Paly grad Whitson wins MVP honors for UC Davis volleyball


The UC Davis women's volleyball team is off to the best start in program history and Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson is a big part of it.

Whitson, a junior outside hitter, was named Most Valuable Player of the Aggie Invitational last week as she helped her team down Hofstra (3-1), blank Air Force (3-0) and topple Seattle (3-1). The Aggies began the week with a 3-2 win over Sacramento State. Whitson had kill-dig double-doubles against Hofstra and Seattle.

The Aggies are 14-1 and are on a nine-match winning streak, longest for the program in the Division I era. The program's all-time record is 15 straight, set in 1989 when the school competed at the Division II level.

Whitson, who entered this season with 747 career kills, has 209 through the 15 matches thus far. With 956 total, she looks to become the seventh Aggie in program history to surpass 1,000 kills. She is 94 kills away from taking over sixth place and 97 away from taking over fifth.

In men's soccer, Palo Alto High grad Jenner Fox ('10) of Yale appeared on the Ivy League soccer Honor Roll for the second week in a row after a goal and an assist in a Yale victory over Quinnipiac University on Sept. 9.

Fox also had two goals and two assists on Sept. 18 in a 7-0 drubbing of a Marist College team coming off a four-match win streak.

Fox also had two goals and two assists on Sept. 18 in a 7-0 drubbing of a Marist College team coming off a four-match win streak.

The Yale football team, off to a 1-0 start, will begin play in the Ivy League on Saturday by hosting Cornell. Palo Alto High grad Michael Anderson is a defensive lineman for Yale, Sacred Heart Prep grad John Oppenheimer is an offensive lineman while Menlo-Atherton grad Russell Perkins is a wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

In women's volleyball, Castilleja grad Taylor Docter and Gunn grad Teresa Skelly helped Harvard go 1-2 in the Harvard Invitational last weekend. Docter had 13 digs in a 25-12, 25-22, 25-17 win over Holy Cross to open the tourney. Skelly had four blocks in a 3-1 loss to Northeastern, and Docter had nine kills and Skelly five blocks in a 25-17, 25-20, 26-16 loss to Navy as Harvard finished the weekend with a 7-3 overall record.

In men's water polo, freshman John Holland-McCowan from Menlo School scored three goals for Harvard in a 10-8 loss to Navy's B team during the North-South Tournament last weekend in Annapolis, Md. The Crimson defeated Mercyhurst, 17-8, but fell to Bucknell, 18-8, and Navy B.

In women's soccer, Sacred Heart Prep grad Lizzy Weisman scored a goal for Harvard in a match against Rhode Island on Sunday. She also assisted on the winning goal against Massachusetts on Sept. 9 and had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Elon on Sept. 4.

As a freshman last season, Weisman ranked fourth on the team with eight points (two goals and two assists) while playing in all 17 matches.

In women's tennis, Palo Alto High grad Mira Khanna picked up a victory in singles for her Hamilton College team last week during a 6-3 season-opening loss to St. Lawrence University.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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