Former prep standouts keeping busy in college


After a tough previous weekend that saw UC Davis drop a pair of matches in the Big West Conference, order was restored as the Aggies swept Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside on Friday and Saturday in Davis, thanks to some solid efforts by Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson.

Whitson, a junior outside hitter, produced 11 kills to lead the Aggies (4-2, 18-3) to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 win over Northridge. A night earlier, Whitson had eight kills in a 27-25, 25-19, 25-20 win over Riverside.

In the Ivy League, Princeton senior libero Hillary Ford from Palo Alto High had 23 digs to help the Tigers post a 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 victory over Cornell on Saturday. The Tigers improved to 4-1 in league while sharing second place with Columbia. One night earlier, Ford had 12 digs in a 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 loss to first-place Yale (5-0).

After beating Princeton on Friday, Yale handed visiting Harvard a 3-0 loss on Saturday in New Haven, Conn. Harvard's Taylor Docter, from Castilleja, notched 12 kills and had .324 hitting. A night earlier, Harvard (2-3, 9-6) posted a 3-1 victory over host Brown as Docter contributed 15 kills with a .359 hitting percentage.

In men's water polo, Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn had 12 saves in goal for Princeton but it wasn't enough as the Tigers (2-2, 11-7) dropped a 10-6 decision to visiting Bucknell on Saturday in Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division action.

In Cambridge, Mass., host Harvard dropped an 11-4 decision to CWPA Northern Division and Ivy League rival Brown on Saturday. Freshman John Holland-McCowan from Menlo School scored twice for Harvard.

Brown's captain is 2008 Menlo School grad Toby Espinosa. His teammates include Sacred Heart Prep grad Grant Villeneuve.

Brown and Harvard will have a chance to test themselves against the best from the west on Oct. 21-23 as both will participate in Santa Clara's Rodeo Tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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