SHP grad Wishart sets record for SCU water polo team

The nationally No. 15-ranked Santa Clara men's water polo team wrapped up its own Rodeo Tournament with a pair of wins against Bucknell and Harvard on Sunday.

The Broncos finished the tournament with a 4-1 record and senior Michael Wishart from Sacred Heart Prep set the all-time Santa Clara record for goalkeeper blocks.

"Obviously we had a rough start to the tournament on Friday but we played two good, close games on Saturday and today we played even better," said Broncos' head coach Keith Wilbur, the former Menlo School boys' coach. "I thought we played well in all facets of the game and it was a good weekend in terms of how we developed as a team."

Wishart had 14 blocks and three assists in a 13-6 win over Bucknell, moving to within three of the school record for career blocks. In a victory over Harvard, Wishart recorded six saves in the first half. With 20 blocks on the day, Wishart became the Santa Clara all-time blocks leader with 1,066. He surpassed Peter Moore's 1,063.

Santa Clara (15-12) opened the tournament with a 10-4 loss to Brown, which got three assists from Menlo School grad Toby Espinosa. Brown lost a pair of games on Sunday, including an 18-5 setback to Stanford. That match provided a reunion for Espinosa and Stanford's Alex Avery. The two were co-captains at Menlo in 2007. Avery scored two goals while Espinosa added one in their head-to-head competition Sunday.

Avery and Espinosa helped Menlo go 28-1 and win the CCS Division II title as juniors.

Brown also dropped an 11-2 decision to No. 12 UC Davis. Brown's Grant Villeneuve, an Atherton resident and former SHP player, had an assist and four steals.

On the other side of the country, 14th-ranked Princeton swept Fordham and Iona in North-South crossover games on Saturday at DeNunzio Pool. Princeton defeated Fordham 14-6 and Iona 19-9.

Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau scored two goals and added two assists against Fordham. In the win over Iona, Wenzlau had three goals and four assists.

Princeton improved to 17-7 overall with the two wins. Princeton is back in action Sunday on the second day of the Ivy Championships at Harvard. Princeton is the event's top seed and will play one of the Ivy club teams in its opening game.

Women's volleyball

Gunn High grad Teresa Skelly had 11 kills and hit .579 and Castilleja grad Taylor Docter had nine digs and seven kills, but it wasn't enough as Harvard dropped a 3-1 Ivy League decision to host Dartmouth on Saturday night in Hanover, N.H. Harvard fell to 3-5 in league (10-8 overall).

In another Ivy League match, senior libero Hillary Ford from Palo Alto High had 19 digs to help Princeton sweep Penn, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20, and remain atop the league standings at 7-1 (14-6 overall).

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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