The defending Central Coast Section Division IV champion Menlo School girls opened defense of their volleyball title with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-9 romp over No. 13 seed King City in a first-round match on Wednesday in Atherton.
The No. 4-seeded Knights (20-14) were led by seniors Lida Vandermeer (11 kills) and Elisa Merten (12 assists, nine kills) while Kristin Sellers provided 20 assists with Payton Mack adding six blocks plus six kills.
Menlo will host No. 4 Carmel (26-3) in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m., with a victory earning the Knights a likely date with top seed Notre Dame-Belmont in the semifinals next Wednesday on the Tigers' home floor.
Sacred Heart Prep also has a tough road ahead after the Gators advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division IV playoffs with a 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 victory over host and No. 10 seed Del Mar on Wednesday night.
The No. 7-seeded Gators (18-13) will visit No. 2 Harker (16-8) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Eagles defeated SHP twice during the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season.
SHP is hoping to get injured senior standout Victoria Garrick back on Saturday. Garrick has been in and out of the lineup recently with a hand injury. Against Del Mar, the Gators were led by senior Kendall Reich's 15 kills and 11 digs while senior setter Natalie Marshall contributed 29 assists and seven kills. Freshman outside hitter Cate Desler added 10 kills, senior Mamie Caruso finished with 14 digs as did junior libero Jorden Schreeder.
In the CCS Division I playoffs, Gunn and Palo Alto both won their opening-round matches and will be in action Saturday. The No. 8-seeded Titans (16-14) will visit No. 1 Menlo-Atherton (25-3) while the No. 6 Vikings (19-11) will visit defending CCS champ Homestead (22-13), both at 7 p.m.
Gunn won its opener over visiting Piedmont Hills, 25-16, 25-14, 25-12. The Titans were led by senior outside hitter Meghan Mahoney's 14 kills while senior RS Jess Dinneen added nine kills. Senior setter Nicole Brigham had 42 assists while outside hitter Anna Tevanian, middle blocker Elise Griffin and Rachel Gates all had solid efforts for Gunn.
Paly nearly had a sweep at home against No. 11 Independence before first-year coach Daniele Desiderio began subbing. The Vikings still cruised to a 25-11, 25-10, 23-25, 25-17 victory as senior Jade Schoenberger produced 16 kills with two blocks and six aces.
Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton advanced to the quarterfinals, but Sacred Heart Prep saw its season end in a 6-1 loss to No. 3 St. Francis on Wednesday at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. The Gators (16-7) got their only victory from unbeaten freshman Sara Choy at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1.
Seventh-seeded Menlo-Atherton ended Carmel's perfect season with a 4-3 victory in Atherton. The Bears (17-6) were leading at 3-1 when freshman Julia Marks finished off her 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles to clinch the victory and send the Bears to San Francisco on Friday to face No. 2 St. Ignatius (21-2) in Golden Gate Park at 2 p.m.
The M-A doubles teams of Caroline Kelly-Amanda Scandalios and Amelia Tiemann-Sally Carlson got things rolling with straight-set victories for a 2-0 lead. Freshman Lanie Van Linge added a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles for a 3-0 lead.
Just a few miles away, No. 5 seed Menlo (17-4) rolled to a 7-0 victory over WBAL Foothill Division foe Harker, a team the Knights defeated twice during the league season. Senior Elizabeth Yao was perfect at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0) while her sophomore sister, Alice, prevailed at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0.
Menlo has to travel for Friday's quarterfinals, taking on No. 4 Mitty at the Bay Club in Santa Clara at 2 p.m. A victory will earn the Knights a date with top-seeded Saratoga in Monday's semifinals.
2014 CCS GIRLS TEAM TENNIS PLAYOFFS
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
Monta Vista 6, Evergreen Valley 1
St. Francis 6, Sacred Heart Prep 1
Menlo-Atherton 4, Carmel 3
St. Ignatius 7, St. Francis-CCC 0
Menlo School 7, Harker 0
Mitty 7, R.L. Stevenson 0
Leland 4, Soquel 3
Saratoga 7, Burlingame 0
Friday at high seed home site, 2 p.m.
No. 6 Monta Vista (16-7) vs. No. 3 St. Francis (17-6) at Cuesta Park
No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (17-6) vs. No. 2 St. Ignatius (21-2) at Golden Gate Park
No. 5 Menlo School (17-4) vs. No. 4 Mitty (16-5) at Bay Club, Santa Clara
No. 8 Leland (16-4) at No. 1 Saratoga (21-1)
Monday at Bay Club Courtside and Los Gatos Swim & Raquet Club, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Courtside, 1:30 p.m.