Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 7, 2011

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LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson reached a career milestone but her UC Davis women's volleyball team nonetheless saw its 11-match win streak end during a tough weekend that saw the Aggies fall on the road to Cal Poly-SLO and UC Santa Barbara. The win streak ended on Friday as the Aggies dropped a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 decision to Cal Poly in Big West Conference action. Whitson was held in check with only eight kills. On Saturday, Whitson became only the seventh UC Davis player in history to surpass 1,000 kills, and only the second junior to do so, as she registered 18 during a 23-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-23, 18-16 loss to Santa Barbara. The loss dropped the Aggies to 2-2 in conference play and 16-3 overall . . . In Ivy League volleyball, Gunn grad Teresa Skelly had 12 kills and five blocks to help the Harvard women (1-2, 8-5) earn their first league win with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13 victory over Penn on Saturday. One night earlier, Castilleja grad Taylor Docter registered a season-high 18 kills but the Crimson fell to host Princeton, in five sets. Docter, a junior, also had six digs and four blocks . . . After beating Harvard on Friday, Princeton (3-0, 10-5) won its third straight five-set match while downing visiting Dartmouth, 25-19,20-25, 25-17, 15-25, 15-11. Princeton senior Hilary Ford from Palo Alto High had 18 digs . . . In women's golf, Castilleja grad Brenna Nelsen, a freshman at Harvard, shot rounds of and 78 for a 159 total and finished as the team's No. 3 scorer as Crimson tied for ninth in the rain-shortened Penn State Invitational last weekend in College Park, Md. Harvard was looking for its third straight tournament title, after winning at Yale and Princeton . . . In men's water polo, Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn had 12 saves for Princeton during an 8-4 win over Long Beach State in the second round of the SoCal Tournament on Saturday in Long Beach. The Tigers lost to Stanford in their opener, 14-3. Paly grad Tim Wenzlau had a goal in each match for Princeton.

OAKS' REPORT . . . With Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic and Gunn grad Sam Zipperstein contributing in a big way, the Menlo College men's soccer team remained unbeaten in the California Pacific Conference with a 7-0 victory over visiting Pacific Union last weekend. After grabbing a 4-0 first-half lead, the Oaks got two second-half goals from Vukic, a junior from Menlo Park who was making his first appearance since a wrist injury sidelined him on August 31. Zipperstein, a senior midfielder, piled up three assists in the win. On Wednesday, Menlo keeper Alex Palomarez stopped two penalty kicks and the Oaks (3-0, 6-3-1) took advantage to beat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 3-2, in a nonconference match . . . Menlo saw its perfect season end in a 31-14 football loss to Southern Oregon on Saturday to ruin the Oaks' homecoming activities. Menlo (4-1) made it close in the second half when defensive back Nolon Doss recovered a fumble. One play later, Menlo quarterback Matt Pelesasa hooked up with wide receiver Robert Adan on a 76 yard strike to cut the deficit to 24-17. Menlo's celebration, however, was quickly muted as Southern Oregon marched down the field before scoring on a 52-yard pass play for the final margin. Menlo next will travel to Florida to take on Webber International on Saturday.

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