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Nine local teams remain in CCS water polo after Paly, M-A girls win

 

Water polo fans don't have to travel very far to catch all the Central Coast Section quarterfinal action on Saturday as all four divisions will be playing at St. Francis, Menlo-Atherton or Sacred Heart Prep.

Action begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis and Sacred Heart Prep and closes with a girls' Division II match at SHP between the top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep and upstart No. 9 Saratoga at 6:30 p.m.

Nine local teams remain following the Palo Alto boys' 10-9 upset loss to No. 11 Salinas in a Division I second-round match on Thursday.

Palo Alto saw its season come to a thudding end as the No. 7-seeded Vikings let a 4-0 first-quarter lead get away to the Cowboys. Paly junior Winston Rosati scored four goals in the first period to give the Vikings (14-14) a 4-0 lead. The Cowboys (23-5) rallied to tie at halftime, 6-6, and Rosati's fifth goal made it 7-7 in the third period. Paly sophomore Andrew Jozefov gave his team a 9-8 lead in the fourth period, before the Cowboys tied it and then won it with under two minutes to play.

Following the Paly boys' loss, the Paly girls battled back from an early deficit as junior Katie Francis scored four goals, including the winner, to carry the No. 10-seeded Vikings to a 9-8 victory over No. 7 Carlmont in Division I second-round play.

Paly showed great resiliency as it stormed back from a 3-O deficit. Junior Gigi Rojahn sniped two goals from the perimeter and captain Tess van Hulsen powered home two additional goals in the intense back-and-forth contest. Captain Olivia Scola added a perfect set goal before Francis got the game-winner in the final minute. Paly's defense was solid as goalie Jo-Jo Falla had a career-high 12 saves.

Next up for Paly will be SCVAL De Anza Division rival and No. 2 seed Gunn (20-6) on Saturday at Menlo-Atherton at 11:30 a.m. The Titans defeated the Vikings twice during the division season on their way to a fourth straight league and playoff title.

The Menlo-Atherton girls, meanwhile, kept their season going with a 5-2 triumph over No. 8 seed San Benito in Division I action at Aptos High. The No. 9-seeded Bears (13-13) got two goals each from Annabelle Paris and Fiona Jackson plus 15 saves from goalie Francesca Gilles. M-A fell behind early, but scored five unanswered goals during the second and third periods.

Next up for the Bears will be top-seeded and defending champion St. Francis (18-8) on Saturday in a quarterfinal at 1:15 p.m.

2014 CCS BOYS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION I

Tuesday's first round

Salinas 13, No. 10 Los Gatos 8

Monta Vista 12, No. 12 Wilcox 7

Thursday's second round

Salinas 10, Palo Alto 9

Mountain View 15, Monta Vista 8

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Serra (16-12) vs. No. 3 Bellarmine (14-13) at St. Francis, 10:45 a.m.

No. 11 Salinas (23-5) at No. 2 St. Francis (15-10), 9:30 a.m.

No. 5 Leland (19-7) vs. No. 4 Gunn (16-10) at Menlo-Atherton, 1:30 p.m.

No. 8 Mountain View (17-10) at No. 1 Menlo-Atherton (15-12), 2:30 p.m.

DIVISION II

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

Santa Cruz 19, Burlingame 12

Willow Glen 10, Pioneer 9

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Valley Christian (12-12) vs. No. 3 Soquel (18-7) at Sacred Heart Prep, 1:15 p.m.

No. 7 Santa Cruz (14-13) vs. No. 2 Menlo School (21-6) at Sacred Heart Prep, noon

No. 5 Carmel (17-9) vs. No. 4 St. Ignatius (14-8) at Sacred Heart Prep, 10:45 a.m.

No. 8 Willow Glen (16-10) at No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (22-4), 9:30 a.m.

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2014 CCS GIRLS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION I

Tuesday's first round

Menlo-Atherton 11, No. 12 Lynbrook 1

Palo Alto 12, No. 11 Woodside 7

Thursday's second round

Palo Alto 9, Carlmont 8

Menlo-Atherton 5, San Benito 2

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Los Altos (10-13) vs. No. 3 Leland (14-12) at Menlo-Atherton, 10 a.m.

No. 10 Palo Alto (15-15) vs. No. 2 Gunn (20-6) at Menlo-Atherton, 11:30 a.m.

No. 5 Los Gatos (23-5) vs. No. 4 Mitty (18-5) at St. Francis, noon

No. 9 Menlo-Atherton (13-13) at No. 1 St. Francis (18-8), 1:15 p.m.

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DIVISION II

Tuesday's first round

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

Santa Catalina 9, No. 10 Valley Christian 8

Thursday's second round

Sobrato 9, Santa Catalina 6

Saratoga 5, St. Ignatius 3

Saturday's quarterfinals

No. 6 Pioneer (17-9) vs. No. 3 Castilleja (18-5) at Sacred Heart Prep, 2:45 p.m.

No. 7 Sobrato (16-10) vs. No. 2 Soquel (22-3) at Sacred Heart Prep 4 p.m.

No. 5 Willow Glen (12-6) vs. No. 4 Presentation (16-10) at Sacred Heart Prep, 5:15 p.m.

No. 9 Saratoga (12-13) at No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (20-6), 6:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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