ACALANES SUMMER TENNIS CLINICS IN FULL SWING

HAPPY CAMPER ON THE COURTS!

Our well regarded Girls and Boys tennis team Coach Drew has been busy on the courts helping students improve their tennis game. The clinics provide a small group setting to get lots of coaching attention for technical stroke work, point playing tactics and lots of muscle memory drill work to fine tune your game. Contact him to inquire about availability to join in on the socially distanced fun for the next series of camp clinics.

The 3 Week Camp
Dates: July 6th – July 24th, Monday to Friday
Time: Now 1pm-4pm 
Max Participants: 12

The 2 Week Camp
Dates: July 27th – August 7th, Monday to Friday
Time: 9am-12pm
Max Participants: 12  

tenniscoachdrew@gmail.com

Tentative Girls Varsity & JV Team tryouts are August 11-13th. Email Drew to join a mailing list distribution of important information.

Girls Tennis: Eliza Bates wins historic NCS Singles Championship, a first for Acalanes Girls Tennis!

Eliza and Coach Drew

Eliza and her teammate Jasmine Toni qualified to compete in the NCS championships for singles. The 2 day tournament was played at Mill Valley Tennis Club. Jasmine won her opening round 6-2 7-6 , but fell to the# 3 seed in her second round. Eliza competed at a very high level to win her semi-final match 6-3 7-5 against senior Sophie de Groot from College Park. She faced senior Solia Valentine from Berkeley in the finals. The first set started poorly with a quick few games against her, but Eliza fought back to even things up and then played very solid in the tiebreaker to take the first set 7-6. Eliza then took her game up a notch and didn’t drop another game to finish 6-0 for the championship. Congratulations girls for representing Acalanes well. One for the record books! The tournament has been played with a girls’ division since 1977 and this is the first time a champion has come from our school! The boys’ division started in 1915 and only 3 boys from Acalanes have won in the years 1995, 1966 and 1960.

First Girls NCS Champion from Acalanes EVER! 40+ years of tournament
Eliza and Jasmine Class of 2021

Girls Tennis NCS Semifinalists

The Dons beat San Ramon Valley 5-2 last Thursday to advance to the Semi-Finals. Eliza Bates, Jasmine Toni, Analese Ruczynski, and Martha Burns all won their singles matches. Zoe Cate and Michelle Goll teamed up to win doubles. Celebration hot chocolates to round out the evening, THANKS Coach Drew!

Saturday brought a semi-final match up against league rival Miramonte. Unfortunately, the Dons were outmatched this time although Martha Burns and Ella Morris in her debut Varsity singles match pulled out two beautiful individual victories! Congratulations Lady Dons on a fantastic season! DAL champs and NCS semifinalists. Good luck and thanks for all the memories to our senior teammates: Zoe Cate, Aly Sweeney, Madi Price, Rachel Minden, Chambit Miller, Alyssa Armanino, Kate Bishopp.

SENIORS

Girls Tennis wins first round NCS: 4-3 Next match at SRV High Thursday at 5pm

The Dons took the courts under the lights for their first night match. 3 Doubles and 3 Singles started the match and the Dons took early control. Jasmine Toni played some of her best tennis of the season and defeated a tough opponent to be the first court completed and earn Don of the Day award. Analese Ruczynski won singles and Zoe Cate / Martha Burns, and Madi Price/ Aly Sweeney won their doubles. Great job Dons and happy birthday Cate Condy.

GIRLS TENNIS HAS GREAT SUCCESS AT DAL INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

1ST , 2ND AND 3RD PLACE BELONG TO THE DONS!

Eliza Bates won her 3rd consecutive DAL championship title, beating out Sophie de Groot a senior from College Park with a score of 6-3 7-5.

Senior Zoe Cate, who normally plays singles for the Dons paired up with freshman teammate Martha Burns to compete in doubles. It was a great decision as the duo barely lost a nail biter in the finals to capture 2nd place.

Jasmine Toni a junior won her playoff match to take home 3rd place.

The best part of the final matches was all the support from the teammates who came out to watch and cheer……… THANKS FOR SHOWING UP!

Congrats to all the players that competed in the tournament! Senior doubles partners Madi Price and Aly Sweeney who won their first round, and Michelle Goll and Lauren Williams who teamed up to play.

Next up, NCS tournament: both team ( Nov 12th) and individual (Nov 18th) Thanks coach Drew for all of your support!

Girls Tennis opens DAL individual tourney with top seeds advancing

Girls Tennis opens DAL individual tourney with top seeds advancing

Congratulations to all of the participants today from the team who made it out to Northgate to compete in the 2019 DAL singles and doubles tournament.
Advancing to the semis tomorrow at College Park (3:30pm start), are Eliza Bates, Jasmine Toni, Zoe Cate, and Martha Burns. GOOD LUCK DONS!

DoublesAli Sweeney/Madi Price
1st Round. Win – 8-0
2nd Round. Loss – 5-7, 2-6

Lauren Williams/Michelle Goll
1st Round. Loss – 4-8

Martha Burns/Zoe Cate (Seeded 4)
1st Round. Bye
2nd Round. Win – 6-0, 6-1
Quarters. Win – 6-2, 7-6(4)

Singles
Jasmine Toni (Seeded 3)
1st Round. Bye
2nd Round. Win – 6-1,6-0
Quarters. Win – 6-0, 6-0

Eliza Bates (Seeded 1)
1st Round. Bye
2nd Round. Win – 6-0, 6-2Quarters. Win – 6-0, 6-0

Girls Tennis clinches 2019 DAL championship

Girls tennis ended league play with a victory over Northgate. The Dons finished at 9-1 and won the DAL title. This grants them automatic team entry into the NCS sectional tournament. This was a great way to honor the seven team seniors. All singles players won: Eliza Bates, Jasmine Toni, Analese Ruczynski, Zoe Cate, Martha Burns, Cate Condy. Seniors Aly Sweeney and Madi Price won at doubles. A good fight was given by the two other doubles teams of Rachel Minden/Michelle Goll and Ella Morris/Kayli Harley. GO DONS!

Girls Tennis Compete in Golden State Tennis Classic at Stanford

Girls Tennis Compete in Golden State Tennis Classic at Stanford

Acalanes Girls Tennis was included in an elite high school team invitational on the campus of Stanford University this past week. 16 teams from So Cal and Nor Cal competed in a round-robin format. All teams play 4 matches as they move through their bracket. While the girls were not able to capture any trophies they competed hard and represented Acalanes well. Many of the schools have very established tennis programs, larger student body enrollment, or are private schools that are able to pool their student body from a larger population base. One of the main goals of this tournament is to face outside competition, create an atmosphere that our newly formed team can build critical team chemistry and expose our student-athletes to the world-class facilities that exist at Stanford University. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ON ALL FRONTS. GREAT JOB GIRLS!