The Menlo-Atherton girls extended their lead in the PAL Bay Division volleyball race with a little help on Tuesday night as the Bears topped visiting Burlingame while second-place Carlmont was upset by Aragon.
M-A (11-0, 18-6) now holds a two-game lead over Carlmont (9-2, 22-7) with three to play. The rivals face each other next Tuesday in Belmont, with the league title on the line.
Senior Leanna Collins had 13 kills in 18 attempts with no errors for a remarkable .722 hitting effort. Kiana Sales and Alexa Roumeliotis each contributed 16 digs with fellow junior Jacqueline DiSanto adding 11 while junior Kirby Knapp provided 36 assists for the Bears.
In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), Menlo School remained tied for first place with Harker following a 25-27, 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep.
The Knights (7-1, 18-6) got 19 kills and .395 hitting from senior Maddie Stewart, 18 kills and .485 hitting from Payton Mack and seven kills plus .583 hitting from Mia Van der Meer. Kristin Sellers had 48 assists, Jessica Houghton finished with 25 digs, Sienna Houghton had 21 digs and Selina Xu contributed 14 digs.
Sacred Heart Prep (3-5, 15-10) got 21 kills and 12 digs from Cate Desler, 40 assists and seven kills from Lilika Teu and 27 digs from libero Jorden Schreeder.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja (4-4 league) continued to struggle with a 25-18, 25-18, 25-10 loss to visiting Crystal Springs. Ashley Hu and Maddie McClellan each had four kills with Elle Kass providing 10 digs.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn (1-7, 10-12) dropped a 25-23, 25-12, 25-5 decision to host Mountain View as Chanti Holroyd had 13 kills and 21 digs for the Spartans (8-2, 28-4) for former Paly coach Dave Winn.
The Saratoga-Palo Alto match was not reported.
Menlo-Atherton put the finishing touches on a second straight 14-0 season in the PAL Bay Division with a 6-1 win over visiting Woodside on Tuesday. The Bears (18-4) overall, swept the doubles and took the top three singles spots with Yvette Leung, Julia Marks and Beata Brenner providing the wins. Leung posted a 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 victory over Sophia Longo, avenging an earlier loss to Longo.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn wrapped up a co-title following a 7-0 romp over visiting Santa Clara. The Titans (11-1, 17-3), who will share the division crown with Cupertino, won the four singles matches while dropping nine games as Anna Yu, Olivia Aspegren, Yarden Gaffan and Lena Ye won quickly.
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Menlo School clinched a share of its 22nd straight league title with a 6-1 win over visiting Sacred Heart Prep. Sophomore Sara Choy won the lone point for the Gators (5-4, 11-8) with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Menlo freshman Ashley Vielma.
The Knights swept the remaining singles matches while losing just four games while improving to 9-0 in league (18-1 overall). Menlo will face second-place Harker (8-1) on Thursday to decide the outright title. The Knights now have won 226 straight league dual matches.
Harker kept pace with a 6-1 win over visiting Castilleja (3-6, 11-10).
Boys water polo
Gunn wrapped up its third straight SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title with a 9-5 win over host Los Gatos. Senior Calder Hilde-Jones led the Titans (10-1, 14-5) with three goals with Jack Mallery adding two.
The Titans, who did not know what was at stake going into the match, will host Mountain View on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) to close out their regular schedule.
In Los Altos, Palo Alto (8-3, 11-11) bounced back from a tough loss to Monta Vista last week and defeated the host Eagles, 12-10.
Girls water polo
Defending champion Gunn (7-4, 9-6) fell to host Los Gatos, 7-4, and dropped to the No. 3 seed for the upcoming SCVAL De Anza Division playoffs.
In Los Altos, Palo Alto (6-5 league) dropped an 8-6 overtime match to the division champion Eagles (10-1). Claire Drebin and Gigi Rojahn each tallied twice for the Vikings, who went scoreless in the two extra OT periods.
In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo School lost a shot at an outright title following a 9-4 setback to visiting Mercy-Burlingame. The Knights (11-1, 14-8) will share the division crown with Mercy. Parker Callender paced Menlo with two goals with Chloe Ebrahimian and Sarah Donato each adding a goal.