It was a successful week for the Foothill girls volleyball team as the Falcons rolled to a pair of East Bay Athletic League wins and made the semifinals of the East County Tournament last week.
The stretch started with a 3-1 win over San Ramon Valley led by 21 kills and 21 digs from Grayce Olson. Naya Williamson had 14 digs and 11 kills, with Ishana Ram doling out 36 assists and adding 14 digs.
Next up was a 3-1 win over Dublin, with Olson ripping off 30 kills and 17 digs. Emilie Clark had 14 digs and six kills, with Auguste Kersulyte getting 13 digs and five kills.
In the East County Tournament, Foothill beat Branson 2-1 and lost to Pleasant Valley 2-1. In the playoffs the Falcons beat Burlingame 2-1, but lost to Campolindo 2-0 in the semifinals.
Olson (43 digs and 41 kills), Williamson (43 digs, 35 kills), Ram (88 assists) and Amanda Dilger (12 kills) all played well throughout the tournament.
Across town for Amador Valley volleyball, the Dons split EBAL matches last week
The schedule started with a 3-0 loss to Monte Vista. The Dons were led by junior setter Colette Wogsland, who finished with 16 assists, 11 digs and eight kills. Senior opposite Phoebe Monette and sophomore outside Camille Ernst finished with eight kills and seven kills, respectively.
Two days later the Dons rebounded nicely with a 3-0 sweep of Granada.
The Dons were led on offense by Monette (8 kills), Wogsland (7 kills) and Ernst (7 kills). Wogsland also contributed 13 assists and four service aces. Junior outside Danielle Caccamo also had four service aces.
The Dons defense against Granada was paced by junior libero Jillian Wittenauer and Caccamo with nine digs and eight digs, respectively.
Foothill water polo
The Foothill varsity boys water polo team is currently 2-0 in EBAL play and 6-3 overall, despite having limited practice space for several weeks due to the breakdown of a pump at the school's pool.
The team has pushed through a tough tournament and non-conference schedule, getting in some practice time at Castlewood Country Club.
On Sept. 13-14, the Falcons took a trip to Merced to compete in the annual Roddy Svendsen Tournament.
The boys played tough matches with wins against Oakdale and Lincoln and losses to Buhach Colony and Porterville. Combined goals in the winning games were made by Sanjay Menon (6), Daniel Kim (3), Eugene Kruger (2), Jackson Koempel (2) and one each for Jesse Goodman and Ian Jones.
Kruger led the team on defense with a combined total of 11 steals, and goalie Moises Ambriz kept the cage locked up with a total of eight blocks. Jones and Giovanni Minnite assisted with winning sprints.
The Falcons went on to play Las Lomas on Sept. 19, one of the top teams in the North Coast Section.
Foothill started off strong with a quick goal and stiff defense. Playing Las Lomas tight for the first two quarters, Menon scored three goals for the Falcons, with Kruger and Kim contributing two goals each. Ambriz had a great game in goal with eight saves and two steals.
Koempel helped move the offense drawing a kick out and forcing a turnover. In the end, the lack of practice time showed as the Falcons ended the game with a loss exhausted.
The Falcons finished strong this week with an 11-6 win over Bishop O'Dowd.
Leading on offense for the game was Menon contributing five goals and Kruger with four. Kim and Darragh Kennedy assisted the team offensively with a goal each.
On defense, Kruger led Foothill with five steals, one block and earned three power play advantages for the Falcons. Ambriz dominated the cage with 14 saves and two steals of his own.
After dropping two straight games, Amador Valley (3-2) returned to winning ways with a 34-0 blasting of Castro Valley. The Dons now have a bye week and return Oct. 3 with a game against Dougherty Valley.
Foothill (3-1) had the week off and returns to play this week with the Falcons' homecoming game against Dougherty Valley.