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M-A girls fall in NorCal Division I volleyball title match

 

It was suppose to be a birthday celebration for Menlo-Atherton senior outside hitter Devin Joos. As it turned out, it wasn't the party she was hoping for.

Instead, the CIF Northern California Division I volleyball title match for Menlo-Atherton turned out to be just a long journey on a rainy day that ended with a five-game loss to top-ranked Pitman on Tuesday night.

The No. 2-seeded Bears had traveled to Turlock with hopes of upsetting the No. 1 Pride and advance to their first-ever appearance in a state championship match. Pitman was ranked No. 13 in the nation this week in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings.

That nearly happened, until Pitman (44-1) rallied from a 6-3 deficit in Game 5 and then pulled away from a 12-12 tie to win, 27-29, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12 over the Bears, ranked No. 13 in the state by MaxPreps.

Thus, Pitman will play Redondo Union (37-2) in the Division I state finals on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Southern California. And the Bears? Winter sports are already under way.

Joos, who is headed to UC Santa Barbara next fall, capped a successful senior season with 23 kills and 27 digs in her final prep match. The Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division MVP was sensational despite battling a tough blocking scheme by Pitman.

Fellow senior Ally Ostrow added 22 kills plus nine digs and sophomore setter Kirby Knapp finished with 15 digs and 67 assists, many to junior Leanna Collins, who finished with 15 kills. Eliza Grover finished with nine kills and senior Kaitlin Tavarez contributed 18 digs.

Menlo-Atherton had a chance to wrap up a victory in Game 4 after taking a 20-18 lead. But, the Pride rode an enthusiastic hometown crowd and took advantage of serving errors by the Bears to post a comeback victory to force the deciding Game 5.

The Pride grabbed a 12-8 lead before M-A rallied for the final time and tied the match following two kills by Joos. The Bears just could not overcome Pitman's 6-foot-3 Lindsey Vander Weide, who is headed to Oregon and finished with 20 kills.

Menlo-Atherton finished 30-4, one win shy of tying the 2011 team for most victories in a single season. The overall mark, with just four losses, ranks as the best in program history.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Mel Blount
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

The following was taken from The Daily News story this morning: "Menlo-Atherton had a chance to wrap up a victory in Game 4 after taking a 20-18 lead. But, the Pride rode the hometown crowd and took advantage of serving errors by the Bears to post a comeback victory to force the deciding Game 5.
The Pride grabbed a 12-8 lead before M-A rallied for the final time and tied the match following two kills by Joos. The Bears just could not overcome Pitman's 6-foot-3 Lindsey Vander Weide, who is headed to Oregon and finished with 20 kills."
Other parts of the article were also pilfered from The Daily News story.

The Weekly did not have a writer in Turlock. The Daily News did.


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Posted by WP
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

First, congrats to the M-A Bears on a great season! It hurts to lose such a close final game, but they played with grit and poise all season, and should be proud of what they accomplished. Go Bears!

As far as the previous comment about attribution, the Almanac provided an appropriate link to PAonline. Everything is kosher.


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

To Mel......PA Online had this last night before anyone, moments after the match ended (check the time stamp:)

The Menlo-Atherton girls saw their hopes of reaching the first state volleyball championship in program history disappear in a Game 5 loss as the No. 2-seeded Bears fell to top-seeded Pitman, 27-29, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12 in the Northern California Division I title match Tuesday night in Turlock. After the Pride (44-1) rallied from a 20-18 deficit in Game 4 to win, the Bears (30-4) opened the final set with a 6-3 edge. Pitman rallied to move ahead, 12-9, but the Bears battled back to tie at 12 before the Pride put away the final three points.

Menlo-Atherton had hoped to reach Saturday's state finals after reaching its second NorCal title match since 2011. A victory against Pitman would have given the Bears their 31st win of the season, tying the 2011 squad for most in single-season history.

posted by Palo Alto Online 17 hours ago


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Posted by Mark
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

The Daily News may have had a reporter at the match, but he spelled Devin Joos as Devon and Leanna Collins as Leanne. So much for having someone at the match. PA Online got their names spelled correctly.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Understand that the difference between the Daily News and the Weekly is that the DN is part of the Bay Area News Group, which includes the SJ Mercury. In other words, the DN has a much larger budget and available staff. Weekly sports staff is just one person.


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Posted by M-A Bear
a resident of Atherton
on Dec 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Pretty pathetic that this comment thread is more about who broke the story than how historic this season was for the Bears. Really, people???


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Posted by Ethel Mertz
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

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