SHP girls grab sole possession first place in WBAL race


Sacred Heart Prep grabbed sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' volleyball race with a 25-15, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13 victory over host Castilleja on Thursday evening. SHP improved to 4-0 in league (14-4 overall) while Castilleja fell to 3-1 (15-9).

SHP was led by Sarah Daschbach with 12 kills and 21 digs. Ellie Shannon added 12 kills and five blocks while junior Cady Hellman finished with 11 kills and Payton Smith contributed nine kills and four blocks as SHP won for the eighth time in nine outings.

Hellman has moved into the starting lineup following a season-ending injury to junior Sonia Abuel-Saud, who suffered an ACL injury in a nonleague win over Notre Dame-Belmont on Sept. 21.

For Castilleja, junior Lucy Tashman had 13 kills and 15 digs as she continued to contribute in a big way for the Gators. Junior setter Hannah Hsieh produced 27 assists while senior Hannah Boland added 11 kills and five blocks.

In Atherton, Menlo School dug deep and rallied back from a 1-2 deficit to top visiting Notre Dame-San Jose in a WBAL (Foothill Division) match on Thursday night, 25-21, 17-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-8.

Junior outside hitter Emma Thygesen recorded 18 kills and 15 digs for the Knights (3-1, 17-5). Freshman Elisa Merten logged 41 assists and 10 digs for the winners.

"The team fought hard to come back . . . and finished strong, winning Games 4 and 5," said Menlo coach Atlee Hubbard.

Sophomore outside Maddie Huber had 10 kills while Menlo's Charlotte Kohlberg, a junior, and Morgan Dressel, a sophomore, made nine and eight kills, respectively. Sophomore libero Melissa Cairo finished with 18 digs.

In the SCVCAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto remained unbeaten and atop the standings with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-10 victory over visiting Monta Vista on Thursday night. Senior Melanie Wade led the Vikings (5-0, 18-3) with 12 kills while the Matadors fell to 0-5 in league. Paly has at least a two-game lead on everyone in the division, except second-place Los Gatos (4-1).

In the WBAL Skyline Division, Priory lost its grip on a share of first place following a ough 25-20, 25-27, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9 loss to visiting Harker on Thursday night. The match pit the only two remaining unbeaten teams. Harker is now 6-0 while Priory fell to 4-1 (15-3). Clara Johnson and Brianna Willhite each had 18 kills for the Panthers.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton solidified its hold on first place and opened a two-game lead over third-place Aragon with a 27-25, 25-18, 25-15 victory over the host Dons on Thursday evening. The Bears improved to 6-0 in league (14-4 overall). Junior Ali Spindt had eight kills and three digs, sophomore Pauli King contributed 10 kills and seven digs and senior Hannah Branning had 12 digs and three aces while Katelyn Doherty finished with six kills and five digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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