The Gunn girls' water polo team avenged a loss during the regular season to Pal Alto and moved into the finals of the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs for the second straight season with a 5-4 triumph over the Vikings on Friday at Gunn High.
"This was a big win for us," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez. "We played great team defense, and just enough offensively. Palo Alto did an excellent job against Elizabeth (Anderson), holding her to one goal. So, it says a lot about the rest of the girls, that they were able to step up."
Missy Barr scored twice for Gunn (21-4), which will host regular-season champ Los Altos on Saturday in the title match at 6:20 p.m. Palo Alto will play Los Gatos for third place at 5 p.m.
In the boys' playoffs:
Palo Alto saw its run in the SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs end with a 9-7 loss to No. 2-seeded Monta Vista on Friday in the Vikings' pool. The Matadors advance to the finals on Saturday at 6 p.m., while the No. 3-seeded Vikings (12-14) will take on No. 4 seed Gunn for third place at 4:40 p.m.
Sophomore Bret Pinsker tallied four goals for Paly, which nonetheless qualified for the CCS playoffs with a first-round win on Thursday.
In the other semifinal, Ben Hendricks tallied four goals but his Gunn teammates needed a lot more as the Titans dropped an 18-7 decision to defending champion Los Altos.
Menlo-Atherton celebrated its Senior Night as seniors Regina Mullen and Diane Seely had big efforts in a 25-21, 17-25, 25-15, 25-21 nonleague victory over visiting Menlo School on Friday night.
Mullen had 13 kills and 13 digs while Seely produced 11 kills and nine blocks as the Bears improved to 20-7 heading into the Central Coast Section playoffs next week. M-A senior Sofi King also was honored with her two teammates.
Menlo School (20-15), also headed to CCS, got 32 assists and nine digs from freshman Maddy Frappier plus 11 kills from senior Jazmin Moledina, nine kills from junior Natalie Roy and 13 digs from freshman Maddie Huber.