Best teams in four sections competing in NorCal tourney

The most competitive girls' water polo tournament in Northern California gets under way this weekend in Atherton with Olympic connections highlighting the 2013 NorCal Championships.

Top-seeded San Ramon Valley features junior Kat Klass and freshman Sarah Klass. They are the daughters of former Stanford All-American Craig Klass, a member of the U.S. Olympic men's water polo team in 1988 (earning a silver medal) and '92. He is a member of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.

Second-seeded Campolindo features Natalie Seidemann. She is the younger sister of recent Stanford grad Melissa, who won a gold medal on the U.S. women's team at the 2012 London Games.

Klass and Seidemann were teammates this summer on the U.S. Women's Youth National Team that won a gold medal at the UANA Youth Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a 23-4 semifinal win over Puerto Rico, Klass scored five goals and Seidemann added four.

Klass scored 132 goals as a sophomore last season and was named the MVP of the East Bay Athletic League.

This season, the Klass sisters have helped San Ramon Valley compile a 20-0 record. The Wolves have beaten nine of the teams in the 16-team NorCal event, including Campolindo and Sacred Heart Prep twice each.

"Kat Klass is a great athlete and dynamic scorer," said SHP coach Jon Burke. "If you stop her one way from scoring, she'll quickly find another way. We would like to play them again this weekend, but will have to get through two games prior to having that opportunity."

Sacred Heart Prep, which dropped 14-5 and 10-8 decisions to SRV, is seeded No. 4 and is in the Wolves' bracket. The Gators defeated Rio Americano (7-4) and Clovis West (12-5) on Friday. SHP and San Ramon Valley will meet in one semifinal on Saturday in the Gators' Dunlevie Aquatic Center at 11:10 a.m. The championship match is set for 5 p.m.

"Overall, we fell really good about where we are seeded," Burke said. "To be one of the top four teams from the CCS, NCS, CS and SJS is a real accomplishment for this group. While we want to play well this weekend, ultimately it is all about playing our best in November (in the CCS playoffs)."

Menlo-Atherton lost twice and Gunn split its first two matches, including an 8-5 win over the Bears. Both team, which won league titles this week, will face their toughest competition of the season this weekend.


Hosted by Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton


At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 1 -- San Ramon Valley 17, Lodi 1

Game 3 -- Monte Vista (Danville) 9, Clovis 6 (OT)

Game 5 -- Sacred Heart Prep 7, Rio Americano 3

Game 7 -- Clovis West 11, Acalanes 5

Game 9 -- Clovis 16, Lodi 4

Game 11 -- San Ramon Valley 12, Monte Vista 6

Game 13 -- Acalanes 8, Rio Americano 7

Game 15 -- Sacred Heart Prep 12, Clovis West 5

At Menlo-Atherton

Game 2 -- Campolindo 13, Menlo-Atherton 4

Game 4 -- Miramonte 13, Gunn 7

Game 6 -- St. Francis (MV) 11, St. Francis (Sac.) 1

Game 8 -- Davis 8, Leland 4

Game 10 -- Gunn 8, Menlo-Atherton 5

Game 12 -- Campolindo 17, Miramonte 4

Game 14 -- Leland 6, St. Francis (Sac) 5

Game 16 -- St. Francis (MV) 10, Davis 7


At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 17 -- Clovis West 10, Monte Vista 6

Game 19 -- Davis 10, Miramonte 9

Game 21 -- San Ramon Valley 7, Sacred Heart Prep 5 (semifinal)

Game 23 -- Campolindo 9, St. Francis- MV 4 (semifinals)

Game 25 -- Miramonte 7, Monte Vista 6 (7th place)

Game 27 -- Clovis West 6, Davis 4 (5th place)

Game 29 -- Sacred Heart Prep 6, St. Francis-MV 5 (3rd place)

Game 31 -- San Ramon Valley vs. Campolindo (1st place), 5 p.m.

At Menlo-Atherton

Game 18 -- Rio Americano 8, Lodi 1

Game 20 -- Menlo-Atherton 6, St. Francis (Sac.) 5

Game 22 -- Clovis 5, Acalanes 4

Game 24 -- Gunn 12, Leland 8

Game 26 -- St. Francis (Sac.) 12, Lodi 4 (15th place)

Game 28 -- Rio Americano 6, Menlo-Atherton 3 (13th place)

Game 30 -- Acalanes vs. Leland (11th place)

Game 32 -- Clovis vs. Gunn (9th place), 5 p.m.


1, San Ramon Valley; 2, Campolindo; 3, St. Francis (Mt. View); 4, Sacred Heart Prep; 5, Clovis West; 6, Davis; 7, Miramonte; 8, Clovis; 9, Monte Vista (Danville); 10, Gunn; 11, Leland; 12, Acalanes; 13, Rio Americano; 14, St. Francis (Sacramento); 15, Menlo-Atherton; 16, Lodi

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Want to Watch...
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Where are results for the tournament posted so that we could pick the right game to visit on Saturday? Sounds exciting!

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Web Link

Semi-finals are at 11:10 and 12:20 on Saturday at SHP.

3rd place at 3:50 and championshipm at 5pm @ SHP.

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