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M-A grad earns weekly honor in men's water polo

 

Senior goalie Alexandre Popp of Harvard has been named the Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) for matches last weekend.

Popp, a native of Menlo Park and a Menlo-Atherton High graduate, led a strong Crimson defensive effort throughout the MIT Invitational last Saturday. In a season-opening win over MIT, Popp made five saves and combined with Jimmy Field to down the Engineers, 13-5. Later, Popp stopped 13 shots from No. 17 Cal Baptist during a 13-9 loss to the Lancers.

Popp was named to the CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week Honor Roll on two occasions last season while playing for then first-year head coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach.

Speaking of Castilleja, former Gators' standout Taylor Docter helped the Harvard women's volleyball team win a pair of matches last weekend at the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.

The Crimson topped host Georgia State, 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 as Docter had 17 kills with Gunn High grad Teresa Skelly adding 13. In a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 triumph over Jacksonville State, Docter contributed 11 kills while hitting .550 for the match, with Skelly added five blocks for Harvard (2-1).

Docter was named to the all-tournament team. She and Skelly will be back in action beginning Friday against Holy Cross in the opening round of the Bryant Invitational.

In football, Palo Alto grad Mike Scott had six catches for 89 yards in his debut with the Idaho Vandals in a 32-15 season-opening loss to Bowling Green.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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