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Gunn girls battle back for big volleyball win

Titans rally from two games down to overhaul Homestead in five games

The Gunn High girls' volleyball team just couldn't beat Homestead last season in SCVAL De Anza Division play. In fact, the Titans couldn't even win a game from the Mustangs while being swept twice.

The teams met again Tuesday night under different circumstances -- Gunn is now in the El Camino Division -- but the results looked to be the same when Homestead grabbed a 2-0 lead.

The Titans, however, refused to fold and battled back for a thrilling 24-26, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-6 nonleague triumph over the visiting Mustangs.

Junior outside hitter Adrienne Thom sparked the Titans with 17 kills and 27 digs, while sophomore Molly McAdam contributed 12 kills and junior Julia Li contributed 28 digs for the match. Junior setter Monica Cai had two assists before going down with an injury early in the first game, but junior Alyn Shen stepped in with a remarkable 49 assists on the night.

The victory moves the Titans to 5-2 in the early season with a trip to the Central California Classic looming this weekend.

The victory also garnered the volleyball team some airtime, as Cal High Sports Bay Area was on hand filming as they selected Gunn as the team of the week. Highlights from the match and interviews with the team can be seem this Sunday at 6 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. on KOFY TV 20/ Cable 13.

In other nonleague action:

Sacred Heart Prep handed host Hillsdale a 25-18, 25-11, 25-10 defeat as Sarah Daschbach provided 11 kills and five digs for the Gators (5-2). Teammate Jesse Ebner added nine kills and four block assists while Hanna Elmore had 18 assists, five digs and two aces.

At Los Altos Hills, Pinewood (1-0) opened its season with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 victory over visiting Liberty Baptist. Lizzy Fields had seven kills and hit .500 to lead the Panthers. Gabriel Wainwright contributed three kills in a reserve role while settere Adrienne Whitlock provided 20 assists and libero Kandace Korver added six digs and a string of service aces in the second game to help record the triumph.

Girls' golf

Sacred Heart Prep opened its season with an easy 184-250 nonleague victory over visiting Notre Dame-Belmont at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club on Tuesday.

Junior Rachael Henry led the Gators with a 7-over 43 on the cool, windy afternoon. Kennedy Shields and Michael Hutter shot 46 with Shelby Soltau contributing a 49. Only four scorers counted toward the final total, but that will change to five when SHP opens its West Bay Athletic League season in two weeks.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/gunntitans.com

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