Best friends make all-tourney teams in college volleyball


Sarah Daschbach and Ali Spindt have a lot in common. Both played high school volleyball in Atherton, Daschbach at Sacred Heart Prep and Spindt at Menlo-Atherton. Both were the Most Valuable Players in their respective teams. And, both are continuing to play in college.

The best friends are also playing the same position now, libero. And, this past weekend, both were named to an all-tournament team.

Daschbach, a junior at Princeton, helped the Tigers (4-2) win the Delaware Invitational title by producing a total of 72 digs as Princeton defeated Manhattan, Delaware and George Mason. M-A grad Pauli King, a freshman at Princeton, added 24 kills and 17 digs while playing in two matches.

For Princeton, it was the Tigers' first tournament sweep since 2010.

Spindt, a sophomore, helped the Gauchos (3-6) go 1-2 at the Cal Molten Classic in Berkeley. She finished with 51 digs as UCSB swept Nevada and lost to Cal and Pacific.

Pacific won the Cal Molten Classic title by defeating Nevada, UCSB and Cal with Palo Alto High grad Kimmie Whitson contributing nine kills and 43 assists from her setter position.

Elsewhere in women's volleyball, Palo Alto High grad Megan Coleman produced 101 digs as No. 18 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps went 3-1 at the Trinity Fall Classic last weekend in Texas. The Athenas are now 9-3 heading into league play this weekend.

Menlo School grad Allie Frappier had 15 kills in a 3-0 loss to La Verne and 10 kills in a 3-0 loss to Colorado College on Saturday in a tri-match at La Verne's Sports Pavilion. The Sagehens will take a 6-4 record into league openers this weekend.


Sacred Heart Prep freshman Sarah Choy reached the semifinals of the prestigious Eve Zimmerman USTA National Tournament at Stanford last weekend before falling to the eventual champion.

Competing in the Girls 14 singles, won three matches in straight sets -- including a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 4 seed Nicole Mossmer -- to reach the semis. There, Choy's run ended in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to third-seeded Abigail Forbes.

Forbes then won the title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Amanda Anisimova.

The tourney featured 16 of the top players nationally in the boys' and girls' 12s and 14s singles. Players came from 14 states across the country, and several collectively from Canada, Puerto Rico and England.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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