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Pleasanton Preps: Foothill water polo wins Pleasanton tournament

Also: Both volleyball teams post wins; cross-country Falcons star in Santa Rosa

The Foothill boys water polo team won the co-hosted Amador Valley/Foothill Tournament last weekend.

Thanks to victories over Kennedy (16-5), Alameda (15-10), Washington (12-11 OT) and Amador Valley (13-9) in the final, Foothill accomplished its best tournament record in five years.

Standout games in the Amador/Foothill tournament were matchups against Alameda and Washington.

Against Alameda, senior Ryan Weiglein led with 5 goals, 1 assist and 4 steals, while Dylan Weiglein had 4 goals, 1 assist and 1 steal, Williams had 3 goals, and 4 assists, sophomore Eugene Kruger had 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 steal, junior Sanjay Menon had a goal and an assist.

Against Washington, scoring was led by Williams with 6 goals, 1 assist and 2 steals, followed by Ryan Weiglein with 4 goals, 1 assist and 2 steals, plus he scored the sudden death game-winner to clinch the game.

Kruger and junior Jesse Goodman added a goal apiece, while senior Dylan Weiglein added 3 assists, 3 steals and 7 additional caused turnovers.

Also playing well were junior Ryan Xu (1 goal), senior Camden McFarlane (3 goals), Goodman (4 goals), Kruger (8 goals) and Menon (6 goals).

Amador volleyball

The Dons traveled to face Carondelet on Sept. 25, pulling out a thrilling 23-25, 25-13, 14-25, 25-23 and 15-12.

The Dons were down 21-14 in the fourth set but rallied when the offense came to life. Sarah Rieble had 5 kills and the Dons outscored the Cougars 11-2 to force a fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Dons continued to rely on their strong offense and timely defense provided by Summer Reeves, Abby Swindale and Lauren Melvin.

Outside hitters Mahlia Jackson and Rachel Malmrose finished with 16 and 10 kills, respectively. Jackson also had a double-double with 12 digs to go along with her kills.

Two days later, the Dons swept Livermore 25-12, 25-12 and 25-21.

The Dons offense was led by Rieble and Kaitlyn McFall. Rieble, a UC San Diego commit, had 17 kills. McFall, the Dons' player of the match, had 7 kills.

Setters Helen Xiao and Colette Wogsland combined for 33 assists to setup the Dons offense. The defense was led by Jackson and Jillian Wittenauer with 12 digs apiece.

Foothill volleyball

The Falcons ran their East Bay Athletic League record to 11-1 with a pair of wins last week.

They opened the week beating Livermore 25-20, 25-22, 25-10. Highlights came from Ishana Ram: 31 assists, 11 service points; Haley Roundtree: 10 kills, 2 blocks; Riley Francis: 7 service points, 4 kills; and Emma Collins: 5 service points, 2 digs.

Next up was a 25-27, 25-11, 25-23, 25-21 win over Dougherty Valley. Highlights were Ram: 44 assists, 13 service points; Emily Haskell: 30 digs; Grayce Olson: 21 kills, 13 digs; and Naya Williamson: 20 service points, 7 kills.

Over the weekend, the Falcons were in the loaded Oak Ridge Tournament and posted a 2-3 mark. Highlights were Ram: 117 assists, 27 service points; Haskell: 63 digs, 24 service points; Olson: 55 kills, 17 service points; and Roundtree: 31 kills, 12 blocks.

Foothill cross-country

Foothill went to Santa Rosa for the 40th Viking Opener hosted by Montgomery High.

The Falcons had a great day, led by Haven Decker with a time of 13 minutes and 33 seconds on the hilly, two-mile course. Sydney Cohen turned in a 14:02, followed by senior and team captain Kate Battaglia with a 14:10.

The freshmen boys took fourth as a team. The sophomore boys finished third led by Prithu Kachare (ninth) and Arjun Subramanian (12th) also took fourth. Chad Linke took seventh in the Open Boys with Quentin Hoang finishing 12th.

The senior boys, led by Russell Sullivan, took first place. Sullivan won the race with a time of 9:56. Shrey Shah turned in a strong performance taking sixth with 10:16, with Pranav Poominathan rounding out the top three Falcons in 36th in 11:38.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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