The Menlo School girls volleyball team waited until the final match of the 2012 regular season to forge a tie for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with rival Sacred Heart Prep. That won't be the case this season.
Menlo School senior Maddie Huber had 17 kills in a 3-1 win over Mercy-San Francisco as the Knights won the WBAL Foothill Division title on Tuesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
Menlo wrapped up sole possession of the division crown on Tuesday night with help from Castilleja. While the Knights were defeating visiting Mercy-San Francisco, 18-25, 25-13, 25-17, 25-14, the Gators were knocking off second-place Sacred Heart Prep.
Thus, with two road matches remaining, Menlo (8-0, 24-5) has a three-game lead over SHP (5-3, 19-9) and Castilleja (5-3, 15-9).
Maddie Huber recorded a team-high 17 kills and had nine digs to help Menlo rally past Mercy-SF. Fellow senior outside hitter Maddy Frappier had 14 kills and nine digs.
Seniors Melissa Cairo had 11 digs and Morgan Dressel and Kate Gilhuly combined for 13 kills. Junior Elisa Merten finished with 26 assists and senior Sloan Cinelli added 14 for the Knights.
While Menlo was putting itself in position to clinch, Castilleja made it possible by completing its first-ever season sweep of Sacred Heart Prep with a 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-11 victory.
Katya Scocimara led Castilleja (5-3, 15-9) with 20 kills with Madeline Johnson and Sarah Rose adding 12 each. Jessica Norum provided 25 digs and Jennifer DiSanto contributed 52 assists.
Sacred Heart Prep got 17 kills and 14 digs from junior Victoria Garrick with junior Natalie Marshall providing 48 assists while Jane Meehan added 13 kills.
Elsewhere in the WBAL Foothill Division, Priory remained winless in the division and dropped to 13-10 overall following a 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 decision to host Harker. Marine Hall-Poirier led the Panthers with 21 kills while Jane Ross added nine.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto remained in second place following a 25-13, 25-8, 25-17 victory over visiting Monta Vista.
Senior Becca Raffel had 13 kills, four aces and hit .407 for the Vikings (7-2, 18-5) with junior Anna Dukovic adding eight kills and hitting .538. Senior Keri Gee had 17 digs and freshman Jessica Lee provided 21 assists, with senior Sarah Limb adding 15.
At Gunn, the Titans hung tough after a tough first-set loss and defeated visiting Los Gatos, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11. The Titans (4-5, 9-11) had a strong team effort and were led by Erica Johnston and Meghan Mahoney, each with nine kills.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton held on to a share of second place following a 25-19, 25-22, 25-11 win over visiting Hillsdale. Paulina King had 15 kills and 12 digs for the Bears (9-2, 17-8) with Devin Joos adding 11 kills and 12 digs. Virginia Lane had 21 digs while freshman Kirby Knapp contributed 40 assists and 12 digs.
The Bears were coming off a tough 24-26, 25-23, 26-24, 25-15 loss to nationally ranked Valley Christian last Friday. King and Joos combined for 35 kills, Lane had 27 digs and Knapp finished with 38 assists.