22nd at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in division 3.

R. Takahashi

Nov 28 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts the Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno at 8:00 am.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Special note…

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Nov 22 – Acalanes Cross Country NCS Results

Boys Team qualifies for States

Sammy Taketa qualifies individually

Similar to conditions in years past, the NCS Cross Country Championships were held under wet, rainy and muddy conditions at Hayward HS. But weather is one of the great equalizers in sports and makes for some very exciting results.

Going into the race, the boys were predicted to finish 5th which would qualify them for States. They did just that, by a slim 4 points. The team was led by Junior Cameron Gaskell who finished 4th. Cameron repeated his performance from two weeks ago where he finished 1st in the DFAL Cross Country Championships. Next for the boys team was Senior Nima Leclerc who finished 18th.

In sport of Cross Country, it is team effort, so even if you have runners finishing in the top 20, it still takes 3 more runners (7 runners race, top 5 finishers count for the team total). The next 3 runners, Junior Alex Kelly, Sophomore Seth McWhirter, and Sophomore Zach Woodworth finished out the scoring for the team. Seniors Charlie Westphal and Jared Ericksen completed the team. It was these boys that finished complemented and are necessary for the team to move on to States.

One runner in particular, Alex Kelly, who slipped in the mud and not just a little oops, but he completely fell on his back. He got up persevered and had the best race of his life!! In the rain and mud, Alex came through.

On the girls side, Junior Sammy Taketa qualified to go the the State Championships. This will be the 3rd time Sammy has qualified to go to States. The first time as a team member when she was a Freshman and now this year and last year as an individual. Also, at the DFAL Championships two weeks ago, Sammy finished 5th.

Overall the girls finished 9th, with Juniors Brooke Lennox, and Sadie Donnelly, Freshmen Muppy Gragg and Caroline Kelly.

David Faulkner

Acalanes Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 24

Girls Basketball

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Tuesday, November 25

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the Foundation Game. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at California HS in the Foundation Game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni game at 6:00.

Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28

Boys Soccer

hosts the Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 29

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Cross Country

CIF Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno 8:00, TBA.

R. Takahashi

Nov 24 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Teams battled the elements and fought through the mud to post an outstanding NCS Championship showing. The boys finished 5th overall in division 3 to qualify for the CIF Championships Saturday, November 29 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Cameron Gaskell continues to shine placing 4th accompanied by Nima Leclerc finishing 18th and Alex Kelly in 34th place. The girls improved greatly on last year’s finish with a 9th place finish. Sammy Taketa placed 9th to qualify for the CIF Championships and Brooke Lennox finished 40th.

Football

completed a strong season in an offensive shootout at Analy HS falling just short 49-41 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Freshman Boys Soccer

recorded a 4-0 victory, with Shukoor Haji scoring 3 goals.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny fell short to Dublin HS 2-0 in the mud bowl.

R. Takahashi

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Nov 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Saturday’s action…

Football

plays at Analy HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and Freshmen at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Skyline HS. JV at 1:00 and Varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 2:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 9:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

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Nov 20 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

finished an outstanding season in defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

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Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 19 – Varsity Volleyball versus Campolindo – NCS Semi-Finals

Your Acalanes Dons traveled the long and winding road to Moraga to face the Campolindo Lady Cougars. The Dons traveled well.

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Game #1

Grace Bolen
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1-2 Hannah Roberts fires off a sharp serve that ends with a Dons point.

2-2 Grace Bolen sets outside to Molly Dalziel who fires a lines shot for the kill.

4-4 Campo gets a tricky ball over and Molly Armstrong comes up with a great pass to Bolen and Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

6-6  A ball high above the net with 6’3″ Campo middle versus 5’9″ Dalziel for the joust and…Dons point.

7-7 The crowd is rock’n and Bolen pushes a quick set to Jones who crushes a kill off the block.

8-7 Long rally with great passing and Jones leaps above the block and tips the ball just outside the reach of the defenders.

9-9 Bolen backsets Jones for the opposite kill down the line.

10-11 Mimi White hits a spinner off the “1” for the kill.

12-12 Roll, Roll, Roll your shot, Dalziel for the kill. Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, the Dons get a point.

13-15 Too much going on the try and explain other than “what a rally!”. Huge saves both teams have almost everyone on the floor at some point. A long hard fought battle that ends with a Dons point.

15-16 Dalziel crushes the ball off the block and into the antenna.

17-17 Roberts smokes a sweet Bolen back row set for the kill.

Roberts‘s serving is keeping Campo off balance.

18-18 Copperfield, Houdini and Jones; all great magicians. Jones pulls a bump pass kill out of her bag of tricks.

19-20 The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire; White and Jones roofing company!

21-21 Dalziel crushes a kill off the block.

22-25 Campo

 

Game #2

1-1 Roberts with a laser serve for the ace.

2-3 Dalziel crushes a kill to the back row.

3-9 Dalziel annihilates a kill to the open middle.

5-12 Dalziel serves up the hard knuckle ace.

6-13 Webster; Red solo block, you try a hit, we get a point….

9-13 Carly Porep channels the Beatles and serves “a long line rolling ace, for a Dons point”

10-13 Old school Mercedes; White with a one handed wiper kill.

12-15 Dory Grobeck sets a perfect “1” to White for the kill.

13-17 Grobeck quick sets Jones for the cross court crush kill.

16-25 Campo

Molly Dalziel
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Game #3

0-1 Bolen backsets Jones and…a kill off the block.

1-3 Dalziel approaches from far outside the court and crushes a kill off the block that lands out of bounds.

3-6 A pass is coming fast towards the net and Bolen punches the ball over the net for the fist of fury kill shot.

5-9 You spin me right round baby like a record; Jones with a ball spinning kill.

8-13 Dalziel – Darth Vader kill – “Luke Net Walker, I am your father”

9-15 Bolen sets Dalziel inside. No one is blocking = kill.

10-16 Worked once, why not try it a gain, inside set and Dalziel kill to the back row.

Righteous Brothers = Parker Jones; “You should never close your eyes anymore when you have a big lead”. yes, you know what she is going to do; “bring it on back”.

11-19 Jones roll shot kill.

14-22 Bolen backsets Jones for the Smoke’n kill.

15-22 Jones gets a back row kill.

16-22 Jones off speed ace to the back row goes untouched.

17-22 Jones with a hard knuckle ace to the middle that ricochets harmlessly out of bounds.

18-22 Get this girl to Vegas. Three aces in a row?? – repeat above.

19-22 Bolen to Lam for the back bump pass to Dalziel for the corner kill.

20-25 Campo

The Dons comeback does not happen (insert sad emoji face). Great play, great serving, great passing and a GREAT YEAR. Just my guess, but next year could be even better…On three – “One, Two, Three…Go Dons!”

Bolen – 19 assists and 2 digs

Dalziel – 14 kills and 4 digs

Jones – 11 kills and 4 aces

 

Parker Jones
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Girls Varsity Tennis Players Named All-League by DFAL

The Diablo Foothill Athletic League honored five members of the Acalanes Lady Dons varsity tennis team with All-League selections.

Junior Mellissa Van Pell and freshman Alexandra “Sasha” Schtein were selected to the Second Team Singles All League team.

The sophomore doubles combo of Lauren Ladrech and Quinn Harrington were named to the Second Team Doubles All League team.

Senior Tara Barabi received an Honorable Mention-Singles in the All League selection.

All of these awards are richly deserved. Congratulations to Melissa, Sasha, Quinn, Lauren and Tara on their selection as DFAL All-League players.

Ellie Kann / Corby Mullins / Marcy Sharafian

Nov 19 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Girls Basketball

hosts Tamalpais HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 17 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team defeated #5 Petaluma HS 25-19, 25-23, 20-25 and 27-25 in the NCS quarterfinals. They advance to the semifinals Wednesday at Campolindo HS at 7:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 15 – NCS round 2 – Varsity Volleyball versus Petaluma

If you didn’t make it out to this match, you wish you had. This is why sports are fun –  big intense crowd, close games, contributions by every player and an incredible comeback.

Game #1

0-0 Calista Lam takes the serve delivers a perfect pass to Grace Bolen who dishes a sweet outside set to Molly Dalziel who crushes the ball for the kill – and we are off.

1-0 Mimi White and Reilly Webster team up for the first of many blocks.

4-4 White take the Bolen set and with her noodle arm gets a Devo kill – “crack that whip, give the past a slip”

5-6 Hannah Roberts channels Rowdy Yates – kill.

6-6 Molly Armstrong – ARE YOU KIDDING ME – stuff block!!!

8-7 Dalziel kill to the middle.

10-9 Webster smokes a waterfall kill that falls between two defenders and the net.

11-9 Dalziel throws the ace to the corner.

12-9 Philosophy asks what would happen when an unstoppable force were confronted be an immovable object? – Molly Armstrong answers that question with a solo stuff block (immovable object wins!).

13-9 Webster smacks a Bolen set 12 feet off the net untouched.

14-9 Dalziel gets her Meghan Trainor on and is all about that ace.

17-10 Carly Porep – Serves a hard nasty ball that deflects off the Petaluma Trojans face for the ace. Literally – ” ace, ace, in your face”.

18-14 Parker Jones hits a heavy line shot kill.

19-11 Bolen sets a perfect “1” to White for the kill.

20-12 Webster and White roofing company

Defense does not get the press, but shout outs to Devin Grobeck, Julia Gay and Roberts who are splayed out on the floor multiple times and keep the ball alive.

23-19 Armstrong with a devastating kill.

24-19 Long rally, multiple kudos and it all ends with a Dalziel yummy.

Game#2

1-2 Webster – a “that is not fair” kill.

3-3 Jones unleashes a body shot kill.

4-3 Armstrong with an outstanding solo stuff block.

5-3 Jones and Armstrong with a huge block.

7-3 The down card is a 10 and Lam’s up card is an ace – blackjack.

8-8 How did we let them get back in? until Jones crushes a Bolen set with a Johnny Cash line shot.

9-12 Armstrong with the big arm swing kill.

10-13 Webster channels Phil Niekro and hits a 7 mph cross court change up for the kill.

11-13 Webster showing versatility – fires off a smok’n kill to the back corner.

12-16 Dalziel unleashes a back row kill of fury.

13-16 Webster kill shot corner.

14-16 Grace tape ace.

16-18 Counting Crows block – Parker Jones and Mimi tell each other fairy tales, She’s looking at you. ah no, no, she’s looking at me. Going up for the big kill. We are blocking up in stereo. When everybody wants a kill, we will put it right at your feet.

17-19 Dalziel untouched kill down the line.

The Dons are down, but it doesn’t quite feel like it.

18-20 Jones fires off a kill that defects off of two hands.

19-20 Armstrong with a devastating solo block.

20-20 Dalziel and the kill.

22-21 Armstrong backsets (???) Dalziel for the kill.

23-23 Webster with a 1 armed block!!

25-23 Dons!

Game #3

0-0 Bolen sets Webster inside and the smack kill ensues.

1-2 Jones with the untouched kill.

3-3 Porep ace!

5-4 Gay throws down the ace.

8-5 Overpass + Dalziel = yummy!

10-10 Armstrong and the hard kill.

11-13 Dalziel back row kill off of 1 defender.

13-14 White with a no doubt about it stuff block.

14-15 Dalziel with a cross court kill off of 1.

16-18 Joust at the net and White has the better lance.

17-18 Lam – yo ace.

18-19 Webster and Armstrong team up for a great block.

19-23 Jones takes a Bolen set 6 feet off the net cranks her body and turns it to a smash near the line.

20-25 Petaluma

Game #4 – I will not do this justice. Great long rallies and often times multiple players on the floor. Petaluma was keeping the Dons out of system and Bolen had to take the first pass often so others had to step up and take the second touch.

0-0 W&W (Webster and White) roofing starts the game off.

1-2 Jones tips the ball just outside the outstretched reaches of Petaluma for the kill.

3-3 Jones with a crush kill between 2 for the kill.

Bolen with an odd jersey substitution, confusion, blood and Dory Grobeck is in.

4-8 Everything is out of system and Roberts steps up and crushes a kill.

5-8 Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

6-13 Wait, how did we get down by this much? Grobeck sets Dalziel for the cross court kill.

Dory is serving for the next 6 points and keep Petaluma off its game.

9-19 Ok, lets figure some things out and regroup for game 5. Fake to White and a Webster kill.

10-19 Webster and White block.

11-19 Webster with a line kill.

12-19 White solo stuff block.

Incomprehensible saves, passes and back row play to keep the Dons in the game.

15-20 Ok, it is nice, we have gotten a couple of points. Jones smokes a Grobeck set off of 1 defender for the kill on the line.

16-20 Roberts throws the ace.

18-21Hey, could this be happening? Grobeck sets Dalziel inside and boom goes the dynamite.

19-22 Dons fake outside and set inside for the Dalziel kill.

20-23 Dalziel and the kill untouched.

21-23 ooh dream weaver, I believe we can get through this ga’ame. Webster with a roll shot kill.

24-25 Really, could this be happening? Webster inside kill.

25-25 Grobeck to Webster who pinballs a kill off of two defenders.

27-25 Dons! The fans rush the court and mayhem ensues.

Game ball to the back row. Strong play from everyone. Quiet confidence in the first two games and exceptional strong play in the 4th game that kept the Dons hanging around.

Bolen – 30 assists

Lam – 18 digs and 2 aces.

Dalziel – 15 kills, 7 digs and 2 aces.

Webster – 12 kills and 7 blocks

Armstrong – 6 blocks, 3 kills and 1 assist.

Jones – 9 kills and 3 blocks.

White – 6 blocks and 3 kills.

Grobeck – 9 assists.

Nov 15 – NCS Water Polo Championships

If you missed Saturday’s games, here are links to game photos:

Campo vs. Miramonte Girls WP
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Cougars vs. Mats Boys WP
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Celebrate!
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Nov 15 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

The #5 seeded football team defeated Bishop O’Dowd HS 49-20 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Casey Harrington
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #5 Petaluma HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Girls Soccer

The frosh-soph girls soccer team plays at Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Boys water polo…

The NCS semifinal victory over Campolindo HS was overturned by NCS. They asked the CIF and NFHS rules interpreters for a ruling and it was determined that the officials erred in the handling of the Acalanes protest. The victory has been awarded to Campolindo HS. Many want to place blame. Rather than place blame, it is more important to embrace our boys water polo team as the TRUE CHAMPIONS that they are in sport and in character.
· Nathan Brickman
· Casey Conrad
· Marc Davis
· Tommy Fellner
· Michael Green
· Nico Hillman
· Gordon Kerns
· Brad Robison
· Charlie Rogers
· Brendan Supple
· Evan Wentzel
· Jack Winther
We are very proud of you!!!

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

Jared Finney
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R. Takahashi

A Great Year for Acalanes Girls Water Polo!

The Acalanes Girls Water Polo season came to an end on Wednesday. The Semi final round v. Miramonte was a loss 10-7.

The Dons had a great Year this year as they were seeded 3rd in NCS! Having 1 Senior Julia Mes and plenty of Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen this team will be powerful in the future. Fantastic season Lady Dons way to work hard and have fun while doing it. Looking forward to watching you all next year!

Julia Mes
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Miramonte 10 Acalanes 7

Scoring for the Dons: Alsterlind 3, Myall 3, Stewart 1

Assist: Alsterlind 1, Kresnak 1

Steals: Myall 3, Alsterlind 2, Stewart 2 Mes 1

Lucy Fellner Goalie: saves 5, steals 3

Brooke Alsterlind
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Nov 14 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Football

The #5 seeded football team hosts #12 Bishop O’Dowd HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #5 Petaluma HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Boys Water Polo

The NCS semifinal boys water polo game between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS is still under review. If Acalanes HS is decided the winner, they will host Miramonte HS at 3:00 in the Championship game.

Girls Soccer

The frosh-soph girls soccer team plays at Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 13 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s NCS playoff action…

Boys Water Polo

played their best game of the year to date defeating #1 seeded Campolindo HS 11-10 in double overtime in the NCS semifinals. They host Miramonte HS Saturday at 3:00 in the NCS Championship game.

Casey Conrad scoring go-ahead goal
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Tommy Fellner with a tying goal
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Girls Water Polo

fell behind early but battled back courageously only to fall short 10-7 to Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals. Another great season by the team led by Misha Buchel.

Lucy Fellner deflecting a shot
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Hannah Kresnak scoring a goal
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Girls Volleyball

cruised to victory over San Rafael HS 25-14, 25-13, 25-23 in the first round of the NCS playoffs. They host Petaluma HS Saturday at 7:00 in the quarterfinals.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 19 kills. Parker Jones had 15 kills. Calista Lam had 14 digs and 6 assists.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 12 – NCS Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. San Rafael

Your Acalanes Dons hosted a home NCS Volleyball match for the 2nd time in the last 7 years. Your Acalanes Dons will host a home NCS playoff match on Saturday at 7 for the first time in 7 years….come on out and join the fun. Apparently 7 is the Dons lucky number…

0-0 Grace Bolen backsets Parker Jones who smacks a ball that pinballs off of two defenders for the kill.

1-4 Jones crushes a line kill.

4-5 Bolen sets Dalziel to the outside for a kill between 2 defenders.

5-5 Dalziel with the roll shot kill on the line.

7-5 Dalziel blasts a kill to the open middle.

8-5 Mimi White and Dalziel team up for the wall.

9-6 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row for the kill shot that glances off a SR Bulldog for the kill.

11-7 Bolen with the smooooth (so smooth it has 4 o’s) quick set to Reilly Webster for the… (everyone now) KILL!

12-8 Calista Lam splays out on the floor to save a great serve. The ball is perfectly passed to Bolen who sets a “1” to White and the kill.

14-8 Webster (like a spoonful of Lucky Charms) Yummy.

15-8 Carly Porep serves a hard knuckle and as though a gust of wind bursts through the open doors, it falls untouched at the line for the ace.

17-9 Webster, preparing for Thanksgiving, stuffs the ball with a perfect block.

18-10 Jones crushes the ball to the open middle.

19-10 Jones takes the long way round and hits off the block for the kill that fall harmlessly out of bounds.

21-13 Bolen going with the hot hand fires back to Jones who appears to be going for the smash but at the last moment changes up and tips the ball just out of the reach of the defenders and the ball falls harmlessly to the floor.

22-14 Jones crushes the kill off two for the point.

25-14 Dons!

Game #2

0-2 Molly “fashionista” Armstrong gets a push shot kill to the open court.

1-2 Bolen playing great defense saves a hard hit ball. Lam bump-backsets Dalziel for the kill.

2-2 Dalziel and the kill.

4-3 Hannah Roberts has been playing great defense all night and gets to show off her offensive skills with a beautiful roll shot kill.

5-4 Bolen sets Dalziel outside the pin and Molly flies in and smokes a kill cross court.

6-4 Jones annihilates the ball past two defenders for the kill.

7-4 Dalziel is mak’n sandwiches and adds a little extra mustard on the ball.

8-5 Roberts goes Rowdy Yates from the back row (roll’n, roll’n roll’n keep them kills a roll’n rawhide).

10-6 White (ARE YOUR KIDDING ME!) kill

11-6 White with a curvaceous kill that would make Mae West proud.

12-7 White with the tip shot kill to the middle.

White – three different kill shots in three sets. Gets a Red Ryder BB Gun (careful, it will poke your eye out) as a prize, marksman of the night.

13-8 Armstrong with a sugary sweet kill on the line.

14-10 Jones and a strong line kill.

15-10 Dalziel smokes a kill off the block.

16-10 First card is a 10 and Roberts throws the ace, Blackjack.

17-10 Jones – Down Ball!

18-10 Dory Grobeck sets a sweet high outside ball that Dalziel crushes for the kill.

19-10 Jones rollshots to the back line for the point.

21-11 Jones and the solo stuff block!

22-11 Lam with the deceptive “shorty” ace.

23-12 Jones cranks out a kill off the block.

24-13 Long rally with almost everyone on the floor and Roberts rises from the ashes like a Phoenix and crushes the ball for the kill.

25-13 Dons.

Game #3

Layne Webster’s pre-game moonwalk with a camera gets everybody loose.

0-1 Bolen takes a tight pass and tightropes on the line while setting Jones for the kill.

1-3 Jones , channeling Jonny Cash, with a kill that “walks the line”.

3-6 Dalziel – Boom goes the Dynamite!

4-6 Dalziel with kill to the back row.

5-6 Windy Margerum (welcome to the show) comes up with a push shot kill.

7-6 Dalziel smokes a kill between two for the kill.

8-8 Roberts throws herself on the floor to save a great serve, the ball floats over the net and San Rafael “can’t handle the truth”.

9-8 Margerum with a kill off the “1”

11-8 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row for a filthy kill.

12-9 Webster gets another bowl for cereal, Yummy.

13-10 Armstrong goes big with the kill to the back corner.

15-10 Jones with the kill off the block.

16-10 Grace ace in your face!

17-11 Grobeck sets a sweet “1” to Armstrong and kill.

18-15 Grobeck to Dalziel for the……kill.

19-20 It must be raining in Lafayette, cause Dalziel pulls out the wiper blade kill.

20-22 Dalziel with the hard body shot off a San Rafael defender.

21-22 Margerum and Bolen with a perfect stuff block.

22-22 Dalziel gets a kill to the back corner.

23-22 Bolen casts a large shadow with a perfectly timed stuff block.

24-23 Long rally and up pops Webster like the back-a-mole you can’t hit with the kill shot.

25-23 Dons

Huge back row play through out the night that won’t go noticed in stats!

Bolen – 35 assists and 5 digs!

Dalziel – 19 kills

Lam – 14 digs and 6 assists

Jones – 14 kills

Armstrong – 4 kills

White – 4 kills and 2 blocks

Nov 12 – Boys Water Polo in the NCS FINALS!

The Dons beat Campo 11-10 in double overtime to advance to the NCS finals.  Cheer the boys on Saturday Nov 15 @ 3pm @ Acalanes!

Nov 12 – Dons Day Our Way! Girls and Boys NCS Tonight

It’s Dons Day our way today! The Dons Girls and Boys Water Polo team have exciting NCS games tonight!

The Dons Girls Water Polo team will head to Miramonte to play in the Semis for NCS at 6:00pm. Come out Donning your Blue Acalanes Spirit wear and CHEER ON OUR GIRLS TO A VICTORY!

We will then continue to the Boys game v. Campolindo in the Semis at 7:30 @Campo. Let’s Don our Blue and CHEER ON OUR BOYS TO VICTORY!

LET”S GO DONS!!!

2014 Matt Lynn Swim for Cancer Awareness November 11

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2014 Matt Lynn Swim for Cancer Awareness

 THE EVENT:  The Soda Moms Masters Water Polo Team invites you to join them for a fun and memorable swim on Tuesday, November 11 at 4 pm in the Soda Center competition pool.  We are holding a one-hour “Hour of Power Swim” to focus attention on cancer, to raise funds for cancer research and to honor Matt Lynn by contributing to a memorial scholarship fund established in his name. This HoP swim for cancer awareness is held at the same time across the country; last year 8,300 athletes representing 160 teams completed the swim which consists of continuous relays, any stroke, all-out swimming for one hour.

 THE HISTORY:   This is the sixth year that the Soda Moms have held this event.  The team donates contributions raised during the swim to both cancer research (The National Brain Tumor Society) and a local scholarship fund benefiting Acalanes graduating seniors in memory of Matt Lynn.  Matt swam, played water polo and lacrosse while attending Acalanes; he graduated in 1999 and continued his lacrosse career at UCSB.  He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2005 and continued to coach lacrosse at Acalanes for three years while undergoing several brain surgeries and many chemotherapy treatments.  Matt died in December 2009 after battling brain cancer for 4.5 years. Fifteen graduating seniors from Acalanes have been awarded a Matt Lynn Scholarship during the last five years, totaling $17,500.  These student athletes play competitive sports in college including lacrosse, swimming, water polo, track and field and soccer.   (Past recipients: Nathan Falk, Angela Lascala-Gruenewald, Ryan Mitchell, Harrison Bagdan, Casey Reid, Chris O’Keefe, Sami Sciacqua, Brett Usinger, Adam Lee, Connor Reid, Annie Margraff, Reilly Fellner, Jack DeVeny, Robbie Stern and Tommy Bush.)

 THE HOW:  Please join us for this spirited and fun event.  Swim caps will be provided following the swim. If you would like to donate to the Matt Lynn Scholarship fund please make your tax deductible check out to the East Bay Community Foundation; donations can also be made to the National Brain Tumor Society.  Please bring your donation to the swim on Tuesday, Nov. 11.  (Checks can also be mailed to Meg Reid, 1015 Hampton Road, Lafayette, CA 94549.  If this is your delivery preference, please let us know so we watch for the check. And I can send you the 5013C information for your tax deduction.)

We are encouraging everyone to invite other family members and friends.  In solidarity we can accomplish many things……

Thanks and See You in the Water!

 

Pauline Dorr   and    Carole Kay Lynn

Acalanes Girls Water Polo NCS!

The Acalanes Girls Water Polo had a big splash on Saturday night with a win v. Piedmont. Now the Dons are playing in the Semis v. Miramonte on Wednesday at 6:00!  Come cheer on the girls to a Victory.

Acalanes 13 v. Piedmont 7

Scoring for the Dons: Kresnak 7 Stewart 2 Myall 2 Alsterlind Wentzel

Assist Stewart 2 Myall 2 Alsterlind Kresnak

Steals Kresnak 5 Myall 4 Alsterlind2 Calendar 2 Mes Wentzel Stewart

Goalies Lucy Fellner 7 saves 1 assist and 2 steals

Ella Marsiano 1 steal

NCS

Acalanes v Miramonte @Miramonte Wednesday November 12 at 6:00 pm

Nov 12 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays at Miramonte HS at 6:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays at Campolindo HS at 7:15 in the NCS semifinals.

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #13 San Rafael HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Other NCS playoffs…

Football

The #5 seeded football team hosts #12 Bishop O’Dowd HS Friday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body stickers, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Cameron Gaskell
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Saturday’s Individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and had 1 assist. Brad Robison scored 2 goals. Tommy Fellner scored 1 goal and had 3 assists. Charlie Rogers had 12 assists.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell won the DFAL Championships followed by Nima LeClerc finishing 15th. On the girls side, Sammy Taketa finished 5th and Brooke Lennox 17th.

Sammy Taketa
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R. Takahashi

Boys Varsity Water Polo – NCS!!!

Congratulations to Bennett Wither and Kai Mills for joining the varsity team for NCS!

WINS!!!  GO DONS!

NCS First round:  Acalanes beat Washington – 20- 6.

NCS Second round: Acalanes beat SRV 8 – 7

NCS Third round: Come cheer on Acalanes @ Campo on Wednesday at 7:15 pm.

Nov 8 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team cruised past #6 Piedmont HS 13-7 to set up a showdown at Miramonte HS Wednesday at 6:15 in the NCS semifinals.
The #5 seeded boys water polo team outbattled #4 San Ramon Valley HS 8-7 to set up a showdown at Campolindo HS Wednesday at 7:15 in the NCS semifinals.

Individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 4 goals and had 1 assist. Brad Robison scored 2 goals. Tommy Fellner scored 1 goal and had 3 assists. Charlie Rogers had 12 saves.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell won the DFAL Championships followed by Nima LeClerc finishing 15th.
On the girls side, Sammy Taketa finished 5th and Brooke Lennox 17th.
Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 8 – Cross Country DFAL Championships

 

 

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Nov 7 – JV Girls Volleyball Finish Season with Flair

The JV Girls played Dougherty Valley to finish their season Friday night defeating the Wildcats in two sets, 25-9, 25-21. In a show of thundering domination the team, with amazing coaching throughout the season by Lucas Abbott, played exceptional volleyball.
Suppressing Dougherty Valley’s offensive attack were Theresa NEVINS with 2 blocks, and Haley GOTELLI and Melissa ELLIOTT with one each. Exercising jurisdiction at the net were Caroline PASSALACQUA with 4 kills, and Alex MATSON, Lexi FRASER and Rachel LOM with 3 kills each. Holding court on the counteroffensive providing a shield to the back row were Heidi STANFORD, Liza PRESSMAN, Kaitlin CLEVER,and Rachel LOM with an awesome horizontal leap save by Margo AUDLEY. Pinpoint accurate setting by Margo AUDLEY and Lan Chi HO. Precision serving of exactitude led by Melissa ELLIOTT (3 aces) and Alex MATSON and Lan Chi HO (2 aces each). It was a great finish to an exciting season. Thanks to the girls for working so hard, superlative coaching by Lucas Abbott, and strong support from the fun parent group.

Good luck to the girls in all their future endeavors.

Nov 8 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

finished off Dougherty Valley HS in the regular season finale 25-16, 25-12, 25-20 posting an overall record of 21-8 and a 2nd place DFAL record of 9-3.

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Tyler Henderson
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In Saturday’s action…

Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts #6 Piedmont HS at 6:15 in the NCS quarterfinals.
The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays at #4 San Ramon Valley HS at 2:30 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 15 kills, Molly Armstrong 6 kills and Calista Lam 13 digs.

Football

Casey Harrington scored once on the ground and once through the air to Matt Burns. Nathan Edwards ran for 99 yards on 16 carries.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

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R. Takahashi

Nov 7 – Varsity Girls Volleyball beats Dougherty Valley in 3

Your Acalanes Dons celebrated Senior Night and the final League Match of the season by hosting and defeating the Dougherty Valley Wildcats on Thursday night. Seniors Molly Armstrong, Molly Dalziel and Dory Grobeck were honored — along with their parents Ann and Bill Armstrong, Kelly and Doug Dalziel, and Trisha and Dan Grobeck — for their leadership and contributions to the Acalanes Volleyball Program. There was a great turnout in the gym to celebrate the Seniors and root on the Dons, who with this win have finished DFAL play with an outstanding 9-3 record, securing a second-place finish in League and a 21-8 overall record.

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Game #1

1-1 Reilly Webster with the first kill of the night. High fives all around!
2-2 Molly Dalziel with a big angle kill.
3-2 Carly Porep serves up a nasty float serve Ace!
4-2 Parker Jones delivers a ripped kill and the Dons are rolling.
7-5 LONG point with nice digs by Julia Gay, Molly Armstrong and Hannah Roberts, and the Dons finally prevail for the point.
8-5 “Pipe” kill from the back row by Dalziel.
9-7 See above.
10-7 And again! Dalziel literally killing it.
13-9 Dory Grobeck sets Armstrong in the middle for the kill.
15-10 Grobeck sets Dalziel for a powerful down-the-line kill and the 3 Seniors Grobeck, Team Co-Captan Armstrong and Dalziel are leading the attack for the Dons.
16-12 Dalziel scores with a soft, smart kill. The Wildcats are hanging around but the Dons look good.
17-13 Jones lights up the crowd with a BIG back corner kill.
18-13 Tip Tip Hooray! Dalziel with another smart finesse shot.
19-13 ACE! from Gay and D.V. takes a time out to regroup at 20-13.
20-14 Roberts with a back row kill.
22-15 Webster kill.
23-18 Nice set from Grobeck to Webster for the power slam kill!
24-20 Another long rally as the Wildcats don’t want to yield but the Dons take the point and the first set.
25-20 Dons.

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Game #2
0-0 Dalziel with a Pipe Kill. So solid.
1-1 Jones with another big kill. Just not diggable.
2-3 …And Jones with another kill.
3-7 The Dons find themselves in a rough patch, and D.V. is playing well. Dalziel with a kill to try and spark a turn-around.
4-7 Devin Grobeck with the ACE!
5-8 Dalziel gets a kill and the Dons are scratching and clawing.
6-8 Dalziel follows it up with a great service ace. The Senior Captain is leading the Dons back.
7-8 Net violation on the Wildcats and the set is tied at 8 all.
10-10 Webster with the kill off the Grace Bolen set.
11-10 Armstrong with a big block. The Senior delivers!
12-10 Bolen lofts a sweet back set to Jones for the deep corner kill…With Authority.
13-10 Dalziel delivers a power kill and the Dons are rolling once again.
14-10 Webster bangs a kill off the D.V. blockers. Time out D.V.!
15-11 Webster nails a kill down the line.
16-11 Roberts serves the Ace and the Dons are opening up some separation.
17-11 D.V. can’t get the ball down as Calista “Fresh Princess” Lam is Gettin’ Diggy Wit It. Lam’s pass on this point sets up Dalziel for the Tip Winner.
18-12 Bolen to Jones to a No Chance For a Return kind of kill.
19-13 Jones again for another kill.
20-13 Dalziel with the deep back line kill – untouched by human hands.
21-15 Dalziel with a nasty service ace. The Senior is taking over, playing great in all phases.
22-15 Webster with a kill as both Bolen and Dory Grobeck continue distributing sets all around the floor tonight.
24-16 Armstrong and Webster ROOF the attacker and Dons win the 2nd Set!
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Game #3
1-0 Dalziel shows her versatility with a set to Webster for the left side kill.
2-0 Jones with a smart dink over the blockers and onto the floor. Nice finesse along with the power display and the home crowd loves it.
3-0 Oh my. Yummy overpass kill pounded down by Webster!
4-0 Armstrong ROOF! This is fun!
5-0 Bolen Ace to make it 6 straight out of the gate for the Dons and the Wildcats need a timeout.
6-1 Armstrong with the sweet tip winner. The Senior is all over the front row and having fun.
7-1 Roberts with a great serve that D.V. just can’t handle. ACE!
8-1 The Dons are dominating and Jones crushes a kill into mid-court between defenders.
8-3 An incredible diving dig by Dalziel. Dons send the free ball over, but the ensuing Armstrong block lands a little bit outside the line.
12-5 Another diving “up” from Dalziel, this time to Bolen who set middle and Mimi White finishes the point with a smart kill to where they ain’t.
13-6 Webster. Kill. Nice.
17-12 Nice little run by D.V., who to their credit has fought back some, but now White absolutely CRUSHES a middle set from Dory Grobeck to get the Dons fired up and back on track.
19-14 Super defense from the Dons led by Lam and Roberts, and a LONG rally is finished successfully by your Acalanes Dons.
21-16 Big swing and a kill from Webster.
22-16 Another long rally, ended by the back row kill from Dalziel.
24-16 Coach Travis substitutes out Dalziel at match point and the crowd shows its appreciation for the Senior team leader with a rousing ovation. What a player!
24-19 INCREDIBLE up by Lam but D.V. scores and makes it a little closer – or do the Dons not want this fun night to end just yet?
24-20 Webster powers a kill off a D.V. player for the match! Dons win!
25-20 Dons

Grobeck – 21 Assists
Bolen – 17 Assits
Lam – 16 Digs
Armstrong – 3 Blocks
Dalziel – 16 Kills, 2 Aces
Webster – 11 Kills, 2 Blocks
Jones – 9 Kills, 1 Block

By Ken Webster

Nov 7 – Freshmen Volleyball Dons Drop Final Match to Dougherty Valley 1-2

For the second match in two days, the Dons came up short against the opponent’s  strong defense, losing in three sets, 22-25, 25-18, 11-15. The Dons struck with 11 kills the first set but quieted down to 10 over the final two sets. For the match, Riana Buchman put down 4 kills while Maddie McDonagh and Anna Dissman had 3 apiece. On the serve line, Shreya Raj knocked 5 aces and Marcella Chiarello 3. The Dons defense was led by Hannah Edwards with a 2.0 pass rating and 6 digs (75%). Shreya also scooped up 6 digs and Sam Darin 4. The Dons finish the season 18-8 including tournaments.

Nov 7 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

cruised to a 21-7 victory over Washington HS, Fremont to advance to the NCS quarterfinals against San Ramon Valley HS.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Freshman football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

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In Friday’s action…

Football

concludes the regular season at Campolindo HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Volleyball

concludes the regular season hosting Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen at 3:30, JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 6:00. The Senior Night Presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

In Saturday’s action…

Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts #6 Piedmont HS at 6:15 in the NCS quarterfinals.
The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays at #4 San Ramon Valley HS at 2:30 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 6 – JV Girls Volleyball Lose Tough Match to Campo

The JV Girls played good volleyball Thursday night but could not beat the Cougars, losing in two sets 25-17 and 25-12. The Dons fought hard with powerful kills from Rachel LOM (3 kills), Alex MATSON (3 kills) and Caroline PASSALACQUA (2 kills). Tough blocks at the net by Hayley GOTELLI, Windy MARGERUM and Caroline PASSALACQUA. Outstanding setting by Margot AUDLEY and Lan Chi HO. The Dons face Dougherty Valley Friday, their last game of the year, at home. Freshman 3:30, JV 4:30, Varsity 5:30 (Senior Night).

Nov 6 – Varsity Volleyball versus Campolindo Cougars

Your Acalanes Lady Dons in their second to last home league match of the season squared off against the Lady Cougars.

Coach Todd remarked, “I have not seen that kind of energy in our gym since I’ve been here, it was pretty special. I told the girls, the scores were no indicator of how well and how hard we played. Campo made some spectacular plays, but so did we.”

Last league games tonight.  Come on out and support your Dons on Friday November 7th for Senior night, celebrating Molly Armstrong, Molly Dalziel and Dory Grobeck.  We love our Seniors!

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Game #1

0-0 Molly Dalziel gets the Dons started by taking the inside Grace Bolen set and rolls shots the kill to the line.

1-0 Dalziel gets a kill to the corner.

The Dons have not found their rhythm (perhaps this is what Gloria Estefan was singing about; “the rhythm is gonna get you”), but the capacity crowd is keeping the energy up.

2-8 Dalziel hits a kill on the line that explodes off a defenders chest for the kill.

3-8 Julia Gay fires off an ace to the middle of the court.

4-9 Dalziel crushes the ball to the far corner for the kill.

7-10 Bolen sets Dalziel as she flies out of the back row for the kill.

9-10 Carley Porep drops an incredible serve that lands 3 feet off the net and 3 inches off the line for the ace.

10-11 Bolen continues to feed the hot hand and sets Dalziel in the back row for a kill that deflects off a cougar.

11-11 Dalziel with another back row kill this time a roll shot to the back line.

12-11 Bolen to Dalziel out of the back row for a smok’n kill that lands untouched.

13-14 Mimi White gets a sweet ‘1’ from Bolen and destroys the ball for the kill.

14-17 Parker Jones gets a kill with a deflection off of two blockers.

The game is leaking away and the Dons seem unable to stop it.

15-22 Molly Armstrong crushes the ball for the kill.

16-25 Campo

Molly Dalziel
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Game #2

1-3 Jones with a perfect line shot past two blockers for the kill.

2-4 Hannah Roberts fires off a kill to the back line.

3-8 Bolen to Dalziel = kill

4-8 Dalziel and the ace.

5-10 Armstrong and the sweet push shot kill to the open court.

Move along people nothing to see here.

7-15 Jones delivers a perfect drop shot kill.

9-19 Dory Grobeck pushes the ball outside to Dalziel who crushes the ball down 12 feet off the net.

10-19 Grobeck again sets Dalziel and this time the kill is on the line.

11-21 Dalziel with the cross court kill.

The Reverend Al Green version, not Willie Nelson; (ain’t it) Funny How Points Slip Away.

12-25 Campo

Parker Jones
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Game #3

1-1 Bolen sets Webster to the outside. Reilly flies in and with a massive arm swing she crushes the ball to the middle for the kill.

3-5 Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

5-5 J&W roofing, Jones and White, get a much needed block.

8-11 The Dons are letting a little bit slip away when Webster produces a much needed kill.

10-13 Bolen and Armstrong are ‘N SYNC and Armstrong‘s kill goes Bye, Bye, Bye.

11-14 Webster gets a kill off the block.

12-17 Armstrong like the Righteous Brothers brings back that loving feeling with another kill.

13-17 The Dons are channeling the theme to Rawhide; rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ and Dalziel gets a kill to the middle.

14-17 Porep with another ace and the crowd goes wild.

15-19 Dalziel crushes a kill off the block.

17-22 Webster stops the bleeding with a cross court kill.

18-24 Bolen to Armstrong for the tip to the middle.

20-25 Campo

Bolen – 21 assists

Dalziel –  15 kills, 5 digs and 1 assist

Lam – 13 digs

Armstrong – 5 kills

Webster – 4 kills

Jones – 3 kills

The Lady Dons league record now stands at 20 – 8 overall, 8 – 3 in league

 

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Nov 6 – Freshmen Girls Volleyball Drop One to Campo 2-0

The Dons managed to get only 9 kills past the Cougar defense, losing to Campolindo 19-25, 18-25. Sam Darin and Riana Buchman pushed through 3 kills apiece. On defense, Haley Pinnella scooped up 9 digs while Hanna Edwards dug up 6. Ren Dunwoodie and Kaitlyn McKendell got to 5 each. Sam Sweeney passed well with 4 of 5 on-target serve receives.

Nov 6 – Lady Dons Varsity Tennis Team Competes at DFAL Tournament

Each of the classes at Acalanes was represented today at the DFAL Girls Tennis Tournament by the varsity Lady Dons. Seniors Queenie Chin, Shelley Kwok and Mackenna Mullins were joined by Junior Melissa Van Pell, Sophomores Madeline Bakar, Fernanda Heredia, Skylar Jeveli, Lauren Ladrech, Mia Westphal and Freshman Alexandra “Sasha” Schtein.

Melissa and Skylar shook off some early nerves and dispatched their Las Lomas opponents, 8-1, to begin the first round. Mia and Mackenna drew the Number 6 seeded team from Campolindo but played a really competitive match before going out 3-8. Continuing a run of bad draws for the Lady Dons, Lauren and Fernanda ran into the Number 5 seeds from Dougherty Valley and fell 5-8. Shelley and Madeline played really well together but could not get by a fine team from Dublin, losing 4-8. Sasha and Queenie, playing the last match of the first round, played tenacious tennis to pull out an 8-6 win over their Las Lomas opponents. Tied at 6-6, Alexandra and Queenie played terrific defense to break serve. Queenie then fired three service winners in the deciding game.

In second round action, Skylar and Melissa lost to a fine combo from Miramonte and Queenie and Sasha ran into the number 2 seeded team from Las Lomas.

All of the Lady Dons doubles teams competed fiercely throughout the day on the St. Mary’s College courts. Jamba Juice was great and the pizza was delicious (particularly the BBQ chicken.)  Nice effort Lady Dons.

John Vocke / Corby Mullins

Nov 6 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team defeated Redwood HS 13-2 to advance to the NCS quarterfinals. They will host Piedmont HS on Saturday. Hannah Kresnak scored 5 goals, Emma Myall 3 goals and Ryan Haggelund 2 goals. Lucy Fellner had 5 saves.

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In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys water polo team hosts Washington HS at 5:30 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Volleyball

hosts Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College at 10:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff events, admission will be charged. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 5 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Starts NCS Off Right!

The Acalanes Girls Water Polo started off their NCS tourney with a Win versus Redwood. Below are the Stats of the game.

Halftime Score: Acalanes 8 Redwood 0

Final Score: Acalanes 13 Redwood 2

Acalanes Scoring: Hannah Kresnak 5 Emma Myall 3 Ryan Hagglund 2 Julia Mes 1 Sophia Malinovsky 1 Maddy Stewart 1

Acalanes Assist: Julia Mes 2 Brooke Alsterlind 1 Bella Wentzel 1 Lindsey Cocotis 1 Maddie Stewart 1

Acalanes Steals: Emma Myall 5 Hannah Kresnak 3 Julia Mes 2 Bella Wentzel 2 Brooke Alsterlind 1 Annika Walker 1

Goalie Lucy Fellner 5 Saves and Assist 2

Goalie Ella Marsiano 3 Saves

Lucy Fellner

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Nov 4 – Varsity Girls Volleyball beats Alhambra in 3

Your Acalanes Dons traveled to Martinez to face the Alhambra Bulldogs and answer the important questions: “Who let the Dogs out”. Tonight it was the Dons who are now 20-7 and 8-2 in league. 
 
Game #1
0-1 Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a kill off the block. 
1-1 Mimi White and Jones team up for the woof. 
4-3 Molly Dalziel unleashes an untouched cross court kill to the 10′ line. 
5-4 Dalziel gets another kill, this time off the block. 
7-5 Molly Armstrong dives for the ball and retrieves it just before it hits the floor keeping the point alive. Grace Bolen sets Dalziel out of the back row for the kill. 
8-7 Bolen, looking like the alpha dog, takes control of the play and gets a perfect solo stuff block. 
9-7 Reilly Webster and White team up for the block. 
10-7 Jones leaps from 8′ off the net and puts a ball straight down. 
11-7 Jones with another kill, this time to the back row. 
12-8 Bolen back sets Webster for the cross court kill. 
13-8 Roberts with the ace to the open middle. 
15-10 Dalziel smokes a kill between 4 different defenders. 
16-10 Armstrong goes up strong and annihilates the ball for the kill. 
17-10 Dalziel gets a kill off the block. 
20-12 Webster with the solo stuff block. 
22-14 Dory Grobeck with the sweet set to Webster for the kill. 
23-14 Grobeck follows the sweet set up with a sweet ace. 
24-15 Grobeck‘s ‘1’ to White equals kill. 
25-15 Dons
 
Games #2
0-2 Jones gets the party started again with the kill off the Bolen set. 
1-2 Calista Lam – throws down the ace.
2-2 Dalziel – solo stuff block. 
3-2 Armstrong – solo stuff block. 
4-2 Jones unleashes a cross court kill. 
8-2 Dalziel smokes the ball past two blockers for the kill. 
9-2 repeat above. 
10-5 Jones with the far corner kill.
11-5 Julia Gay and a hard knuckle ace. 
13-6 Dalziel cranks out an ace. 
14-6 Maddie Graham and the yummy. 
15-6 Bolen to Graham and the kill. 
16-6 Dalziel flies out of the back row for the kill. 
17-6 Graham gets a kill off the block. 
18-7 see above. 
19-7 Maddie Kalil sets White for the kill. 
20-7 Kalil pushes the ball out to Graham who gets the kill off the block. 
22-10 White hangs in the air, like an Australian Shepard going for a frisbee, and gets the kill. 
23-10 Jones and White on the block are as close as kibble and bits. 
25-12 Dons
 
Game #3
1-4 The Dons shake off a slow start when Jones and White combine for a big block.
3-6 Jones puts the ball to the ground with the devastating pound. 
4-6 Dalziel with another cross court kill. 
5-7 Dalziel hits a body shot kill. 
6-7 Dalziel – ace
7-7 Dalziel – ace
8-10 Webster takes just enough off the ball for the change-up kill. 
10-10 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row and the kill. 
11-10 Devon Grobeck throws out an ace. 
12-10 Webster with a hard angle kill shot. 
13-11 Bolen‘s ‘1’ to White equals kill. 
15-11 J&W roofing company are working hard tonight. 
16-11 Bolen and a well timed ace. 
17-13 It’s a dog and pony show with multiple players with solid hits, but nothing goes down until Jones gets a kill to the back row. 
18-13 Jones with a rocket kill. 
20-13 Carley Porep‘s smok’n ace explodes off an Alhambra player for the ace. 
21-14 Jones smokes a kill off the block. 
23-15 Jones crushes the ball to the 10 foot line for the untouched kill. 
25-15 Dons
 
Bolen – 28 assists and 1 block
Jones – 11 kills and 4 blocks
Dalziel – 10 kills and 3 aces
White – 5 kills and 5 blocks
Doug Dalziel

Nov 5 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

cruised to victory over Alhambra HS 25-15, 25-12, 25-15 to raise their overall record to 19-7 and to remain in 2nd place in the DFAL at 8-2. Molly Dalziel had 11 kills and 3 aces. Parker Jones had 10 kills and 6 blocks. Calista Lam had 10 digs.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Redwood HS at 8:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens.

R. Takahashi

Nov 4 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Dons Cage the Bulldogs in Three Sets

Led by the attacking Sams, the Dons came back and defeated the Alhambra Bulldogs 18-25, 25-13, 15-11. Sam Sweeney did it on the serve line with 4 aces, and an 85% point scored percentage including 8 in a row. Sami Broad put down 6 kills on 16 swings while Sam Darin smacked 5 kills in 17 attempts. Anna Dissman (.250) and Riana Buchman added in 3 kills apiece. The strong attack was set up by outstanding defense as liberos Hannah Edwards and Haley Pinnella scrambled for 11 and 5 digs respectively. Setter Kaitlyn Enrici spread it around with 13 assists. On the season, the Dons are 18-6 with two remaining.

Nov 4 – JV Girls Volleyball Roll Over Miramonte and Alhambra

On Thursday the JV girls volleyball team took the Mats to the mat beating Miramonte in 2 sets 25-17, 25-14. Miramonte could not respond to the outstanding serves lead by Alex MATSON (6 aces) and Lan Chi HO (4 aces). Kills by Rachel LOM (5 kills) and Alex MATSON (4 kills) proved too much for the Mats to handle. The game MVPs were Alex MATSON and Lan Chi HO.

Acalanes played Alhambra High School on Tuesday and beat the Bulldogs 25-18, 25-18. Outstanding plays by Melissa Elliot and Hayley Gotelli earning them the game’s MVPs.

Thursday (Nov 6) the girls volleyball teams take on rivals Campo at home. Freshman 4:00, JV 5:00 and Varsity 6:30. Come cheer on your Dons to victory over the Cougars!!!

Nov 5 – Girls Water Polo faces Redwood HS in NCS Playoffs

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Nov 4 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot an 81 and Vanessa Van Pell 86 at the NCS Girls Golf Championships. Both played very well to finish a stellar season.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

NCS Water Polo Playoffs…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team hosts Redwood HS Wednesday in the first round at 8:00.
The #5 seeded boys water polo team hosts Washington HS Thursday in the first round at 5:30.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 3 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Vanessa Van Pell compete in the NCS Girls Golf Championships at Tilden GC.

NCS Water Polo Playoffs…

The girls water polo team is the #3 seed in the NCS Playoffs and will host Redwood HS Wednesday at 8:00.
The boys water polo team is the #5 seed in the NCS Playoffs and will host Washington HS Thursday at 5:30.

NOTE: At all NCS post-season events there is a charge at the gate. $9 for general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 2 – Sunday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Clovis West HS and defeated Gunn HS in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Clovis HS and defeated St. Francis HS, Sacramento in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Casey Harrington threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns to Chad Johnson and John O’Malley. Grant Young had an interception return for a touchdown.

R. Takahashi

Cheer – Halloween Night Thriller


Nov 1 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

Varsity team was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

R. Takahashi

Oct 30 – Girls Tennis – Dons vs. Campo

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Senior Tara Barabi
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Oct 30 – Freshman Football Highlights

The Acalanes Dons freshman football team (7- 1 overall, 5- 0 league), defeated the Las Lomas Knights (1- 7, 0- 5) Thursday night in Walnut Creek.

On Acalanes first possession, the Dons drove down the field with the help of a 14 yard pass to Trenten Tso and 27 yard pass to Brian Merken, and finished it with a Jackson Welch 4 yard touchdown run. Then the Acalanes defense took over for the rest of the first and all of the second quarter. Ryan Nall and Joey Gladden would each sack the Knights quarterback, and Ross Ney and Nick Henderson would make tackles to stop the Las Lomas offense.

Las Lomas would drive down the field in the second quarter and get down to the 4 yard line, but the defense stopped them there, and kept them out of the end zone on 4th down. The Dons took over on the five, and drove down the field as quarterback Robby Rowell would complete passes to Aidan McNamara, Matt Gay, Merken, and 2 passes to Nick Price. Rowell ran to the left for a 12 yard run, and then finished the drive with a 5 yard td pass to Gay. The half ended with Nall sacking the QB, and the score was 14- 0 Dons at the half.

The Dons defense held Las Lomas to start the second half and forced a Las Lomas punt. Acalanes took over on their own 41. On the first play, Rowell hit Merken on a 59 yard pass play for a touchdown. The defense held again as Nall picked up 2 more sacks. After a short punt, Rowell would hit Welch for 10 yards, and then connect with Merken again on a 13 yard TD. In the fourth, Max Thrasher stripped the Knights qb of the ball and recovered the fumble to get the Dons the ball. Parker Henderson ran through the Knights defense for a 47 yard run, and would finish the drive when Tyler Schenone ran 30 yards for the touchdown. Quarterback Trenten Tso passed to Kenny Workman for a 23 yard touchdown pass. On the next drive Tso would run 38 yards for the touchdown. The Dons would finish the scoring when Tso passed 10 yards to Kage Groszewski for the touchdown. Acalanes defense would continue to play tough as Aidan Alagappan, Jackson Carter, Jake Landry and Ben Ross made tackles to stop the Knights.

The freshman Dons are at home next Thursday night at 5:00 pm against the blue and red team from Moraga.

Jeff Merken

Girls Water Polo Update

In Girls Water Polo this week the Dons came up with a loss v. San Ramon on Tuesday and a Win v. Dougherty Valley on Wednesday. Everyone was in the pool making a splash! Friday the Dons will head to the Peninsula for their Nor Cal Championships with their first game v. Clovis West at 3:15. GO DONS!

AHS v. SRV: Scoring for Acalanes Emma Myall 3, Alex Calendar, Hannah Kresnak. Steals for Acalanes led by Emma Myall 4 and Hannah Kresnak 1. Goalie saves Lucy Fellner 6 with 2 steals

AHS v. Dougherty Valley: Scoring for Acalanes Nicole Jackson 4, Bella Wentzel 2, Maddy Stewart 2, Alex Calendar, Hannah Kresnak, Ryan Hagglund, Julia Mes, Annika Walker, and Emma Myall  Steals for Acalanes led by Lindsey Cocotis 2, and Annika Walker 2  Goalie saves Lucy Fellner 5 with 2 steals

Oct 31 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

Varsity swept Miramonte HS in three hard-fought games 25-20, 28-26 and 25-21. The JV and Freshmen did likewise, both in two games.

Girls Tennis

The JV girls tennis team was edged out by Campolindo HS 8-6.

Freshman Football

defeated Las Lomas HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Las Lomas HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 23 kills and 5 aces. Reilly Webster had 7 kills and 2 blocks. Grace Bolen had 39 assists.

Molly Dalziel
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R. Takahashi

Oct 30 – JV Girls Tennis – Campolindo 8 – Acalanes 2

The Lady Dons completed their 2014 campaign by playing a fine match in a losing effort at Campolindo. Although Campo recorded an 8-2 win most of the lines were close 8-6 or 8-5 losses. All of the Acalanes lines competed hard throughout the match.

Playing at D-2, Maddie Guzaitis and Kelianne Witt continued their winning ways. Maddie and Keli jumped out to a quick 4-1 advantage, but slowed down in the middle of the match to let Campo back in at 5-4. At this point the the Lady Dons regrouped and powered their way to an 8-5 victory. Our D-3 combo of Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell had the reverse experience. Down 5-2 and 6-3, they made adjustments to their game and virtually eliminated the unforced errors that got them into the hole. Playing terrific team tennis, Sam and Allie won five straight games to prevail 8-6. Playing for the first time together at D-9, Claire Terentieff and Sally Tang took their opponents to a tiebreaker which Campo won 8-6.

Although the final score against Campo is the same as our first match, the individual set scores were much closer and the overall match had a more competitive feel.  Once again, as they have all season, the Lady Dons JV Tennis team represented Acalanes High School wonderfully well.

John Vocke

Oct 30 – Varsity Volleyball serves up a sweet treat against Miramonte

Having lost earlier in the year to Miramonte, the Dons showed up looking hungry tonight. Nothing scarier than 14 varsity volleyball players wearing wax Dracula teeth.

Big crowd and a lot of energy in the gym. More fun than trick or treating and being presented with a bowl of full sized candy bars.

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Game #1

0-0 Maddie Graham starts the Dons off with a push shot that is sweeter than a handful of candy corn.

1-6 Parker Jones with a rolos shot to the open middle – kill.

2-6 Molly Dalziel‘s cross court crush past two blockers starts off her night.

6-9 Dalziel again with a cross court kill.

9-9 Devin Grobeck‘s Jolly Rancher serve (hard candy) deflects off a Mat’s chest for the ace.

10-9 Grobeck is deal’n and throws the ace to the far corner untouched.

11-15 Graham with the back row kill.

12-17 Mimi White hangs in the air like a spider by a single strand of silk and gets a kill off the block.

13-17 Grace Bolen to Dalziel for a soft back row kill.

14-17 Reilly Webster with a kill between two blockers.

16-17 Armstrong receives Bolen‘s “1” and hits the ball with a crunch for the kill.

19-17 Dalziel takes a little off the Bolen back row set and drops it in the coffin corner.

20-17 Webster‘s kill comes off her hand like a starburst.

21-17 Dalziel back row kill to the other coffin corner.

Hannah Roberts has been serving a bit-o-honey during the last 7 points keeping the Mats out of system.

24-20 Armstrong solo block stops the Mats comeback.

25-20 Dons

Grace Bolen
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Game #2

0-0 Dalziel with the cross court kill off the block.

1-2 Dalziel‘s line kill explodes off a Mat’s chest.

3-5 Jones and Armstrong come together like peanut butter and chocolate for the huge block.

4-9 Roberts with a perfect kill shot to the back row.

5-9 Dalziel – ace.

6-9 Webster with a devastating solo stuff block.

8-11 Webster hits it good and plenty and gets the kill.

9-13 White hits payday with a kill to the middle.

10-14 Dalziel with a push shot to the open corner.

11-15 Bolen‘s set is so sweet that 5 fans go into diabetic shock. Dalziel receives it and crushes a red hot kill on the line.

12-16 Roberts hits a slow rolo to the back corner for the kill.

13-16 Armstrong with the chocolate waterfall kill.

14-16 Bolen to Dalziel for the hit that deflects off a Mat and goes milky way back into the 7th row of the stands.

15-18 3 Musketeers – Dalziel to Bolen to Webster – kill.

16-19 White with a kill off the “1”.

17-21 Webster with a frightful cross court kill.

18-21 Jones and White = block

19-22 Dalziel with a little sugar to the open middle.

21-22 The Dons have been behind the entire game. This is a long point, the crowd is loud and you are sorry that you were not there. Every Don ends up on the floor at one time or another. It has been a rocky road, but Carly Porep delivers the kill to the open middle to tie the game up.

22-22 Calista Lam has been playing solid back row and now gets the much needed ace to take the lead.

23-22 Jones and Armstrong – perfectly timed block.

24-25 Dalziel with the kill on the line.

25-26 Dalziel delivers a push shot for the kill.

27-26 Dalziel with the razzels dazzles ace and win.

28-26 Dons

Molly Armstrong and Parker Jones Blocking
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Game #3

2-7 Webster smoking kill to the back corner is not a milk dud.

3-7 Dalziel hits a shot off the double block that falls out of bounds for the kill.

5-8 Bolen is no butter finger as she sets Dalziel for the kill.

6-8 Armstrong – kill.

7-8 Lam with jolly rancher serve – ace.

8-8 Dalziel gets the kill around two blockers.

9-9 Dalziel – tootsie roll shot to the middle.

10-13 Dalziel – kill off the net, and the net says yes.

11-13 Dalziel puts a little abba zabba on her serve and gets the ace.

12-13 Dalziel takes a little off the serve and the net is a life saver as the ball rolls over for the ace.

13-13 Dalziel – with another ace. It’s all about that ace, bout that ace…

15-16 White and Bolen go up together like a twix bar and get the block.

16-16 White – huge solo stuff block.

17-17 Dalziel scary back row kill.

19-18 Webster pushes the Bolen set past two defenders for the kill.

20-18 Dalziel – yummy.

21-18 Dalziel and the line kill.

22-19 Jones goes up over the block an annihilates the ball for the kill.

23-19 The Dons are ahead, but it feels tight. Bolen takes the pass and sets Dalziel inside the block where she is able to turn on the ball and send it down the line for the kill and the crowd rises to their feet sensing victory.

24-21 Bolen sets Dalziel for the wonka kill.

25-21 Dons

Dalziel – 23 kills and 5 aces

Bolen – 39 assists

Lam – 8 digs

Webster – 7 kills

Armstrong – 4 kills and 2 blocks

Oct 30 – Freshman Volleyball Dons Take Down the Mats With Their Best Attack of the Season

The Dons struck with 19 kills and 9 aces to beat Miramonte for their fourth win in a row. The first set was a close 6-6 when Ren Dunwoodie took the serve and the Dons scored five straight and never looked back. Brooke Clark added on a streak of 6 points during her serve and the Dons won the first set 25-11. The second set saw serving runs of 8 by Haley Pinnella and 5 by both Maddie McDonagh and Marcella Chiarello as the Dons won 25-7. The Dons put up the most kills in two sets this season led by Riana Buchman with 5. Ren and Maddie put down 3 apiece and Haley topped the list with 4 aces. On defense, Ren, Kaitlyn Enrici, Maddie, Marcella and Hannah Edwards scooped up 3 digs each.

Oct 30 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

finished the DFAL season with a 17-0 defeat over Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team was the 7-2 victor.

Boys Water Polo

also finished the DFAL season with an 20-3 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.

Cross Country

The boys and girls teams each finished in 5th place at the DFAL Center Meet.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

has a big home showdown with Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

Freshman Football

plays at Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Evan Wentzel scored 5 goals. Michael Green and Brad Robison each scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Jack Winther had 7 saves.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 2nd on the boys side. Sammy Taketa finished 6th and Brooke Lennox 10th in the girls competition.

R. Takahashi

Oct 29 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

held on to a huge victory over San Ramon Valley HS 8-7 in a game with playoff implications.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated San Ramon Valley HS. The JV team played well, but with the same result.

Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 6-3. The jv team recorded a shutout victory 6-0.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00. Between the girls and boys varsity games, the Senior Night Presentation will take place.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Brad Robison scored 2 goals and had 1 assist. Casey Conrad scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Charlie Rogers was outstanding in goal with 11 saves.

Girls Water Polo

Emma Myall scored 3 goals. Hannah Kresnak and Alex Calender each scored a goal.

Varsity Girls Tennis

Melissa Van Pell, Tara Barabi, Skylar Jeveli and Fernanda Heredia won singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech and Katrina Bittner & Megan Yee won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Samantha Bell & Allie Figueredo, Sami Browne & Claire Terentieff, Alexia Lucey & Lucy Nguyen, Maggie Curless & Julia Lauer and Philippine Chauvet & Cameron Morton won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Oct 28 – JV Girls Tennis – Lady Dons 6 – Alhambra 0

The Lady Dons celebrated Maggie Curless’ birthday with a sweep at Alhambra. Playing at D-1, Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell continued to play really well as a team and achieved an 8-4 win. Sam and Allie communicated effectively with each other and kept pressure on their opponents throughout the set. Claire Terentieff and Samantha Browne shut out their D-2 opponents 8-0. Controlling the net throughout the match permitted Claire and Sammie to coast to a win. Alexia Lucey and Lucy Nguyen played effectively at D-3 and brought home an 8-2 victory. Alexia’s serve kept the Alhambra team deep on the court and Lucy capitalized by putting away some fine volleys. Julia Lauer teamed with the birthday girl at D-5 and won handily 8-2. Maggie and Julia, playing together for the first time this season, were a truly effective team. Playing at D-6, Philippine Chauvet and Cameron Morton rounded out the Acalanes scoring with a fine 8-4 win. Cameron served really well and covered the backcourt, while Philippine scored consistently with backhand winners.

In our two exhibition matches, Lia Swan and Samantha Browne teamed at D-7 to defeat the D-1 team from Alhambra 8-1. Sammie was playing in her second set and she again took control of the net and put away a number of volleys, while Lia defended the mid court and back court areas with some terrific ground strokes and half volleys. Our D-8 team of Olivia Olson and Sally Tang played a fine match against the Alhambra D-2 duo. Although Alhambra won a competitive set 8-3, Sally served well and Olivia returned serve with a number of winners.

Once again, all of our lines competed well and demonstrated terrific sportsmanship during the entire match.

John Vocke

Oct 28 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 77 to finished tied for 3rd and Vanessa VanPell 89 to finish tied for 33rd at the NCS Southern Qualifier. Both advance to the NCS Championships Monday at Tilden GC.

In Tuesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams host San Ramon Valley HS. JV girls play at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 24 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo v. Northgate

In Friday’s game Acalanes Girls Water Polo pulled off a 12-5 win over Northgate. The Lady Dons had great defense keeping the score low but the offense had a career high with 8 goals from Hannah Kresnak. The girls are looking strong going into 2 games this week with Senior night on Wednesday finishing the week with the Nor Cal Tournament in Atherton. GO DONS!

Scoring for the Dons: Alsterlind 2, Kresnak 8, Wentzel, Jackson.

Assists Alsterlind 2, Calendar 1, Mes 2, Stewart 2, and Myall 2

Steals Alsterlind 1, Mes 2 and Myall 3

Oct 25 – Boys Water Polo – North / South Tournament

The Boys Varsity Water Polo team had a tough go at the North/South Tournament this weekend, but ended the weekend on a high note with a WIN!

Friday’s two games: Game 1) Acalanes 4 – Loyola 11 ;  Game 2) Acalanes 10 – Campo 13.

Saturday started early with the boys leaving Acalanes at 6am for an 8am game. The first game was a loss Acalanes 5 – St Francis 8. Saturday afternoon came out with a WIN Acalanes 11 – Villa Park 9.

Oct 27 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

reined in the Northgate Broncos 12-5.

Boys Water Polo

dropped games to Loyola HS and Campolindo HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

fell to St. Francis HS before defeating Villa Park HS.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Vanessa VanPell compete in the NCS Southern Qualifier at Lone Tree GC at 12:00.

R. Takahashi

Oct 25 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

held off Miramonte HS 35-28 to remain undefeated in the DFAL and raising their overall record to 7-1.

Jake Berry
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Girls Water Polo

reined in the Northgate Broncos 12-5.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South Invitational at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Friday’s individual standouts…

O’Malley reception for Touchdown
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Football

Jake Berry threw for 191 yards and three touchdown strikes to Tyler Henderson, Chad Johnson and John O’Malley. Nate Edwards ran for 109 yards on 17 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns.

Nathan Edwards touchdown run
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R. Takahashi

Oct 22 – Girls Water Polo Action

In Wednesdays Girls Water Polo game there was a lot playtime for an early start! AHS played at Alhambra and started early which meant we were ready. The girls came out strong in the first quarter and by halftime we held a strong lead. Keeping the lead to the end of game brought Acalanes the Win. Scoring goals Brooke Alsterlind 2, Hannah Kresnak 3, Ryan Hagglund 1, Bella Wentzel 1, Maddy Stewart 2, Emma Myall 3, Nicole Jackson 1 and Goalies Lucy Fellner 7 Saves, and Emma Myall 3 Saves.

Come out for Tonight Games  v. Northgate Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00

Oct 24 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

shutout Dublin HS 25-15, 25-20, 25-11 to raise their overall record to 16-7 and their DFAL record to 6-2.

Girls Tennis

Varsity and JV girls tennis teams were defeated by Miramonte HS.

Freshman Football

squared off against another DFAL undefeated in a great game that was won by the Dons 14-7. They remain undefeated in the league with a 4-0 record and a 7-1 overall record.

 

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Miramonte HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts Northgate HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 16 kills and 2 blocks. Parker Jones added 11 kills. Molly Armstrong had 6 kills and 2 blocks.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie Guzaitis & Kelianne Witt, Alexia Lucey & Melanie Tymn, Kelly Min & Cameron Morton and Samantha Bell and Allie Figueredo won doubles matches.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell connected with Aidan McNamara and Nick Price for touchdown passes of 3 and 82 yards, respectively. Carson Etnyre, Jake Landry, John Leamy, Brian Merken and Trenton Tso also contributed offensively. Nick and Parker Henderson, Ryan Nall and Ross Ney did likewise on defense.

R. Takahashi

Oct 23 – Freshman Football

The Acalanes Dons Freshman Football team (6- 1 overall, 4- 0 league) defeated the previously unbeaten Miramonte Matadors (7-1, 3- 1) by the score of 14- 7. The Dons defense continues to play well, giving up their first touchdown in three games, in the 4th quarter, after two straight shutouts. The defense was led by Ross Ney, Ryan Nall, Parker Henderson and Nick Henderson. Acalanes had two nice drives in the first quarter, and had another opportunity to score when Tyler Schenone recovered a fumble, but failed to score. In the second quarter after a failed punt by the Mats, quarterback Robby Rowell would hit Aidan McNamara for a 3 yard touchdown. Then with just 23 seconds left in the first half Rowell connected with Nick Price on a 30 yard pass, and Price ran away from the Miramonte defenders for an 82 yard touchdown. No one scored in the third quarter, but defense was big again, as McNamara would intercept a pass to stop a Miramonte drive. The Mats would score late in the 4th quarter, but the Dons defense would hold again when Gabe Middleton and Joey Gladden would sack the quarterback twice to end any chance of a comeback. The Dons had great offense with the running by Jackson Welch and Ben Ross, and Rowell was able to find plenty of receivers to throw to, as Trenten Tso, Carson Etnyre, John Leamy, Jake Landry and Brian Merken caught the football all over the field.

The Dons travel to Walnut Creek next Thursday, 10/30, at 5:00 to take on the Las Lomas Knights, before coming home in two weeks on November 6th at 5:00 to take on that team from Moraga.

Oct 23 – Varsity Volleyball versus Dublin Gaels

Your Acalanes Dons should have traveled to Vegas, cause they were Dublin down.

0-1 Molly Armstrong starts the Dons off with a devastating kill that falls untouched.

2-3 Reilly Webster fires a Grace Bolen set cross court for the kill.

5-4 Mimi White and Grace Bolen team up and get the block.

8-5 M&M roofing company (Armstrong and Molly Dalziel) show up for work.

9-5 Hannah Roberts with a sweet ace.

10-7 Armstrong kill to the middle of the court.

11-7 Armstrong – huge solo stuff block.

14-8 After being blocked a few times, Dalziel changes it up with the roll shot kill.

15-10 Parker Jones starts her approach 4 feet outside the court and takes Bolen’s set and the ball explodes off her hand for the kill.

16-10 Dalziel – back row kill.

17-10 White gets a sweet “1” from Bolen and does what good middles do – kill.

18-12 Jones kill off the block spins harmlessly to the floor.

19-12 Webster smokes a cross court kill.

20-12 White hangs in the air for about 20 seconds and after gravity has affected the Gael blockers she hits the ball for the kill.

21-14 Maddie Kalil pushes a “1” to White for the kill.

22-15 Dalziel – kill back corner.

23-15 Roberts with another devastating ace.

24-15 Roberts is “the closer” and again serves a devastating ace.

25-15 Dons

Game #2

0-0 Jones big kill to the open court.

1-1 Dalziel – tool kill.

2-1 Dalziel with the back row kill.

4-1 Bolen with the sweet set on the net to Jones for the kill.

5-1 Dalziel gets a back row kill to the open back line.

8-3 Jones brings a high arm swing and crushes the ball to the open back row.

9-5 Jones – tool kill.

Julia Gay gets a great pass off a hard hit to keep the point alive.

10-6 Webster and a kill off of the perfect Bolen set.

11-6 Dalziel‘s kill falls on the 10 foot line untouched.

12-7 Gay with the “5” pass to Bolen to Dalziel for the kill off the block.

14-9 Bolen back sets Dalziel for the unblocked scorching kill.

15-9 Dalziel – Ace.

16-10 Jones hard hit falls harmlessly off the block.

17-11 Repeat above.

18-13 Gay to Bolen to White = kill.

19-14 Dalziel kill to the 10 foot line for the kill.

21-16 Armstrong gets a yummy.

22-16 Dalziel tips the ball past two defenders for the open floor kill.

23-19 Meghan Trainor thinks it’s “all about that bass” but Jones thinks it’s “all about that touch, ’bout that touch” – perfect touch on the ball over the blockers.

24-20 White unleashes the anger for the kill.

25-20 Dons

Game #3

0-0 Jones starts the third game off with a crushing tool kill.

1-0 Armstrong‘s smok’n kill shot.

4-0 Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

Bolen started the game off with a great 6 point serving run.

6-2 Dalziel with a kill 6 feet off the net.

The Dons go on a field trip to Fairfield and visit the Jelly Belly factory for the next two points:

7-2 Armstrong – yummy

8-2 Webster – yummy

9-3 “el Fuego” Jones big kill.

10-3 Jones and White = block.

12-4 Webster returns to Fairfield – yummy.

13-4 Gay with a screaming fastball ace.

14-7 White with a kill of off Bolen‘s sweet “1”.

15-7 Bolen sets the ball high and on the net. Dalziel swoops in and smacks the kill straight down.

16-8 Dalziel with a kill off of Bolen‘s quick set.

17-8 Dalziel stuff block.

18-8 Armstrong and Bolen perfectly time their block.

19-8 Dalziel gets a facial kill.

21-8 Sweet arm swing for Armstrong and the kill.

23-9 Magician Dalziel pulls the push shot out of her bag of tricks for the open floor kill.

25-11 Dons

Bolen – 39 assists and 2 (yes 2) blocks

Dalziel – 16 kills, 3 digs and 2 blocks

Jones – 11 kills

Armstrong – 6 kills and 3 blocks

White – 6 kills and 2 blocks

Webster – 5 kills

Lam – 5 digs

Kalil – 4 assists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 23 – JV Girls Volleyball Defeat Dublin in 2 Sets

The JV Volleyball team headed south to Dublin on Thursday night to hand Dublin High a defeat in two sets, 25-11, 25-21. The Gaels were treated to fierce serving by Heidi STANFORD (4 Aces), Melissa ELLIOT (4 Aces), Liza PRESSMAN (3 Aces) and Margot AUDLEY, (2 Aces).  Power at the net by Rachel LOM (7 kills), Hayley GOTELLI (3 kills) and Lexi FRASER (3 kills).  Great blocking by Rachel LOM and Hayley GOTELLI.  Match MVPs were Liza PRESSMAN and Melissa ELLIOT.  Come out next week and support the volleyball teams as they take on at home El Cerrito on Tuesday and MIRAMONTE on Thursday, Freshman 4:00; JV 5:00; Varsity 6:30.

Oct 23 – JV Girls Tennis: Miramonte 8 – Acalanes 4

This afternoon we played an excellent match against a tough Lady Mats squad. Although Miramonte won the match 8-4, all of our lines competed effectively and the Lady Dons continue to improve. Our result today is an improvement over our first match loss at 10-3.

Kelianne Witt and Maddie Guzaitis continued to play winning tennis at D-2 downing a tough combo from Miramonte 8-4. Maddie and Keli returned to the form they showed at Las Lomas and Dougherty Valley in controlling the set against a fine Miramonte doubles team.

Following up on their winning performance at Dublin, our second victory of the day was an 8-4 win by the combo of Melanie Tymm and Alexia Lucey, playing at D-9. Alexia continued to serve consistently and cover the backcourt effectively while Melanie handled a number of tough volleys at net.

A new Lady Dons’ team of Cameron Morton and Kelly Min accounted for an Acalanes point with an 8-5 win at D-11. Kelly kept the Miramonte duo pinned deep with some great topspin groundstrokes and Cameron, playing in her second set of the day, controlled the net in a really hard fought set.

Our final win was recorded by Samantha Bell and Allie Figueredo, who doubled back to play a second set at D-12. Communicating effectively with each other Sam and Allie played a number of hotly contested points in an 8-4 victory.

It should also be noted that recently licensed California driver, Julia Lauer teamed with Olivia Olson and took their Miramonte opponents to a tie breaker in a fine come back effort. Although Miramonte won the tiebreaker, Julia scored 100% on her driver’s test.

A really good effort by all of the Lady Dons players on and off the court.

John Vocke

Oct 23 – Freshman Volleyball Dons Out Duel the Gaels

The Dons defeated the Gaels for the third time this season 25-23, 25-19. It was a team effort as 13 players had attacks and 10 had kills, led by Sami Broad’s 4 and Riana Buchman’s 3. Three non-setters also had assists led by Marcella Chiarello’s 2. The serve also contributed to the victory as Sam Sweeney, Kaitlyn Enrici and Brooke Clark knocked two aces each. On defense, Kaitlyn McKendell had 6 digs (100%) and Shreya Raj dug 3.

Oct 23 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

began the evening with a 13-5 victory over Alhambra HS.

Boys Water Polo

followed the girls with an 18-6 victory over Alhambra HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Dublin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Brendan Supple scored 5 goals and had 1 assist. Casey Conrad scored 4 goals and had 1 assist. Brad Robison scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Tommy Fellner had 3 assists. Charlie Rogers had 13 saves.

R. Takahashi

Oct 21 – JV Girls Volleyball defeat Dougherty Valley

The JV girls volleyball traveled to Dougherty Valley on Tuesday night and defeated DVHS handily in 2 sets; 25-11, 25-19. The Dons were led by the hitting power of Theresa NEVINS (4 kills) and Caroline PASSALACQUA and Sarah NELSON (3 kills each). The Wildcats could not respond to the serving dished out by Alex MATSON (4 aces) and Liza PRESSMAN (2 aces). Other tough serves launched by Heidi STANDFORD and Lan Chi HO. Outstanding blocking at the net by Theresa NEVINS and Windy Margerum. Match MVPs were Alex MATSON and Theresa NEVINS. The Dons travel to Dublin on Thursday.

Oct 22 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

continues to roll defeating Dougherty Valley HS 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18 to raise their overall record to 17-7 and 5-2 in the DFAL. Molly Dalziel amassed 22 kills to go with 9 digs and 4 blocks. Grace Bolen had 32 assists. Parker Jones had 12 kills and 6 blocks.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Alhambra HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Oct 21 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Chase the Wildcats 2-0

The Dons pounded Dougherty Valley with their serve 25-16, 25-9. The team had 19 aces in the match. Brooke Clark led the way with 7 (91% point scored %) while Hannah Edwards added 5 (83% point scored %) and Kaitlyn McKendell 3 (87.5% point scored). Adding to the offense, Ren Dunwoodie and Brooke had 2 kills each.

Oct 21 – Varsity Volleyball versus Dougherty Valley

Big night all around as Giants win and Dons win.

25-17 Dons

23-25 Dougherty Valley

25-17 Dons

25-18 Dons

Grace Bolen – 32 assists, 1 block and 1 ace

Dory Grobeck – 7 assists, 1 dig, 4 kills, 1 block and 1 ace

Molly Dalziel – 22 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks and 4 aces

Parker Jones – 12 kills and 5 blocks

Calista Lam – 10 digs and 1 ace

Molly Armstrong – 5 blocks and 1 kill

Mimi White – 5 kills and 4 blocks

Julia Gay – 5 digs and 4 aces

Devin Grobeck – 5 aces and 4 digs

Reilly Webster – 4 blocks and 1 kill

Hannah Roberts – 3 kills, 1 block and 1 ace

Maddie Graham – 3 kills and 1 dig

Oct 21 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh had an outstanding day shooting the lowest round of the DFAL Championships. Her 71 was 4 shots ahead of the closest golfer. Vanessa VanPell finished tied for 10th with a score of 82. Both qualify for the NCS Southern Qualifier Monday at Lone Tree GC.

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

R Takahashi

Oct 20 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

rallied to defeat Dougherty Valley HS to raise their overall record to 6-1 and remain undefeated in the DFAL going into next week’s game against Miramonte HS. Casey Harrington rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns, while adding 191 yard in the air. Leo Barakos ran for 84 yards on 14 carries and scored 3 times. Jack Thoren had 8 receptions for 86 yards and Matt Burns 4 catches for 35 yards. The JV team completed the sweep of the Wildcats with a 37-20 victory.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the DFAL Championships at Diablo Creek GC at 10:00.

R. Takahashi

Oct 18 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

Varsity rallied to defeat Dougherty Valley HS to raise their overall record to 6-1 and remain undefeated in the DFAL going into next weeks game against Miramonte HS. Casey Harrington rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns, while adding 191 yard in the air. Leo Barakos ran for 84 yards on 14 carries and scored 3 times. Jack Thoren had 8 receptions for 86 yards and Matt Burns 4 catches for 35 yards. The JV team completed the sweep of the Wildcats with a 37-20 victory.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

R. Takahashi

Oct 16 – Varsity Girls Tennis – Acalanes 7 – Dublin 2

The Lady Dons Varsity tennis team avenged an early season defeat by the Gaels of Dublin High in convincing fashion 7-2. Melissa Van Pell began the scoring with a straight set win at S-1. Singles players Tara Barabi, Alexandra Singer,and Madeline Bakar contributed wins. The Lady Dons doubles teams added to the scoring with Sophomores Lauren Ladrech and Quinn Harrington and the Senior-Sophomore combo of Katrina Bittner and Fernanda Heredia notching victories.

The final point of the day, actually early evening by the time the match concluded, was added by Freshman Sasha Stein playing at S-2. Sasha played one of the finest matches this coaching staff has been privileged to watch in the last two years. Getting into the deepest hole possible, Sasha dropped the first set to her Dublin opponent and trailed 0-5 in the second set. At this point Sasha dug in and playing like your National League Champion San Francisco Giants; she refused to lose. Sasha faced four elimination games while reeling off seven consecutive wins to force a third set tiebreaker. Once in the tiebreaker, there was no way Sasha was not going to win, which she did at 10-6. It was a remarkable individual performance and capped a great team win.

Coaches Ellie Kann, Corby Mullins, Marcy Sharafian, John Vocke (Temp. Upgrade)

 

 

Oct 17 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

methodically dispatched Las Lomas HS 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 to raise their overall record to 15-7 and DFAL record to 4-2. The JV team did likewise, 25-15, 25-18.

Girls Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 7-2. The JV team ended in a 3-3 draw.

Freshman Football

defeated Dougherty Valley HS to raise their overall record to 5-1 and remain undefeated in DFAL play at 3-0.

 

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Dougherty Valley HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

closes the regular season against Piedmont HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 16 kills. Maddie Graham had 7 kills and 4 digs.

JV Girls Volleyball

Rachel Lom had 6 kills and 2 blocks. Alex Matson had 8 aces. Caroline Passalacqua had 4 kills. Heidi Stanford had 4 aces.

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Madeline Bakar, Tara Barabi, Aleksandra Singer and Melissa Van Pell won singles matches.
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech and Katrina Bittner & Fernanda Heredia won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Samantha Bell & Allie Figueredo, Alex Awwad & Claire Terentieff and Alexia Lucey & Melanie Tymn won doubles matches.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell scored a rushing touchdown and threw 4 touchdown passes to Aidan McNamara, Ryan Nall, Nick Price and Brian Merken. Aidan McNamara added at 91 yard interception return for a score. Defensive standouts were Gabe Middleton, Vance Parry, Ross Ney and Nick Henderson. Other offensive contributors were Parker Henderson, Ben Ross, Jackson Welch, Tyler Schenone and John Leamy.

R. Takahashi

Oct 16 – JV Volleyball Complete the Sweep of Las Lomas

The girls JV volleyball team take down Las Lomas in their house on Thursday night, winning in 2 games, 25-15 and 25-18. The Dons were on fire with impressive serving by Alex MATSON (8 aces) and Heidi STANFORD ( 4 aces). Great setting by Lan Chi HO and Margot AUDLEY, with each of them also serving up 2 aces. The Knights could not react to the powerful slams by Rachel LOM ( 6 kills), Caroline PASSALACQUA ( 4 kills) and 3 kills a piece for Lexi FRASER and Theresa NEVINS. Rachel LOM also stuffed the Knights with 2 blocks, and a block a piece for Hayley GOTELLI and Windy MARGERUM. The MVPs of the game were Rachel LOM and Alex MATSON.

Oct 16 – Varsity Volleyball versus Las Lomas

Your Acalanes Dons traveled the long road to Walnut Creek to face the Las Lomas Lady Knights.

Game 1

Even with the Giants playing, Acalanes travels well (yes, we were checking the score).

0-0 Parker Jones starts the Dons off with a back row kill off of two blockers for the kill.

1-2 Jones again, this time with the roll shot kill.

1-3 Maddie Graham and Mimi White team up for a block that rolls down the net and falls harmlessly for a point.

1-4 Jones and White (this time the other side of the court) get the stuff block.

2-5 Grace Bolen sets Graham who smashes a kill to the back corner off the block.

2-6 Bolen knows a good thing and sets Graham again who hits the ball to the corner for the kill.

6-9 Graham with the outside kill off the block that falls harmlessly outside the lines.

8-11 Molly Dalziel receives the serve and passes to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill on the line.

12-12 Dalziel with the kill to the back corner.

12-13 Bolen sets Dalziel a little inside the block and the kill falls to middle of the court.

12-15 Grace ace in your face!

13-16 Dalziel coming from the opposite side gets a kill down the line.

13-17 Graham hangs in the air and hits off speed and fools the Lady Knights who are falling back to earth. The kill rolls harmlessly between the blockers and the net.

13-18 Dalziel hits the screaming ace

13-19 Dalziel follows up with the soft ace that falls in front of the back row.

13-20 Jones and the headband (I get royalties if the Volleyball team ever creates a band with that name) soars above the block and gets the cross court kill.

14-21 Bolen with the perfect inside set to Graham who slides inside the block and crushes the kill.

16-23 Dalziel goes Roberta Flack and from the back row is killing them softly with her hits, killing them softly…

25-16 Dons

Game 2

1-1 Graham – kill off the block

3-3 Dalziel with the back row smash and kill.

4-4 Bolen with a sweet “1” to Molly Armstrong and a sweet kill.

7-6 Graham‘s sweet ace that deflects off 2 Lady Knights.

7-8 Bolen sets Dalziel on the pin and hit falls on the line 12 feet off the net for the kill.

8-8 Dalziel‘s kill hits off of two defenders, hangs in the air and falls harmlessly for the kill.

14-12 Calista Lam (been playing great defense all night) hits the hard ace to the middle back.

16-15 Bolen “1” to Armstrong – kill.

16-16 Armstrong goes up strong for the kill.

16-17 Dalziel from far outside gets a kill off the block to the middle.

18-19 Dalziel‘s hit explodes off of a defenders chest pushing her backwards for the kill.

19-22 Dalziel soars high over the block for the kill.

25-19 Dons

Game 3

5-7 Lam has been firing 4 straight missile serves that have kept the Lady Knights off balance and then she cranks it up a little more and with the hard top spin she gets the ace.

5-8 Lam, in a groove, same serve, same spot and same result.

6-9 Reilly Webster channeling Johnny Cash gets a kill that walks the line.

8-10 Graham leaps from about 30 feet behind the net, hangs in the air for about 3 minutes and smashes the kill off the block.

 

8-11  Dalziel does what she does with over passes and get the crushing kill.

8-12 Bolen to Dalziel for the kill to the middle.

8-13 Bolen again to Dalziel for the kill to the middle.

8-14 Bolen, goes with the hot hand, sets Dalziel for the kill to the back row.

9-16 Dalziel – kill between two blockers.

11-19 Maddie Kalil sets Webster who gets the line kill.

13-20 Kalil with the “1” to White for the kill off the block.

13-22 Dalziel and a back row kill.

13-24 Devon Grobeck and the ace. It takes the Giants four games to win, but the Dons only need three.

13-25 Dons

Dalziel – 17 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces

Graham – 7 kills, 4 digs and 1 ace

Lam – 9 digs and 3 aces

Bolen – 25 assists and 1 ace

Kalil – 3 assists

Oct 16 – Freshman Football

Acalanes Freshman football team (5- 1 overall, 3- 0 league) defeated the Dougherty Valley Wildcats (2- 4, 1-3) on Thursday 42- 0. The Acalanes defense shut out their second straight opponent, and were led by the staunch play of Gabe Middleton, Vance Parry, Ross Ney and Nick Henderson. In the first quarter the Dons started the scoring with an 11 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robby Rowell to wide receiver Aidan McNamara. Acalanes would score twice in the second quarter, first on a 15 yard pass from Rowell to Ryan Nall who would run 34 yards for the touchdown. And then the Dons would strike again right before the half as Rowell would connect with Nick Price for another 11 yard td pass. In the third quarter Acalanes would score on a 23 yard pass play from Rowell to Brian Merken. The Dons would score twice in the fourth quarter. Robby Rowell ran 16 yards around the left side and dove in for the score. Acalanes would finish the scoring when Aidan McNamara intercepted the ball on the Dons 9 yard line and ran 91 yards for the touchdown. On offense, the Dons had offensive contributions by the tough running of Parker Henderson, Ben Ross and Jackson Welch, and the receiving of Tyler Schenone and John Leamy.

Next game is next Thursday at 5:00 pm at Miramonte

Oct 16 – JV Girls Tennis – Acalanes 3 – Dublin 3

The JV Lady Dons earned a split with Dublin High Thursday afternoon 3-3. This is a distinct improvement over our first match with the Lady Gaels, which was a 1-6 loss. Allie Figueredo and Samantha Bell continued their winning ways of late playing at D-2. Playing through some questionable line calls early in the match, Sam and Allie maintained their poise for an 8-3 victory. Claire Terentieff and Alex Awwad at D-4 played really well as a team in winning 8-2. Claire handled a number of balls at the net while Alex effectively covered the backcourt. Playing as a last minute fill-in, Melanie Tymm teamed with Alexia LUCEY at D-5 and powered their way to an 8-2 win. Melanie played a number of winning volleys and Alexia served effectively throughout the set.

It was a good effort by all of our lines. We had to contend with a strong wind and for our later lines, failing light. Good effort by all today.

John Vocke

 

 

Oct 16 – Freshman Volleyball Girls Unseat Knights 2-0

The Dons leveraged their best service receive of the season to down Las Lomas 25-17, 25-9. Leading the charge were Riana Buchman with 3 kills (.600 hitting %) and Maddie McDonagh, .667 hitting %. Maddie also served 3 aces and Marcella Chiarello earned 87.5% point scored percentage on her serves. Defensively, Hannah Edwards had 5 digs (83.3%) and Sami Broad had 3 (100%!).

Oct 15 – Acalanes Girls Varsity Water Polo v. Miramonte

There was a lot of action at Wednesdays game v. Miramonte. The Acalanes Dons have been working hard on the defense and it paid off against the girls of Miramonte. Keeping it a low scoring game showed that the defense is strong. But the strongest was the Acalanes Goalie Lucy Fellner with an outstanding game with 10 Saves.

The final was still an upset of 9-7  but an exciting game for the Dons!

Scoring Brooke Alsterlind 1, Hannah Kresnak 5, Emma Myall 1 Julia Mess 1 assist

Oct 16 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Alhambra HS 229-289.

Boys Water Polo

battled Miramonte HS to the very end falling just short 13-11.

Girls Water Polo

gave Miramonte all they could handle in a 9-7 defeat.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Dublin HS at 3:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Lauren Kim shot 40 and Vanessa Van Pell 41 on a 9-hole, par 36 course.

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Fellner and Brad Robison each scored 3 goals. Casey Conrad and Brendan Supple each scored 2 goals. Charlie Rogers had 10 saves.

Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak scored 5 goals and Brooke Alsterlind 3 goals. Lucy Fellner had 10 saves.

R. Takahashi

Oct 15 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls volleyball

fell in three very competitive games to a good Campolindo HS team. The jv game was even more close as they were edged out 21-25, 26-24 and 13-15.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The jv team also suffered in defeat.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

hostS Miramonte HS. JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Alhambra HS at Franklin Canyon GC at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball

Rachel Lom had 7 kills. Theresa Nevins had 5 kills. Windy Margerum had 4 kills and 2 blocks. Caroline Passalacqua had 3 kills and 3 blocks. Lexi Fraser had 3 kills.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie Guzaitis & Kelianne Witt won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Oct 14 – Varsity Girls Volleyball versus Campolindo

Your Dons made the arduous trek to Moraga to face the Campolindo Cougars.

Game 1

0-1 Grace Bolen backsets to Maddie Graham for the kill.

1-4 Molly Dalziel receives the serve, passes to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the cross court kill to the 10′ line.

2-7 Dalziel with the kill down the line.

3-7 Dalziel takes a little off her hit and rolls it to the middle for the kill.

5-7 Dalziel and White put a ferocious double block.

8-14 Graham smokes a hard angle kill past the double block.

9-14 Deja Vu from 8-14 score.

11-15 J&W (Parker Jones and Reilly Webster) roofing company

14-16 Jones crushes the ball for the kill.

17-20 Dalziel gets a back row kill.

18-22 Graham takes a Bolen set and smashes the ball off the double block where it harmlessly falls out of bounds.

19-24 Graham kill.

20-24 Grace ace in your face.

21-25 Campo

Game 2

0-1 The ball explodes off of Graham‘s hand for the kill down the line.

2-3 Jones with a roll shot kill to the back line.

4-4 Dalziel top spins the ball off two defenders for the kill.

7-7 Graham gets a kill to the back corner.

12-12 Graham floats a high arcing ace to the back corner.

14-20 Jones smokes a kill between two blockers.

15-23 Dalziel gets a kill off of the block.

16-23 Dalziel ace.

18-24 Hannah Roberts takes an out of sequence pass 4 feet off the net and crushes a ball off the block for the kill.

19-25 Campo

Game 3

0-2 Jones destroys the ball and it blasts off of a Cougar chest for the kill.

1-2 Dalziel ricochets the ball off the double block out of bounds for the kill.

2-3 Molly Armstrong – kill to the open middle.

3-6 Jones – ricochet kill off the block.

6-10 Graham with the mighty cross court kill.

8-14 Dalziel – roll shot kill to the middle.

9-15 Dalziel gets a kill by bouncing the ball off two defenders.

10-16 Dalziel crushes the ball between two defenders for the kill.

13-25 Campo

Dalziel – 10 kills

Graham – 7 kills

Jones – 5 kills

Oct 14 – JV Girls Volleyball Fight the Cougars

The JV girls volleyball hit the Cougars hard on Tuesday night. In the first game the Dons came out swinging -shocking the Cougar gym and beating Campo 25-21. . The second game was a slugfest with the teams exchanging leads- point by point- ultimately ending with Campo on top with a score of 26-24. In the third game it was another battle of exceptional volleyball- the Cougars narrowly pulled off the win with a score of 15-13. Outstanding offensive play by Rachel LOM (7 kills), Theresa NEVINS ( 5 Kills), Windy MARGERUM (4 kills) and Caroline PASSALACQUA and Lexi FRASER (each with 3 kills). The Cougars felt the pain at the net with blocks from Windy MARGERUM (2 blocks) and Caroline PASSALACQUA (3 Blocks). Impressive serving by Lan Chi HO and Margot AUDLEY. Match MVP honors go to Rachel LOM, Caroline PASSLACQUA, Theresa NEVINS and Windy MARGERUM. The team travels to Las Lomas Thursday night to play the Knights- 5:00 pm game. Go Dons!

Oct 14 – JV Girls Tennis – DV 5 – Acalanes 1

The JV Lady Dons dropped a really competitive match today to a fine Dougherty Valley team 5-1. As they did in our first meeting with Dougherty Valley, Maddie Guzaitis and Kelianne Witt provided the Acalanes “1” winning 8-7 in a tie breaker at D-2. Meena Neelakaadan and Hannah Snyder rallied from 4-7 down to lose in a tie breaker 7-8 at D-5. Samantha Bell and Allie Figueredo played very well together against tough opponents at D-3 and after losing a close match 5-8, still had enough energy to go back out to practice together. All of the coaches, DV and AHS, appreciated Skyler DeMartini and Maggie Curless doubling back to play a second set.

The Lady Dons are on the road Thursday at Dublin High.

JOHN VOCKE

Oct 14 – Freshmen Girls Volleyball Dons Can’t Keep Cougars Caged

The Dons built up a seven point lead in each set but couldn’t close the door dropping the match to Campolindo 24-26, 19-25. Anna Dissman and Brooke Clark each had 3 kills to lead the attack. Maddie McDonagh added on 4 aces. On defense, liberos Haley Pinnella and Hannah Edwards scooped up 5 digs apiece.

Oct 14 – Tuesday Sports

Today’s Action

Girls Tennis

plays Miramonte at Miramonte HS at 330PM

Girls Volleyball

plays Dublin HS at Acalanes. Freshman at 4PM, JV at 5PM, Varsity at 630PM

Boys Varsity Water Polo S & R Tournament

Great Games this weekend!  The varsity boys participated in the annual S&R Tournament this weekend. The boys on Friday lost the first game to Foothill and came back to win the second game Acalanes 12 – Los Alamitos 8! Saturday started off with a loss to Davis and ended the tournament with a win Acalanes 10 – Bellarmine 8.

Oct 11 – Varsity Girls Volleyball collects hardware by placing 2nd at Dougherty Valley Tournament

Fantastic playing by your Acalanes Dons on Saturday.

Great passing and incredible serving all day long. The Dons go 5-1 on the day and improve their record to 15-6 on the season.

Dougherty Valley Tourn - Volleyball

 

Dons win versus Berean Christian 25-21 and 25-15

Dons win versus James Logan 25-23 and 25-19

Dons win versus Shasta 25-20 and 25-18

Dons win versus Liberty 25-23 and 25-13

Dons win versus Dougherty Valley 25-11 and 25-8

Finals: Dons lose versus San Ramon Valley 22-25, 25-21 and 11-15

Molly Dalziel – 70 kills, 11 blocks and 8 aces

Maddie Graham – 40 kills, 2 blocks and 9 aces

Parker Jones – 16 kills and 10 blocks

Reilly Webster – 11 kills and 13 blocks

Mimi White – 9 kills and 6 blocks

Oct 13 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Marin Catholic HS 7-3.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

was outstanding in a 2nd place finish at the Dougherty Valley Invitational. They recorded victories over Berean Christian HS 25-21,25-15, James Logan HS 25-23, 25-19, Shasta HS 25-20, 25-18, Liberty HS 25-23, 25-13 and Dougherty Valley HS 25-11, 25-8. They faced a tough San Ramon Valley HS team that shut them out earlier in the season and showed great improvement in a close defeat 22-25, 25-21 and 11-15.

R. Takahashi

Oct 11 – Boys Water Polo

Friday S & R Tournament Pool play
Foothill 11, Acalanes 4
Halftime: Foothill 6, Acalanes 1. Scoring: Aca — Fellner 2, Conrad, Kerns; F — n/a. Assists: Aca — Winther. Saves: Rogers (Aca) 9, Foothill n/a.
Acalanes 12, Los Alamitos 8
Halftime: Acalanes 8, Los Alamitos 5. Scoring: Aca — Conrad 3, Kerns 3, Fellner 2, Supple 2, Robison, Winther. Saves: Rogers (Aca) 7, Los Alamitos n/a.
Saturday S & R Tournament Pool play
Acalanes 10, Bellarmine 8
Halftime: Acalanes 4, Bellarmine 2. Scoring: Aca — Fellner 6, Robison 3, Winther; B — Sichak 2, Kirk 2, Werner 2, Kerley, MacDonell, Wang. Assists: Aca — Supple 2, Winther 2, Brickman, Fellner, Kerns, Robison, Rogers. Saves: Rogers (Aca) 10, Despars (B) 6.
Davis 10, Acalanes 6
Halftime: Davis 5, Acalanes 2. Scoring: Aca — Fellner 2, Supple 2, Conrad, Winther; Davis — n/a. Assists: Aca — Kerns 2, Fellner. Saves: Rogers (Aca) 5, Davis n/a.
Janet Supple

Oct 11 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

The Varsity team held on for a 21-19 victory over Dublin HS to raise their overall record to 5-1 and remain undefeated in the DFAL. The JV team also held on for a 10-7 victory.

Matt Burns receptionClick on image to buy game photos

Girls Water Polo

defeated Marin Catholic HS 7-3.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Casey Harrington completed 13 of 16 passes for 198 yards throwing touchdown strikes to Ryan Leamy and Tyler Henderson. Tyler Henderson caught 4 passes for 72 yards, Jack Thoren 4 for 48 yards and Ryan Leamy 3 for 59 yards.

R. Takahashi

Oct 9 – JV Volleyball Defeats Alhambra

The JV volleyball girls were back in action against Alhambra on Thursday night. Taking Alhambra down in two games (25-9, 25-22), the team played well with strong serving and impressive kills to stop the Dogs in their tracks. Rachel LOM and Alex MATSON lead the charge with 4 kills each, followed by 3 kills each for Sarah NELSON and Theresa NEVINS. Great blocking at the net by Hayley GOTELLI and Caroline PASSALACQUA. Outstanding serving by Lan Chi HO and Heidi STANFORD. Amazing serve receives by Liza PRESSMAN. Game MVPs were Liza PRESSMAN, Theresa NEVINS, Hayley GOTELLI and Sarah NELSON. The Dons head to Moraga to face the Cougars on Tuesday. GO DONS!!!

Oct 10 – Homecoming Halftime Activities

Mayor Tatzin announcing Homecoming Winners

Powder Toss aftermath
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Oct 10 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Alhambra HS 25-19, 25-20, 25-21. The JV and Freshmen teams won in two games.

JV Girls Tennis

shutout Las Lomas HS 9-0.

Freshman Football

defeated Dublin HS 27-0.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Dublin HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno at 9:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Julia Lauer & Claire Pockell-Wilson, Phillipine Chauvet & Cameron Morton, Melanie Tymn & Hannah Snyder, Alex Awwad & Sally Tang, Sam Bell & Allie Figueredo, Sami Browne & Claire Terentieff, Maddie Guzaitis & Kelianne Witt and Liv Olson & Lia Swan won their doubles matches.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell scored 3 times, once rushing and two through the air to Tyler Sverak and Brian Merken. The scoring was capped by a Trenton Tso touchdown strike to Kenny Workman. Outstanding defensive contributions came from Joey Gladden, Nick Henderson, Parker Henderson, Gabe Middleton, Ryan Nall.

R. Takahashi

Oct 9 – Freshman Football

The Acalanes Dons Freshman football team improved to 5-1 after defeating Dublin (0- 5) 27- 0.  The Dons defense held Dublin on their first drive with great defense by Parker Henderson and a sack by Ryan Nall. The offense then drove down the field and capped off the drive with a 22 yard touchdown run by quarterback Robby Rowell.  Acalanes held the Gaels on their next two possesions, led by sacks by Gabe Middleton, Nick Henderson, the tackling of Ross Ney and a sack and fumble recovery by Nall.  Acalanes would then score again, this time a Rowell completion to Nick Price of 47 yards.  Nall would recover another Dublin fumble, which led to Rowell hitting Tyler Sverak on a 49 yard bomb.  In the 2nd half the Dons drove down the field with the help of a 14 yard run by Jackson Welch and a run on a fake punt by Rowell for a first down.  The Dons finished the drive when Brian Merken caught a 15 yard pass from Rowell for the touchdown.  The Acalanes defense held the Gaels again when Joey Gladden tackled a Gaels running back on 4th down.  The Dons offense was not done, when Trenten Tso would hit Kenny Workman for a 40 yard touchdown.  Your Dons play at home next Thursday October 16th at 5:00 pm against Dougherty Valley, come out and support the team.

 

Oct 9 – Acalanes Girls JV Tennis

All of our JV girls tennis lines played exceptionally well together this afternoon to sweep Las Lomas 9-0. We played a number of new doubles combinations as well as some of our more set pairs today against Las Lomas. A new combination of Julia Lauer and Claire Pockell-Wilson set the tone at D-1 with an 8-3 win. Julia and Claire got off to a slow start at 2-3 but made some fine adjustments and picked up their games to coast home. Another new combo of Cameron Morton and Philippine Chauvet played really well together at D-8 Cameron played her very steady game and Philippine contributed a number of fine volleys to secure an 8-2 win. Melanie Tymm, who was moved up at the last minute teamed with Hannah Snyder at D-4 for a convincing 8-1 victory. Sally Tang and Alex Awwad, playing together for the first time at D-7, came home winners 8-2

Our more set teams of Allie Figueredo / Sam Bell, Claire Terentieff / Sami Browne, Kelianne Witt / Maddie Guzaitis, and Lia Swan / Olivia Olson all won convincingly.

In our only exhibition match of the day Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson made a great effort at D-10 against a team comprised of a D-2 and D-3 player from Las Lomas, who doubled back to play a second set. Magggie and Jess fought back from 2-6 to 5-8 to make it a close contest.

Finally, I was really pleased to be told by one of the Las Lomas parents that he and his daughter thought Acalanes is the finest team that they have played this year. The Las Lomas dad noted that the Acalanes girls were respectful of our opponents, pleasant to play against and made very fine line calls. The JV Lady Dons should be proud of how you are representing Acalanes High School.

John Vocke

Oct 9 – Dons Varsity Volleyball digs Pink against Alhambra Lady Bulldogs

The Dons will be on the road for the next few weeks and they relished the last home cook’n for a while.

Game 1

Dig Pink

0-1 Grace Bolen over in two to start the Dons off.

1-2 Reilly Webster takes the quick set and gets a kill off the block.

4-9 Molly Dalziel gets a Bolen set and puts it on the line for the kill.

5-11 Webster pushes a soft floater just outside the reach of the defenders for the point.

6-11 Parker Jones gets a back set from Bolen and crushes a cross court kill.

8-11 Webster and Jones with the wall of hands and block.

9-11 Dalziel kill to the middle back.

12-13 Jones with a kill to the open back corner.

13-14 Dalziel nasty hard ace.

16-15 Jones and Mimi White pair up for the block.

17-15 Julia Gay‘s knuckle serve catches Alhambra off guard for the ace.

19-16 Bolen takes the pass sets her feet ready to set the outside and sneakily hits it over in two for the point.

20-16 Devon Grobeck serves a devastating top spin that eventually bites the air and dies for the ace.

22-17 Dalziel rips a kill down the line.

23-18 Bolen with a beautiful “1” to White for the kill.

24-19 Dalziel slices the ball between two Lady Bulldogs for the kill and win.

25-19 Dons

 

Game #2

0-3 Bolen with the high set to Dalziel who goes over her defenders for the kill.

1-3 Dalziel sees the Alhambra overpass and crushes it back for the kill.

3-5 Webster with the net roller kill. Different from the Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster”

4-6 Jones with the kill – and the roof says no.

7-8 Calista Lam sees the blockers and perfectly pushes the ball past the defenders down the line for the kill.

8-8 Lam – ace.

10-9 Dalziel – kill line.

12-11 Dalziel – kill line.

13-13 Gay throws her body towards a soft hit and somehow gets the ball up with a perfect pass to Bolen who sets Dalziel in the back row for the kill.

14-13 Dalziel hard ace.

15-13 repeat above.

17-14 White and Lam and the stuff block.

18-14 Jones hits a cross court kill and again, the roof says no.

19-16 White and Lam again team up for the block.

20-16 Lam goes high above the blockers for the kill.

21-17 Dalziel smacks a back row kill to just beyond the 10 ft. line.

22-19 Dalziel – cross court crush and kill.

23-20 Dory Grobeck serving and one woman show. A great serve that an Alhambra player can barely get to. The ball happens to spin over the net and looks like it will fall for the point until out of nowhere, Dory lunges for the ball and keep the point alive.

24-22 Lam – back court kill for the win.

25-22 Dons.

 

Game #3

1-1 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row for the kill.

2-6 Graham hits a perfect cross court kill past the double block.

3-9 English majors have Strunk and White for succinct writing, the Dons have Jones and White for the stuff block.

4-11 Lam and a powerful kill off the block.

6-11 Grobeck with the “1” to White and a swing and a miss.

6-12 Never one to accept defeat, Grobeck with the “1” to White and this time money.

10-13 Jones hits a cross court ball 3 feet off the net that is out by inches. Alhambra point, but very impressive.

10-14 Jones with a kill to the 10′ line.

11-14 Dalziel crushes the ball to the middle of the court for the kill.

13-14 Grobeck ace.

14-14 Grobeck ace – this one even better.

15-14 Grobeck is out of her head, gets another ace.

16-15 Webster leaves her hand print on the ball with her straight down kill.

17-15 Lam and Webster with the big block.

18-15 Dalziel is passing dimes and Grobeck back sets to Jones who puts a wicked hard top spin on the ball for the kill.

19-17 Jones – kill off the block.

20-17 Lam with some more deceptive skullduggery pushes the ball past two defenders for the kill.

21-19 Bodies flying everywhere, almost every Don ends up on the floor as the ball crosses the net 5 different times until White and Lam with the block and point.

23-21 White stalls Alhambra’s comeback with a solo stuff block.

24-21 Victory seems at hand when Grobeck sets Dalziel for the hard hit but Alhambra keeps the ball up and gets it back over the net. Grobeck again sets Dalziel who tries a tip this time. Again, Alhambra covers and get the ball back over. Grobeck on the third set pushes the ball high and 1′ off the net and this time like a Lionel Richie song Dalziel‘s hit goes straight to the heart of the court for the win. Everyone now – “I set you once, twice, three times I set you and you go-ot a kill”.

25-21 Dons

 

Dalziel – 14 kills and 3 aces

Jones – 6 kills and 3 blocks

White – 6 blocks and 2 kills

Lam – 5 kills, 4 blocks and 1 ace

Webster – 3 kills and 2 blocks

Oct 9 – Freshman Volleyball Dons Tame the Alhambra Dogs 2-0

The lady Dons took care of the Dogs in two sets, 25-17, 25-12. Nine Dons got kills, led by Riana Buchman’s 3. Sam Darin, Sam Sweeney, Anna Dissman and Kaitlyn McKendell all had 2. Additionally, Sam Darin knocked in 4 aces. On Defense, the Dons shutdown the Dogs as Hannah Edwards had 5 digs, Kaitlyn McKendell 4, and Haley Pinnella and Ren Dunwoodie, 3 apiece.

Alan Enrici

Oct 9 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

pulled out a big 9-8 victory over DFAL foe Las Lomas HS.

Girls Water Polo

came up short to Las Lomas HS.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30. Tonight is Dig Pink Night. There will be sale items and donations will be accepted. All profits from this event will go to Breast Cancer Awareness. Come out and support these two worthy causes, Breast Cancer Awareness and Our Don’s Volleyball Team.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Dublin HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak continues to be an offensive machine scoring 5 goals, while Brooke Alsterlind added 4 goals and Lucy Fellner had 4 saves.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 39 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Oct 7 – JV Girls Volleyball – Bad Day with the Mats

The JV girls volleyball team fall in two sets to Miramonte Tuesday. The Dons may have been distracted with homecoming brain and did not bring their A (or B or C) game to Miramonte Tuesday night. The Mats should bask in this momentary glory- when they face the Dons at the end of the month at Acalanes, it will be a different story.

On Thursday Oct. 9 the Dons face Alhambra at home. It is the Dig Pink event with proceeds going to breast cancer research. Freshman 4:00, JV plays at 5:00, Varsity 6:30. Come support the Dons and a great cause.

Oct 8 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

went toe-to-toe with the Mats, but fell short in 4 games to Miramonte HS. The jv and freshman teams had similar experiences.

Varsity Girls Tennis

came close to victory over Campolindo HS in a 5-4 defeat. The jv girls tennis team was defeated also.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Las Lomas HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Alhambra HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein, Tara Barabi and Skylar Jeveli won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech won their doubles match.

JV Girls Tennis

Kelly Min & Hannah Snyder and Alex Awwad & Sami Browne won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Oct 7 – Girls JV Tennis

The Lady Dons JV tennis team played a tough match against ten doubles teams from Campolindo High School this afternoon. The final score was 2-8.

At D-6, Kelly Min and Hannah Snyder were able to win their match 8-5 despite Kelly’s leg cramps. Alex Awwad and Sami Brown landed an 8-1 score in D-8. We had two tie-break matches in D-2 with Riley Winquist and Cameron Morton and again in D-10 with Maggie Curless and Melanie Tymm. Despite the scores, most of the games were very close and it was an exciting match to watch.

Thanks for the snacks and for all the parents who came out today to cheer us on!

Katie Gay

Oct 7 – Varsity Volleyball faces Miramonte

Your Acalanes Dons traveled to Orinda to face the Lady Matadors

Game 1

2-0 Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a devastating cross court kill 8 feet off the net.

3-0 Grace Bolen serving the ace!

4-3 Molly Dalziel takes the Bolen set and smashes the ball straight down for the kill.

After a fast start, the Dons are leaking oil.

8-12 Hannah Roberts gets a kill off the block.

10-13 Roberts – ace.

11-13 Molly Armstrong with the big kill to the back corner.

12-18 Armstrong with the kill off the block.

13-18 Dalziel with a kill to the back corner.

14-20 Bolen goes up strong and wins a joust.

15-20 Bolen – hard ace to the corner.

16-20 Bolen with the soft serve short and ace.

19-25 Mats

 

Game 2

1-3 Jones gets a kill off the block.

2-5 Dalziel and Mimi White team up for the block.

3-6 Dalziel pushes the overpass harmlessly outside the reach of the Mats for the point.

6-7 Roberts with a great pass to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill.

10-11 Maddie Graham and White with the roof!

12-12 Graham gets a kill off the block.

12-15 Dalziel slices the ball between two Mats for the kill.

13-17 Armstrong hits a ferocious kill to the back corner.

14-18 A few eggs have to be broken if you want a scramble. Chefs Devon Grobeck and Bolen throw themselves to the floor to keep the ball alive. When the Mats try and put the ball back over the net, Dalziel says no with the solo stuff block.

15-18 Dalziel with the ace.

16-19 Armstrong crushes the kill to the open middle.

17-21 Graham – kill off the block.

18-21 Ambidextrous Graham sprinting towards the net reaches out with her left hand catches the Mats off guard for t