The Foothill girls volleyball team cruised through a pair of East Bay Athletic League matches last week to stay one game out of first place with six matches left.
The Falcons opened the week shutting out Livermore with a 3-0 win. Emilie Clark (13 service points, 5 aces), Grayce Olson (12 digs, 8 kills) and Ellie McElroy (10 assists) led the way.
The week ended with a straight-set win over Dougherty Valley. Olson (17 kills, 16 digs), Ishana Ram (28 assists, 7 service points) and Emma Collins (9 service points) paced the Falcons to the win.
Across town, the Amador Valley girls split a pair of matches last week, dropping a tough 3-2 final to Carondelet, then sweeping Livermore.
In the win over Livermore, the Dons were led on offense by junior Colette Wogsland with nine kills, 23 assists and four service aces. Seniors Sophia Moore (.381 hitting percentage) and Phoebe Monette (.364 hitting percentage) also paced the team with 11 kills apiece. Junior Jillian Wittenauer contributed four service aces.
Wittenauer and freshman Sam Riter led the Dons' defense with 20 and nine digs, respectively.
Foothill water polo
The Foothill boys varsity team had another busy week away from home.
They matched up against Monte Vista for their fourth league game of the season. The Mustangs, a heavy favorite, went on to win the game 15-3.
Scoring for the Falcons were Sanjay Menon with two goals and Ian Jones with a goal of his own. Moises Ambriz was in the cage and made 10 saves, adding five steals. Menon, Jones, Daniel Kim and Eugene Kruger all had steals contributing to the Falcon defense.
The Falcons then went ahead to take second place at the Aptos Tournament.
In the first game, against James Logan, Foothill came out on top 9-6. Menon, Jesse Goodman, Kim and Kruger all had two goals each. Darragh Kennedy also scored a goal on a power play.
In the second game, against Harbor, the Falcons were dominant on offense en route to winning the game 13-8. Menon and Kim led the offense with five goals each. Jones added to the Falcons' lead with a goal of his own. Kruger played a great defensive game with four steals and three forced turnovers.
The finals saw Foothill fall in overtime to Willow Glen. Kruger led the team into overtime with four goals. Kim put two goals of his own on the board, along with Kennedy's goal off a timeout play. Although it was a tough way to end the weekend, the Falcons came out playing a great weekend of water polo.
The Falcons cross-country team competed at the annual Scott Bauhs Invitational on Sept. 28.
The freshmen boys finished fifth, led by Colin Wong, Joshua Joseph and Sean Flanigan. The varsity boys were led by Arju Subramanian and Prithu Kachare, and also placed fifth overall.
The junior boys came in seventh, paced by Chad Linke and Ruairi Dwyer. In sixth place was the 9th/10th/JV boys unlimited, led by Kelvin Zhang, and the 9th/10th/JV girls unlimited came in fourth, paced by Michaela Hoyman. Pablo Angel had a personal best in his first three-mile race of the season.
It was another big week for the local teams as Amador Valley dumped Dougherty Valley 56-7 and Foothill went into Danville and dominated highly regarded San Ramon Valley 23-3 on the Wolves' homecoming night.
This week Amador travels to Granada, while the Falcons make the trip back up to Danville to face Monte Vista.