It was a perfect night for five local girls volleyball teams as each squad came up with a solid victory in nonleague action Tuesday night.
In Palo Alto, Gunn officially opened its 2014 home season with a sweep of visiting Santa Teresa. The Titans earlier defeated Westmont at home in a CCS Sportsmanship match, which doesn't count on either team's record.
The Titans (3-3), coming off a 2-3 effort at Spikefest I last weekend, got 12 kills each from Jess Dinneen and Meghan Mahoney while senior Nicole Brigham provided 29 assists.
The 6-foot-3 Dinneen and the 6-1 Mahoney, both seniors, help give the Titans one of their tallest lineups ever, along with fellow senior Elise Griffen, who stands 6-2. Brigham, meanwhile, is 5-10.
In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep continued its winning ways for first-year coach Ali Magner as the Gators defeated visiting Sequoia, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17.
Senior outside hitter Victoria Garrick led the Gators once again with 22 kills and 20 digs while senior Natalie Marshall produced 27 assists. Senior Ara Peterson contributed 11 kills and four blocks with junior libero Jorden Schreeder finishing with 26 digs for SHP, which improved to 5-2.
In Pacific Grove, Pinewood opened its season with a sweep of host Trinity Christian in nonleague action. Mehra den Braven led the Panthers with 20 kills while her sister, Tehmi, provided eight aces as Pinewood produced a 25-7, 25-16, 25-12 victory. Setter Maddi Escher added 27 assists with middle blocker Rebecca Riches providing the match-winning point. Pinewood had four freshmen make their varsity debuts.
In Portola Valley, host Priory remained unbeaten following a 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 nonleague victory over Alma Heights. The Panthers got 11 aces, four from junior Avery Simon and three from freshman Samantha Sargent. Priory (2-0) opened its season last Saturday with a win over Providence.
In San Jose, Palo Alto posted a 25-16, 7-25, 25-19, 25-8 nonleague win over host Leland. No other details were reported.
Sacred Heart Prep opened its dual-match season with a 237-238 victory over Leland at Sharon Heights Country Club on Tuesday.
Jessica Koenig of SHP earned medalist honors with a 6-over 42 while teammate Lauren von Thaden shot 45, Sinead Haley a 49, Cami Steppe a 50 and Isabelle Chun a 51. Steppe and Chun each defeated their counterparts by a stroke each, as did Koenig.