Menlo School grabbed sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' volleyball race with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 victory over visiting Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday night.
Lida Vandermeer registered 24 kills and 24 digs for the Knights (4-0, 10-12) with fellow senior Elisa Merten finishing with 49 assists and 19 digs. Jessica Houghton added 28 digs and eight kills with Caroline Bradley contributing 20 digs. The loss dropped Mercy-SF to 2-1 in league.
In San Jose, Sacred Heart Prep struggled without injured starter Victoria Garrick before pulling out a 25-17, 8-25, 22-25, 25-20, 17-15 marathon victory over Notre Dame-San Jose in WBAL Foothill Division play. Senior setter Natalie Marshall had 12 kills and 14 assists for the Gators (2-2, 15-7) with fellow setter Lilika Teu adding 26 assists and six kills. SHP also got solid efforts from Cate Dresler (12 kills), Brianna Roque (26 digs), Mamie Caruso 19 digs and Jorden Schreeder (16 digs).
In Palo Alto, Castilleja suffered a 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 loss to visiting Harker in WBAL Foothill Division action. Junior Madeline Johnson had 15 kills for the Gators (0-4, 11-15) with senior Sarah Rose adding 13. Elle Kass had 25 digs and Ashley Hu 22 for Castilleja.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Pinewood (2-2, 10-6) got 26 kills from Mehra den Braven in a 25-22, 25-27, 25-9, 25-22 loss to host Mercy-Burlingame at Serra High.
In Sunnyvale, Priory suffered a tough 25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 28-26 loss to host King's Academy. Despite the loss, the Panthers had their best offensive output of the season in WBAL Skyline Division action. Samantha McCabe had 10 kills and 15 digs, Samantha Sargent added nine kills, 20 digs and two blocks, and Anna Brett had eight kills and three blocks. Jane Ross led the team at the service line, racking up four aces while putting King's into trouble on a number of occasions. Setter Nadia Faisal had 28 assists.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton remained on top of the race and knocked another challenge down a peg with a 21-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 victory over host Sequoia. The Bears improved to 6-0 (15-1) while the Cherokees dropped to 4-2 (14-4).
Senior Devin Joos, who has verbally committed to play at UC Santa Barbara, and sophomore Kirby Knapp led M-A as Joos provided 20 kills and 27 digs with Knapp contributing 67 assists and 12 digs. Leanna Collins finished with 20 kills with Ally Ostrow adding 11 kills and 15 digs. Alexa Roumeliotis provided 17 digs and the Bears hit .320 as a team.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto fell to 1-4 in league (16-7 overall) following a 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 loss to host Los Gatos. Seniors Jade Schoenberger (seven kills, 16 digs) and Anna Dukovic (seven kills, 11 digs) led the Vikings while Jessica Lee added 15 assists.