Paly, Menlo, SHP and M-A head into girls CCS tennis playoffs


Four local girls tennis squads will begin the 2014 Central Coast Section Team Tournament on equal footing. After that, all bets are off in one of the more balanced tourneys in recent years.

Sacred Heart Prep (15-6) and Palo Alto (16-4) kick things off in Tuesday's opening round with No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (16-6) and No. 6 Menlo School (16-4) hosting second-round matches on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Menlo coach Bill Shine said the tournament is so competitive this season that his Knights, second last year, could be seeded anywhere from No. 2 to No. 6. He would have been better off No. 6 than No. 5.

Menlo is in the same bracket as No. 4 Mitty (15-5), a possible quarterfinal opponent. In the semifinals, the Knights could face top-seeded Saratoga (20-1).

Had Menlo been seeded No. 6, possible opponents would have been No. 3 St. Francis and No. 2 St. Ignatius. The Lancers handed the Knights one of their four losses this season, which likely kept Menlo from being seeded higher.

Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, faces a tough task as well with SI a possible quarterfinal opponent and St. Francis waiting in the semifinals at either Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos or the Los Gatos Racquet and Swim Club. The title match will be held at Courtside on Nov. 19.


Tuesday's first round

(All matches at 2 p.m.)

Carlmont (14-6) vs. Evergreen Valley (15-7) at Leland High

Sacred Heart Prep (15-6) at Milpitas (15-6)

Palo Alto (16-4) vs. Carmel (17-0) at Carmel Valley AC

Santa Catalina (10-6) vs. St. Francis CCC (13-6) at Cabrillo College

York (13-4) vs. Harker (14-6) at Bay Club in Santa Clara

Piedmont Hills (12-5) at Stevenson (14-4)

Soquel (11-1) at Salinas (12-8)

Burlingame (15-7) at Alisal (12-5)


Wednesday's second round

(All matches at 2 p.m.)

Carlmont or Evergreen Valley at No. 6 Monta Vista (15-7)

Sacred Heart Prep or Milpitas vs. No. 3 St. Francis (16-6) at Cuesta Park

Palo Alto or Carmel at No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (16-6)

Santa Catalina or St. Francis CCC vs. No. 2 St. Ignatius (20-2) at Golden Gate Park

York or Harker at No. 5 Menlo School (16-4)

Piedmont Hills or Stevenson vs. No. 4 Archbishop Mitty (15-5) at Bay Club in Santa Clara

Soquel or Salinas at No. 8 Leland (15-4)

Burlingame or Alisal at No. 1 Saratoga (20-1)

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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