Palo Alto Weekly
Sports - July 2, 2010
GOLD-MEDAL EFFORT . . . The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball teams enjoyed great success this season. The Vikings compiled a 33-game winning streak and reached the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals while the Gators went 24-11 and won the section's Division IV championship. Both teams made it to the NorCal semifinals. Members of both teams helped their City Beach 15 Black volleyball squad capture the gold medal in the 15 National Division of the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships on Tuesday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. City Beach went 10-1 while capturing the division championship. Palo Alto High's Shelby Knowles, Jackie Koenig and Caroline Martin were joined by SHP's Sonia Abuel-Saud and Olivia Bertolacci on the winning team. Abuel-Saud was named the division's Most Valuable Player while City Beach's Emily Reed and Elizabeth Nizzoli made the all-tournament team. Also playing for City Beach was Drew Edelman from Menlo School and Becky Slattery from Mountain View High. The team is coached by former Stanford volleyball standout Leahi Hall. Seventh-seeded City Beach had to battle from behind in its final six matches after losing the first game in each outing. It won the title with a 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over top-seeded Tejas 15 Kaepa 1 (North Texas). City Beach reached the final match after defeating second-seeded Colorado Jrs 15 Sherri (Rocky Mountain), 20-25, 25-20, 15-9, in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, City Beach defeated sixth-seeded Black Swamp 15 Orwig (Ohio Valley), 23-25, 25-23, 15-6.
TOP PLAYER . . . Stanford sophomore Kenny Diekroeger is spending his summer in Newport, R.I., but it's more of a working vacation than anything else — one that's turning out to be fairly successful for the Menlo School graduate. Diekroeger was selected as the New England Collegiate Baseball League Co-Player of the Week for the week ending June 27. Playing for the Newport Gulls, Diekroeger had a productive offensive week, batting .480 with 12 hits, four doubles, six RBI, and two stolen bases. Diekroeger enters the week leading the NECBL in batting at .400.
COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a girls JV head tennis coach and boys JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys' frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at email@example.com.
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