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Pleasanton Preps: Both girls volleyball teams advance to CIF State playoffs

Also: Foothill water polo makes deep postseason run, Falcon runner takes second at EBAL tourney

The Amador Valley and Foothill girls volleyball teams kept their seasons alive, with both teams advancing to the CIF State Division I playoffs.

Foothill advanced to the North Coast Section finals, beating Amador in the semifinals last week before falling to top-seeded James Logan in the finals.

The win over Amador was a four-set thriller: 25-22, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20. Grayce Olson had 22 kills and 7 digs, with Ishana Ram adding 51 assists and 5 service points for the Falcons. Riley Francis had 9 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks, while Haley Roundtree had 9 kills and 2 blocks.

The Dons were led by strong serves from Sarah Rieble, Helen Xiao and Mahlia Jackson. Rachel Malmrose and Kaitlyn McFall powered the Dons attack with several kills each.

In the finals, Foothill fell to Logan 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. Olson led the way with 17 kills and 5 service points, with Emily Haskell racking up 18 digs and Naya Williamson chipping in 4 kills and 7 digs.

Foothill, the top seed in the CIF playoffs, hosts Norte Dame on Tuesday evening in the opening round. Fourth-seeded Amador also plays Tuesday evening, against the No. 13 seed, Menlo-Atherton.

Foothill cross-country

The Falcons took part in the East Bay Athletic League championships on Nov. 3 and were led by Russell Sullivan, who finished second.

Sullivan's runner-up finish was good enough to earn first-team All-League honors. Shrey Shah came in 18th, qualifying him for the All-League third team. Following were Prithu Kachare and Arjun Subramanian.

The leading boys frosh-soph runner was Ryan Flanagan.

The girls varsity team was paced by Sydney Cohen, Samantha Symons, Isabel Garcia-Flores and Kina Atkin-Yamaguchi, while in girls frosh-soph Michaela Hoyman was the leading Falcon.

Foothill boys water polo

The Falcons finished their season with a tough 13-11 loss to Washington in the second round of NCS Division I playoffs.

Making it to the quarterfinals in the newly divided sections tournament is the best postseason performance for Foothill in many years.

Foothill did take a 5-4 lead into halftime, but Washington rallied with a 4-1 advantage in the third quarter. The two sides scored five goals each in the fourth, but the Falcons couldn't get over the top.

Leading Foothill in scoring was co-captain Ryan Weiglein with 7 goals and 3 steals, while co-captain Nathan Williams lead the pace of the offense with his movement, scoring a goal and adding 2 assists and 2 steals.

Daniel Kim had 2 goals, with Jesse Goodman adding a goal in the fourth quarter. Dylan Weiglein anchored the defense, with 1 steal and 4 forced turnovers. Eugene Kruger added 4 assists and a pair of steals.

Freshman goalkeeper Moises Ambriz added 8 saves and 1 steal.

Amador girls water polo

The Dons took on rival Foothill on Oct. 23 and came away with the 9-7 win.

Lindsey Maddallon scored her first of 4 goals for the night in the first quarter, followed up with a lob shot from Bailee Alvarez Walls making it 2-0 by the start of second quarter.

Captains Megan Reilly and Elise Lester kept the shots on goal strong with each scoring during the back-and-forth game. The Dons fought hard with multiple assists, steals and field blocks from Natalie Larsen, Rachel Lemmon and Lauren Reilly.

Amador goalie Whitney Dishman had 12 saves, as well as adding an assist and a steal.

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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