Palo Alto, M-A girls advance in Division I water polo playoffs


The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton girls have survived to play another day in the Central Coast Section Division I water polo playoffs. Whether either advances to the weekend, however, is yet to be seen.

The No. 10-seeded Vikings (14-15) moved on to the second round following a 12-7 victory over No. 11 Woodside (13-15) on Tuesday night.

The No. 9-seeded Bears (12-13) also advanced following an 11-1 romp over No. 12 Lynbrook (14-5) in another opener.

In the second round on Thursday, Palo Alto will host No. 7 Carlmont (12-7) at 7 p.m., and Menlo-Atherton will face No. 8 San Benito (21-5) at Aptos High at 5:30 p.m.

A Palo Alto victory means a date with league rival and No. 2 seed Gunn (20-6) on Saturday while a win by M-A puts the Bears in the quarterfinals against defending champion and top-seeded St. Francis (18-8).

Palo Alto rode the strong right arm of senior co-captain Tess van Hulsen, who fired in four goals. That gives her 62 goals on the year and 152 for her career.

Woodside made a game of it by closing to within 6-5 in the third quarter, but Palo Alto tightened its defense and went on a 6-0 run to dampen the Wildcats' upset hopes.

In addition to van Hulsen, Paly got key contributions from Gigi Rojahn, Alina Drebin and Katie Francis with two goals apiece. Freshman Sabrina Hall and co-captain Olivia Scola each sparked the Paly offense with single goals.

Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, got six goals and 10 steals from freshman Nadia Paquin in the Bears' easy win over Lynbrook. She now has 57 goals, 55 steals and 18 assists this season.

M-A's Kiera Shepard added three goals with Olivia Jackson and Christine Guenin adding once each, while goalie Francesca Gilles came up with seven saves.



Tuesday's first round

Salinas 13, No. 10 Los Gatos 8

Monta Vista 12, No. 12 Wilcox 7

Thursday's second round

No. 11 Salinas (22-5) at No. 7 Palo Alto (14-13), 5:30 p.m.

No. 9 Monta Vista (14-9) at No. 8 Mountain View (16-10), 7 p.m.

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Serra (16-12) vs. No. 3 Bellarmine (14-13)

Salinas or Palo Alto vs. No. 2 St. Francis (15-10)

No. 5 Leland (19-7) vs. No. 4 Gunn (16-10)

Monta Vista or Mountain View vs. No. 1 Menlo-Atherton (15-12)


Tuesday's first round

Burlingame 21, No. 11 Sobrato 10

Pioneer 10, No. 12 Mills 5

Willow Glen 19, No. 13 R.L. Stevenson 5

Thursday's second round

No. 10 Burlingame (12-10) vs. No. 7 Santa Cruz (13-13) at Aptos, 7 p.m.

No. 9 Pioneer (18-9) vs. No. 8 Willow Glen (15-10) at Mountain View, 4 p.m.

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Valley Christian vs. No. 3 Soquel (18-7)

Burlingame or Santa Cruz vs. No. 2 Menlo School (21-6)

No. 5 Carmel (17-9) vs. No. 4 St. Ignatius (14-8)

Pioneer or Willow Glen vs. No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (22-4)




Tuesday's first round

Menlo-Atherton 11, No. 12 Lynbrook 1

Palo Alto 12, No. 11 Woodside 7

Thursday's second round

No. 7 Carlmont (12-7) at No. 10 Palo Alto (14-15), 7 p.m.

No. 9 Menlo-Atherton (12-13) vs. No. 8 San Benito (21-5) at Aptos, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Los Altos (10-13) vs. No. 3 Leland (14-12)

Palo Alto or Carlmont vs. No. 2 Gunn (19-6)

No. 5 Los Gatos (23-5) vs. No. 4 Mitty (18-5)

M-A or San Benito vs. No. 1 St. Francis (18-8)


Tuesday's first round

Saratoga 7, No. 12 R.L. Stevenson 4

Santa Catalina 9, No. 10 Valley Christian 8

Thursday's second round

No. 11 Santa Catalina (9-9) vs. No. 7 Sobrato (15-10) at Aptos, 4 p.m.

No. 9 Saratoga (11-13) vs. No. 8 St. Ignatius (12-10) at Mountain View, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Pioneer (17-9) vs. No. 3 Castilleja (18-5)

Santa Catalina or Sobrato vs. No. 2 Soquel (22-3)

No. 5 Willow Glen (12-6) vs. No. 4 Presentation (16-10)

Saratoga or St. Ignatius vs. Sacred Heart Prep (20-6)


Girls tennis

Sacred Heart Prep advanced in the CCS Team Tournament, but Palo Alto did not to highlight local action on the opening day of the playoffs.

The Gators (16-6) posted a 5-2 victory over host Milpitas (15-7) as freshman Sara Choy remained unbeaten this season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles. Melina Stavropoulos at No. 2 singles and Alison McLaughlin at No. 4 both won in three sets. McLaughlin rallied from a first-set loss to win, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

SHP's doubles tandems of Natalie Henriquez-Paige Kelley and Pippa Thompson-Maia Granoski prevailed at No. 2 and 3, respectively to help wrap up the victory.

Sacred Heart Prep next will play No. 3 St. Francis (16-6) on Wednesday at Cuesta Park in Mountain View at 2 p.m. The winner likely gets No. 6 Monta Vista in Friday's quarterfinals.

Palo Alto, meanwhile, ran up against undefeated Carmel (18-0) and dropped a 5-2 decision at the Carmel Valley Athletic Club. The Vikings (16-5) got a 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles from freshman Emma Cockerell and a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles from senior Lucy Fox and junior Halle Biorn.

In other second-round action on Wednesday, No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (16-6) will host Carmel while No. 5 Menlo School (16-4) will host Harker (15-6), a 4-3 winner over York School.


Tuesday's first round

Evergreen Valley 7, Carlmont 0

Sacred Heart Prep 5, Milpitas 2

Carmel; 5, Palo Alto 2

St. Francis-Central Coast Catholic 4, Santa Catalina 3

Harker 4, York School 3

R.L. Stevenson 5, Piedmont Hills 2

Soquel 4, Salinas 3

Burlingame 7, Alisal 0


Wednesday's second round

(All matches at 2 p.m.)

Evergreen Valley (16-7) at No. 6 Monta Vista (15-7)

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

Carmel (18-0) at No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (16-6)

St. Francis-CCC (14-6) vs. No. 2 St. Ignatius (20-2) at Golden Gate Park

Harker (15-6) at No. 5 Menlo School (16-4)

R.L. Stevenson (15-4) vs. No. 4 Mitty (15-5) at Bay Club in Santa Clara

Soquel (12-1) at No. 8 Leland (15-4)

Burlingame (16-7) at No. 1 Saratoga (20-1)


Friday at high seed home site, 2 p.m.


Monday at Bay Club Courtside and Los Gatos Swim & Raquet Club, 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Courtside, 1:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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