Paly grad Groetsema wins another golf title for Williams


Palo Alto High grad Alexandra Groetsema capped a standout freshman fall golf season at Williams by breaking a school record while shooting rounds of 72-73-145 to help the Ephs capture the team title at the 2010 Ann S. Batchelder Invitational this past weekend in Wellesley, Mass.

Williams shot a 311 in Round 2, the lowest team total in the tournament. That gave the Ephs a two-day total of 626. Amherst finished with a 670. Groetsema, meanwhile, established a school mark with her two-day total that earned her individual honors. She shot an even-par 72 the first round and a 1-over 73 on the second day to win by 10 strokes.

This is the second week in a row that Groetsema has had an even-par first round, after she shot a 71 to lead off the Williams Fall Classic last weekend. That 71 was the lowest round ever by a Williams woman. This past weekend, Groetsema's 1-over two-day total of 145 was the lowest tournament total ever by a Williams woman, putting her name in the record books once again.

"Alex had an outstanding weekend," said Williams coach Erika DeSanty. "She remained calm and steady throughout her round."

Add to Groetsema's individual records the lowest ever team total of 615 at the Mt. Holyoke Invitational three weeks ago, and it has been a spectacular fall for the Ephs.


Palo Alto High grad James McCollough had seven unassisted tackles to spark a defensive effort in College of San Mateo's 26-19 NorCal Conference-opening win over host Santa Rosa JC on Saturday night.

CSM (6-0) will host Foothill (5-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

In the NESCAC, Sacred Heart Prep grad Rob Moran is the starting left guard for unbeaten Amherst. The junior helped Amherst rush for 192 yards in a 30-3 win over Colby College on Saturday. The Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to 12 games.

Women's volleyball

Palo Alto resident Emily Avis and Menlo School grad Aly McKinnon helped Williams hold off Bowdoin, 3-2, in a NESCAC match on Saturday. Avis, a senior setter, had 43 assists and 14 digs while McKinnon, a junior, added 15 digs as the Ephs improved to 16-7 overall.

A night earlier, Avis had 54 assists during a five-game loss to Tufts, which featured Castilleja grad Audrey Kuan serving 11 consecutive points in the deciding fifth set.

In the Ivy League, Princeton swept Dartmouth on Saturday and beat Harvard, 3-2, on Friday to remain perfect at 5-0 in league play (10-6 overall).

Against Dartmouth, Gunn High grad Michaela Venuti had 36 assists and 11 digs while fellow junior Hillary Ford of Palo Alto High had 18 digs. In the win over Harvard, Venuti contributed 60 assists and 14 digs while Ford had a match-high 25 digs. Gunn grad Teresa Skelly had eight blocks for Harvard.

Men's water polo

Princeton had a tough weekend as the Tigers captured one of three matches.

On Sunday, the Tigers (5-2, 11-7) dropped a 9-4 decision to Bucknell. Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn had six saves in goal in the second half while Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau tallied once.

On Saturday, Wenzlau scored the go-ahead goal in the first half as Princeton defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6. Menlo School grad Mike Merlone had six saves in goal while Menlo grad Matt Hale scored a goal. Later in the night, Princeton dropped a 7-6 match to Navy in sudden death overtime. Merlone had 15 saves while Hale scored once, as did SHP grad Connor Still.

Men's soccer

Menlo School grad Michael Walker has started all 11 games for Tufts and the sophomore defender is still looking for his first goal for the Jumbos, who are 4-5-2.

Women's soccer

Tufts freshman Maeve Stewart leads the team in scoring with four goals and eight points. The Palo Alto grad has helped the Jumbos to a 4-1-1 conference mark, second in the conference.

Castilleja grad Amy Toig has appeared in all nine games for Wesleyan, including six starts.

Pinewood grads Alex Merriweather and Samantha Merriweather are seniors for Colby. Sam has made 10 starts and seen action in all 11 games for the Mules. She's scored one goal.

Castilleja grad Emily Rose Calvin has seen limited action for conference leaders Amherst.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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