Solid water polo tuneups for Gunn, Castilleja girls


While it's another big week of water polo, the Gunn and Castilleja girls' teams appear ready for the challenge after solid tournament performances over the weekend.

Gunn capped a 7-0 week in the sport by going 5-0 and winning the Wildcat Classic that wrapped up Saturday at Los Gatos High.

Senior Elizabeth Anderson and her sophomore sister, Caroline, combined for 36 goals during the tourney as the Titans rolled over Valley Christian, 19-5; routed Sobrato, 19-1; outscored Salinas, 13-6; held off Mitty, 7-3; and downed Presentation in the championship match, 10-2.

"In all, it was quite an impressive weekend for us," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez. "We're starting to play better, and we're looking to improve every day as we start to look ahead to leagues and CCS."

The Anderson duo has been quite formidable this season with either one or both usually going off for big numbers. Elizabeth had seven goals against Valley Christian before exiting early and had five in the finals. Caroline tallied four goals against VC and Sobrato and added three in the finals. She, too, played sparingly in the lopsided efforts.

Gunn also got solid performances from senior Missy Barr, junior Lauren Lesyna, sophomore Rachel Wong and senior goalie Katie Rose Skelly, who also had a goal in the win over Sobrato.

Gunn (7-1, 14-6) will continue its tuneup for next week's showdown with first-place Los Altos with SCVAL De Anza Division matches this week against Wilcox (Tuesday) and Monta Vista (Thursday). The Titans will visit Palo Alto (5-3, 11-7) on Oct. 25 before hosting Los Altos on Senior Day on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Castilleja (2-0, 7-6) tuned up for Wednesday's showdown for first place in the PAL Bay Division against visiting Menlo-Atherton (2-0, 5-8) at 4 p.m., by going 3-2 in the two-day Western States Tournament in Modesto during the weekend.

The Gators topped Turlock. 9-4, in the second round, licked Lincoln in Round 4 by an 11-3 count and finished up with an 8-6 victory over Buhach Colony. Castilleja's losses were to Merced, 10-6, and Tamalpais, 9-8.

Camille Zubizaretta tallied 13 goals during Saturday's three matches while goalie Teresa Krause came up with 16 saves in the two wins. Grace Arnold, Sydney Molano, Anna Yu and Stephanie Flamen helped carry the load in the other matches.

Elsewhere in water polo this week:

Sacred Heart Prep (9-8) will visit Menlo-Atherton on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) in an interesting nonleague boys' matchup and Palo Alto (8-1, 11-3) will visit first-place Los Altos on Thursday (6:45 p.m.) with an opportunity to tie the unbeaten Eagles in the SCVAL De Anza Division race.

Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School will all be busy this weekend in the annual North-South Tournament that brings together 16 of the top teams from Northern and Southern California.

Matches will be played at Palo Alto High and Sacred Heart Prep on Friday and Saturday, with all the semifinals and top finals set for SHP on Saturday.

Mater Dei of Orange County and El Toro are the top two teams from the south while Miramonte and St. Francis (Mountain View) are seeded No. 1 and 2 in the north.

Sacred Heart Prep is No. 4 among the north teams while Menlo School is No. 5 and Palo Alto is No. 6.



At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 1 -- Miramonte vs. Carlsbad, 10:30 a.m.

Game 3 -- Sacred Heart Prep vs. Laguna Beach, 11:35 a.m.

Game 5 -- El Toro vs. Davis, 12:40 p.m.

Game 7 -- Acalanes vs. Los Alamitos, 1:45 p.m.

Game 9 -- Loser 1 vs. loser 3, 2:50 p.m.

Game 11 -- Winner 1 vs. winner 2, 3:55 p.m.

Game 13 -- Loser 5 vs. loser 7, 5 p.m.

Game 15 -- Winner 5 vs. winner 7, 6:05 p.m.

At Palo Alto High

Game 2 -- Mater Dei vs. Soquel, 10:30 a.m.

Game 4 -- Loyola vs. Menlo School, 11:35 a.m.

Game 6 -- St. Francis vs. Villa Park, 12:40 p.m.

Game 8 -- Agoura vs. Palo Alto, 1:45 p.m.

Game 10 -- Loser 2 vs. loser 4, 2:50 p.m.

Game 12 -- Winner 2 vs. winner 4, 3:55 p.m.

Game 14 -- Loser 6 vs. loser 8, 5 p.m.

Game 16 -- Winner 6 vs. winner 8, 6:05 p.m.


At Sacred Heart Prep

Game 17 -- Loser 11 vs. loser 15, 9 a.m.

Game 19 -- Loser 12 vs. loser 16, 10:10 a.m.

Game 21 -- Winner 11 vs. winner 15 (semifinal), 11:20 a.m.

Game 23 -- Winner 12 vs. winner 16 (semifinal), 12:30 p.m.

Game 25 -- Loser 17 vs. loser 19 (7th place), 1:40 p.m.

Game 27 -- Winner 17 vs. winner 19 (5th place), 2:50 p.m.

Game 29 -- Loser 21 vs. loser 23 (3rd place), 4 p.m.

Game 31 -- Winner 21 vs. winner 23 (championship), 5:20 p.m.

At Palo Alto High

Game 18 -- Loser 10 vs. loser 14, 8 a.m.

Game 20 -- Loser 9 vs. loser 13, 9:10 a.m.

Game 22 -- Winner 10 vs. winner 14, 10:20 a.m.

Game 24 -- Winner 9 vs. winner 13, 11:30 a.m.

Game 26 -- Loser 18 vs. loser 20 (15th place), 12:40 p.m.

Game 28 -- Winner 18 vs. winner 20 (13th place), 1:50 a.m.

Game 30 -- Loser 22 vs. loser 24 (11th place), 3 p.m.

Game 32 -- Winner 22 vs. winner 24 (9th place), 4:10 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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