Gunn girls keep their volleyball winning streak intact


If the Gunn girls wanted to prove that Tuesday's big victory over rival Palo Alto was no fluke, the Titans took care of that by defeating host Monta Vista in five sets in SCVAL De Anza Division girls' volleyball action on Thursday.

After sweeping the Vikings and ending a 16-match league losing streak to them, Gunn (2-0, 10-4) hit the road without two key starters and still managed to pull out the victory.

Starting setter Nicole Brigham and senior middle blocker Elise Griffen missed the match due to either illness or injury.

Amy Wang filled in nicely for Brigham with 44 assists and outside hitter Meghan Mahoney led the way offensively with 27 kills. Senior RS Jess Dinneen added 16 kills to fuel the winning effort.

Gunn will take the No. 1 seed into the Cupertino Tournament on Saturday.

Elsewhere in SCVAL De Anza Division action, Palo Alto suffered a rare back-to-back defeat after falling to visiting Los Altos, 25-7, 25-22, 25-21. The Vikings (0-2, 10-5) played without middle blocker Claire Dennis, who watched the game on crutches, and injured right side Gillian Chryst, who is sidelined by concussion symptoms.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton rolled to a 25-13, 25-11, 27-25 victory over host Hillsdale. The Bears (2-0, 11-1) got 11 kills from Leanna Collins, 11 digs from Ally Ostrow, 15 assists from Kiana Sales and 13 assists from Kirby Knapp as coach Ron Whitmill was able to use most of his lineup.

In the West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division), Priory started league play off with a four-set victory over visiting Eastside Prep, 25-15, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-23. Serving was one of the keys for Priory, which had 17 aces as a team. The other was defense as the Panthers had 72 team digs.

Outside hitters Jane Ross and Avery Simon led the team defensively with 16 digs a piece. Freshman Samantha Sargent had her best match as a Panther with 10 kills, 12 digs, four aces, two solo blocks and two block assists. The Panthers are back in action on Saturday at the Mt. Madonna Invitational.

In nonleague action:

Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 25-10, 25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 15-7 decision to host Los Gatos. Victoria Garrick had 30 kills and 21 digs for the Gators (13-5) while fellow senior Natalie Marshall finished with 28 assists and 11 digs. Lilika Teu contributed 20 assists and 10 digs, Cate Desler added 10 kills and libero Jorden Schreeder provided 25 digs.

In San Jose, Menlo School fell to defending Division III state champ Valley Christian, 25-23, 25-17, 28-26. The Knights (6-8) were led by Lida Vandermeer's 16 kills, Elisa Merten's 28 assists and Jessica Houghton's 22 digs. Merten also had 12 digs and Vandermeer finished with 11.

Menlo will participate in the Mitty Invitational on Saturday.

In San Francisco, Pinewood fell to host International American School, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. Mehra den Braven led Pinewood (7-4) with 19 kills.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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