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Link to Girls Volleyball Schedule and Rosters

2016-17 Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball

2016-17 Acalanes JV Girls Volleyball

2016-17 Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball

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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!

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.
Click here to see who they are.
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 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 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:

Parker JonesClick on image to buy game photos

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!

Madi RischClick on image to buy game photos

Madi Risch
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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!

Melissa ElliottClick on image to buy game photos

Melissa Elliott
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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.

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 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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Devin Grobeck
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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 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 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 Volleyball – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Volleyball Championships Division 3

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 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 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
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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 – 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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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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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.

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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
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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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 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 – 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
Kim Park

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

Lane Webster

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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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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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!!

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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!!

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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.
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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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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
Photo: Karen Elliott

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 – 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.

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.

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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 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.

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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 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

Photo: Karen Elliott


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 – 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 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.

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

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 – 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 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 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 – 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 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.

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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 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 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!

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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 – 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.

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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 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 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…

 

Grace Bolen
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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 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

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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

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Happy New Year

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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…

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

Christmas Cards

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Choose your favorite photos and get 25, 50, or 100 photo greeting cards with your child’s sports photo from a professional photo lab for about a buck each (compared to 70 cents each at Costco).
Select a photo, then click on Buy Photo, and crop to fit. Downloads and individual prints are always available, or choose “Create a Card” to personalize your seasonal greeting cards.

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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

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…
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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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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 – 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.

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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.

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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 – 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

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!
25-16 Dons

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

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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

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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 – 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 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 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

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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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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 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 – 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

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 – 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.

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 the kill.

19-24 Graham gets the kill, this time to the back row.

20-25 Mats

 

Game 3

0-0 The Dons backs are against the wall and Bolen start the Dons off with an ace.

1-4 White crushes the ball off the sweet Bolen “1” – kill.

2-4 Roberts with the knuckle ace.

4-7 Reilly Webster smokes the ball off the block for the kill.

5-7 Roberts – back row kill.

6-8 Bolen sets it and Dalziel tips it harmlessly to the open floor for the point.

7-8 Jones with the nasty roll shot kill.

10-10 This time, Jones hits a fade to the back corner.

11-10 Bolen over in two for the kill.

12-10 Dory Grobeck is on a great serving run keeping the Mats off balance when she gets the ace.

13-11 White hangs in the air and pushes the ball softly to the open floor for the point.

15-11 Bolen – knuckle ace.

16-11 Jones and White roofing show up for work.

17-12 Bolen sets outside to Webster for the kill on the line.

18-13 Bolen again outside only this time it is Dalziel with the kill on the line.

20-15 Bolen sees the open court and takes the second ball over in two for the kill.

21-15 Trash day is Friday at my house, but apparently it is Tuesday in Orinda. Dalziel takes out the trash with the kill.

23-20 Dalziel– kill on the line.

24-21 Armstrong finishes the game off with a fast arm swing kill.

25-21 Dons

 

Game 4

0-1 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row and a devastating  kill.

2-1 Grace ace in your face. Bolen – ace.

3-1 Jones roll shots for the kill.

5-5 Dalziel – tip kill.

11-12 Graham ace that hangs on the net and rolls harmlessly for the ace.

12-16 Jones and the solo stuff block.

13-18 Luke Netwalker – “I am your father Parker” –  Jones with the kill that rolls 5 feet down the net.

14-19 Webster kill off the block.

15-19 White with the timing block.

18-21 Webster showing great hands gets the two handed set kill.

19-21 Graham with the vicious kill down the line.

20-23  See above, only insert back row instead of down the line.

23-25 Mats

 

Dalziel – 10 kills

Jones – 7 kills and 2 blocks

Graham – 6 kills

Armstrong – 5 kills

White – 2 kills and 5 blocks

Bolen – special mention – ties the Dons 2014 season high with 6 aces.

Oct 7 – Freshmen Girls Volleyball Loses Duel With the Matadors

The Dons dropped the first set 20-25 but roared back to win the second 25-9. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t keep the mojo going and lost the third set 11-15. The Dons got in their swings with 80 attempts but struggled to get through the Mats’ defense. Shreya Raj managed 4 kills while Maddie McDonagh pushed through 3. Shreya and Hannah Edwards tacked on 2 aces apiece. On defense, Haley Pinnella had four digs and middles Riana Buchman and Brooke Clark got their hands on 6 Matador attacks.

Oct 7 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

travels to Miramonte HS for a much anticipated showdown with the Matadors. 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.

R. Takahashi

Freshman Volleyball Dons go to Semi-Finals at Northgate Tournament

The Dons made it to the semi-finals of the Gold Division of the Northgate tournament before falling to Monte Vista (21-25, 15-25) for the second time this season versus one victory. In morning pool play, the Dons defeated St Pats/St Vincent 25-9, 25-14 and Castro Valley 25-19, 25-27, 15-13 while dropping a match to a tough Marin Catholic team 18-25, 21-25. The Dons then defeated Carondelet 25-23, 25-15 in the first round of playoffs to advance to the semi-finals. On the tournament the team averaged 7.2 kills/set, 4.2 aces/set and 6.6 digs/set. Individual highlights for the tournament include: Sam Darin 10 kills, Sam Sweeney 11 kills, Shreya Raj 42% kills, Kaitlyn Enrici 14 digs (87.5%), Maddie McDonagh 75% dig %, Kaitlyn McKendell 8 aces, Riana Buchman 15 kills, and Brooke Clark 11 aces.

Oct 9 – Dig Pink Night

Thursday, October 9, the girls volleyball team hosts Alhambra HS. This is Dig Pink Night. The profit from sales and all donations will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. We encourage you to come out and support these two worthy causes, Breast Cancer Awareness and your Dons Girls Volleyball teams. Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 4 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay at Gunn HS at 9:00 and 1:00.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate tournament.

R. Takahashi

Oct 3 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Football

The Varsity team opened DFAL play by taming the previously undefeated Alhambra Bulldogs 28-7. The JV team was not so fortunate.

Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 8-1. The JV team served a shutout 5-0.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay tournament at St. Francis HS at 9:00 and 1:00.

JV Girls Tennis

hosts Piedmont HS at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay tournament at Gunn HS at 9:00 and 1:00.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Football

Casey Harrington ran for 3 scores and threw for one. Tyler Henderson had 3 receptions for 80 yards and a 34 yard touchdown.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh and Vanessa Van Pell each shot 36 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie Guzaitis & Kellianne Witt won in doubles 8-0, Alexia Lucey & Sami Browne 8-3, Allie Figueredo & Samantha Bell 8-1, Hannah Snyder & Kelley Min 8-3 and Riley Winquist & Cameron Morton 8-3.

R. Takahashi

Oct 1 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

Three teams made it a clean sweep of Dublin HS. The Varsity squad closed them out 25-11, 25-11 and 25-16 to raise their overall record to 9-4 and remain undefeated in the DFAL. The JV and freshman teams each needed only two games.

Maddie Graham with a kill
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Girls Tennis

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team played well, but also in defeat.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

Boys and girls teams host Campolindo HS in the BIG SHOWDOWN. 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 DFAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 9 kills, 4 aces and 2 blocks. Maddie Graham had 7 kills and 4 digs. Molly Armstrong had 5 kills and 2 blocks.

JV Girls Tennis

Julia Lauer & Callie Zucker, Niki Palamountain & Hannah Snyder and Maggie Curless & Jessica Gerson won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Sep 30 – JV Girls Volleyball- Dons Dominate Dublin

The JV girls do it again, taking down the Dublin Gaels in 2 games- 25-14, 25-15. Awesome serve-receive by Alex Matson, Lexi Fraser and Heidi Stanford popped-up balls for the setting perfection of Lan Chi Ho and Margo Audley -enabling kills by Caroline Passalacqua (7 kills) and Lexi Fraser (4 kills). Fantastic defense by Liza Pressman and Heidi Stanford. Game MVPs Liza Pressman, Windy Margerum, Heidi Stanford and Caroline Passalacqua.

Sep 30 – Acalanes Varsity Volleyball

The Dublin Gaels travel the long road to Lafayette to face your Acalanes Dons

Devin Grobeck serving
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3-2 (perhaps the reporter was a little bit late…) Reilly Webster with the kill to the back corner.

5-4 Molly Dalziel takes the pass, Grace Bolen with the set to Dalziel on the line for the kill.

6-4 Dalziel with the hard ace!

7-4 Devin Grobeck with the great dig to Bolen who set Maddie Graham for the kill.

11-4 Dalziel – soft serve off the net for the ace.

12-4 Maddie Graham with the kill to the middle.

15-4 Dalziel – killing them softly with her serve, killing them softly – ace.

16-4 Bolen to Graham for the soft push just outside the reach of the Gaels.

18-4 Molly Armstrong with the touch shot over the block to the open floor – kill.

20-6 White hangs in the air for the timing block.

21-9 Maddie Kalil with the “1” to White for the MASSIVE kill.

23-11 Julia Gay great pass to Kalil to Dalziel for the back row kill that explodes off a Gael.

25-11 Dons!

 

Game #2

0-5 Graham takes out the trash and crushes the over pass for the kill.

1-5 Parker Jones takes a funky over pass with an arm move that only a New York traffic cop can pull off and hits the ball over for the kill.

4-6 Jones – conventional kill to the back line.

7-6 Dalziel – kill to the 10′ line in the middle.

8-6 The Who has nothing on White the “Pinball Wizard”- first hit pinballs off a Gael the second hit is a straight down kill.

8-8 Dory Grobeck with the sweet set to Dalziel for the kill to the 10′ line this time on the line.

9-8 Armstrong keeps the point alive with a block, Dublin keeps it alive long enough until Jones and the kill.

10-8 Jones and Armstrong roofing shows up for work.

11-8 Grobeck to Armstrong for the kill.

14-8 Armstrong with the strong kill that explodes off a Gaels chest.

15-8 Jones – two handed kill off the trash.

17-8 Julia Gay with the ace and the roof says No!

18-8 Gay – ace!

22-11 Grobeck with the “1” to Armstrong for the laser blazer kill to the middle.

23-11 Hannah Roberts – cross court kill.

24-11 Graham with the stuff block and win.

25-11 Dons!

 

Acalanes Receiving Line
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Game #3

2-1 Grobeck to Dalziel for the back row kill.

Kerry Bolen setting
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3-1 “MC Hammer” White with the “You can’t touch this” serve – ace.

5-5 Dalziel with the solid dig to Grobeck back to Dalziel for the kill.

6-5 Grobeck with the sweet back set to Webster for the kill off the block.

Carly Porep enters the game with a loud cheer from the fans.

8-6 M&M roofing (Armstrong/Dalziel) shows up for work.

9-7 Armstrong/Grobeck with the stuff block.

11-8 G&G (Grobeck to Graham) for the kill.

12-8 Armstrong – ace, ace in your face.

13-11 Graham with the devastating cross court kill.

14-11 Grobeck – ace!

16-13 Webster reads the over and dives to the hardwood. Grobeck takes the pass and sets Webster for the kill.

17-13 Dalziel and White with the wall of hands and block.

18-14 Webster – kill off the block.

21-15 Webster – kill off the block, this time down the line.

22-15 Roberts – Rowdy Yates kill (roll ’em, roll ’em, roll ’em keep them hits a rolling, rawhide).

23-16 Kalil – over in two for the kill.

25-16 Dons!

 

Solid team play all the way around – game ball to everyone!

Dalziel – 9 kills, 2 block and 4 aces

Graham – 7 kills

Armstrong – 5 kills and 5 blocks

Webster – 5 kills

Jones – 4 kills

Doug Dalziel

Freshman Volleyball Dons Corral the Broncos

The Dons defeated the Dublin Broncos in two sets, 25-7, 25-21. The settin’ Kaitlyns spread the love as ten players received kills led by Sam Darin’s 3. Ren Dunwoodie, Sami Broad and Riana Buchman contributed 2 apiece. Marcella Chiarello served up 3 aces to help the Dons’ cause. On defense, the team dug 80% of the Broncos’ attacks. Kaitlyn McKendell ended the match with a dig percentage of 100% and Hannah Edwards 75%.

Sep 30 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

JV Girls Tennis

blanked College Park HS 8-0. Winning doubles matches were Riley Winquist & Cameron Morton, Kellianne Witt & Maddie Guzaitis, Callie Zucker & Julia Lauer, Alex Awwad & Claire PockellWilson, Claire Terentieff & Samantha Browne, Jessica Gerson & Skyler De Martini, Maggie Curless & Lia Swan and Sally Tang & Liv Olson.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Dublin HS. Freshman 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 away and JV is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 26 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational in Palo Alto.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational in Palo Alto.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Battle of the Bay tournament.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

R. Takahashi

Sep 23 – JV Girls Volleyball beat Las Lomas

The JV Girls took down Las Lomas in 2 games: 25-15, 25-12 in the first league play of the season. Lon Chi HO served up 4 aces followed by 7 power serves to take Las Lomas out of the match. Other strong serves by Rachel LOM, Alex MATSON, Margo AUDLEY and Heidi STANFORD. Outstanding serve receive by Liza PRESSMAN. Las Lomas could not return powerful kills by Alex MATSON, Rachel LOM, Sarah NELSON, Windy MARGERUM and Theresa NEVINS. Excellent blocking at the net by Lexi FRASER and Hayley GOTELLI. Game MVPs – Liza PRESSMAN and Lon Chi HO.

Sep 24 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Las Lomas HS 25-19, 25-13, 25-17. Grace Bolen had 38 assists. Molly Dalziel had 18 kills and 6 digs. Parker Jones had 7 kills and 3 blocks.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

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

Freshman Football

hosts De La Salle HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 23 – Dons Volleyball wins in 3!

The Lady Knights of Las Lomas ventured to Lafayette to face your Acalanes Dons
The crowd was rock’n  with extra support from a raucous student section, alumni players and alumni parents.

Game 1
0-0 Molly Dalziel starts the night off with a smoking cross court kill 12 feet off the net.
1-1 Parker Jones takes the Grace Bolen back set and gets her first kill of the night.
5-8 The Dons are down, but not out. Maddie Graham crushes the ball and it lands 4 feet of the net for the kill.
6-7 Graham again, only this time with the kill off the block.
10-8 The Dons have changed Lady Mo(mentum), Dalziel flies high and destroys the ball for the kill between two Lady Knights.
12-9 Dalziel receives the serve, passes it to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill.
18-12 Jones with the cross court kill 11 feet off the net.
19-12 Graham – kill off the block that falls harmlessly on the line.
20-13 Mimi White floats towards the net to take the Bolen “1” for the kill.
21-17 White again with the kill, this time off the block.
22-18 Dalziel flies from outside the pin for a devastating kill.
24-19 The Knights are battling back, when Molly Armstrong stuffs the Las Lomas overpass down for the block/kill and win!
25-19 Dons

Molly Dalziel
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Game 2
0-1 Dalziel starts the Dons off with a kill off the block.
1-1 The roofing company of Armstrong and Jones reports for work.
4-5 Bolen goes up huge for the perfectly timed stuff block!
5-6 Bolen pushes the pass over in two to the open back corner.
7-6 Dalziel high over the block down the line for the kill.
8-6 Dalziel takes something off this time and roll shots to the middle.
10-6 Armstrong – Solo stuff block!
11-6 Dalziel with the kill on the line.
12-7 Armstrong‘s block keeps the point alive. Some scrappy play on both sides keep the point going until Bolen finds Dalziel for the kill.
14-7 Dalziel takes the Bolen back set for the kill.
15-7 Armstrong – smok’n kill!
19-9 Reilly Webster – kill to the open middle.
20-9 White kill off the block
22-11 Dory Grobeck to Webster for the kill.
22-12 Grobeck to Dalziel in the back row who hits the roll shot off the net for the kill.
24-13 Dalziel – kill to the 10′ line for the win!
25-13 Dons win.

 

Game 3
0-1 Dalziel – tip over the block that falls for the point.
1-1 Jones perfect stuff block with both hands.
4-4 Armstrong gets the kill by hitting the ball to the back corner.
6-7 Dalziel – back row kill.
8-7 Dalziel perfect pass to Bolen with the perfect set to Jones and the kill. Yes kids, that is Volleyball.
9-8 Bolen sets Graham a little inside of the block and Maddie gets the kill.
10-11 Dalziel – back row floater to the corner.
11-11 Dalziel down the line for the crushing kill.
12-11 Devon Grobeck comes up with a great pass off a killer serve. Bolen can set back, front, middle or back row. Instead, she goes rouge and leaps and hits it over in two for the kill.
15-13 Long scramble and both sides get the ball over the net 5 times until Jones spies the seam between the blockers and puts the ball down for the kill.
16-13 Jones – kill with the down ball to the middle of the court.
21-16 Hard driven ball to Dalziel to Bolen to Dalziel for the back row kill.
22-16 Julia Gay with the smok’n ace that grazes off the net.
23-16 Graham – kill off the block.
24-17 Bolen with the back set (so sweet that three fans went into diabetic shock) to Jones for the kill and win!
25-17 Dons win!

Bolen – 38 assists
Dalziel – 18 kills
Jones – 7 kills and 2 blocks
Graham – 5 kills
Armstrong – 2 kills and 4 blocks
White – 3 kills
Webster – 2 kills

Sep 23 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Dons out joust the Las Lomas Knights 2-0

The Dons won in two straight sets 25-18, 25-20. The Knights had trouble with the Dons strong serving in each set. In set 1, it was Anna Dissman with the team scoring 89% on her serves and 2 aces. In set 2, it was Sam Sweeney with 86% points scored and Ren Dunwoodie with 80%. Brooke Clark also had two aces.  Rounding out the attack were Maddie McDonagh with 5 kills and Shreya Raj with 3. On defense, Hannah Edwards had 6 digs and no dig errors. On the season, the freshman Dons are now 8-2.

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Sep 23 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Las Lomas HS. Freshman at 4:00, JV at 5:00, Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Water Polo

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

Boys Water Polo

plays at De La Salle HS. Freshman at 4:30, JV at 5:30, Varsity 6:30.

Girls Tennis

hosts Dublin HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 23 – Girls Volleyball Home Opener Tonight

Come support the Girls Volleyball in their home opener against Las Lomas High School.
Freshman 4:00, JV 5:00 and Varsity 6:30
Go Dons!

Sep 19 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The JV team fared no better.

Freshman Football

tamed the Analy HS Tigers 42-12.

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Football

hosts Tennyson HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 5:00 and JV at 6:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle & Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Isabella vonEbbe won her singles match.

JV Girls Tennis

Maddie Guzaitis & Kelianne Witt won their doubles match.

Freshman Football

Robbie Rowell threw five touchdown passes and ran in for another. Nick Price caught three of the touchdown strikes and returned an interception for a score. Ryan Nall and Trenton Tso received the other scoring passes. Joey Gladden scored a rushing touchdown. Tyler Schenone had 2 interceptions.

R. Takahashi

Sep 18 – JV Girls Take Down Monte Vista

The JV girls volleyball team played Monte Vista on Thursday night. The girls hit the court in the first game of the match with a shaky start- losing 25-16.  Recomposing themselves for the next game and fighting hard beat the Mustangs 26-24.  In the final game of the match- the Dons and Mustangs battled back and forth for a nail biter- ending with the Dons on top with a win of 16 -14.  Outstanding gusty playing by Alex Madsen, Rachel Lom, and  Caroline Passalcqua.  Proving they have ice in their veins under pressure, the serving skills of Kaitlin Clever, Liza Pressman, Margo Audley and Heidi Stanford racked up the points from the service line.  Perfect setting by Lon Chi Ho and Margo Audley, with at the net blocking by Lexi Fraser, Windy Margerum, Melissa Elliott and Theresa Nevins.

Caroline Passalacqua and Lexi Fraser with outstanding contributions at the net and powerful hitting were the game’s MVPs.

The JV girls played Antioch High on Wednesday night.  Handily beating Antioch in 2 games-   25-14 and 25-10.

Heidi Stanford for her outstanding digging and serving and Rachel Lom for power kills at the net earned them the game’s MVPs.

Congratulations Girls.

Lisa Passalacqua

Sep 18 – Dons play tough against Monte Vista

Your Acalanes Dons traveled to Alamo to face the Monte Vista Mustangs.

Game 1

0-0 Grace Bolen fires off an ace for the first points of the game.

1-1 Maddie Graham crushes a Bolen set for the kill.

2-1 Graham – ace.

3-1 Molly Dalziel gets the outside set and smokes the ball cross court for the kill.

5-2 Bolen sets Dalziel inside and she slides towards the middle for the kill.

9-5 Dalziel back row kill.

12-8 Dalziel with another back row kill, this time off the block.

13-10 Dalziel with the cross court kill off the block.

16-12 Serve to Dalziel who passes it to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill past two blockers.

18-14 Graham takes the inside set and gets a kill.

19-15 Bolen delivers a sweet “1” to Mimi White for the kill.

23-24 Julia Gay back sets Dalziel who pulls out the killer roll shot to the open middle of the court.

24-24 A Mustang middle goes for the kill, but is Mollified. Molly Armstrong and Dalziel with the superb double block for point.

26-27 Bolen quick sets Armstrong who destroys the ball straight down for the point.

27-29 Monte Vista wins.

Game 2

0-1 Dalziel starts the Dons off with a back row kill to the corner.

1-1 Jones crushes a cross court kill 8 feet off the net.

4-3 Graham soft rolls the ball from the back row over two defenders for the point.

7-15 Armstrong takes out the trash and crushes a Monte Vista overpass for the kill.

9-16 Graham goes by two blockers for the cross court kill.

10-17 Graham/White combine for the wall of hands and block for point.

11-19 Jones with the kill off the block.

12-19 Jones with the kill to the back corner.

13-19 Gay with the ace!

14-19 Jones soft hits to the open middle and point.

16-22 Gay moves quickly to position herself in the right spot to pass a hard driven Monte Vista ball and keeping the point alive. Dons win the point.

18-23 Armstrong reads a Monte Vista quick set and swiftly moves the block to prevent the point.

19-25 Monte Vista.

 

Game 3

1-7 Jones takes the outside set and smashes the ball for the kill.

4-7 Bolen back sets Jones for the kill.

5-9 Jones pushes the ball past two defenders for the point.

8-14 Graham kill.

9-15 Dalziel gets a back row kill.

10-16 Graham with the kill off of the block.

14-22 Armstrong pushes the ball past two defenders for the point.

16-23 – “play of the night” – a pass off of a hard hit ball is going out of bounds near the net. Bolen hustles over to get an arm on the ball with a sweeping lunge and keeps the ball off the floor. But, it continues to head farther out of bounds and almost behind the up referee. Flying across the court, Devin Grobeck throws her body towards the ball. She commits two crimes by breaking the laws of gravity and physics, none the less, Grobeck somehow manages to not only touch the ball, but get it back over the net before she crashes into the stands. Dons point.

17-25 Monte Vista wins.

Dalziel – 9 kills

Jones – 8 kills

Graham – 7 kills

Armstrong – 3 kills

By Doug Dalziel

Sep 18 – Freshman Girls Volleyball loses close match to Monte Vista 2-0

It was all about defense as Monte Vista defeated the Dons in a close match 25-27, 28-30.  The Mustangs held the Dons to six kills, one each by Sam Sweeney, Shreya Ray, Maddie McDonagh, Kaitlyn McKendell, Hannah Edwards and Brooke Clark. Anna Dissman racked up 3 aces and Shreya added 2 but it wasn’t quite enough. The Dons’ defense held tough led by Haley Pinnella’s 4 digs.

Alan Enrici

Sep 18 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Antioch HS. Varsity finished 25-6, 25-10, 25-7. JV and Freshmen won in 2 games.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Dougherty Valley HS. Varsity at 3:30 and JV at 5:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Monte Vista HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Analy HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 17 – Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball wins big in 3

The Antioch Panthers came to Lafayette to play your Acalanes Dons.

Game 1

0-1 Maddie Graham starts the Dons off with a devastating kill 8′ off the net.

2-2 Grace Bolen sets Mimi White who crushes the ball on an angle 10′ off the net for the kill.

3-2 Julia Gay serves a bullet ace!

4-2 Repeat above!

7-3 Parker Jones boards the ace train.

8-4 Molly Dalziel receives the set from Bolen and Dalziel hits it hard. Antioch digs it up and the ball ends up back to Bolen to Dalziel who smokes it back to the same spot for the kill.

12-6 Bolen takes the pass and pushes a sweet set in front of Graham who soars high and long and with all of her energy moving towards the ball annihilates it for the kill.

14-6 Everyone now ” ace Grace in your face”

16-6 Dalziel back row cross court kill.

23-6 Graham gets the kill off of the block.

25-6 Dons win

 

Game 2

Bolen starts the game off with 4 service points

4-2 White kill.

5-4 Hannah Roberts with the perfect high pass to the waiting Bolen who has four options, and sets Parker Jones for the kill.

6-4 Dalziel cross court kill.

7-4 Roberts again with the perfect pass to Bolen and this time to Dalziel for the kill.

8-5 Dalziel, see 6-4.

9-5 Roberts “the passing machine” to Bolen who feeds Molly Armstrong for the kill 6′ off the net.

10-5 Dalziel solo block for the point.

11-6 Armstrong takes the “1” and delivers the kill.

12-6 Dalziel back row to the corner for the point.

13-6 Armstrong with a little chicanery and takes something off the hit and floats the ball over two defenders where it falls harmlessly for the point.

14-6 Armstrong, solo block, point.

15-6 Roberts crushes the ball cross court for the kill.

17-7 Roberts changes it up and gets the kill down the line.

24-10 Armstrong with the big arm swing for the kill and win.

25-10 Dons

 

Game 3

1-1 Dory Grobeck wight the ace to the back corner.

2-1 Graham kill.

3-2 Roberts splays out and gets the pancake just under the ball to keep it alive. The ball stays up and viable and the Dons win the point.

4-2 Jones massive cross court kill off of the perfect Grobeck set.

5-3 The roofing company of Jones & Armstrong appear for the point.

6-4 Jones smoke’n ace.

7-4 Grobeck to Roberts for the kill.

8-4 Roberts pulls out an ace.

9-4 Grobeck to Armstrong for the power kill.

14-4 Grobeck over in two for the point.

17-4 Graham with the kill off of the block.

22-6 The pass is ahead of Grobeck who hustles to reach it and deftly pushes it over for the point.

25-7 Dons win!

Dalziel – 7 kills, 1 block and 1 ace.

Armstrong – 5 kills, 2 blocks

Graham – 5 kills

Sep 17 – Freshman Girls Volleyball tame Antioch Panthers 2-0

The Frosh Dons defeated Antioch 25-10, 25-10 Wednesday at Acalanes. In the first set, Kaitlyn Enrici served 10 aces while Ren Dunwoodie had 2 kills.  Kaitlyn McKendell served up 3 aces and libero Hannah Edwards had 2 kills in the second set. The middles also lit up the scoreboard with 4 aces by Brooke Clark and 2 kills by Riana Buchman. On defense, Sami Broad led with 3 digs.

Sep 17 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. The JV team recorded a 13-1 victory. Winning JV singles matches were Claire Pockell-Wilson, Allie Figueredo, Hannah Snyder, Riley Winquist, Kellianne Witt, Alexia Lucey, Kelly Min, Claire Terentieff, Sally Tang, Jessica Gerson, Niki Palamountain and Melanie Tymn.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Antioch HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

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R. Takahashi

JV Volleyball Northgate Tournament

The JV girls hit the road and played well in the Northgate Tournament this last weekend. The girls dominated and beat Antioch, Clayton Valley, and Branson making it to the gold bracket, ultimately losing to Monte Vista in a tight match. Acalanes plays Antioch on Wednesday at home. Freshman at 4:00, JV game is at 5:00, followed by Varsity at 6:30.

Lisa Passalacqua

Varsity Volleyball Wins Silver Division at Deer Valley Tournament

Your Acalanes Dons Varsity Volleyball had an excellent day Saturday, winning the Silver Bracket Division at the Deer Valley Invitational.  The team played fresh and strong even towards the end of their 13 hour day, winning the bracket final in 2 sets against Palo Alto High School.  The Dons competed in 7 matches with a  5-2 record for the day, achieved through an entire team effort, with contributions by every single player and outstanding defense.

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Sep 13 – Freshman Girls Volleyball make semifinals at Dougherty Valley Invitational

The Dons won their pool at Dougherty Valley by defeating:
Dublin 25-15, 25-18,
Deer Valley 25-21, 25-8 and
finally, in a hard fight, Monte Vista 25-17, 22-25, 15-13.
In the first round of playoffs, they took care of California 25-19, 25-22
before losing a squeaker to Campolindo in the semi-finals 22-25, 23-25.

The Dons outstanding accomplishment required contributions from the entire team:
Sam Darin: 12 kills, 6 digs
Haley Pinnella: 24 digs, 6 aces
Sam Sweeney: 9 kills, 5 aces, 11 digs
Shreya Raj: 5 kills, 68.4% pt scored on serve
Ren Dunwoodie: 10 kills, 1.84 pass rating
Kaitlyn Enrici: 35 assists, 3 kills, digs 85.7%
Maddie McDonagh: 4 kills, 1.73 pass rating
Anna Dissman: 4 aces, 5 kills
Kaitlyn McKendell: 33 assists, 8 aces, 10 digs
Sami Broad: 7 kills, .316 hitting efficiency
Riana Buchman: 14 kills, .323 hitting efficiency, 4 blocks
Hannah Edwards: 10 “perfect” passes, 1.81 pass rating, 6 aces, 9 digs
Brooke Clark: 4 aces, 4 blocks, 5 digs, 4 aces
Marcella Chiarello (IR)

Alan Enrici

Sep 13 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

continues to roll with a 44-15 victory over Encinal HS. The JV team posted a shutout 30-0.

Girls Water Polo

opened the Acalanes Invitational with a victory over Menlo School before falling to Miramonte HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate Invitational.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Casey Harrington lit up the night with 3 touchdown tosses. Tyler Henderson had 4 receptions for 93 yards and a punt return touchdown. Nathan Edwards rushed for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns and Leo Barakos 87 yards and 1 touchdown. Matt Bostwick and Jack Thoren had scoring receptions.

R. Takahashi

Sep 11 – Frosh Girls Volleyball Finishes the First Week of Competition 2-0

On Tuesday, the Dons fell to San Ramon (at San Ramon) the first set but battled back to win the second two to win 20-25, 25-18, 15-13. Down by 2 in set 2, the Dons rallied behind the serving of Kaitlyn Enrici to score 9 unanswered points to win the set. On the day, Maddie McDonagh and Sreya Raj led the attack with 3 kills each.
Thursday at Pittsburg, the Dons rolled over the Pirates the first set 25-6. It took a little while for the Dons to find their groove in the second set but they finished the Pirates off scoring 10 points to the Pirates 1 behind strong serving by Riana Buchman and Sam Sweeney. The team had 15 aces in the match including 5 by Riana and 3 each by Sam Darin and Brooke Clark. The Dons also had 13 kills on the day led by Sam Sweeney’s four.
Alan Enrici

Sep 12 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Pittsburg HS 25-14, 25-9, 23-25, 15-11. The JV team was also victorious 25-13 and 25-18.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Dublin HS and Las Lomas HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational and opens with their first game at 11:45.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate Invitational.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 10 kills and 3 blocks. Molly Dalziel had 8 kills, 14 digs and 3 aces. Molly Armstrong had 6 kills and 2 blocks. Julia Gay had 22 digs and 3 aces. Mimi White had 5 kills. Dory Grobeck had 3 aces.

JV Girls Volleyball

Hayley Gotelli, Alex Madsen and Theresa Nevins had 3 kills. Rachel Lom, Kaitlin Clever and Caroline Passalacqua had 2 kills. Lan Chi Ho had 3 aces.
Margot Audley and Liza Pressman had 2 aces. Heidi Stanford had 4 perfect serve receive passes. Melissa Elliott was a blocking machine.

R. Takahashi

JV Volleyball beats Pittsburgh High

JV girls take Pittsburgh in 2 games 25-13 and 25-18.
Outstanding play from game MVPs Hayley Gotelli and Theresa Nevins.
Perfect serve receive passes (4) by Heidi Standford;
Mean kills by (3)Theresa Nevins, (3)Hayley Gotelli; (3) Alex Madsen, (2) Rachel Lom, (2)  Kaitlin Clever (2) and Caroline Passalacqua (2).
Pittsburgh could not respond to the ace serves of Lan Chi Ho (3), Margot Audley (2) and Liza Pressman (2).  Outstanding blocks at the net by Melissa Elliott.

Lisa Passalacqua

Sept 11 – Acalanes Volleyball versus Pittsburg

Your Acalanes Dons traveled to Pittsburg to face the Pirates

1-0 Molly Armstrong starts the Dons off with a kill 3 ft off the net.
2-1 Molly Dalziel crushes a Grace Bolen set to the back corner for a kill.
4-1 Dalziel serves up a rocket ace.
6-3 Parker Jones gets into the action with a crush down the line for the point.
7-3 Julia Gay serves a float 3 inches off the net for the ace.
10-5 Reilly Webster – ace.
13-8 Bolen sees the overpass, times her jump perfectly and stuff blocks her opponent.
14-9 Dalziel smashes the ball off the double blockers and the ball falls out of bounds for the point.
15-9 Armstrong and Jones combine for a wall of hands and the block.
17-11 Armstrong times the set from Bolen perfectly and smokes a hit for the kill.
19-14 Mimi White receives the 1 and crushes onto the 10 ft line for the point.
20-14 Devin Grobeck serves a hard knuckle that explodes off of a Pirate chest for the ace.
21-14 See previous point
23-14 Devin Grobeck comes up with another bullet ace.
24-14 White hits a sweet cross court kill for the win.
25-14 Dons

Game 2
1-1 It was 100+ degrees outside and Bolen gets the Dons cooled off with a soft serve ace.
3-2 Jones – straight down!
6-3 J. Gay – ace.
7-3 Bolen back sets Jones for the kill.
8-3 Webster smokes a cross court kill to the 10 foot line.
9-3 J. Gay serves between two Pirates for the ace.
10-4 Dory Grobeck pushes the ball to the back row where Dalziel crushes it for the kill.
13-4 White with the stuff block.
16-7 Dory Grobeck sets to White. It is mistimed and White with a back bending yoga pose floats the ball over the net for the softest kill of the night.
18-7 Devin Grobeck’s serve falls for the ace.
20-7 White gets a kill off of the block.
21-7 Devin Grobeck is considering driving to Vegas. If you think 5 aces is good, Devin has her 6th.
22-7 Maddie Graham delivers the cross court kill.
23-7 White looks one way and pushes the ball to the other and just outside the reach of her opponents.
25-9 Dons Win

Game 3
0-1 Bolen pushes the set to the opposite side of the court where Parker gets the kill.
3-6 Jones – point off of the double block.
6-5 Graham smokes it down the line for a kill.
8-9 Bolen with a deceptively sneaky over in two for the point.
10-9 Hannah Roberts floats a soft serve for the ace.
11-9 One woman wrecking crew –Bolen stuffs a ball back over the net. Pittsburg gets the ball back in play and when they try to put it over again, this time Bolen blocks them for the point.
15-16 Dory Grobeck back sets Graham for the kill to the back row.
16-16 Armstrong and Jones again team up fro the double stuff block.
17-17 Armstrong gets a kill off of the back set.
19-17 Webster takes an over pass and crushes it straight down.
Ignore this part, something went sideways for the Dons.
21-25 Pirates win.

Game 4
2-3 Dalziel with the kill off of the block.
3-3 Dalziel with the ace floaty.
Move along people nothing to see for a while.
11-17 Armstrong pushes a tip off of the double block for the point.
13-17 Repeat above.
14-18 Dalziel soars form the back row for the kill.
17-19 J. Gay ace with the roller off the net.
18-19 Bolen with a sweet back set to Jones for the rocket kill on the line.
21-24 Dalziel back row kill.
22-24 Dalziel and White team up for the block.
23-25 Pirates win.

Game 5
The gym is rocking and there is some strong uncertainty at this point.
0-0 Armstrong starts it off with a smooth kill to the back corner.
1-0 Jones takes a Bolen set for the kill.
2-0 An over pass at the net and Dalziel smokes the ball 2ft off of the net.
3-0 Bolen with the Grace ace in your face.
5-2 Jones – cross court kill off of the back set.
8-6 Dalziel kill to the 10 ft line.
11-10 Dalziel ace.
13-10 Armstrong kill.
14-11 Serve to Dalziel, sweet pass to Bolen and the sweet set to Parker for the kill and game!
15-11 Dons

Jones 10 kills and 2 blocks
Dalziel 8 kills, 3 aces and 14 digs
Armstrong 6 kills and 2 blocks
White 5 kills
Devin Grobeck 6 aces
J. Gay 3 aces and 22 digs

Bolen 34 assists

 

By Doug Dalziel

Sep 11 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Campolindo HS 249-278 and was defeated by Dublin HS 208-249. Emily Attiyeh shot a 38, Lauren Kim 41 and Vanessa VanPell 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Pittsburg HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

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

Girls Golf

has a match against Dublin HS at San Ramon GC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 9 – Acalanes Volleyball versus San Ramon

Your Acalanes Dons traveled to Danville to face San Ramon Valley

Game 1 (of the season)
0-1 Dons trailing, Mimi White goes up for the solo stuff block to even the score.
Both teams are getting early season jitters out when at 11-12, Reilly Webster blocks the ball down to even the score.
11-13 Molly Armstrong with the cross court kill.
13-14 Molly Dalziel crushes the ball down the line for the kill.
16-18 Parker Jones out jousts a SRV player for the block and point.
17-22 Webster take the set from Grace Bolen and tips it over two defenders for the kill.
19-22 SRV win

Game 2
0-0 Dalziel starts the game off with a back row kill.
2-3 Dalziel takes the set from Bolen and destroys the ball for the kill.
8-10 Webster hits it past two defenders for the kill on the line.
9-11 Dalziel back row kill.
12-14 Hannah Roberts with the Ace, Ace in your face.
13-20 The Dons are leaking oil, Dalziel take a sweet Bolen set and crushes it on the line for the point.
14-23 Bolen feeds Dalziel in the back row for the kill.
15-23 Bolen again goes back to Dalziel for the back row shot that tips off the defenders for the point.
15-25 SRV win

Game 3
0-1 White roll shots over two for the point.
2-2 Bolen to Dalziel for the kill
5-6 Jones tip finesse pushes the ball over two reaching Wolves for the point.
8-12 Roberts Ace!
12-13 Dalziel takes a Bolen set straight down for the kill.
19-21 White looks one way and perfectly tips the ball the other for a Dons point.
20-21 Devin Grobeck’s knuckle ball glances off the unprepared SRV defender for the Ace.
21-21 The gym is rock’n and Webster tip the ball just outside of the outstretched arm of the SRV defender for the point.
22-22 Julia Gay (who has been playing solid defense all night) produces the needed Ace.
The game goes to 24-24, then 25-25 and when the Dons back is against the wall, Jones jumps high and stuff blocks SRV.
26-27 Bolen sets Dalziel in the back row for the kill.
27-29 SRV win

Doug Dalziel

Sep 10 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

Varsity team was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS. The JV team recorded a 2-game victory 25-21 and 25-13.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

plays at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Girls Golf

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

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball

Alex Matson had 6 kills and 4 aces. Caroline Passalacqua had 3 kills and Lan Chi Ho had 5 aces. Strong hitting and blocking performances by Melissa Elliott, Lexi Fraser, Hayley Gotelli, Sarah Nelson and Theresa Nevins.

R. Takahashi

Sep 9 – JV Girls Volleyball Hit San Ramon Valley

The girls volleyball teams played San Ramon Valley on Tuesday. JV beat San Ramon in two sets – 25-21 and 25-13 in their first match of the season. Outstanding plays by Alex Matson (6 kills) and Caroline Passalacqua (3 kills). Other powerful hits by Hayley Gotelli, Melissa Elliot and Sarah Nelson. The wolves were slammed by ace serves- 5 from Lan Chi Ho, 4 from Alex Matson, and 3 from Heidi Stanford. Blocks at the net by Lexi Fraser, Caroline Passalacqua and Theresa Nevins.

Lisa Passalacqua

Sep 9 – Boosters switching to MailChimp

This is the last daily digest going out on Feedburner. If you are receiving two daily emails, or just one daily email from MailChimp, no action is necessary.
If only one email comes daily from Feedburner, please subscribe to MailChimp by visiting www.acalanesboosters.com.

Sep 9 – Tuesday Sports

VENUE CHANGE

Today, the girls volleyball team plays at San Ramon Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00, Varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Boosters BASH – Save the Date

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Sep 3 – Wednesday Sports

Today, the girls volleyball team scrimmages Carondelet HS. Freshmen at 4PM, JV at 5PM, and Varsity at 6:30PM

R. Takahashi

 

Acalanes Boosters has a Facebook Page

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Athletic Clearance at Dons Day

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Please download, fill out, and sign this two page supplement before attending:

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Acalanes High School – Fall Sport Tryout Schedule

Monday, August 11 through Saturday, August 16

Football

Varsity – Monday through Thursday, 4:00 to 8:00 and Friday, 12:00 to 2:00
JV – Monday through Thursday, 12:00 to 4:00 and Friday, 12:00 to 2:00
Freshmen – Monday through Thursday, 2:00 to 6:00 and Friday, 12:00 to 2:00

Monday, August 18 through Saturday, August 23

Cheerleading

Tuesday, Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00

Cross Country

Monday through Friday, 5:00 to 7:00

Girls Tennis

Monday through Friday, 3:00 to 5:00

Girls Volleyball

Monday, 12:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 7:30
Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00

Boys Water Polo

Varsity – Monday, all 12:00 to 3:30. Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 7:30.
Wednesday and Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 and 5:30 to 7:30.
JV – Monday, 12:00 to 3:30. Tuesday through Friday, 5:00 to 7:30.

Girls Water Polo

Varsity – Monday, 3:00 to 5:30. Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 to 7:30 and 3:30 to 5:30.
Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 to 6:00. Saturday, 9:00 to 12:00.
JV – Monday, 3:00 to 5:30. Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 to 5:30. Wednesday and Friday, 3:30 to 6:00.
Saturday, scrimmage at Campolindo HS.

Girls Golf

Monday, August 18 at 3:00 at Buchanan Field

R. Takahashi

August 6-19 – Booster Membership During Dons Day Registration

It’s hard to believe it’s time to think about “Back to School”.  Online registration starts on Monday, August 6th and we’d like to remind you to renew and/or signup for a BOOSTERS MEMBERSHIP when completing your on-line registration. Please remember to pick-up your sports passes at Dons’ Day on August 19th!

 

Your annual Boosters Membership funds Acalanes Athletics for ALL 22 sports and Cheer, which includes over 1100 Acalanes athletes.  Since More AHS sporting events now require admission fees, your Booster Membership sports passes are more valuable than ever, allowing FREE admission into any regular season home sporting event for the ’14 – ’15 school year!

 

In addition to funding all AHS sports, Boosters membership provides the entire funding for our Athletic Trainer and necessary supplies, our high quality team equipment and other important items for all teams.

Boosters membership helps ensure the health and safety of our student athletes, and lessens the financial burden to individual families.

Membership levels are as follows:

Super Don Membership:

  • Sports Passes for 4 adults (great for grandparents!) + up to 8 children (under high school age) valid for all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • An Acalanes Cinch Bag, Picnic Blanket, and two (2) Sports Decal Triangles of your choice
  • AND the ever-popular Boosters Stadium Chair for viewing every sporting event in comfort & style!
$1,000
Champion Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 4 adults (great for grandparents!) + up to 8 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • Stadium Cushion, umbrella, and two (2) Sports Decal Triangles of your choice.
$500
All-Star Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 2 adults + 4 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • Don’s Tumbler Glass, and one (1) Sports Decal Triangle of your choice.
$250
MVP Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 2 adults + 4 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • One (1) Sports Decal Triangle of your choice
$150
Club Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 1 adult+ 2 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
$95
Grandparent Special:Suggested donation of $50 for every student participating in a sport.  For every $50 donation, you will get an adult pass to ALL regular season sporting events at Acalanes (grandparents only)

 

If you have any questions regarding Boosters Membership or with the Boosters part of the online registration process,  please email Booster’s Membership Chair, John Whelehan at john@innovativeadstrategies.com.  Register at our website atwww.AcalanesBoosters.com

Our Federal Tax ID is 23-7428299.

Thank you!

 

July 28 – Blood Drive on Monday

Caroline Newman (Acalanes Girls LAX), a Girl Scout from Lafayette, is partnering with the Monument Crisis Center and the Blood Centers of the Pacific to hold a Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 28 at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord.

Caroline, who is going to be a senior this fall at  Acalanes High School, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project: Blood Donation Awareness Campaign & Community Blood Drive.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable “Take Action” projects that have a sustainable impact on their communities.

In a leadership group last year at Acalanes, Caroline became involved in the school’s Healthy Choices Board that helps organize, among other things, an annual blood drive.

“After donating blood for the first time last year,  I learned that about one in seven people entering a hospital need blood,” Caroline said. “Nearly 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 5 percent actually donates.”

“In my conversations with medical professionals from the  Blood Centers of the Pacific, I learned that once people donate they are likely to become lifelong donors. Several of the reasons people do not donate include little opportunity, fear and lack of understanding of the need for blood,” she said.

“With this new insight and an interest to help, I decided to develop a plan to build awareness for the need to donate blood, as well as to communicate the simplicity of actually donating.”

The  Monument Crisis Center in Concord is acting as the host site, and local businesses, including BMW of Concord and Fry’s Electronics, are joining in as active participants, Caroline said.

The blood drive will be in Monument’s parking lot at at 1990 Market St. To schedule your appointment, visit www.bloodheroes.com.

Click Donate Bloodand enter Sponsor Code: Monument

reprinted from Lamorinda Patch.com http://patch.com/california/lamorinda/lafayette-teen-leads-upcoming-blood-drive-in-concord#.U9P961Yucoo

 

Sports Medical Clearance

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NOTE: This sports clearance is not a doctors visit and in no way substitutes for regular medical examinations or annual physicals.

Congratulations – Dan Cardiff

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., – USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that two local high school students were awarded either an $8,000 College Educational Scholarship or a $1,000 College Textbook Scholarship. The Foundation has granted 49 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $330,000.

The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, to their local community and to their participation in tennis.  An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

USTA Serves awards the College Educational Scholarship annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.  The $8,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to students entering a two or four-year college or university.  The year’s recipient selected among the scholarship winners from across the nation is Kyle Schmidt of Kelseyville, Calif. 

USTA Serves established a College Textbook Scholarship which provides a one-time award of $1,000 to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipient is Daniel Cardiff of Lafayette, Calif. 

“USTA Serves is proud to award these students for their academic achievements and tennis success,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “It is exciting to know that with these scholarships, they can continue to prosper. We commend them for their efforts and wish them a future filled with greatness on and off the court.”

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE – Time to Register

If you are utilizing the Boosters convenience event on July 24, 2014 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Click here to follow these instructions, and Boosters will handle turning in all paperwork for you.  
 
For anyone NOT utilizing the Boosters Sports Clearance Medical Exam event on July 24, please follow these instructions: 

 

 – Please click HERE to and click on “Athletic Registration” to fill out District required Athletic Clearance forms

The website will direct you through the entire process.

  • You must print the Athletic Clearance Form. Note: This is the new version of the Athletic Clearance Form. Any older versions will not be accepted.
  • You must print one Online Registration Sports Summary page for each sport of participation.
  • Note: If this is the second or third sport, only the Online Registration Sports Summary Page must be submitted.

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The Athletic Clearance Form will not be accepted without the following.

  • The date may not be hand written.
  • The health history checklist must be completed.
  • The physician must stamp and date.
  • The physician must sign and date. The date must be July 1, 2014 or later. The physician must be a licensed medical doctor. The physician may not be a chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.

 

The Online Registration Sports Summary page will not be accepted without the following.

  • All emergency information.
  • Health insurance carrier and policy number.
  • Student and parent signature.

Each team will establish an amount for their team contribution and provide the budget that is used to establish the dollar amount. The contribution is not mandatory, but is necessary to provide our student-athletes with the best athletic experience.

 

The contribution may be paid on the Webstore. If paid by check, the check made payable to Acalanes High School may be submitted at the same time as the Athletic Clearance paperwork.

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The Athletic Department strongly encourages purchase of a Booster Club membership. This financial support is important because the Booster Club is the sole financial sponsor of the Athletic Trainer’s stipend for Chris Clark as well as all of the supplies for the Athletic Training program. The district does not pay for any of these costs.

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Athletic Clearances will be collected during residency verification in room 207.

  • Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Monday, August 18 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

 

Athletic Clearances will be collected during Don’s Day Tuesday, August 19 in the small gym from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Athletic Clearances will be collected during the following days and times in room 207 during the school year.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7:30 to 7:50 am.
  • Monday through Friday at Brunch and Lunch.

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If you are having difficulty getting the physician to sign the Athletic Clearance Form, you may contact the following medical providers for same day or next day appointments.

 

Dr. William Workman                                  Walnut Creek Urgent Care

Acalanes HS athletic team physician             112 La Casa Via Way, suite 135

301 Lennon Lane, Suite #100                       Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Walnut Creek, CA 94598                             Monday through Saturday

Mondays and Thursdays only                         $75

925-944-0110                                            925-930-8200

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For questions or problem solving, contact Randy Takahashi by email at rtakahashi@acalanes.k12.ca.us

2014 Graduation Photos

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Select graduation photos are published here

Thanks for a great year!

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Gint Federas

Congratulations Grads!

Congratulations to the entire Acalanes 2014 Graduating Class! Best wishes in your future endeavors.

 

2014 Acalanes Commencement


2014 Pops Concert Videos

2014 Pops Concert Videos

Click on the above link to watch awesome Acalanes talent.

Videos: Gint Federas

2014 BASH Video

A photo retrospective of 2014 Acalanes Athletics.
Turn your sound up and enjoy.

Dec 31 – Happy New Year

Final Day!

As 2013 comes to a close, we ask that you remember the Acalanes Boosters in your charitable giving plan.
Remember, with Acalanes Boosters, everyone plays.

What does Acalanes Boosters Do?
To ensure the safety and well-being of all student-athletes, we provide the salary and supplies of our fine athletic trainer, Chris Clark.

We also:
• Fund every sports program at Acalanes High School every year.
• Last year Acalanes Boosters distributed roughly $100,000 across the 22 programs.
• Examples of items funded over the last two years: new weight room equipment, watering carts, a high-capacity ice machine (for hydro-therapy), new wrestling mats, equipment for the new pool, tennis ball auto-serve machine, and safety equipment for numerous programs.

Who Benefits?
• Every one of the 700+ Acalanes High School student-athletes
• Every one of the 22 Sports programs

Member Benefits?
• Tickets to all home football
• Tickets to all home league basketball games
• Premium items based on membership levels.

How can you help the Boosters?
· Become a member (click here for membership levels)
· Attend the Boosters Sports Bash
· Attend a membership meeting (click here for calendar of meetings)

Get Involved:
· Become a Acalanes Booster Sports Representative
· Join a Acalanes Booster’s Committee
Membership
Allocation
Sports Bash
Help at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Fundraising

For more information please contact a Boosters’ Board member

Year-End Tax Planning

Boosters Supporters:

When making your end of the year tax planning decisions, please consider donating to Boosters.  Boosters is a charitable organization so all your donations are tax-deductible. All you need to do is send a check to Acalanes Boosters Club at 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Acalanes’ Athletics is solely funded by community contributions so all your donations are greatly appreciated. (Tax ID  # 23-7428299)

Please visit the Gift Matching tab on the Boosters site to see if your employer will double your donation! Also, some companies offer charitable donations to compensate for your volunteer time. Check it out under the Gift Matching Tab.

Thank you and Happy New Year

Year-End Gift Matching

TIME SENSITIVE!

Fantastic news!  We are very excited to bring you our official “Gift Matching” web page on our  http://acalanesboosters.com/  web site.  The employee Matching Gift Program could easily be one of the year’s largest fundraising efforts for the Acalanes Boosters’ Club.   ANYONE who donated to the ABC this year could request matching gift funds from their employers.   Please take a minute to check if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.  We have hundreds of ABC donators who can potentially raise funds through this program.

Let’s try to collect as much FREE money as we can for our student athletes.  They deserve it!  This is time-sensitive and the cut off for requests is upon us, either Dec. 31, or Jan. 31, 2014. for fiscal year 2013.

Participating employers will have one or two+ donor programs:

1. Employers will match 1:1 eligible dollars donated.

2. Employers will provide a volunteer grant ie. $500 for volunteer hours per their guidelines.

For example, I have already contacted my employer and the ABC will receive $350 matching dollars for my donations, AND another $500 volunteer grant for meeting their criteria of 20-30 volunteer hours/calendar year.  $850 FREE dollars to the ABC.  WOW!  We have already received a few more matching gift donations this year as well.

Below are some easy instructions to follow.  If for any reason you are having difficulty with your submission, please feel free to contact me or your employer.  Mary Piscitelli 765-0457, I will be happy to help you.

A.      What is the proposed process?  It is very simple and will take just a few minutes.  (Time well spent!)

Go to the “acalanesboostersclub.com” web site.

Click on the last tab  ‘Gift Matching”, and it will bring you directly to the “Double the Donations” link and type in your company name.

See if your employer will match your donation!

Enter your company name ____________________________________________________

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B.     If your employer participates, all their contact information will appear as well as any pertinent links to their company specific guidelines and submission forms etc.  If your company is not registered, I encourage you to call your HR department and inquire with them, sometimes it’s not publicized.

C.       Some employers will allow you to submit your request electronically, by e-mail, regular mail, &/or fax.  If your company has a secured web or e-mail, you will need your employee number and perhaps a password if you haven’t set it up already.      IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THIS INFORMATION, OR GET FRUSTRATED, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!   Call them directly for assistance.  They are very willing and happy to help guide you through the process.

D.  Send Brad and I an e-mail with a brief explanation of your donations &/or hours volunteered for that calendar year and we will confirm your qualifying donations when your employer contacts us.  If you need a receipt, we can provide that as well.

E.    Provide your company with;

-Your employee information
-Dollar amount you donated and are requesting a match for &/or number of hours volunteered.  Your donation was to the Acalanes Boosters’ Club
-ABC receipt, IF requested by the company.  (We can provide you with an ABC receipt)
-Contact information for our ABC rep. Brad Smith / or Mary Piscitelli
-ABC Tax ID  # 23-7428299, and school address 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
All the information you will need is listed on the web page for you.

Most companies already have the Acalanes Boosters Club information in their system.  Our Not-for-Profit Federal Tax ID# is nationally recognized.   Once the employer verifies the request, a check will be mailed directly to the ABC.  The checks are cut either monthly or quarterly according to their protocol.

What if you still have questions?

For questions regarding your company’s programs, please contact your employer’s HR or community giving department.  They are very helpful.  Most of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.

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For additional questions regarding submitting a matching gift or volunteer grant request  please contact:
A.      Mary Piscitelli:  vicepresident@acalanesboosters.com or 925-765-0457
B.      Brad Smith:  treasurer@acalanesboosters.com  or 925-890-7273

Happy Holidays!

Mary Piscitelli and Brad Smith
Tom Duckworth
Danna Wright

Dec 11 – Acalanes Boosters Holiday Fundraiser

Buy your holiday gifts and support Acalanes Boosters at the same time
at the Sports Basement Holiday Fundraiser.

You get a 10% discount,
and 10% of your purchase is donated to the Boosters
at no cost to you.

December 11 6:30-8:30PM

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Special Shopping News…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek will host “Acalanes Athletics Day” on Wednesday, December 11. Mention Acalanes Athletics and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 10% from the purchase price. Additionally there will be a Happy Hour from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with food and beverages provided free of charge.

Nov 14 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Emma Myall
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Girls Water Polo

finished a strong season in defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS Semifinals.

Girls Volleyball

finished an exciting season in defeat to Analy HS in the NCS playoffs.

In Saturday’s action…

Football

hosts Sonoma Valley HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS Playoffs.
Note: At all NCS playoff events, there will be a charge at the gate of $9 for general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.
Additionally: To lessen the line at the ticket booth, there will be pre-sale Friday at lunch for students only and from 3:00 to 3:30 for anyone. The pre-sale charge will still be $9 and $6.

Whitney Hickok saves a goal
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R. Takahashi

Nov 13 – NCS Playoff Volleyball – Acalanes Dons versus Analy

The Dons gym was rocking as Acalanes secured their first Volleyball home playoff game in at least the last 6 years.

Dory Grobeck Setting
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Molly Dalziel with a kill
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Game 1; The Dons started off slow, but…
0-3 Katie Nall starts the night off with straight down kill on the overpass.
2-7 Dory Grobeck sets a “1” to Mimi White for the kill.
4-13 Nall comes through again with a kill off the “1”.
It’s still a little slow and the Dons appear to have lost their Mojo, but Grobeck keep the hopes alive with some fantastic serving.
8-13 Ace Grobeck
10-20 Molly Dalziel fires a kill off the block.
12-20 White and Reilly Webster combine for the block and point.
13-20 On the opposite side of the court it’s White and Dalziel combining for the block and point.
14-22 White with the tip to the open court for the kill.
15-22 Ying Stroebe with the great serve and point.
16-23 Rachael Cox comes through with a back row kill.

17-25 Analy

Game 2;

1-3 Nall comes up with a great block to keep the point alive and eventually with the ball at the net, Nall pushes it to the back corner for the point.
2-4 Grace Bolen back sets Cox who crushes the ball for the kill.
3-5 Dalziel with the solo block and point.
5-8 Dalziel smokes a kill down the line.
7-11 Bolen uses a little deception and sneaks the ball over in 2 for the point.

Katie Nall for the block
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8-12 The game seems to be slipping away, when Bolen sets Cox in the back row for the kill.
9-12 Cox ace, ace in your face.
10-13 Nall crushes the “1” for the kill.
11-14 Maddie Graham with the vicious kill to the back corner.
12-14 Stroebe with a great serve and point.
13-16 After a great rally with one armed saves by both Stroebe and Cox and multiple hard hits and dumps, the Dons finally get the point.
15-16 Dalziel ace.
16-16 Dalziel to Cox who crushes it off the block for the kill.
17-16 Stroebe with the one armed diving save to Dalziel for the back row kill.
20-23 Grobeck with the “1′ to Nall who crushes the ball with authority for the kill.
21-23 Dalziel with the cross court kill.
22-23 Cox ace!
23-24 The gym is rockin again and Nall gets a kill off the block.
25-26 It is feeling like another great comeback when Dalziel to Grobeck back to Dalziel for the kill.

But it is not to be.

26-28 Analy

Maddie Graham for a kill
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Game 3;

1-1 Nall with the crush and kill.
3-2 Carly Porep throws down the ace.
5-6 It’s a tight game and fans move to different seats hoping to change the luck. Bolen back sets Graham who crushes the kill off the block.
7-7 Dalziel hits the ace untouched to the back corner.
8-7 Dalziel with the back row kill.
10-14 Cox hits the roll shot down the line for the kill.
11-15 Nall rolls the ball over the block for the point.
12-16 Bolen back sets Graham for the kill.
13-16 Cox to Graham for the kill.
14-21 Webster gets the kill off the “1”
15-21 Stroebe – yo ace.

16-25 Analy

Reilly Webster for a kill
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A great season ends after some heartbreaking losses and some incredible comeback wins. With 9 girls playing Varsity for the first time, the Dons are poised for an outstanding season next year. But, the Dons will miss three great seniors who helped guide and shape this season and others. Maddy Sauer a leader by doing, a middle who could and would also play back row. Katie Nall was a force at the net and always positive. Rachael Cox a co-captain, the lawyer to litigate with the referees and someone who would always leave everything on the court. Thank you ladies.

Cox – 5 kills and 11 digs
Dalziel – 6 kills and 5 digs
Nall – 6 kills
Grobeck – 11 assists
Bolen – 12 Assists
White – 3 kills

Doug Dalziel

Nov 13 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was defeated by James Logan HS in the NCS team playoffs.

In today’s action…

Girls Water Polo

has the BIG SHOWDOWN at Campolindo HS at 7:15 in the NCS Semifinals.

Girls Volleyball

hosts Analy HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

In Saturday’s action…

Football

hosts Sonoma Valley HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

R. Takahashi

Nov 11 – This Week in NCS Playoffs

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a first round NCS Playoff match at James Logan HS at 2:00.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

has another showdown with Campolindo HS in the NCS Semifinals at Campolindo HS at 7:15PM.

Girls Volleyball

The #6 seeded Lady Dons volleyball team opens the first round of the NCS Playoffs hosting #11 Analy HS at 7:00PM.

In Saturday’s action…

Football

The #7 seeded Dons host #10 Sonoma Valley HS in the first round of the NCS Playoffs at 7:00PM.

Note:

At all NCS playoff events, there will be a charge at the gate of $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 7 – JV Dons Volleyball Team Completes Great Season

The Acalanes 2013-2014 JV Girls Volleyball Team finished a terrific season by defeating Dougherty Valley by the scores of 25-16 and 25-12 Thursday night on Senior Night. The team ended up with a spectacular 26-5 (12-2) record and took second place in league behind Campo. Thank you to coach Shannon Lee for all of her hard work and leadership.
Rachel Lom…..Carly Porep……Claire Porep…..Liza Pressman…..Julia Gay…..Lia White……Katie McCarty…..Asha Alagappan……Devin Grobeck….Hannah Roberts….Morgan Shepherd.

Kevin Porep

Nov 8 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

played with great energy to defeat Dougherty Valley HS in 4 games. They will find out Sunday when and where they will play in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Tennis

At the DFAL Girls Tennis Championships, Isabella vonEbbe won her first two matches to advance to todays semifinals. Tessa Karagocev and Melissa VanPell did likewise in doubles.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Tennis

Isabella vonEbbe is in the singles semifinals and Tessa Karagocev and Melissa VanPell are in the doubles semifinals of the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College at 11:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #4 seeded girls water polo team hosts #5 Marin Catholic HS in the NCS Quarterfinals at 4:45.

Cross Country

competes at the DFAL Championships at Shadow Cliffs Park at 1:00.

R. Takahashi

Nov 7 – Freshmen Girls Volleyball Finish Off Great Season

Freshmen Girls Volleyball

The freshmen girls volleyball team finished their season today with a final win over Dougherty Valley.  They ended the season with a stunning 25-3 record, with a single league loss to Campolindo and two non-league losses to Bishop O’Dowd and Redwood.  Way to go freshmen volleyers:

Dante Bamont, Kaitlin Clever, Takori Coleman, Hayley Gotelli, Sarah Hansen, Lan-Chi Ho, Emily Malinovsky, Windy Margerum, and Alex Matson, Caroline Passalacqua, Kyra Robertson, Heidi Stanford, Claire Terentieff.

Thanks to Coach Karl Stuber and Varsity Player Ying Stroebe for a great season! Thanks to all the coaches!

Karen Terentieff

Nov 7 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #4 seeded girls water polo team throttled the Encinal Jets 15-2 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals where they will host #5 Marin Catholic HS on Saturday.

Chase Lanier
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In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30. They will have the Senior Night Presentation prior to the Varsity game.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College at 10AM.

R. Takahashi

Nov 6 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In today’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #4 seeded girls water polo team hosts #13 Encinal HS at 8:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
Note: At any NCS playoff event there is a charge at the gate of $9 for general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Nov 5 – Acalanes Dons versus the Miramonte Matadors

Miramonte’s gym was rocking for their Senior night and the crowd was ready for the action.
The Dons Senior night and final home game of the year is Thursday the 7th. Come out and support the Seniors and Dons Volleyball!

Game 1;
0-4 Molly Dalziel starts it off for the Dons with a back row kill.
1-4 Rachael Cox throws down the ace.
2-4 Dalziel gets the cross court kill.
4-7 Katie Nall and Parker Jones combine for a textbook double block.
5-7 Ying Strobe serves the hard floating ace.
6-9 Dalziel gets the kill off of the block.
7-13 Great set by Grace Bolen to Cox for the kill.
9-13 Strobe somehow gets a great pass off of a hard hit ball. Bolen then takes it over in two for the point.
Dons are unable to stop the bleeding.

11-25 Miramonte

Game 2;
2-7 Nall and Dalziel put up the roof.
3-7 Dalziel puts the ace down the line.
4-7 Cox hits the ball hard off the block for the kill.
6-10 Maddie Graham with a great up off the diving serve to keep the point alive.
7-11 Cox rolls the dice with a hard hit and it deflects for the kill.
8-14 Cox – roll shot kill to the middle of the court.
9-16 Bolen to Dalziel with the hard hit. Miramonte digs it and the ball goes back to Dalziel who passes to Bolen who sets Dalziel for the kill.
10-19 Dalziel roll shot kill.
11-19 Cox high over the defenders for the kill.
12-19 Long rally with every Don on the floor. Eventually, Cox with the kill down the line.
14-21 Graham smokes the ace serve.

19-25 Miramonte

Game 3;
0-0 Dalziel starts the game off with an ace.
1-0 Bolen and Nall – roof.
2-1 Dalziel with the back row kill.
4-2 Bolen – Grace ace in your face.
5-3 Bolen back sets Cox who crushes the cross court kill.
7-3 Cox ace.
8-3 repeat above
9-3 Bolen to Cox to Molly Armstrong for the kill.
10-4 Dalziel – cross court kill.
11-5 Dalziel with the kill down the line.
12-5 Nall get the kill off the “1”.
14-6 Bolen sets ox for the kill off the block.
16-8 Strobe comes up with a great save and keeps the point alive long enough for Bolen to backset Cox for the kill.
17-9 Armstrong – kill.
18-13 Dalziel hits off the block for the point.
20-14 Dalziel leaps over the block and gets the kill down the line.
24-21 The Mats fight back, but Armstrong with the kill and win.

25-21 Dons

Game 4;
0-0 Great rally by both sides until Bolen goes over on two for the point.
1-0 Dalziel – ace.
3-0 Cox crushes the kill down the line.
4-4 Cox rolls the ball over two defenders for the point.
7-20 Dalziel comes up with the back row kill.
9-20 Dalziel – the ball falls untouched off the cross court kill.
10-20 Mimi White blocks the ball straight down for the point.
11-21 Dory Grobeck takes the over pass over in two for the point.
12-23 Cox to Dalziel for the cross court kill.

13-25 Miramonte

Cox – 12 kills, 19 digs and 4 aces
Dalziel – 19 kills, 10 digs and 3 aces
Bolen – 24 assists and 4 digs
Nall – 3 blocks
Strobe – 13 digs
Graham – 5 digs
Armstrong – 3 kills and 2 digs

Doug Dalziel

Nov 5 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Golf

Congratulations to Elizabeth Schultz for shooting a 1-over par 74 and placing 2nd at the CIF NorCal Championships to qualify for the CIF State Championships Wednesday, November 20 at Quail Lodge GC in Monterey.

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #4 seeded girls water polo team opens first round NCS playoff action as they host #13 Encinal HS at 8:00.

R. Takahashi

Nov 1 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

fell at the hands of Las Lomas HS. The JV and Freshmen teams cruised to 2-game victories.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Alhambra HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00. The Senior Night Presentation will be conducted prior to the Varsity game.

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.

R. Takahashi

Oct 31 – Another great Girls Volleyball match against the Lady Knights

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Game 1;
1-4 Parker Jones starts Halloween off with a scary hard cross court kill.
5-11 Reilly Webster with the kill on the “1”.
8-15 Katie Nall destroys the ball for the kill.
12-18 Grace Bolen to Molly Dalziel with the cross court kill.
13-18 Maddie Graham with the smooth ace.
14-18 Jones smashes the ball off two defenders for the point.
15-19 Webster’s smooth crush off two finger tips for the point.
17-21 Strong hits and great passes keep the rally alive long enough for Bolen to put the ball over in two for the point.
19-22 Webster smashes the ball and it glances off of the net, hangs in the air and falls for the point.
20-23 Nall tips the ball to the open floor for the point.

21-25 Las Lomas

Game 2;
0-3 Jones takes a little pepper off the hot sauce and drops in a kill.
5-4 Graham with the hard flat ace.
6-5 Cox falling back is still able to smoke the ball across the net for the kill.
10-8 Bolen with the high outside set to Cox for the crush and kill.
12-13 Bolen back sets Cox who smokes the ball and it ricochets off three defenders for the point.
15-14 Jones and Webster combine for the roof.
17-14 Graham with the float serve to the back corner untouched for the ace.
18-14 Great Dons defense with shout outs to Webster and Graham for keeping the point alive long enough for the Dalziel kill.
19-15 Webster crushes the ball off the block for the kill.
21-18 Cox with the push shot kill.
22-19 Bolen high set outside to Cox for the kill.
24-20 Cox with the kill and win.

25-20 Acalanes

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Game 3;
0-0 Bolen over in two for the point.
1-1 Cox with the hard line kill.
5-3 Dalziel sprawls on the floor for great defense, passes to Bolen who feeds it back to Dalziel for the kill.
11-9 Dalziel back row smash and kill.
12-10 Cox hard off the block where the ball bounce out of bounds for the kill.
15-16 Bolen pushes the “1” to Webster and perhaps the hardest hit of the night and kill.
16-21 Cox paints the line for the kill.
17-22 Nall straight down kill.

19-25 Las Lomas

Game 4;
A small crowd, what with Halloween, but the house is rocking.
0-0 Jones and Nall roofing company appears.
3-2 Dalziel with the kill on the back line.
5-2 Graham ace.
14-10 Bolen; Grace ace in your face.
15-10 Cox and Nall roof.
16-14 Las Lomas is on a run and Cox stops the bleeding with a devastating kill.
20-24 Dalziel Kill.
21-24 Webster straight down crush.
22-24 Bolen over in two.
The fans go wild and smell another huge comeback, but it is not to be.

23-25 Las Lomas

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Cox – 12 kills, 7 digs
Dalziel – 9 kills and 6 digs
Bolen – 30 assists, 4 digs, 3 aces and 3 kills
Nall – 4 kills and 3 blocks
Graham – 15 digs and 4 aces
Webster – 5 kills
Jones – 3 kills and 3 digs

Doug Dalziel

Oct 31 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Water Polo

The boys and girls water polo teams were defeated by Campolindo HS.

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In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Jack Hillman and Evan Brown scored 2 goals each and Tucker Stone had 12 saves.

Tucker Stone defending goal
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Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak scored 3 goals.

Hannah Kresnak
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R. Takahashi

Oct 30 – Freshmen Dons Fall to Campo After Strong Effort

The freshmen Dons volleyball team tried to repeat their earlier victory over Campolindo but came up short without the home court advantage.  They lost in two close games, 21-25 and 25-27.  This brings their overall season record to 23-3 , with their only league loss being this match to Campolindo.  The Freshmen Dons have three matches left in the season, this Thursday against Las Lomas and next week against Miramonte and Dougherty Valley.

Cathy Terentieff

Oct 30 – Wednesday Sports

In Yesterday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

dealt De La Salle HS a 9-6 defeat. They JV team squeaked by with a 6-5 victory.

Girls Volleyball

gave their all in defeat to Campolindo HS. The JV and freshman teams were narrowly defeated.

In Today’s action…

Water Polo

This is the BIG ONE. The Water Polo teams face the DFAL showdown at Campolindo 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 DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Ryan McCracken and Brendan Supple each scored 3 goals and had an assist. Tucker Stone had 11 saves.

Girls Volleyball

Grace Bolen had 17 assists, Molly Dalziel had 8 kills and Rachel Cox had 6 kills.

R. Takahashi

Oct 29 – Dons come up short versus Campolindo

Game 1;

0-3 Katie Nall starts the night off for the Dons with straight down kill.
2-4 Parker Jones crushes the ball off the block for the kill.
4-7 Molly Dalziel gets the point by hitting off the block.
5-12 Rachael Cox puts up a fierce block for the point.
7-13 Maddy Sauer pulls out a great pass off a hard hit ball. Grace Bolen takes the pass and puts it over in two for the point.
10-19 Cox keeps the point alive with a fantastic pass. The rally continues with multiple touches by almost every player and eventually Bolen sets Dalziel high to the outside who bring home the kill.
12-22 Bolen backsets Jones for the cross court kill.
Sauer is a serving machine and the Dons start a comeback.
15-22 Dalziel with the kill off the block and the ball lands harmlessly out of bounds.
16-23 Cox back row kill on the line.
17-23 Cox and Reilly Webster combine for a roof.

18-25 Campo wins

Game 2;

0-2 Cox back row off the net for the kill.
3-2 Dalziel fires the bullet ace.
5-4 It must be raining outside as Webster turns on the wipers and pushes the ball away from the Campo defenders for the point.
7-8 Bolen lays it out to save the ball form hitting the floor. Sauer reaches out and passes the ball to the other side of the net where it harmlessly falls for the kill.
9-15 Dalziel hard off the block for the kill.
10-15 Ice cream all around – Maddie Graham with the soft serve ace.
11-15 BolenCoxDalziel – point.
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

13-25 Campo

1-1 Cox down the line for the kill.
2-1 Bolen high outside set to Dalziel who can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan.
6-2 Dalziel and Webster roofing company is in the house.
7-8 Dalziel becomes a member of the Dinka tribe.
9-12 Cox with the snap hit that falls to the open court for the kill.
13-16 Parker hits a change up that falls softly to the middle untouched.
15-17 Dalziel off the block kill.
17-17 Campo tries to float the ball over the net, but Webster leaps up and smashes the ball down for the kill.
19-20 Webster – kill to the back corner.
20-21 Nall with the straight down kill.
22-23 Cox hits the ball hard off the block where it fall out of bounds for the point.
23-24 Dalziel cross court kill.
24-25 Campo setter tries to hit the ball over in two, but Webster with her cat like reflexes springs up and pushes the ball back over the net for the point.

25-27 Campo wins.

Cox – 7 kills, 5 blocks and 17 digs
Dalziel – 10 kills
Bolen – 18 assists and 4 digs
Nall – 5 blocks
Graham – 3 digs
Sauer – 4 digs
Webster – 4 kills and 7 blocks
Jones – 5 kills

Doug Dalziel

Oct 29 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 1-under par 70 to finish 3rd at the NCS Championships and qualified for the CIF NorCal Championships Monday at Spring Creek GC in Ripon. Adrienne Lee shot an 87 to finish tied for 35th place.

In today’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts De La Salle HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 28 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

defeated Dublin HS 37-20. The JV team fell by the narrowest of margins.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Agoura HS and Miramonte HS in the North/South tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Los Altos HS 16-6 before falling to Davis HS in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

finished 3rd out of 32 teams in the Northgate Invitational defeating Benicia HS, Petaluma HS, Clayton Valley Charter HS and Berkeley HS, with their only defeat to Heritage HS.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the NCS Championships at Peacock Gap GC in San Rafael.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell rushed for 146 yards on 31 carries and scored a touchdown. Casey Harrington completed 10 of 17 passes for 111 yards and threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one. John Lauth had 6 receptions including a touchdown catch. Robbie Stern added a touchdown reception and Jared Finney a touchdown run.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 9th and Sammy Taketa 24th in the division 3 sweepstakes race at the prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational.

R. Takahashi

Oct 26 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

defeated Dublin HS 37-20. The JV team fell by the narrowest of margins.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Agoura HS and Miramonte HS in the North/South tournament.

Cross Country

competes in the Mt. SAC Invitational in Southern California.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Los Altos HS 16-6 and await their last game in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell rushed for 146 yards on 31 carries and scored a touchdown. Casey Harrington completed 10 of 17 passes for 111 yards and threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one. John Lauth had 6 receptions including a touchdown catch. Robbie Stern added a touchdown reception and Jared Finney a touchdown run.

R. Takahashi

Oct 25 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

Freshman Football

was defeated by Dublin HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Dublin HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Cross Country

competes in the Mt. SAC Invitational in Southern California.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

R. Takahashi

Oct 23 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

is determined to set a new record for 5 game matches as they pulled out another thrilling victory over Dublin HS 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-13 raising their DFAL record to 6-2.

Girls Tennis

came out on the short end to Miramonte HS.

In today’s action…

Water Polo

Teams play at Dougherty Valley HS. Varsity girls at 4:00, Varsity boys at 5:00 and JV boys at 6:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Rachel Cox had 19 kills, 18 digs and 3 blocks. Super freshman, Parker Jones had 15 kills and 6 blocks. Grace Bolen had 49 assists, 6 digs and 2 aces.

Girls Tennis

Tessa Karagocev won her singles match.

R. Takahashi

Oct 22 – JV Dons Keep Rolling in Volleyball

The Acalanes girls volleyball team easily defeated Dublin High yesterday. The scores were 25-16 and 25-14.
Next up: Campo next Tuesday.

Kevin Porep

Oct 22 – Acalanes and Dublin in another 5 game match

Your Acalanes Dons versus the Dublin Gaels. It was “Dig Pink” night and a fund raiser for Breast Cancer awareness. The Team raised over $450 and the crowd and coach were all sporting pink.

Game 1;
1-2 Rachael Cox throws down the Ace card.
3-4 Katie Nall and Parker Jones throw down the roof.
6-4 Jones pulls an Ace out of her sleeve.
8-6 Mimi White crushes a kill off the diving Dublin dame.
9-6 White serves an Ace.
15-12 Molly Dalziel hangs in the air long enough to block a delayed push and Dons point.
20-14 Maddie Graham splays out on the floor to save the Dublin crush. After a long rally, Cox comes through with the cross court kill to the 3 ft line.
22-15 Smoke on the water, Cox kill on the line.

25-16 Dons Win.

Game 2;
1-2 Cox roof for point.
3-4 Jones cross court kill by two blockers for kill.
4-4 Dalziel with the kill off the overpass.
5-6 Dalziel leaps over the block for the kill to the back corner.
6-9 Cox pushes the ball for the back row kill.
7-10 Cox smashes the ball to the back row and point.
8-13 Dalziel with the assist to Cox for the kill.
13-19 Jones creams a cross court smash off two blockers and point.
16-21 Grace Bolen to Dalziel for the back court kill.
19-23 Dalziel with another back court kill.
20-23 Nall annihilates the ball off the block for the kill.
Dublin questions the call. The referees agree with the original call.
21-23 A fired up Nall crushes the ball straight down for the untouched kill.
22-23 Bolen with the sweet back set to Jones for the kill.

23-25 Dublin wins.

Game 3;
0-0 Bolen with the Ace Grace in your face.
1-1 Bolen back sets Cox for the kill.
4-2 Bolen with a high sweet set to Dalziel for the kill over two blockers.
5-2 Bolen again to Dalziel for the kill.
8-7 Bolen with a kill on two.
9-8 Cox gets a kill off the block.
11-9 Dalziel with a perfect pass to Bolen who high sets outside to Cox who smokes it down the line for the kill.
15-12 Bolen with a set on the net to Jones for the kill.
16-13 Cox’s great defense keeps the point alive. A long rally ensues and eventually Dalziel puts it away for the point.
17-14 Dalziel to back corner kill.
19-17 Graham with a perfect pass to Bolen who sets Cox high for the kill.
21-18 Graham to Bolen to Jones for the kill.
22-18 Dalziel covers the dink and passes to Bolen who back sets Jones for the kill.
23-18 Dalziel cross court kill.
24-18 Cox with the Ace and win.

25-18 Dons win.

Game 4;
1-3 Cox with a powerful hit for the kill.
2-5 Jones floats and appears ready for a smash, but at the last second pulls her hand back and pushes the ball past two defenders for the kill.
3-11 It’s not looking good for the Dons when Dalziel provides some comic relief and gets a kills barely getting her finger nails on the ball and it floats harmlessly to the floor.
5-13 Cox goes down the line for the kill.
7-14 Nall and Cox put on their hard hats and put up a roof.
8-14 Bolen – Ace for Grace.
10-17 Jones with a monster crush off a Dublin player and the ball sails into the stand for the kill.
13-18 Webster with the kill.
14-20 A long rally with great play on both sides to keep the point alive long enough for Dalziel to destroy the ball down the line for the kill.
16-20 Dalziel smashes the ball to the 8 ft line and kill.
17-21 The fans are smelling another comeback. Maddy Sauer with a great pass to Bolen to Webster for the kill.
18-23 Cox crush and point.
19-24 Cox off the block for the kill.

20-25 Dublin

Game 5;

This is the 5th time in 8 DFAL matches that the Dons have gone to 5 games. With wins in 3 of the previous 4 times this is familiar territory.
0-1 Dalziel starts the Dons off with a kill.
2-2 Cox with a cross court kill.
3-2 Nall tips the ball to the open court for the kill.
4-5 Jones comes up with the cross court kill.
5-5 The Webster roofing company puts a roof that won’t allow the ball to leak out.
7-8 Cox’s hard hit off the block falls for the point.
Jill Wickline serves up a couple of tough serves to keep the Dons alive.
9-10 Cox out jumps the defenders for the ball and puts it down.
12-13 Dalziel and Nall with the roof off the Dublin hitters head and point.
13-13 Webster and Jones put up the roof and get the point.
14-13 Bolen to Dalziel for the crush, Dublin returns the ball. Bolen to Dalziel for the crush, Dublin returns the ball. Bolen to Dalziel for the crush and third times the charm. Dublin is Mollified.

15-13 Dons win.

Cox – 19 kills, 21 digs, 3 block and 3 aces.
Dalziel – 14 kills, 13 digs.
Bolen – 49 assists, 6 digs.
Nall – 4 kills and 5 blocks.
Graham – 10 digs.
Sauer – 4 digs.
Webster – 3 kills and 5 blocks.
Jones – 15 kills and 6 blocks.

Doug Dalziel

Oct 22 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Golf

finished in 6th place at the NCS Southern Qualifier to qualify as a team for the NCS Championships Monday at Peacock Gap GC in Petaluma.

Boys Water Polo

pulled off a big victory over San Ramon Valley HS 13-10. JV also won 10-7.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS.

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Dublin HS. Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30. This is Dig Pink night. There will be souvenirs and snacks sold to benefit breast cancer awareness. Come out, have fun and support this worthy cause.

Girls Tennis

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

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 74, Emily Attiyeh 82 and Adrienne Lee 84.

Boys Water Polo

Jack Hillman and Tommy Bush each scored 4 goals. Brendan Supple scored 3 goals. Evan Brown scored 2 goals and had an assist. Tucker Stone had 9 saves.

Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak scored 3 goals and Whitney Hickok had 7 saves.

R. Takahashi

Oct 17 – Dons Volleyball continue winning ways versus Alhambra

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Photos: Bob Wash

 

Your Acalanes Dons versus the Alhambra Lady Bulldogs

Game 1;

0-0 Grace Bolen sets Rachael Cox to start the night off with it’s first Kill.
7-2 Katie Nall crushes the ball straight down for the kill.
8-2 Parker Jones tip the ball to the open court for the point.
9-5 Jones hits a cross court kill to the opposite corner.
12-6 Maddie Graham with the Ace off the tape.
17-13 Jones pushes the ball past two defenders for the point.
18-13 Nall smokes a “1” to the back corner.
24-17 Mimi White lightly tips the ball over the block for the point and win.

25-17 Dons

Game 2;

2-5 Grace Bolen to Nall for the kill that pinballs off two Bulldogs.
5-5 Molly Armstrong snaps the Alhambra overpass straight down for the kill.
8-5 Bolen with a sweet backset to Jones who unleashes a cross court kill.
10-7 Armstrong leaps high and long from the back row for the kill.
11-7 Cox goes high over the block to smoke the ball to the 8 ft. line kill.
12-7 Armstrong – Ace.
13-7 Armstrong – repeat above.
18-14 Cox with hard flat serve for the ace.
21-17 Cox with great pass off a tough serve to Bolen who pushes it back to Cox in the back court for the kill.

25-17 Dons

Game 3;

0-1 Reilly Webster with the kill.
1-1 Cox – Ace.
5-4 Jones hits the cross court kill.
10-5 Armstrong – Ace, Ace in your face.
12-5 White takes a “1′ and delivers a kill.
13-5 Cox goes up big and smacks the ball off the block where it lands out-of-bounds for the kill.
16-7 Dory Grobeck sets Webster for the massive crush and kill.
18-8 Cox serves up an Ace on the line.
19-8 Cox with the Ace serve to the husband and wife – untouched.
22-9 Jillian Wickline serves up a smooth Ace to the corner.
24-11 Caroline Wash smokes the ball past two defenders for the kill and win.

25-11 Dons

Cox: 8 kills, 4 aces and 3 digs
Bolen: 21 assists and 2 aces
Nall: 4 kills, 3 blocks, 1 dig and 1 assist
Graham: 2 digs and 2 aces
Armstrong: 2 kills, 3 aces and 1 dig
Wash: 1 kill
White: 2 kills and 2 blocks
Webster: 2 kills
Wickline: 7 digs and 1 ace
Jones: 7 kills and 2 blocks

Doug Dalziel

Oct 17 – JV Girl Volleyball Dons Notch Two More Wins

The Acalanes JV Dons Volleyball Team defeated both Dougherty Valley and Alhambra this week to improve their season record to 22-4. Top performers included Hannah Roberts, Julia Gay, Asha Alagappan, Claire and Carly Porep, Lia White, Morgan Shepherd, Rachel Lom, Devin Grobeck, Katie McCarty, and Liza Pressman.

Kevin Porep

Oct 18 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 7-2 to raise their DFAL record to 8-2 and overall record to 10-5.

Girls Volleyball

defeated Alhambra HS in 3 games. The JV team also recorded the victory.

Freshman Football

shutout Dougherty Valley HS 29-0.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Dougherty Valley HS for Homecoming. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Davis Fall Classic.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Heritage tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Bella vonEbbe, Tessa Karagocev, Tara Barabi, Melissa VanPell and Lauren Ladrech won singles matches. Fernanda Heredia & Teresa Lo and Alina Yang & Lan-Anh Ho won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Oct 17 – Thursday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Las Lomas HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Dougherty Valley HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

Oct 15 – Freshmen Dons Volleyball Keep On Winning

The freshmen Dons Volleyball took on Dougherty Valley on Tuesday and won in two games.  This follows last week victories over Las Lomas and Miramonte, and a great showing at the Northgate tournament, where the freshmen team won four bracket/cross-over matches to advance to the gold division, only to fall to Redwood High, the eventual second place finisher.  All in all, this brings the freshmen team record to an amazing 21-2!   The Dons face Martinez this Thursday at 4:00.

Cathy Terrentieff

Oct 15 – Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball lose close match in 5


Game 1;
Your Acalanes Dons versus the Dougherty Valley Wildcats

The Dons start strong but the Wildcats battle back
14-15 Jillian Wickliine with the ace.
15-18 Molly Dalziel leaps over the defenders and crushes the ball for the kill.
16-18 Dalziel for the ace.
17-20 “I fought the wall and the wall won”; Dalziel throws her body for the ball and slams into the back wall.
20-20 Mimi White pushes the ball to the open court for the point.
23-22 Grace Bolen backsets Rachael Cox for the cross court kill.
24-23 Reilly “pincher bug” Webster puts up a fierce block for the win.

25-23 Dons

Game 2;
7-7 White with the big block for the point.
10-9 Cox with the back row kill.
11-9 White crushes the “1” for the kill.
10-12 Repeat two lines above.
13-14 Cox to Parker Jones for the kill down the line.
18-15 Fosters Freeze – Wickline dishes up a tasty soft serve for the ace.
19-17 Dalziel with the hard serve that explodes off a Wildcat for the ace.
19-20 Dory Grobeck takes the over pass and hammers it down for the kill.
20-23 Maddy Graham makes a great dig to keep the point alive.

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21-25 Wildcats

Game 3;
0-0 Cox starts off the game with a massive kill.
2-4 Molly Armstrong smokes a kill off the block.
3-10 White pushes the ball to the open court for the point.
5-15 Cox with the cross court kill.
9-23 Cox with a ferocious rip from back row for the kill.
10-23 three fantastic passes from Maddy Sauer to keep the point alive long enough for Cox to deliver the kill shot.
14-24 White with a massive crush for the kill.
20-24 Cox and Katie Nall with the double roof and point.
Unfortunately, the great come back is not to be

21-25 Wildcats

Game 4;
0-0 Dalziel starts it off with a kill.
1-0 Jones and Nall with the roof and point.
4-2 Nall pushes the ball off the block for the kill.
5-2 Dalziel with a perfect tip over the blockers for the point.
11-7 Dalziel serves up a blistering ace.
14-10 Fosters Freeze is back – Bolen ace in your face.
15-10 Cox tips the ball to the open middle court for the point.
16-10 Nall‘s roofing company is back for the straight down block.
17-10 Bolen with a perfect “1” to Nall for the kill.
18-10 Cox with a snap hit that bounces just past the 10 ft line.
20-13 Nall and Dalziel with the block.
24-16 Bolen to White for the kill off the block for the win.

25-16 Dons

Game 5;

2-2 Cox crushes a serve for the ace.
4-5 Dalziel smashes the ball off the block for the point.
5-7 Sauer serve glances off the tape for the ace.
Like Lord Voldemort, the Dons play shall not be named.

9-15 Wildcats

Cox: 13 kills, 13 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace and 1 assist
Dalziel: 9 kills, 4 blocks, 5 digs and 5 aces
Bolen: 28 assists, 6 digs and 1 ace
Grobeck: 2 assists, 2 blocks and 1 kill
Nall: 6 blocks, 3 kills and 1 dig
Graham: 15 digs and 1 ace
Sauer: 9 digs and 2 aces
White: 8 kills, 6 blocks and 5 digs
Webster: 3 kills, 1 block and 1 dig
Wickline: 7 digs and 3 aces
Jones: 1 kill, 1 block and 1 dig

Submitted by Doug Dalziel

Oct 16 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Tennis

continues to amaze with a second DFAL victory over Campolindo HS 6-3 raising their league record to 7-2 and 9-5 overall.

Lauren Ladrech. Click on image to view entire gallery.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

In today’s action…

Water Polo

teams host Alhambra HS. Freshman girls play at 3:15, JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00. Tonight is the Senior Night Presentation between the varsity girls and boys games. Come out and celebrate our senior polo players.

JV Girls Tennis

plays at College Park HS at 3:30.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Bella von Ebbe, Tessa Karagocev, Tara Barabi, Melissa Van Pell and Lauren Ladrech won singles matches. Alina Yang & Lan-Anh Ho won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Oct 15 – Tuesday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

mounted a furious rally only to fall short to Miramonte HS. The JV team also rallied, but came out the victors.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

dropped their first game, but rallied to win the second game in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

continues to play well going 3-1 to capture 5th place at the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

won both matches to finish 3-1 in 9th place at the prestigious Southern California Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

finished in a tie for 3rd place at the DFAL Championships.

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

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

Girls Volleyball

plays at Dougherty Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell ran for 168 yards on 20 carries including a 61 yard touchdown run.
Casey Harrington ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jared Finney.
John Lauth caught 6 passes for 50 yards and returned one of his 2 interceptions for a touchdown.
Robbie Stern caught 6 passes for 98 yards.

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 2nd and Sammy Taketa 22nd in division 3 at the Clovis Invitational.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 73 and was the runner-up at the DFAL Championships. Adrienne Lee placed 9th with a score of 84 and Emily Attiyeh 11th with a score of 86.

R. Takahashi

Oct 10 – JV Dons Beat Mats in Girls Volleyball

The Acalanes Girls Volleyball JV Team defeated the Miramonte Matadors on Thursday by the scores of 25-18 and 25-14. The Dons continue their stellar season and are now 20-4 on the season. They travel to Dougherty Valley on Tuesday for a 5 pm game.

Kevin Porep

Oct 12 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

Varsity mounted a furious rally only to fall short to Miramonte HS. The JV team also rallied, but came out the victors.

Peter Mitchell (25) breaks open for a TD run.
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Varsity Boys Water Polo

dropped their first game, but rallied to win the second game in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Johanssen HS in Modesto.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell ran for 168 yards on 20 carries including a 61 yard touchdown run. Casey Harrington ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jared Finney. John Lauth caught 6 passes for 50 yards and returned one of his 2 interceptions for a touchdown. Robbie Stern caught 6 passes for 98 yards.

Casey Harrington (3) running Touchdown
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R. Takahashi

Oct 11 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

always makes it exciting at they defeated Miramonte HS in 5 games. The JV and Freshman teams both won in two games.

Girls Golf

came up just a few strokes short as Miramonte HS got the better of them 242-251.

Freshman Football

drove the length of the field in the last minute of the game only to come up short in a 22-15 defeat to 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 Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Johanssen HS in Modesto.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Clovis Invitational.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Johanssen HS in Modesto.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot an even par 37 over 9-holes.

R. Takahashi

Oct 10 – Girls Varsity Volleyball Dons Start Off Strong, Overcome Adversity for Win in 5 over Mats!

Game 1;

1-3 Katie Nall with the quick smash for the kill.
2-3 Grace Bolen back sets to Maddie Graham for the kill.
4-4 Bolen sets a “1” to Nall for the crush and kill.
Ying Stroebe pulls off the phenomenal save 2 inches from the floor to keep the point alive.
5-5 High outside set to Molly Dalziel who smokes it down the line for the kill.
6-5 The circus is back in town: Graham dives far to her right for a pancake, Stroebe flys from out of nowhere to keep it off the floor then Dalziel keeps the ball alive by passing it over the net. A total team effort with at least 4 Dons on the hardwood. Later in the rally, Dalziel scores the point with a kill.
9-8 Stroebe goes to Vegas and swings the one armed bandit that saves to ball from hitting the floor and keeping the point alive.
12-11 Bolen back set to Cox for the crosscourt kill.
18-15 Graham with the hard serve on the line for the ace.
21-19 Dalziel serves the husband and wife between two Mats for the ace.
22-20 Dalziel back row crush for the kill.
23-20 Graham repeats the above line.
25-24 The Mats have brought it back, but Bolen serves the ace for the win!

26-24 Dons win.

Game 2;

1-5 Dons are down early, but Bolen to Cox for the hard cross court kill.
2-5 Nall destroys the ball to the back corner.
4-6 Dalziel puts up the sweet set to Cox for the kill.
8-7 Cox with the hard serve off the net for the ace.
10-9 Dalziel crushes the ball off the block for the kill.
12-9 Stroebe with the strong flat serve for the ace.
13-9 with the Mats backing up to receive the serve, Stroebe floats a soft serve for the ace.
15-16 Bolen and White put up the dual roof for the point.
16-16 Bolen with a sweet, sweet set to Cox for the annihilation and kill.
21-18 Jillian Wickline with the hard flat rocket serve for an ace.
22-18 Wickline floats in a serve for the ace.
23-20 Dalziel with the back row kill.
24-22 Bolen back sets Cox for the kill and win.

25-22 Dons win.

Game 3;

2-0 Cox with a great save off the tip to tip to Bolen for a “1” to white for the kill.
7-5 Nall quick hits the ball for the kill.
Stroebe returns to Vegas for the one armed bandit, she dives and keeps the point alive.
12-11 Dalziel back row cross court kill.
13-12 Cox with the devastating kill that falls between two Mats untouched.
17-15 Stroebe with the ace.
18-15 White crushes the ball to the back corner for the kill.
19-15 Stroebe with the ace.
20-15 Strobe with the float serve and ace.
22-18 White with the kill to the back corner.
A tourniquet is needed to stop the bleeding.

23-25 Mats win.

Game 4;

1-0 Dalziel ace
2-0 Dalziel ace off the tape.
3-2 Graham to Bolen for a gorgeous set to Cox for the kill off the block.
5-5 Dalziel with the tip for the point.
6-5 Cox back row hit off the tape for the point.
Move along folks, nothing to see here:

12-25 Mats win.

Game 5,

this is the time to dig deep;
0-1 Dalziel off the block for the point.
3-4 Dalziel with the soft cross court for the kill.
4-4 Cox with the kill to the 10 ft line.
6-6 Nall hits a quick set for the kill off the block.
9-8 Dalziel crushes a cross court ball that pinballs off three Mats for the point.
12-10 Bolen “the magician” pulls out of her bag of tricks a soft pass over in two for the point.
13-12 White wins a joust for the point.
14-12 Dalziel serves an ace down the line for the win.

15-12 Dons win.

Cox: 14 kills, 5 blocks, 37 digs and 2 aces
Dalziel: 10 kills, 1 block, 21 digs and 3 aces
Bolen: 37 assists, 7 digs, 1 kill, 2 blocks and 1 ace
Nall: 12 kills, 4 blocks and 1 dig
Stroebe: 17 digs and 5 aces
Graham: 23 digs, 6 kills, 3 blocks and 1 ace
White: 9 kills, 3 blocks and 1 dig
Wickline: 3 digs and 2 aces

Submitted by Doug Dalziel

Oct 8 – Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball Squeak by Las Lomas

Game 1;
0-0 Molly Armstrong starts off the night with a quick kill down the line.
4-4 Reilly Webster pushes the ball past 2 defenders for the point.
17-17 Katie Nall takes the “1” for the quick smash and a kill.
19-17 Nall and Molly Dalziel put up the double block for the roof and the point.
21-19 Rachael Cox delivers a perfect pass off of a bullet serve to Grace Bolen who quick sets Webster for the kill.
22-20 Dalziel and Webster put up the wall for a stuff block.
25-24 Cox reaches up on an overpass and pushes it down for the win.

26-24 Dons

Game 2;
2-0 Cox floats her serve to the back line for an ace.
3-0 Dalziel down the line off the block for the point.
5-3 Cox back row smash for the point.
10-12 Cox puts it straight down the line for a kill at 10 ft.
11-12 The Circus was in town; Grace Bolen dives and her hand barely beats the ball to the ground, Cox thrusts out her foot to catch the ball 4 inches off the floor, Dalziel makes the pass over the net to keep it alive. After additional hard fought work, the Dons prevail with the point.
14-15 Bolen with a sweet back set to Armstrong who hammers it down the line for the kill.

21-25 Las Lomas

Game 3;
0-0 Dory Grobeck and Nall connect for the kill.
4-6 Cox pushes the overpass straight down! for the point.
8-9 Grobeck to Nall who hangs in the air as if held by a string and pushes the ball past 2 defenders for the point.
10-11 Dalziel’s hit pinballs off two Lady Knights for the points.
15-14 Mimi White crushes the “1” for the kill.
Bolen tips the overpass for the point.
17-16 White and Dalziel put up a fierce double block for the point.

24-26 Las Lomas

Game 4;
5-0 Dalziel has a service run with Aces and hard serves
7-5 Dalziel back row kill
9-7 Grobeck pushes a beautiful high outside set to Dalziel for the kill.
Back and forth for a while with no significant action (and I was in a conversation)
19-17 Jillian Wickline with the killer serve and ace.
22-18 White destroys the ball for the kill
24-18 Dalziel serves and Ace for the win.

25-18 Dons

Game 5;
1-1 Cox and White win the joust for the point.
3-4 Nall pushes the set past 2 knights for the point.
Dons are on life support….
5-10 Dalziel with the kill from the back row.
Dons are stumbling along when…
8-14 Cox with the devastating kill
9-14 Repeat line above
10-14 3rd time is definitely the charm for Cox who repeats again with the devastating kill. Could it be? Is this really happening? Lady Knights time out.
11-14 unfazed, Grobeck Ace.
13-14 Maddie Sauer with the kill.
14-14 Cox with the block and point.
15-14 Grobeck with the ace and Win!

16-14 Dons win, Dons win!

Cox; 15 kills, 4 block, 20 digs and 1 ace
Dalziel; 11 kills, 1 block, 10 digs and 2 aces
Graham; 5 digs and 1 assist
Nall; 6 kills, 2 blocks and 1 dig
Grobeck; 27 assists, 2 digs and 2 aces
Bolen; 17 assists, 4 digs and 1 block
Armstrong; 5 kills and 4 blocks
Sauer; 2 kills and 1 block
White; 9 kills and 3 blocks
Wickline; 10 digs and 1 ace

Doug Dalziel

Oct 9 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

found themselves tied at 2 games each with Las Lomas HS and behind in game 5, 14-8. In what can only be described as the ultimate team effort, they scored 8 unanswered points to defeat the Knights in game 5, 16-14 and win the match 3 games to 2. Simply incredible. They now boast a DFAL record of 3-1.

Girls Golf

also dispatched Las Lomas HS 253-284.

Girls Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 8-1 to raise their DFAL record to 6-2 and overall record to 8-4.

In today’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 Northgate HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Rachel Cox exploded with 15 kills, 18 digs and 4 blocks. Molly Dalziel was a huge factor with 11 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces. Jillian Wickline contributed 10 digs. Dory Grobeck served the final 7 points of the game 5 rally.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 37, Adrienne Lee 43 and Emily Attiyeh 44 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Girls Tennis

Bella vonEbbe, Tessa Karagocev, Tara Barabi, Aleksandra Singer and Madeline Bakar won singles matches. Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Katrina Bittner & Tessa Ho and Alina Yang and Erin Siu won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Oct 8 – JV Dons Defeat Las Lomas in Volleyball

The Acalanes JV Volleyball team traveled to Las Lomas and defeated the Knights 25-15 and 25-18 yesterday.
The team is now 19-4 on the season and host Miramonte this coming Thursday at 5 pm.
Kevin Porep

Oct 8 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Dublin HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

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

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 5 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

Did it again. They defeated Monte Vista HS 4-2 after being defeated by them earlier in the season.

Football

rallied in the 4th quarter, but fell short to Las Lomas HS. The JV team pulled out a 28-21 victory.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate tournament.

Girls Golf

competes in the Post-Season Preview Tournament at Poppy Ridge GC at 11:30.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Water Polo

Chase Lanier carried the scoring load with 3 goals and Hannah Kresnak notched the other goal.

Football

Casey Harrington scored 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 passing touchdowns while amassing 282 yards on the air and 55 on the ground. Andrew Bosshart received one of the passing scores in his 6 catches for 103 yards. Brett Merrill had 8 receptions for 67 yards and John Lauth 5 for 41 yards.  Chad Johnson had the other receiving touchdown.

R. Takahashi

Oct 3 – Varsity Girls Volleyball Dons Plays Tough Against Cougars

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Game 1;
0-1 Dory Grobeck pushes a high arcing set out to Molly Dalziel who cuts the ball back at a hard angle for a kill at the 10 ft line.
3-4 A loose ball pops up near the net and Katie Nall reaches high over everyone to bring home the kill.
8-8 Dalziel rockets home a kill on the line form the back row.
9-10 Campo serves a rocket to Ying Stroebe who pulls off a great pass to Grobeck who sets Rachael Cox who crushes the ball off the block for the point.
10-10 Grobeck feeds Dalziel who also crushes the ball off the block for the point.
14-20 Nall and Cox put up a massive double block for the point.
15-21 Grobeck sets a high floating set to the outside for Cox who destroys the ball down to 8 feet off the net.
17-24 Dalziel has a great pass to Grobeck for the quick set to Reilly Webster for the kill.
18-24 The Dons are scrambling and are out of rotation, but Dalziel sets Cox for the kill.
18-25 Campo wins

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Game 2;
2-4 Dalziel with a hard cross court angle for the kill.
5-8 Maddie Graham also crushes a hard angle for the kill.
7-11 Lucky in Vegas, but unlucky for Campo as Dalziel hits a hard cut shot over two defenders for the kill.
8-11 Dalziel pull a new trick out of her bag and tips the ball over defenders where it falls untouched for the point.
12-17 Cox annihilates the ball into the block and it deflects out-of-bounds for the point.
14-17 Dalziel serves a rocket that gets deflected towards the net. Nall ever-present reaches up and smashes the ball straight down for the kill.
17-22 Grobeck with the quick 1 to Webster for the point.
20-25 Campo

Game 3;
1-0 Cox has a perfect pass to Grobeck who lays out a sweet high set to the outside where Dalziel brings it hard down the line for the kill.
5-0 Cox runs off a series of great serves and solid Dons play.
9-12 Dalziel with a ferocious kill.
11-15 Cox from the opposite crushes the ball down the line.
13-16 Webster pushes the ball past two defenders for the untouched kill.
15-19 Stroebe flies from across the court and saves a ball inches from the floor.
16-20 Dalziel hits off the block for the kill
17-20 Grobeck with a flat floater for the ace.
18-23 Cox dives to the floor and saves the ball, Grobeck scrambles to keep the ball alive and Stroebe throws an arm out to hit the ball over the net.
19-23 Maddy Sauer for the ace.
20-23 Cox with a devastating kill.
22-25 Campo

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Cox 11 kills, 1 block, 8 digs, 1 ace, 2 assists
Dalziel 12 kills, 1 dig, 2 aces, 1 assist
Graham 1 kill, 2 digs
Nall 2 kills
Stroebe 3 digs
Grobeck 26 assists, 2 digs, 2 aces
Armstrong 1 kill
Webster 4 kills, 1 block
Sauer 1 block, 2 digs, 1 ace

Doug Dalziel

Oct 3 – Frosh Girls Volleyball Beat Campolindo

The frosh girls played their toughest match of the season Thursday against the Campolindo Cougars.  It was an intense three-game match, with neither team taking the lead by more than a point or two in the first two games and with fans loudly cheering on both teams.  After splitting the first two games (22-25 and 25-23), the Dons came out strong in the third and closed it off at 15-10. Great plays and effort by all!  This brings their season record to 14-1.  This weekend, the frosh Dons play in the Northgate tournament.

Cathy Terentieff

Oct 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 6-3 to raise their DFAL record to 5-2 and their overall record to 7-4.

Girls Golf

defeated Dublin HS 228-232 and was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS 215-228.

Girls Volleyball

battled fearlessly with Campolindo HS in defeat. The freshman team won and the JV team was defeated.

Freshman Football

dropped a heart-breaker to Las Lomas HS 21-19.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

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

Football

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

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Tara Barabi, Melissa VanPell, Aleksandra Singer and Fernanda Heredia won singles matches. Lauren Ladrech & Shelley Kwok and Tessa Lo & Lan-Anh Ho won doubles matches.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 36 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 11 kills and 2 aces. Rachel Cox had 10 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces. Reilly Webster had 4 kills.

R. Takahashi

Oct 3 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Berkeley HS 7-2 to raise their overall record to 6-4.

Girls Golf

downed Alhambra HS 218-296 raising their DFAL record to 4-2.

Girls Water Polo

Las Lomas HS into overtime only to fall short 8-6. The JV team won 11-5.

Boys Water Polo

mounted a stirring rally in the 4th quarter, but fell short to Las Lomas HS 8-6.

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

BIG Game! Acalanes hosts Campolindo 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 Dublin HS at San Ramon GC at 3:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Tessa Karagocev, Aleksandra Singer, Skylar Jeveli and Madeline Bakar won singles matches. Lan-Anh Ho & Queenie Chin and Alina Yang & Tessa Karagocev won doubles matches.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot an incredible 33 on a 9-hole par 36 course. Adrienne Lee contributed a 42 and Emily Attiyeh 44.

Girls Water Polo

Hannah Kresnak scored 3 goals. Chase Lanier scored 2 goals and had 3 assists. Lucy Fellner had 6 saves and Whitney Hickok had 3 saves.

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Bush scored 2 goals and Tucker Stone had 9 saves.

R. Takahashi

JV Dons Volleyball Team Wins Dougherty Valley Tournament

The Acalanes Girls JV Volleyball Team took first place in the 16-team Dougherty Valley Tournament on Saturday. It was the team’s second championship in as many weeks.

The day included morning victories over Liberty, Alameda, and Mission San Jose High Schools. The afternoon saw the Dons defeat host Dougherty Valley and California High.

The championship match was a thriller against the Mustangs of Monte Vista. The Dons lost the first game 25-23, the only game they have lost over the past thirteen matches. But Acalanes bounced back with a terrific performance and won the second game 25-20.

The deciding match was tense throughout. Several long points with some amazing saves from both teams. With the Dons down to their last point at 13-14, Rachel Lom took a great set from Lia White and killed it to tie the score at 14-14. It was a huge point. The Dons then took the last two points and won 16-14. The team celebrated on the floor as did the parents on the sideline! It was a special day with every player on the team playing a key role. Coach Shannon Lee did a terrific job of playing everyone while also getting them needed rest. The Dons are now 18-3 on the season and host rival Campo this Thursday at 5 pm.

Photo: Alice Pressman

Kevin Porep

Sep 28 – Freshmen Girls Volleyball Takes First Place in College Park Invitational

The Freshmen Girls Volleyball Team took first place in the 2013 College Park Invitational, after solid wins against Athenian, College Park, Freedom and Northgate High Schools.  This brings the Don’s overall record to 13-1.  The Dons face off against rival Campolindo this Thursday, October 3.

Cathy Terentieff

Acalanes Dons Beat Alhambra and Dublin High in Frosh Volleyball

The Girls Frosh Volleyball Team beat Dublin High Thursday in three games.  That follows Tuesday’s victory over Alhambra High in two games.  The team is now 9-1 and will play in the College Park Frosh Tournament tomorrow, Saturday, September 27.  Go Dons!

Cathy Terentieff

Sep 27 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

Wow. The girls water polo team defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 11-9. This is incredible as they were defeated by them just two weeks ago. Congratulations to Coach Misha Buchel and the girls.

Whitney Hickok deflecting one of three goal shots in the last 30 seconds of play
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Girls Volleyball

battled to the wire in their victory over Dublin HS 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 29-31, 15-11.

Girls Tennis

showed well in defeat to Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

This is the BIG ONE

Football hosts Campolindo HS in a battle between undefeated teams currently at the top of DFAL rankings. JV plays at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational at 12:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational in Palo Alto.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational at 12:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational in Palo Alto.

Cross Country

competes in the Stanford Invitational at Stanford GC at 12:00.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the College Park tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Rachel Cox had 18 kills, 5 blocks and 8 digs. Maddie Graham had 15 kills, 2 blocks and 3 digs. Molly Dalziel had 13 kills.

Girls Tennis

Bella Heidenreich and Bella vonEbbe won singles matches.

Melisa vanPell
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R. Takahashi

Sep 26 – Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball Wins Tight Matches Against Dublin

Your Acalanes Dons versus Dublin

Game 1; Back and forth with nothing special when;
8-8 Rachael Cox leaps high and blocks the Dublin defender straight down.
9-8 Maddie Graham gets her groove going and crushes a hard angle for the kill.
13-10 Graham crushes her next hit on the line for the point.
14-10 Reilly Webster pushes the perfect tip to the 2 ft line for the point.
18-11 Ying Stroebe arcs a rainbow serve into the open spot for an ace.
19-12 Graham drills another ball on the line for the kill.
Dons Win 25-15

Game 2;
3-3 Molly Dalziel smashes a hard cut shot to the 8 ft line for the kill
4-3 Katie Nall crushes the ball and it lands on the 2 ft. line untouched.
16-15 Graham smokes the ball past all Dublin defenders for the kill.
18-16 Grace Bolen with a sweet quick set to Katie Nall for the kill.
20-19 Bolen sneaks a set over in two for the point.
22-23 Bolen puts a perfect high set on the net for Cox who brings home the bacon and the point.
Dublin wins 25-23

Game 3;
1-1 Stroebe puts a wicked top spin on the serve for an ace.
7-4 Bolen pushes a high floating set to Dalziel who smacks it cross court for the point.
9-5 after being stuffed for the previous point, Bolen and Nall have a quick pow-wow. Immediately after, Nall pushes a perfect tip over two defenders for the point.
16-13 after being down by 7 at one point, the Dons scratch their way back in it and bring it to within 3 points.
17-16 Cox hits the ball from the back row off the net for the point.
20-19 Cox smashes the ball off the block for the point.
24-22 Cox flys out of nowhere from the back row smash and win.
Dons win 25-22

6-3 Dalziel annihilates the ball for the kill.
7-5 Nall pushes the ball past the defenders for the point.
9-11 Maddy Sauer reaches over the defenders for a push shot that lands on the line.
11-11 Cox smokes the ball down the line for the kill.
15-12 Bolen pulls out a perfect backset to Cox who creams the ball down the line.
18-12 Dalziel hits a hard angle that lands on the 10 ft line for the point.
24-25 Nall smokes a “1” down for the kill.
25-25 Bolen sets some sugar to Cox who crushes the ball for the kill.
Hats off to Dublin who after being down 15-22 scrapped their way back for the win.
Dublin wins 31-29

Game 5;
Dory Grobeck pushes a high set on the net to Dalziel who hammers the line with the ball.
4-1 Stroebe rockets a flat serve for an ace.
8-7 Dalziel smokes a back row hit past Dublin for the kill.
9-8 Grobeck goes up big on a block and roofs Dublin for the point.
10-8 Sauer dives to the floor and save the point the ball floats to Graham who hits a net walker that falls past the Dublin defenders for the point.
14-11 Dalziel smashes the ball off the block for the win.
Dons win 15-11

Rachael Cox 18 kills, 5 blocks, 8 digs, 2 aces and 2 assist
Molly Dalziel 13 kills, 1 block, 1 dig and 1 assist
Grace Bolen 1 kill, 1 dig, 39 assists and 1 big ouch
Maddie ” El Fuego” Graham 15 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs and 2 aces
Katie Nall 8 kills, 4 blocks
Ying Stroebe, 6 digs and 5 aces
Dory Grobeck 6 assists
Reilly Webster 2 kills
Mimi White 1 block
Maddie Sauer 2 kills, 3 blocks and 1 assist
Caroline Wash, 1 dig

Doug Dalziel

Sep 26 – JV Dons Volleyball Girls Keep Rolling

The Girls JV Volleyball Dons traveled to Dublin High yesterday and defeated the Gaels in two games, 25-14 and 25-16.
The team is now 12-3 and will play in the Dougherty Valley JV Tournament tomorrow.
Kevin Porep

Sep 24 – Acalanes Dons Beat Alhambra in JV Volleyball

The Acalanes JV Girls Volleyball team defeated the Alhambra High Bulldogs on Tuesday 25-11 and 25-16. Some great hitting by Claire Porep and Rachel Lom led the Dons to victory. The team is now 11-3 and travel to Dublin on Thursday for their next match.

Kevin Porep

Sep 26 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Golf

got Campolindo week off to a great start defeating the Cougars 231-323. Elizabeth Schultz shot an even par 35 over 9-holes.

In today’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity is at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Girls Tennis

has the big showdown with 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 6:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

R. Takahashi

Sep 25 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Alhambra HS 25-11, 25-11, 25-15.

Girls Tennis

remains undefeated in the DFAL with a 6-3 victory over Las Lomas HS.

In today’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Molly Dalziel had 14 kills and 2 aces. Rachel Cox had 8 kills, 3 digs and 2 aces. Reilly Webster had 6 kills and 3 blocks.

Girls tennis

Isabella vonEbbe, Melissa VanPell, Tara Barabi, Tessa Lo and Fernanda Heredia won singles matches. Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Sep 24 – Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball Notches a Straight Set Win Against Alhambra

Game 1; The Dons are cruising along when;
15-8 Ying Stroebe pushes out a killer backset to Rachel Cox for the kill.
19-8 Reilly Webster is up huge for the block and stuffs the Alhambra hitter.
Dons win 25-11

Game 2;
0-1 Grace Bolen gives a sweet set to Cox who hammers it home for the kill.
1-3 Molly Dalziel flies out of nowhere for a back row smash.
4-4 Maddie Graham stays with the Alhambra outside hitter and puts a big stuff block.
6-5 Webster receives the quick set and puts it down at the 2 ft line.
9-5 Stroebe delivers the flat rocket serve for an Ace.
11-8 Dalziel crushes the ball on the line for a kill.
13-9 Katie Nall puts a hard hit between two defenders for the kill.
19-15 Bolen’s high floating set goes to Dalziel for a ferocious kill that went high into the stands.
21-17 Cox hits a devastating kill down the line.
24-19 Dory Grobeck stretches out for a fantastic save that floats across the net for the win.
Dons will 25-19

Game 3;
3-3 Webster with the stuff block.
4-3 Cox with the masterful float serve for an ace.
15-12 Bolen sets a beautiful high set at the net for Dalziel who hammers it untouched at the 10 ft. line.
17-13 Graham leaps from the back row for a kill.
21-13 Maddy Sauer delivers a massive kill to the 8 ft. line.
22-13 Sauer follows up the kill with a sweet touch shot to the back corner.
Dons win 25-15

Rachel Cox 8 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces
Reilly Webster 6 kills, 3 blocks
Grace Bolen 1 block, 40 assists, 3 digs, 1 ace
Maddie Graham 6 kills, 3 blocks
Molly Dalziel 14 kills, 3 blocks
Dory Grobeck 1 kill
Katie Nall 6 kills, 1 block
Ying Stroebe 1 assist, 2 digs, 1 ace
Maddy Sauer 2 kills

Doug Dalziel

Sep 19 – JV Dons Volleyballers Win a Big Match vs. Monte Vista

The longtime athletics powerhouse Monte Vista Mustangs of Danville came to visit the JV Dons girls volleyball team last Thursday with Acalanes winning in straight games 25-11 and 25-23. Outside hitter Morgan Shepherd had some big kills at the net on great sets from team setter Lia White. The team is now 5-3 on the season.

Kevin Porep

Sep 19 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Overcomes Monte Vista

The freshman girl’s volleyball team beat Monte Vista last Thursday to bring their season record to 2-0. After losing the first few points in the first game, the Dons took the led and closed it off at 25-16. In the second game, the Dons dominated early on rising to a 16-2 lead and finishing it off at 25-14.

This win followed a successful weekend at the Dougherty Valley High School tournament on September 14th with the Dons finishing in 4th place after losing in the semi-finals to the first place team, Bishop O’Dowd. Prior to that loss, the Dons easily won their first four matches. The freshman girls face Alhambra at home on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Cathy Terentieff

Sep 21 – JV Dons Win College Park Volleyball Tournament

The Acalanes JV Girls Volleyball continued their winning ways by winning the College Park JV Volleyball Tournament Saturday. The Dons never lost a game all day and defeated Bentley, Mt. Diablo, College Park and Northgate High Schools before meeting Moreau Catholic of Hayward in the finals. The Dons won both games by scores of 25-14 and 25-16. Every player made a key contribution throughout the day and it was a true team effort. The JV Dons are now an impressive 10-3 on the season and next play at home against Alhambra this coming Tuesday at 5 pm.

Top: Claire Porep, Asha Alagappan, Parker Jones, Carly Porep, Morgan Shepherd, Hannah Roberts, Rachel Lom, Coach Shannon Lee. Bottom: Devin Grobeck, Liza Pressman, Julia Gay. Not pictured: Lia White and Katie McCarty. Photo: Val Erdman

Kevin Porep

Sep 24 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

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

Girls Tennis

has a match at Las Lomas HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 20 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

cruised to victory over Tennyson HS 45-15. JV did likewise.

Girls Golf

was narrowly defeated by Dublin HS 208-220.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the College Park Tournament.

Jared Finney breaking a tackle.
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Friday’s individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell ran for 175 yards on 25 carries and scored 2 touchdowns.  Jared Finney added 53 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.  Casey Harrington completed 7 of 10 passes for 106 yards and 3 touchdown strikes.  Andrew Bosshart caught 4 passes for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Sam deRoque caught a 21 yard touchdown pass.  Sam Wood made a 29 yard field goal and was perfect on his 6 PATs.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 36 and Adrienne Lee 39 and Emily Attiyeh 40 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Casey Harrington throwing in traffic.
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R. Takahashi

Sep 20 – Friday Sports Page

Bella VonEbbe serving.
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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

took down perennial league power Campolindo HS 6-3 by winning every singles match.  OUTSTANDING!!!

Girls Volleyball

gave Monte Vista HS, a team that is in the top 10 in the state, all it could handle in the defeat.  The JV and Freshman teams were the victors.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

Freshman Football

was defeated by Livermore HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Tennyson HS. JV at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS and Dublin HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the College Park Tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Bella vonEbbe, Bella Heidenreich, Tessa Karagocev, Melissa VanPell, Aleksandra Singer and Skylar Jeveli won singles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Rachel Cox had 10 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs, 2 aces and 2 assists.
Molly Dalziel had 10 kills, 1 block and 4 digs.
Molly Armstrong had 3 kills and 3 blocks.
Grace Bolen had 19 assists and 1 dig.

Girls Golf

Elizabeth Schultz shot a 38 and Adrienne Lee 44 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

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R. Takahashi

Sep 19 – Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball Fought a Good Fight

Acalanes Varsity lost to Monte Vista Thursday night 0-3, but put up a good fight in the third match.  Scores:  14-25, 13-25, 27-29.

Stats:

Rachael Cox – 10 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs, 2 aces, 2 assists
Molly Dalziel – 10 kills, 1 block, 4 digs
Grace Bolen – 1 dig, 19 assists
Maddie Graham – 1 kill, 4 digs
Katie Nall – 1 kill, 3 digs, 3 aces
Ying Stroebe – 8 digs, 1 assist
Mimi White, 1 kill
Molly Armstrong – 3 kills, 3 blocks
Reilly Webster – 2 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist
Caroline Wash – 2 digs
Dory Grobeck – 1 ace, 4 assists

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Laura Cox

Booster ID Cards

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Athletic Boosters this year!  We appreciate your donation and couldn’t support our athletic programs without it!

If you purchased a membership but still need to pickup your Sports Passes or Incentive items (for memberships $250 & above), they’ll be available at the Boosters Table at the home football games Friday night 9/20.  The Cinch Bags that we ran out of at Dons Day are now in!!

If you have any questions, please contact Doreen de Roque, Membership chair.
email: membership@acalanesboosters.com

Thank you!

Sep 14 – Dons JV Volleyball Girls Have Good Day in Northgate Tourney

The Acalanes JV Girls played a great tournament against some top teams in the Northgate Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

Acalanes JV took 5th place out 24 teams and came within a point of making the championship game. The day started with easy wins over Ygnacio Valley and Castro Valley. The Dons then faced a tall and talented Redwood High team from Larkspur. The Dons battled to a third game before losing 15-11. But the team regrouped and defeated San Ramon Valley in an exciting match 2 games to 1.

But the key match of the day was with arch-rival Campo. The Dons won the first game in a thriller 25-21. But the Cougars won the second game 25-15. The third game was close throughout with many great rallies and a large crowd cheering on the teams. Campo prevailed with a 16-14 winning score. Campo went on to win the championship. It should be an exciting rivalry between the two teams all season.

Some key performances on the day by Devin Grobeck, Parker Jones, Katie McCarty, Carly Porep, Rachel Lom, Julia Gay, Liza Pressman, and Hannah Roberts led the Dons. The JV team is now 3-3 on the season and next play at home against Monte Vista this Thursday at 5 pm.

Kevin Porep

Sep 14 – Girls Volleyball – Varsity Results

The varsity team got off to a great start at the Albany Invitational. The first match was against Albany, the girls won the match in two games (25-21 and 25-21).
Highlights: Grace Bolen – 18 assists and 3 kills; Rachel Cox – 3 kills and 7 digs; Molly Dalziel – 8 kills and 8 digs; Ying Stroebe – 10 digs.

The second match was against Balboa and the girls won in the third game. Scores: 24-26, 27-25, 15-13. Highlights: Molly Dalziel – 8 kills; Rachel Cox – 11 kills; Grace Bolen – 30 assists; Maddie Graham – 3 kills; Katie Nall – 6 kills; Ying Stroebe – 2 digs; Mimi White – 4 kills.

The Dons lost the third match to Marin Catholic in two games (17-25 and 19-25). Highlights: Molly Dalziel – 8 kills and 6 digs; Rachel Cox – 2 kills and 6 digs; Katie Nall – 1 kill; Maddie Graham – 1 kill and 3 digs; Ying Stroebe – 7 digs; Grace Bolen – 12 assists.

The fourth and final match of the day was lost to Redwood. Scores: 24-26 and 22-25. Highlights: Rachel Cox 6 kills and 4 digs; Molly Dalziel – 6 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace and 2 blocks, Katie Nall – 2 kills and 2 blocks; Mimi White – 1 kill; Ying Stroebe – 8 digs and 1 ace; Grace Bolen – 17 assists, 2 aces and 1 dig; Maddie Graham – 1 block, 2 kills, 1 ace and 1 dig; Maddie Sauer – 1 ace.

Laura Cox

Sep 14 – Friday Results and Weekend Action

In Friday’s action…

Football

dispatched Irvington HS 49-21. The JV and freshmen teams did likewise, 49-0 and 35-6, respectively.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Washington HS and was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

Casey Harrington breaking a tackle on a QB keeper..
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Varsity Girls Volleyball

competes in the Albany Invitational.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Northgate Tournament.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Tournament.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football

Peter Mitchell ran wild for 224 yards on 20 carries and scored 4 touchdowns. Casey Harrington threw 3 touchdown passes. Robbie Stern caught 2 touchdown passes.

Peter Mitchell breaks open a run down the sideline.
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R. Takahashi

Sep 13 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

shutout Dublin HS 9-0. Isabella vonEbbe, Tessa Karagocev, Melissa VanPell, Tara Barabi, Aleksandra Singer and Skylar Jeveli won singles matches.  Lauren Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Madeline Bakar & Katrina Bittner and Erin Siu & Queenie Chin won doubles matches.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Irvington HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The freshmen are at Irvington HS at 5:00.

Girls Water Polo

team hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

team hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Volleyball

Varsity Girls Volleyball team competes in the Albany Invitational.
JV Girls Volleyball team competes in the Northgate Tournament.
Freshman Girls Volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Tournament.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Girls JV Volleyball Notches First Victory

Acalanes JV Dons volleyball team played a great match yesterday at home and defeated Lowell High of San Francisco 2-0. The scores were 25-16 and 25-14. Coach Shannon Lee was happy with her team’s performance and cited her middles Katie McCarty and Parker Jones and libero Carly Porep as having great games. The Dons are now 1-1 and next play this Saturday in the Northgate JV Tournament.

Kevin Porep

Sep 11 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

Girls Tennis

started the DFAL season with a 8-1 victory over Alhambra HS.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Lowell HS.

Molly Dalziel scores a kill.
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In today’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts Northgate HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Yesterdays individual standouts…

Girls Tennis

Melissa VanPell, Aleksandra Singer, Skylar Jeveli, Teresa Lo and Fernanda Heredia won singles matches.
Laura Ladrech & Quinn Harrington, Madeline Bakar & Shelley Kwok and Lan-Anh Ho & Alina Yang won doubles matches.

Melissa van Pell serves.
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R. Takahashi

Sep 10 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…
The girls volleyball team hosts Lowell HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Sep 6 – Varsity Girls Volleyball Box Scores

09/06 @ 06:00 S1 S2 S3 S4 Final
Acalanes 27 12 18 23 1
San Ramon Valley 25 25 25 25 3
Highlights:  Cox 12 kills, Dalziel 8 kills, Grobeck 25 assists
Laura Cox

Sep 6 – JV Girls Volleyball Loses First Match

The JV girls volleyball team traveled to Danville Friday afternoon and despite playing well, were defeated 2-1 by the San Ramon Valley Wolves. Scores were 25-21, 18-25, and 12-15. The team hosts Lowell High of San Francisco this Tuesday at 5 pm.

Kevin Porep

Sep 7 – Friday Football, Golf, Volleyball and Water Polo Results / Saturday’s Action

In Fridays action…

The football team stunned Castro Valley HS 13-7 to improve to 2-0 in the non-league season.
The girls water polo team pulled in the reins on the Northgate Broncos with a 13-7 victory.
The girls golf team bested Las Lomas HS on the links 227 to 294.
The girls volleyball team played well in defeat to a very good San Ramon Valley HS team.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team plays at Sacred Heart Prep HS. Varsity at 10:00 and jv at 11:00.
The jv boys water polo team competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Peter Mitchell rushed for 127 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 16-yard run. Jared Finney scored the other touchdown on a 3-yard run. Casey Harrington completed 11 of 15 passes for 105 yards and ran for 58 yards on 12 carries. John Lauth had 4 receptions and Robbie Stern and Andrew Bosshart each had 3 receptions.

Girls golf. Elizabeth Schultz shot a 37, Emily Ettiyeh 42 and Adrienne Lee 43 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

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R. Takahashi

Sep 4 – Wednesday Sports

Today, the girls volleyball team plays at Carondelet HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

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Girls Volleyball Tryout / Practice

August 19-23

Monday

Freshmen: 5-7PM Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: 7-9PM

Tuesday

Freshmen: 4-6PM Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: 5-7PM

Wednesday

Freshmen: 5-7PM Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: 7-9PM

Thursday

Freshmen: TBA Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: TBA

Friday

Freshmen: TBA JV: TBA; Varsity: No Practice

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Don’t miss out; Boosters’ BASH is coming!

Acalanes Boosters’ Bash: Cinco de Mayo – Dons’ Style!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Lafayette Veterans’ Hall 6:00 – 10:30pm

Time is running out! Don’t miss the opportunity to support Boosters while enjoying a memorable evening with the Acalanes community including administration, coaches, and fellow parents. Read below for details on how you can help make the event a success…

RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

The dinner will sell out shortly (no joke!). Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased on-line http://acalaneshs.revtrak.net Look for the Athletic Boosters Section and choose item 2 for Boosters’ tickets to the Bash. We have sold 2/3 of our tickets so we will sell out and sell out early! Don’t miss your chance to attend this fun evening!

CURIOUS ABOUT SOME OF THE FABULOUS AUCTION ITEMS WE HAVE?

How would you like to be Principal for the Day and get the chance to spend the day with Ms. Glimme? Have a kid graduating and don’t want to stress on seats or parking? We have you covered! We have a reserved parking spot and four reserved seats at graduation along with several other goodies! How about a trip to the beach for your family? We have beach cruiser bikes, a stay at Seascape, dinner, beach bonfire with s’mores, all day rides at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and winery visits! Don’t miss out! We have special coach outings with our varsity coaches, a couch in the End Zone for the Campo football game with BBQ and wait staff! Our list is growing! Let’s make this year our best year yet!

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Other great donations include gift certificates, vacation rentals, gift baskets, event tickets, lodging, sports memorabilia, jewelry, handcrafted items, services…the possibilities are endless! The deadline for donations is April 1st. Please contact Julie Gladden or Leslie Mariani at BoostersBash@yahoo.com with any questions about donations. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated! Donation forms are located on the Boosters’ Website at www.acalanesboosters.com under the tab “Forms”.

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Thursday, Dec 13 – Sports Basement Fundraiser

Thursday, Dec. 13th, ALL DAY
“Happy Hour” food and drink 4pm-7pm
Looking for gifts for the outdoorsy-active-gym-snow lover?
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Varsity Girls’ Volleyball NCS Playoffs at Drake Pirates

Set 1: 

The set began with a 2-0 run by the #8 seeded Sir Francis Drake Pirates, but the next point was emphatically won by the visiting #9 seeded Dons on a booming outside hit by Amanda Jarquin to make it 1-2 (Dons’ score listed first).  At 3-5 Senior setter Jojo Harnish put up a backset to junior Rachel Cox at the opposite corner and Cox hammered it for the score.  Katie Nall sent a low set in the middle to the Drake floor to tie it up at 5-5 but the Pirates rolled off the next five points in a row.  It took a great double block with Nall and Brooke Aiello to stop the run.  At 9-13 Harnish sent over a beautiful no-spin serve that barely cleared the net and the Pirates could not handle it.  At 12-20 it was Cox again with a big hit at the opposite corner, followed by Jarquin putting a kill down the line.  But the Pirates continued outscoring the Dons and the set ended at 16-25.

Final Score Set 1:  16-25 Sir Francis Drake.

 

Set 2:

Rachel Cox took a Harnish outside set and hit it with a lot of angle to get it past the Drake blockers and it went down to make the score 2-1.  On the next point it was Cox again, this time defensively with a great solo block at 3-1.  At 4-4 Harnish put a set just barely above the net and Lisa Carrington came rushing in to put it away.  Katie Nall had a great stretch of plays beginning with a pair of solo blocks at 7-6 and 8-7, then at 9-7 she and Harnish combined for a great double block of the Drake middle hitter.  Then at 10-9, Nall made an outstanding save by going far out of bounds to get a single hand under the ball to bump it up and over the net.  The play continued with a lot of team hustle, and the Dons were rewarded by winning the point.  Another run by Drake ensued and it was ended with Aiello drilling a huge kill past the block to make it 11-15.  Aiello followed up with a big opposite hit at 13-18 and an ace on the next point at 14-18.  Cox had a nice kill at 17-22, but Drake prevailed in the set.

Final Score Set 2:  18-25 Sir Francis Drake.

 

Set 3:

It is now set three and the season is on the line.  A loss here and the Dons’ playoff run will end.  The Pirates rolled off the first three points and the Dons’ scoring didn’t begin until Brooke Aiello put down a kill at 1-3.  Then several more Drake points until an outside kill by Jarquin.  The Dons stayed even with the Pirates and at 5-10 Carrington delivered a service ace.  Then another Dons’ score.  Then Molly Dalziel with a huge outside hit at 7-10.  Jarquin got into the picture at 8-11 with a great line shot from the opposite side.  Ying Stroebe followed that up with an ace to make it 9-11.  On the next point, Stroebe made a great pass off of a big Drake hit, Harnish put up a nice set, and Aiello put away the kill to make it 10-12.  The 2-point difference was maintained and at 11-13 Harnish made an incredible 1-hand save to keep the rally alive.  Her save went over the net, the Drake setter put up the set, but it was very tight.  Carrington went up, got her hands over the net and pushed the ball down and to the right for a score.  Carrington followed that with a 1-hand block at 12-14, and at 13-15 it was Dalziel at the outside with a big kill.  Still, the 2-point difference in scoring remained.  But that difference was halved with a great Jarquin back row kill at 14-15.  Carrington stepped up to serve and promptly delivered an ace to tie it up at 15 apiece.  The Dons took the lead with a huge kill by Jarquin at 17-16.  But Drake tied it back up at 17 all.  Not for long though; as Harnish took the serve receive, Jarquin put up a long set to the outside corner, Molly Dalziel came charging in and put the hammer to it to make it 18-17.  The scoring was tight and the excitement was high.  Drake had no intention of giving up a run to Acalanes.  At 19-18 the Pirates served and Aiello was poised to receive it.  Standing next to her was Carrington who shouted “OUT!!” and Aiello barely made it out of the way in time.  And yes, the ball was out.  That brought the serve to the Dons and Ying Stroebe.  She threw the ball up, took her lefty swing at it and delivered an outstanding shot that landed on the Pirates’ floor for an ace.  Drake won the next point, served it and what followed was the epitome of solid volleyball play.  Carrington put up a great pass, high and close to the net.  Harnish had all the time she needed to decide where she wanted to put the set.  She chose the outside, and Aiello made her approach and smoked a kill past the single Drake block.  At 22-20 Aiello delivered another big outside kill, and at 23-21 it was Carrington with a great solo block in the middle to preserve the 2-point margin.  That margin finally went to 3 on a huge outside hit by Dalziel making it 24-21.  Drake got the next point to make it 24-22, but the dependable Jarquin put away the final point with a dramatic opposite kill.

 

Final Score Set 3:  22-25 Acalanes.

 

Set 4

This fourth set began with an ace by Harnish, but the Pirates quickly established an early lead by taking the next four points.  Aiello closed it to 2-4 with an outside hit, and at 3-6 Jarquin had her own big kill.  On the next point Harnish delivered a great backset that Jarquin hammered, and that was followed by another Carrington ace.  Dalziel tied it at 6 with a great outside hit and the Dons took the lead at 8-7 with a Jarquin opposite kill.  But once again Drake took control and rolled off six straight points.  That run was finally stopped by Rachel Cox with a great solo block in the middle, and that was followed up by Aiello bringing a kill from the outside to make it 10-13.  At 11-15 Aiello put down another hit, and Jarquin delivered a kill at 13-19.  Although both teams were scoring, Drake was inching away with the lead.  Dalziel had a nice kill at 14-22, and Jarquin had the same at 15-24.  A long rally came about at match point and Harnish pushed a back row set to Jarquin.  She took her usual mighty swing, but the ball sailed just long and Drake prevailed.

It was a tough loss for the Dons, but not unfamiliar:  the Dons’ last three NCS Playoff runs (in 2010, 2011 and 2012) have ended here in the Pirates’ gymnasium.  But going out on a big back row kill attempt by Jarquin was a fitting end.  She has scored many points for the Dons on that back row kill, and going out swinging was an admirable ending for the Dons’ playoff run.

Final Score Set 4:  15-25 Sir Francis Drake.

 

Sir Francis Drake takes the match 3 sets to 1.

 

Statistics:

            Brooke Aiello:               7 Kills  2 Aces

            Amanda Jarquin:         13 Kills

            Lisa Carrington:           2 Kills  3 Aces

            Molly Dalziel:               6 Kills

            Rachel Cox:                   3 Kills          

            Ying Stroebe:               2 Aces

            Katie Nall:                    1 Kill

Photos graciously provided by Joan Seet and Francis Carrington

Nov 8 – NCS Results

In Wednesdays action…
The girls water polo team defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 8-4 in the NCS semifinals and will host Campolindo HS in the NCS Championships Saturday at 1:00.
The boys water polo team finished a great season with a semifinal loss to Miramonte HS in the NCS playoffs.
The girls volleyball team brought their season to a close falling to Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS playoffs.
R. Takahashi

Nov 7 – Today’s NCS Playoff Action

NCS playoff action today…

The #2 seeded girls water polo team hosts #3 seed Sir Francis Drake HS at 6:00 in the NCS semifinals.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team gears up for the upset of #1 seed Miramonte HS at Miramonte HS at 7:15 in the NCS semifinals.

The girls volleyball team plays at Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

R. Takahashi

Nov 6 – Tuesday Sports

Yesterday, Elizabeth Schultz shot a 75 to finish tied for 15th place at the CIF NorCal Championships.

Tomorrow, the NCS Water Polo Semifinals will pit the #2 seeded girls team against #3 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at Acalanes HS at 6:00, and the #5 seeded boys team is primed for an upset of #1 seeded Miramonte HS at Miramonte HS at 7:15.

Tomorrow, the girls volleyball team plays at Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

R. Takahashi

NCS Playoffs this Week

The football team hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs Friday at 7:00.
The girls volleyball team play at Sir Francis Drake HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs Wednesday at 7:00.

Oct 30 – Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Victorious at Alhambra

The Setting: The Dons came north to visit the host Alhambra Bulldogs on the Bulldogs Senior Night, with a festively decorated gym.  The Alhambra team then introduced each of the Dons seniors, and graciously presented each of them with a white carnation.  This

Lisa Carrington (7) putting away a Jojo Harnish set

was followed by an introduction of each Alhambra senior player.

The Play:

Set 1:  The first point was served by Alhambra and dropped untouched to the Dons’ floor for a score.  Not to let that be an indication of things to come, senior outside

Sophomore Outside Hitter Molly Dalziel in concentration

hitter Brooke Aiello took the next serve, passed it to senior setter Jojo Harnish who put up a great set to the ever-ready senior opposite hitter Amanda Jarquin who brought the hammer down to emphatically tie it up at 1-1.  At 3-2 (Dons’ score listed first) it was Jarquin again with a big blast at the left corner.  Junior middle hitter Rachel Cox got into the action at 6-4 when Harnish took a pass at the outside corner and sent a long arcing set to the opposite corner.  Long sets are difficult to time, but Cox apparently had no timing

Rachel Cox winning a joust at the net

issues while flying through the air and crushing it to the Bulldogs’ floor.  She followed that up with a service ace at 8-4, but from then the Bulldogs went on a scoring rally to bring the score to 12-10.  That run was stopped short by middle hitter Katie Nall with a big middle kill.  Then it was the Dons’ turn for a scoring run, and it was a long one.  The Dons kept the Bulldogs at 11 points for the remainder of the set; featured were a great power-dink in the middle by senior middle hitter Lisa Carrington, big hits by Jarquin and Cox, and that great slide play with Harnish getting the backset to Carrington sliding around behind her.

Final Score Set 1:  25-11 Dons.

Set 2:  Set two started off a bit better than the previous set with Harnish sending an ace over to make it 1-0.  The Dons were playing confidently

Sophomore Defensive Specialist Ying Stroebe

and at 2-1 Harnish set up Jarquin at the outside corner who put it away for the score.  Junior Defensive Specialist Ying Stroebe put up a great pass to Harnish who in turn set up Cox at the outside.  Cox did her usual thing by pounding down to make it 6-3.  A couple points later Aiello called for a back row set, Harnish obliged, and Aiello hammered it for a Dons tally.  The scoring was favoring the Dons, and an ace by Carrington at 12-6, and two big kills by Aiello at 14-8 and 16-8 were featured in the run.  But Alhambra had plenty of gas left in the tank and began another run of their own.  They brought the score close at 18-15, but that was as close as it would get.  At 23-18 Jarquin took a Harnish set and treated it like jackhammer treats a slab of

Brooke Aiello on the follow-through with Ying Stroebe and Coach Steve Siegmann in the background

concrete.  Then on set point, the Harnish-to-Carrington slide began to develop.  The timing wasn’t quite there, and the ball sailed past Carrington.  But Cox was right there on the back up, and passed the ball up to HarnishHarnish then put up a back row set to Jarquin who mashed it for the set winner.

Final Score Set 2:  25-18 Dons.

Set 3:  Starting off the third set the scoring was pretty even.  But at 3-1 sophomore outside hitter Emily Mesetz stepped up to serve.  She dropped in a great short serve that barely cleared the net.  The Bulldogs did get to it, but overpassed the ball and it was going to come back over to the Dons’ side.  Jarquin jumped up at the net and deftly poked that overpass down past the blockers for a score.  At 5-3 an exciting rally began

Amanda Jarquin putting another one away

with both sides hitting, digging, and passing extremely well.  The ball probably passed over the net six times before Harnish put up a great middle set for Carrington to clobber.  Then two points later, another long rally took place and finally ended when Harnish had to scramble to get to a dug-up ball and only had time to put the ball up high and hope for the best.  The best happened.  Although the ball went basically straight up and Jarquin had to take an awkward and flat-footed swing at it, she somehow got a lot of pace on her hit and it went down for a Dons score.  The next point saw Carrington, again on a Harnish middle set, smoking yet another ball past the Alhambra defense.  And following that, Stroebe unleashed a beautiful serve down the line

Emily Mesetz being congratulated after a big play

that landed just in for an ace, but unfortunately was called back because of an out-of-rotation call against Acalanes.  At 10-6 Stroebe and Carrington both went for a serve receive and it looked from the stands that they both hit it.  But only one did, and it was a great pass for Harnish to handle, putting it up for an onrushing Aiello who delivered the big outside kill.  Something not seen this match was the usual back row pounding by Jarquin, but at 12-7 she got a great back row set from Harnish and whacked it, barely clearing the net, and down for the score.  At 15-11 she took a Harnish set at the opposite (right) side, went up, twisted her body and still managed to get plenty of power behind a great line shot.  Then on a low, quick pass by Cox, Harnish basically re-directed the ball up about a foot and a half to where Carringtonwas flying in, arm cocked, and unleashed a brutal kill

Katie Nall pounding the ball through the block in the middle. Note the ball behind the left blocker’s hands.

to the Alhambra 10-foot line.  Near the end of the set at 23-15, Alhambra sent over a shot that went directly to Harnish.  She put up a pass and Jarquin got to it.  Then Jarquin sent a long set over to the outside corner for AielloAiello had a great approach, went up and came down on the ball, hammering it to the Bulldogs’ floor.  The ‘Dogs still had some fight in them and went on a four-point run, but the Dons closed the door at 20.

Final Score Set 3:  25-20 Dons.

Lisa Carrington digging up a kill attempt

Dons take the match 3 sets to 0.

Highlight Statistics:

            Amanda Jarquin:  6 Kills

            Brooke Aiello:  6 Kills

            Jojo Harnish:  27 Assists; 4 Aces

Photographs graciously provided by Gint Federas

Oct 30 – Girls Volleyball Frosh end their season with a great record

The Acalanes freshman girls volleyball team defeated Alhambra in an away match Tuesday 25-22 and 25-14. The Dons completed a very successful season by winning the DFAL and achieving a stellar overall 23-2 record. The future looks bright for Acalanes volleyball!

Oct 30 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
Elizabeth Schultz shot a 73 at the NCS Championships to qualify for the CIF NorCal Championships Monday.

In todays action…
The girls volleyball team plays at Alhambra HS in the regular season finale.  The freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 25 – Big Win on Senior Night for Varsity Girls VB

The Setting.  Senior Night for the Acalanes Dons Girls Varsity Volleyball Team and the gymnasium was festively decked out with posters, balloons, and creative decorations.  Each senior team member was introduced prior to the match, and each was given a wonderful gift basket and a delicious home-baked single-serving volleyball-shaped cake.  Each girl also presented her mother with a rose.  After each introduction, head coach Steve Siegmann had complimentary words for each of the girls.

Seniors (l-r) Amanda Jarquin, Jojo Harnish, Jen Lincoln, Brooke Aiello, Ainsley Blandford, Lisa Carrington, and Danielle Grobeck.

The Play.  Set 1:  The Dons had played two matches against the Dublin Gaels this season (once in league play; once in tournament play) and lost both times.  Revenge was definitely on the girls’ minds.  And beginning early in the first set, that tone was being set.  Dons got the first point, followed immediately by a beautiful service ace by Jojo Harnish to make it 2-0 (Dons’ score listed first).  Later, Jen Lincoln made a great cut shot to get past a Dublin double-block at 3-3.  At 5-4, Lincoln took a pass from Harnish, bumped a great

Junior Middle Hitter Rachel Cox

set to the outside for a quickly-approaching Amanda Jarquin who promptly killed it.  At 9-9 it was Jarquin again with a big hit.  Brooke Aiello got into the action with an outside kill at 12-10 and on the next point came one of Jarquin’s signature backrow kills.  Then it was back to Aiello on a long Harnish set from the opposite corner out to the outside corner.  It seemed to take forever for the high-arcing set to get to its destination, and Aiello timed it perfectly to hammer it down.  At 15-11, a Dublin serve was received by Harnish so the setter was out – Lincoln took Harnish’s pass, and instead of setting it, made a nifty flick of the wrist to send the ball quietly over the net and onto the Dublin floor.  The Dons were noticeably improved at covering the hole on tips and blocks, and Ainsley Blandford made a great cover save, got a nice high pass to Harnish who then set the ball to Lincoln for the kill to make it 16-11.  The Dons were rolling at this point and a great set to Aiello was pounded down at 17-11.  Harnishwas serving during this run and at 18-11

Junior Middle Hitter Katie Nall

she dropped a short served that barely cleared the net; impossible for Dublin to receive.  Not only were the Dons rolling at this point, but they were truly dominating – it seemed they could do no wrong.  Point after point went the Dons’ way; Harnish’s serves were rarely passed well by the Gaels and the Dons were feasting on the free balls coming back to them.  With the score standing at 22-11, the Gaels did get a very good pass to there setter who put up a short middle set for their big middle hitter to kill.  But Lisa Carrington had other plans – she went up solo on the middle block, covered the ball with both hands and completely stuffed the Gaels middle hitter.  The Dons would go on to run off twelve straight points for the win.

Final Score Set 1:  25-11 Dons.

Set 2:

But my, how things can change.  In set two, the Gaels came out determined not to have a repeat of that last set.  The scoring stayed somewhat even, with Aiello getting in a nice backrow kill at 3-3, Jarquin with a huge outside kill at 5-5, and Rachel Coxpounding

Senior Outside Hitter Brooke Aiello on the block

down a Harnish backset on a slide play at 7-7.  The rallies were incredibly long, with both teams making very good plays both offensively and defensively.  But slowly the score began favoring the Gaels.  At 11-13, Jarquin had another big outside kill, and at 15-19 Cox hammered a Harnish backset at the opposite post.  Then another slide play with Carrington putting down a Harnish assist at 16-19.  But that was to be the end of the Dons’ scoring in this set.  The Gaels ran off the last straight six points to take the match.

Final Score Set 2:  25-16 Gaels.

Set 3:

The momentum was back on the Gaels’ side for this next set, but things began well for the Dons as Harnish made it 1-0 with another service ace.  Then Aiello and Katie Nall came up big defensively with a block at 3-0.  Harnish, who began this set at the serve,

Senior Defensive Specialist Ainsley Blandford getting low for a pass

was still there and still delivering tough serves that Dublin had a difficult time handling. And the points were tallying up for the Dons.  At 7-0 Harnish took the serve and passed it to Jarquin who put up a long corner-to-corner set, and Aiello came crashing in to put the hurt on it.  Then another Aiello kill at 9-0.  With the score 10-0, Nall flashed four fingers (indicating a low, shoot set) to Harnish.  The serve came over, the pass by Blandford was perfect, and Harnish shot that set across the middle only a foot above the net.  Nall couldn’t have timed it better.  She beat the block, and crushed it for the score.  The run finally ended at 13-1, but a 12-point cushion is very difficult to overcome.  With highlights of an opposite-corner kill and a great down-the-line shot by Jarquin, a big Cox block, a double block by Harnish and Carrington, and a great play by Carrington at 22-8. (She solo blocked the Gael hitter and the ball deflected straight up.  Carrington jumped up again and blasted her own set for the kill.)  At 23-11 Jarquin showed another exciting backrow kill, then Aiello and Harnish hooked up for a sweet pass-set-kill at the outside.  Jarquin then put the set away with a final opposite corner kill.

Final Score Set 3:  25-13 Dons.

Set 4:

The Dons were looking good and had the momentum back on their side.  They were leading 6-2 (including a Jarquin opposite kill and a great Harnish-to-Carrington slide play) when Emily Mesetz delivered a great short-serve.  The Gaels did get to it, but it was so short that the pass attempt just went strait up into the net.  At 8-5 it was Cox again drilling a Harnish assist on the outside, and a run ensued.  At 13-7, Aiellowent up on an outside set, decided the timing was not right and pushed the ball to the side of the

Senior Opposite Hitter Amanda Jarquin

block to fall to the Dublin floor.  Taking a cue from Jarquin, Carrington called for a backrow set a drilled it for a 16-8 score.  At 17-9, Nall again signaled to Harnish for a shoot set and again it worked beautifully as the two timed their individual roles perfectly.  18-10 saw Jarquin go up solo and block a Dublin outside kill attempt, then at 20-11 Mesetz once again delivered a service ace.  On the next point, Mesetz brought a tough serve that was overpassed by Dublin.  Instead of trying to kill it, Carrington wisely made a great volleyball play by electing to pass it to Harnish who put up a tasty set for the hungry Rachel Cox who smashed it for a score.  The Dons hung on for the remainder of the set for the win.

Final Score Set 4:  25-11 Dons.

Dons take the match 4 sets to 1.

Highlight Statistics:

  Jojo Harnish:    4 Aces, 25 Service Points

  Amanda Jarquin:  14 Kills

  Brooke Aiello:    9 Kills

  Lisa Carrington:    6 Kills

  Rachel Cox:    6 Kills

  Jen Lincoln:    6 Kills

Photos courtesy Gint Federas and Joan Seet

Oct 26 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team played well in every facet of the game to defeat highly ranked Dublin HS 25-11, 16-25, 25-13, 25-13. Amanda Jarquin had 15 kills, Brooke Aiello 7 kills, and Joanna Harnish had 36 assists and 4 aces. The JV and freshman teams also were the victor.

The freshman football team defeated Alhambra HS.

 

Lisa Carrington with a kill shot
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In Fridays action… The football team plays at Alhambra HS. JV plays at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The varsity girls water polo team plays in the NorCal Championships in Atherton.

In Saturdays action… The varsity girls water polo team plays in the NorCal Championships in Atherton.

Oct 25 – Girls Volleyball Frosh Team Defeats Dublin

The Dons freshman volleyball defeated Dublin High yesterday 25-15 and 25-14 in a league match at home. The team’s final game is next Tuesday at Alhambra.

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Oct 25 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys water polo team defeated Las Lomas HS 12-9.
The girls water polo team defeated Las Lomas HS.
The boys cross country team finished 2nd and the girls 3rd at the DFAL Center Meet.  The JV girls won the event.

In todays action…
The girls volleyball team hosts Dublin HS.  The freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.  The Senior Night presentation will take place before the varsity game.  Come out and honor our senior players in their last regular season home game.

The freshman football team hosts Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys water polo               Connor Reid scored 7 goals and Tommy Bush 3 goals.  Tucker Stone had 4 saves and Charlie Rogers 3 saves.

Cross country                    Michael Wang placed 2nd, Scott Lindsay 4th and Keenan Byrne 6th in the varsity boys division.

Annie Marggraff placed 2nd, Kelly Collins 5th, Amy Hollshwandner 7th and Caith Wright 11th in the varsity girls division.

Brooke Lennox placed 2nd, Emily Cavanaugh 3rd, Vera Portnova 4th and Briana Grether 5th in the JV girls division.

Congratulations…
Elizabeth Schultz was named honorable mention as a Bay Area News Group East Bay Athlete of the Week for her first place finish at the DFAL Championships firing a stellar 69 at 3-under par.

R. Takahashi

Varsity Girls’ Volleyball vs. Dougherty Valley

Set 1: 

The Dons played the Dougherty Valley Wildcats earlier this season in September, dominated the games, and won the match in three straight sets.  Maybe the Wildcats had something to prove in this second meeting, because they were a different team this time around.  The scoring started out fairly evenly with both teams sharing some great rallies, and in particular Defensive Specialist Ainsley Blandford had several rally-saving digs for the Dons.  At 7-8 (Dons’ scoring listed first) Blandford was in the right place to cover a blocked kill attempt by the Wildcats, got up a great pass to Setter Jojo Harnish who

Senior Captain and Outside Hitter Brooke Aiello in mid-swing on an outside kill. Ready to cover are Emily Mesetz (11), Jen Lincoln (3), Jojo Harnish, and Ainsley Blandford.

Senior Captain and Middle Hitter Lisa Carrington driving the ball off a DV block attempt. Looking on are Jojo Harnish, Ainsley Blandford, and Molly Dalziel.

then put up a nice set that Outside Hitter Brooke Aiello crushed for the score.  At 9-11 Aiello went up again for a kill, but DV had a double block covering it so she deftly pushed a dink past the block to the DV floor.  It was then her turn to serve and she promptly scored an ace.  On the next point, she showed some backrow hitting skills by pounding down a great set to the 10-foot line from Amanda Jarquin to make it 11-11.  But then DV began a 5-point run and the Dons called a time out.  It wasn’t until 12-19 that Jarquin put an end to the DV run by smashing one of her consistent backrow kills.  At 14-19 Jarquin and Middle Hitter Lisa Carringtonteamed up for a rejection of a DV kill

Senior Captain and Middle Hitter Lisa Carrington driving the ball off a DV block attempt. Looking on are Jojo Harnish, Ainsley Blandford, and Molly Dalziel.

attempt.  With the Jarquin’s backrow hitting working so well, Harnish went to it again for another score at 16-21.  Despite big scoring hits at 17-, 18-, 19-, and 20-22 by Aiello, the Dons could not make up for that earlier 5-point cushion that DV had built up.

Final Score Set 1:  21-25 Dougherty Valley.

Set 2:

The second set began with a bang as Jarquin blasted a Harnish outside set.  Scoring went both ways from then, and the score stood at 4-5 after a great double block by Jen Lincoln and CarringtonLincoln hammered a backrow kill to make it 8-7 and the Dons had the lead.  DV immediately tied it at 8-8, but Carrington got the lead back on a

Senior Outside Hitter Jen Lincoln serving up another ace.

great slide play going behind Harnish and getting the backset which she smacked to the floor.  DV then got on another run and not until 12-15 did Aiello stop the scoring with a bruising kill at the outside.  Two points later Rachel Cox hammered one down at the outside before the switch, and Lincoln got another big hit at 15-17.  But with this three-point cushion DV was in the driver’s seat with the scoring going back and forth.  Jarquin put down a big blow at the outside and at 18-21 it was another Harnish-to-Carrington slide play.  The Dons, though, were unable to erase that cushion, and even with a beautiful

Senior Captain and Opposite Hitter Amanda Jarquin, and Junior Middle Hitter Rachel Cox waiting for the official’s go-ahead.

untouched service ace by Jarquin at 19-21 the Wildcats prevailed.

Final Score Set 2:  19-25 Dougherty Valley.

Set 3:

Brooke Aiello, Rachel Cox, Jojo Harnish, Amanda Jarquin, Jen Lincoln, and Lisa Carrington

Set 3 began on a promising note with a Harnish service ace to make it 1-0.  Then at 2-1 Blandford made a great save on a ball that deflected off a Dons’ block.  The save went to Harnish and she put up a sweet set that Aiello came crashing into and put down hard for a score.  Then at 5-4 Harnish had made a great dig on an over-pass put-down by DV, and the set went to Cox who put it away for the score.  But as was the case in the previous two games, DV went on a run and it took a well-placed dink by Carrington to stop it at 7-11.  But Lincoln made two great service aces and brought the score to 9-11.  That three-point run got the Dons fans excited, and on the next serve Cox was at the outside prior to the switch. Harnish put up a set for her that was tight to the net, and although tight sets are often easier for the defense to block, they are known to stimulate a drooling response in outside hitters.  Well, Cox saw that nice tight set, approached it like a freight train approaching a wall of balloons, leapt high into the air, and just smashed the ball straight through the block and down to the 10-foot line of DV.  There was no way she was going to be denied on that play.  But again, DV was able to put together a couple runs that increased their scoring margin.  Aiello stopped it with a big outside hit at 13-19 then followed it up with an ace at 16-20.  Then Emily Mesetz made a showing with a big middle hit at 18-22.  Even Cox had another big outside hit at 19-23, but time was running out.  Hopes were still alive at 21-23 with a great double block with Carrington and Harnish extinguishing a DV middle kill attempt, but DV took the next two points and thus, the set and match.

Final Score Set 3:  22-25 Dougherty Valley

Dougherty Valley takes the match 3 sets to 0.

Statistics:

      Brooke Aiello:           12 Kills

      Lisa Carrington:        4 Kills

      Rachel Cox:                 4 Kills          

      Jen Lincoln:                4 Kills    3 Aces  

Oct 23 – Girls Volleyball Frosh Results

The Acalanes freshman volleyball team improved to 21–2 on the season as they defeated Dougherty Valley 25-14 and 25-15 Tuesday. The team remains in first place in the DFAL with two games left to play.
Kevin Porep

Oct 24 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys water polo team was edged out by San Ramon Valley HS 10-8.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

In todays action…
The water polo teams play in the DFAL finale at Las Lomas HS.  JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

The cross country team competes in the DFAL Center Meet at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton at 3:30.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys water polo               Ryan McCracken scored 3 goals, and Jacob Welcomer and Tommy Bush each scored 2 goals.

Tucker Stone had 6 saves.

Oct 23 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The girls golf team placed 8th at the NCS Southern Qualifier to advance to the NCS Championships Monday at Windsor golf course.  Adrienne Lee shot a 78 to tie for 11th place, Elizabeth Schultz shot an 81 to tie for 17th place and Lauren Kim shot an 88.

In todays action…
The boys water polo team hosts San Ramon Valley HS.  Varsity plays at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

The girls tennis team hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

The girls volleyball team plays at Dougherty Valley HS.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Oct 19 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team played with great energy and inspiration to defeat Miramonte HS 25-17, 25-23 and 25-13.  Amanda Jarquin had 21 kills, Brooke Aiello 7 kills and Joanna Harnish 36 assists.  The JV team won in 3 games and the freshman team cruised to victory in 2 games, 25-17, 25-16.

Amanda Jarquin with a kill shot.
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In Fridays action…
The football team hosts Dublin HS.  JV plays at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys water polo team competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturdays action…
The boys water polo team competes in the North/South tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The girls water polo team competes in the Davis Fall Classic at UC Davis.

R. Takahashi

Oct 18 – Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Drop One at Las Lomas

Set 1:
The Las Lomas Knights hosted the visiting Dons and the action got underway immediately with Amanda Jarquin choosing to power-dink past the surprised LL block instead of setting.  With the score at 2-1 (Dons’ scores listed first) Jarquin then took a Jojo

Senior Middle Hitter Lisa Carrington rejecting a Las Lomas kill attempt.

Harnish assist and put it down from the outside.  Lisa Carrington showed some big-time defense as she went up solo in the middle and put a great two-hand block up and rejected the LL kill attempt.  At 7-7 Harnish made a great play by following an overpass that from the backrow.  The ball was headed over the net and was surely going to be crushed by the Las Lomas middle hitter.  But Harnish followed the ball, went up and blocked enough of the kill attempt that Defensive Specialist Ying Stroebe was able to come up with the deflection, pass it back to Harnish, who then set Outside Hitter Brooke Aiello who crushed it for a Dons score.  Unfortunately, that was the last of the scoring from the Dons for awhile.  The Knights embarked on a 5-point run that was ultimately stopped by an outstanding dig by Carrington and an ensuing kill by Jarquin.  The Dons began coming back and with the

Senior Outside Hitter Brooke Aiello going up for a kill. Also pictured are Lisa Carrington (left), Katie Nall (15) and Jojo Harnish (9).

score at 12-15 Harnish sent a backrow set to Jarquin who slammed it down for a Dons score.  Harnish then put up an assist for Aiello who was blocked but recovered it on her own.  Harnish put the set right back to Aiello who didn’t have time to get back for an approach so instead put a great dump past the LL block to make it 15-21.  A crazy rally began at this point and after numerous spikes, digs, dumps and passes, Jarquin finally ended it with another of her famous backrow kills.  But the LL lead was too much to overcome and the set ended at 16-21
Final Score Set 1:  16-21 Las Lomas.

Set 2:
The second set began well with Aiello taking a Harnish set at the opposite corner and hammering it to the LL floor to make it 1-0.  Then much routine scoring took place with LL outpacing the Dons.  To make the score 6-9, Rachel Cox took a great opposite-side set

Junior Middle Hitter Rachel Cox (1) powering a kill past the double-block of Las Lomas

from Harnish and crushed it.  That seemed to spark the Dons and they began a run of a few points.  At 11-12 it was Katie Nall in the middle with a great read on a dump attempt by LL and she put the re-direct on it for a score.  Then Carrington tied it at 12 apiece with a great service ace.  Another LL score followed, but then it was Jarquin once again on a backrow set from Harnish to put the hammer down and make it 13 all.  The Dons took the lead with Aiello pounding it down from the outside to make it 14-13 Dons.  But the Knights came back, and despite some great hitting by Aiello and Jarquin, the Dons fell 22-25.
Final Score Set 2:  22-25 Las Lomas.

Set 3:
The Knights were tough to overcome and their defense was very good.  Jarquin put down two hard-driven balls that LL dug up, and it was Coxwho finally won the first point with a

The Acalanes Varsity Girls Volleyball Team being introduced prior to the start of the match.

big kill from the outside.  At 4-3 Carrington again showed great defensive skill by seemingly floating in the air on a block and rejecting it to the LL floor.  She also looked great on a slide play with Harnish that caught the LL defense off balance.  At 6-4 it was Cox with a big outside hit, but then the Knights began a 10-point run.  Although the Dons put up a great effort, the Knights proved to be the dominant team this match and took the third set.
Final Score Set 3:  13-25 Las Lomas.

Las Lomas takes the match 3 sets to 0.

Varsity Head Coach Steve Siegmann addressing the team during a break between sets

Highlight Statistics:

Amanda Jarquin:   6 Kills

Brooke Aiello:       6 Kills

Rachel Cox:           6 Kills

Jojo Harnish:        20 Assists

Oct 16 – Volleyball Girls Frosh Results

The Dons girls freshman volleyball team defeated Las Lomas 2-0. The scores were 25-10 and 25-15. The team next plays Miramonte at home this Thursday at 4 pm.

Kevin Porep

Oct 17 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The girls volleyball team was defeated by Las Lomas HS.  The JV team fell in 3 games including a 16-14 3rd game.
In todays action…
BIG WATER POLO SHOWDOWN!  The water polo teams host Campolindo HS.  JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.  Between the varsity games, join the teams for the Senior Night presentation.
R. Takahashi

Oct 12 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team also suffered defeat, but the freshman team won.

In Fridays action…
The football team plays at Dougherty Valley HS.  JV plays at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.
The JV girls water polo team competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

In Saturdays action…
The JV girls water polo team competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

R. Takahashi

Oct 11 – Volleyball Girls Frosh rise above the Cougars

The Acalanes freshman volleyball team played a great match with crosstown rival Campolindo Thursday and defeated the Cougars 2-1.

The Dons were down early in the first game, but a great dig and pass by Carly Porep to setter Lia White who fed Hannah Roberts for a key outside kill led the charge back.

Julia Gay went on a five-serve run and the Dons took the first game 25-21 in an exciting battle. The stands were crowded as both team’s supporters came out to cheer.

The Dons were ahead for most of the second game but a tough Campo team never quit and won the game 25-22. In the decisive third set both teams showed plenty of hustle and determination to win. Acalanes was led by some great outside hits by Caroline Wash and Claire Porep, and some key blocks at the net by Maddie Ponzo and Asha Allagappan.

The Dons pulled out a thrilling 15-10 victory to move into first place in the DFAL.  “I saw some amazing play on the floor tonight from our girls,” said head coach Shannon Lee. “They showed a true fight in them to win”.

The team is now 18-2 on the season. Their next match is Tuesday at Las Lomas.

Kevin Porep

Oct 11 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys water polo team defeated Dougherty Valley HS 18-1.
The girls water polo team defeated Dougherty Valley HS 19-6.

In todays action…
The girls tennis team has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and JV is away.
The girls volleyball team plays at Campolindo HS.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.
The girls golf team has a match against Las Lomas HS at Boundary Oak Country Club at 3:30.
The freshman football team hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 5:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys water polo               Jacob Kennedy scored 5 goals, Andrew Forbes 4 goals, Kyle Connolly and Austin Wentzel each scored 3 goals. Ben Westphal and Brendan Supple each scored 1 goal.  Tucker Stone had 2 saves and scored 1 goal as the goalie, and Charlie Rogers had 2 saves.

Girls water polo                Hannah Kresnak scored 3 goals, and Chase Lanier, Megan Dietrich, Riley Bertuccio and Emma Gaffney each scored 2 goals.

R. Takahashi

Oct 4 – Volleyball Girls Frosh

The frosh team beat Alhambra 25-21 and 25-14.

Oct 4 – Volleyball Girls JV Beats Alhambra

The Acalanes Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Team continued their winning streak Thursday beating Alhambra High School in two sets: 25-19, 25-14.
During the Dig for The Cure night, Acalanes may have been pretty in pink, but the team was all business. Taking the lead early and never giving it back, the first set showcased the versatility of every player on the team. The Lady Dons have clearly honed their assigned positions to a fine point, however this night highlighted their wide range of talent.

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Tips, kills, and blocks by Maddy Sauer; slamming serves backed up with diving saves by Maddie Graham; saves, kills and aces from Mimi White; painting the lines with kills then a reaching save by Sarah Moore. There was no stopping the Dons. Add into the mix, middle blocker Janine Jaber who punished the Lady Bulldogs with kill after kill of assists by setter Dory Grobeck left no doubt that Acalanes was the superior team. A final cross-court smash by Sauer on the outside ended the first set.

Set two was all about the attack. The Don’s offense was fierce with pounding aces by Holly Fleischman, Claire Amaral and Moore. Kills were racked up by Alta Paladino, Melia Green, Jillian Wickline, Sauer, Jaber, and Moore. Clearly illustrating that finesse is just as effective as power, shrewdly placed tips by Sauer, Fleischman and Jaber kept the Lady Bulldogs off balance and in the losing category. Again, Sauer pounded in the final kill, this time from the middle, to end the set.

Lucy Amaral

Oct 4 – Success Abounds on Dig Pink Night

Holding down the Dig Pink Bake Shop are (from left) Joan Carrington, Lauren Webster and Kelly Dalziel.

On Dig Pink night, the Alhambra Bulldogs came into the Acalanes main gym not only to find a Dons team that was ready to play, but also several delicious opportunities to help the Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser that was happening.  This successful baked-goodies sales event raised nearly $1,000 towards Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention.  Many thanks to all those who took the time to make this a successful night!

Set 1:

Grace Bolen (8) putting up a middle set for the quickly approaching Jen Lincoln

The first point went the Dons’ way, and that was followed by a service ace by Brooke Aiello to make it 2-0 (Dons’ score listed first).  At 4-1 Jen Lincoln took a Jojo Harnish backset and put it down hard, and a rally began.  The Dons scored three more, then Molly Dalziel hammered a set by Grace Bolen at the outside post.  Right after that it was Lincoln again with a big hit.  The Bulldogs rallied back but some very good serving by Katy Nall at 11-8 and 12-8 kept them at bay.  Rachel Cox got into the scene with a great block against the Bulldog’s middle hitter to make it 13-9.  Lincoln and Harnish got together again with Lincoln pounding Harnish’s backset on the opposite side.  The next point saw a wonderful volleyball play when an Alhambra hitter pounded a ball past the Dons’ block.  The ball was dug and passed by Aiello, Harnish got up a great set to the outside, and Dalziel hammered it for a score.  Aiello followed that up with consistent serving for five

Acalanes Trainer Chris Clark with decked-out-in-pink daughter Charlie enjoying the Dig Pink Volleyball Night

straight points, bringing it to 22-11.  With the score at set point, an emphatic ending was brought by Lincoln and Harnish, with Harnish again going to the long backset to an onrushing Lincoln who spanked it down to end the set.

Final Score Set 1:  25-11 Dons.

Set 2:

The Bulldogs got the first two points of the second set, but at 1-2 Lincoln made a great play.  She went up for a hit but was rejected by the block.  She had the presence of mind to recover her own blocked ball, then run over to her position at outside hitter, and with Katy Nall put up a great block on an Alhambra kill attempt.  That block was recovered by the Dons, and the pass went to Harnish who immediately set Lincoln who blasted it to end the point.  Cox followed all that up with a booming kill at 3-3, and two points later Harnish put up a 1-set in the middle that Reilly Webster drove past the Alhambra double block.  At 7-5, Harnish once again went to the long backset to the opposite corner where Lincoln was waiting and timed a big hit to the floor.  Aiello got back into the picture with a smack-down at the outside at 10-11, and Nallcame

Rachel Cox doing her thing by getting up and over to reject another kill attempt. Backing up the play are Emily Mesetz (11) and Brooke Aiello (10)

through with a bit middle hit on the next point to make it 11-11.Both Lincoln and Nall were hitting with plenty of power and the Dons began to pull away at this point.  Nall made a great re-direct of an over-pass from Alhambra to make it 17-12.  Rachel Cox showed some excellent coordination with a dramatic 1-arm save to keep a point alive, and the Dons won it on a big block put up by Lincoln and Nall.  This set was also won with an exclamation point with Cox delivering a huge kill from the outside for the win.

Final Score Set 2:  25-16 Dons.

Set 3:

The Dons are now up 2-0 in the best-of-five match.  They started out strong; Ying Stroebe and Grace Bolenboth made diving saves to keep an early point alive, and from

Varsity Head Coach Steve Siegmann, wearing Dig Pink colors, addressing the crowd before game time. The socks are a nice touch…

that effort the Dons took the point.  Then at 3-1 Lisa Carrington and Emily Mesetz went up in a defensive tandem and completely stuffed the Alhambra middle-hitter’s kill attempt.  Mesetz followed that up at 4-2 with a big kill at the 10-foot line, and on the next point Bolen gave Carrington a sweet 1-set in the middle that Carrington blew through the block.  Then it was back to Cox to again showed some big strength with a backrow kill that went down untouched.  Jarquin came in to serve and she promptly sent an ace over the net to make it 18-13.

Final Score Set 3:  25-16 Dons.

Dons take the match 3 sets to 0.

A couple Dig Pink dads taking in the festivities, Doug Dalziel (left), and Brian Aiello

 

Highlight Statistics:

Rachel Cox:      9 Kills

Jen Lincoln:       7 Kills

Emily Mesetz:   5 Kills

Katy Nall:          4 Kills

Photographs courtesy of Joan and Francis Carrington

Oct 5 – Friday Sports, Weekend Games, and Thursday Results

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In Thursdays action…
The girls volleyball team defeated Alhambra HS 25-16, 25-16, 25-16.
The girls golf team defeated Alhambra HS 242-255.
The girls tennis team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Fridays action…
The football team hosts Miramonte HS. JV plays at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. Tonight’s game is dedicated to “Find the Cure” for breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
The boys wa