Menlo boys topple Gunn in battle of tennis titans


The Gunn boys tennis team won the first seven Central Coast Section team titles that were held, starting in 1972. The Menlo School boys have won the past six championships and will be shooting to tie the Titans' record streak next month.

While it's possible that the Knights' own streak could be snapped, it's unlikely that Gunn will be the team that accomplishes that feat.

That scenario was likely decided on Wednesday as Menlo handled host Gunn fairly easily, 6-1, in nonleague action. As dominant as the Titans (12-5) have been this season, the Knights (18-1) displayed why they are regarded as one of the nation's best programs.

While Gunn has been led by senior Andy Zhou and sophomore Conrad Russell, only Russell was able to break through for a victory -- and it didn't come easily as he pulled out a 3-6, 7-5, 16-14 triumph over Menlo senior Gunther Matta.

Zhou, meanwhile, faced a future Ivy League opponent in Victor Pham, who will play at Columbia next season while Zhou competes for Harvard. Despite the fact the two have played doubles together on the NorCal junior circuit, it was all business Wednesday as Pham produced a 7-6 (5), 6-4 triumph.

Juniors Lane Leschly and Nathan Safran wrapped up singles with straight-set victories. Menlo, which has five sets of brothers, saw one tandem at No. 1 doubles where Vikram and Siddharth Chari emerged with a 6-1, 6-1 over Alex Matthys and Daniel Jacobson.

Gunn will be back on the court Thursday to host first-place Saratoga in a SCVAL De Anza Division showdown while Menlo also will be hosting -- Crystal Springs -- with a chance to clinch a 21st straight league championship.


Menlo School posted a thrilling 6-5 PAL Bay Division victory over visiting Burlingame on Wednesday after David Farnham's walk-off RBI double in the seventh.

The Knights (3-13 overall, 1-6 league) couldn't have gotten a more dramatic win. With an 0-2 count, and two outs, Farnham doubled to drive in Carson Gampell, who had walked. Gampell had a great day of his own with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Farnham had two hits and two RBI.

In Redwood City, Sacred Heart Prep held a 6-1 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, but 13 Sequoia hitters came to the plate in the bottom of the frame as the Cherokees scored seven runs for an 8-6 victory in PAL Bay Division action.

The Gators (6-3, 11-8) gave up seven balks (with Sequoia scoring two runs), hit three batters and had two pitchers failing to record an out. The loss created a three-way tie for first place with SHP, Carlmont and now Sequoia all sharing the top spot.

In Atherton, host Menlo-Atherton (4-5, 9-11) won its third straight with a 2-1 PAL Bay Division win over Terra Nova.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto saw its regular-season title hopes disappear in a 6-3 loss to host Los Gatos. the Vikings (5-4, 11-7), fell three games behind the division-leading Wildcats (8-1, 18-1) with five games remaining.

Girls lacrosse

Sacred Heart Prep dropped an 18-12 nonleague match to visiting Carondelet on Wednesday. The Gators (2-8) got five goals and two assists from senior Brigid White to lead the way. Junior Pippa Thompson added three goals with sophomore Cameron Gordon finishing with three goals and one assist.

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