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CCS water polo playoffs should have some new matchups

 

While all the finalists from last year's Central Coast Section water polo playoffs are back, having the same title-game matchups for the 2015 tournament will not be in the offering.

The Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls, of course, are back seeking to add to their respective string of championships. The boys have won four straight while the girls have captured eight in a row.

There are, however, some changes in the brackets while other teams have emerged as contenders.

For the Division I boys, a Gunn-Bellarmine finale could be in the making. That would match the top two seeds. The No. 2 Titans, however, would have to get past No. 3 St. Francis in the semifinals to reach the finals for the second straight season. Gunn is looking for its first section title since 1995.

A Gunn and M-A finale is certainly not out of the question, either, as the No. 4-seeded Bears are in the Bells' half of the bracket.

The Division II girls' bracket also has a little different look, with St. Francis dropping from Division I for the first time since 2007. Thus, the Lancers could face the Gators for a fourth time this season should both avoid upsets along the way.

With St. Francis out of Division I for the girls, Leland has moved into the No. 1 seed. Gunn, last year's runner-up, is in the same half of the bracket along with rival Palo Alto. No. 2 Los Gatos and No. 3 Los Altos are the contenders for the other finalist spot. The Wildcats topped the Eagles for the SCVAL De Anza Division playoff title.

The only title-game repeat looks to be in Division II boys, where SHP and rival Menlo School should face each other in the finals for the third straight year and ninth time overall.

In first-round Division I action Tuesday, the No. 10 Woodside girls advanced with an 8-2 win over No. 11 Fremont as Kaia Anderson, Ella Heald and Taylor Leir all scored twice. Goalie Maya Srivinasian had 13 blocks and two assists for the Wildcats (14-10). The No. 12 Woodside boys, however, dropped a 13-8 decision to Los Gatos and ended their season at 7-10.

2015 BOYS' CCS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION I

Tuesday's first round

Homestead 8, Willow Glen 6

Los Gatos 13, Woodside 8

Second round

Thursday at Homestead High

No. 10 Homestead (22-3) vs. No. 7 Serra (14-13), 7 p.m.

No. 9 Los Gatos (14-11) vs. No. 8 Los Altos (9-16), 5:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday (times and sites after Thursday matches)

No. 6 Palo Alto (12-14) vs. No. 3 St. Francis (14-11)

No. 7 Serra (15-13) or No. 10 Homestead vs. No. 2 Gunn (17-9)

No. 5 Leland (20-6) vs. No. 4 Menlo-Atherton (15-10)

No. 9 Los Gatos or No. 8 Los Altos vs. No. 1 Bellarmine (21-5)

DIVISION II

Tuesday's first round

Sobrato 12, R.L. Stevenson 5

Half Moon Bay 14, Pioneer 10

Second round

Thursday

No. 7 Carmel (17-9) at No. 10 Sobrato (12-11), 7 p.m.

No. 9 Half Moon Bay (8-12) vs. No. 8 Aptos (16-5) at Monta Vista High, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday (times and sites after Thursday matches)

No. 6 Soquel (17-10) vs. No. 3 St. Ignatius (14-11)

No. 7 Carmel or No. 10 Sobrato vs. No. 2 Menlo School (16-11)

No. 5 Santa Cruz (15-9) vs. No. 4 Valley Christian (11-13)

No. 8 Aptos or No. 9 Half Moon Bay vs. No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (19-7)

2015 GIRLS' CCS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION I

Tuesday's first round

Woodside 8, Fremont 2

San Benito 19, Lincoln 9

Second round

Thursday

No. 10 Woodside (14-10) vs. No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (12-10) at Mt. View High, 7 p.m.

No. 9 San Benito (15-8) vs. No. 8 Cupertino (19-1) at Sobrato, 5:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday (times and sites after Thursday matches

No. 6 Mountain View (15-11) vs. No. 3 Los Altos (17-7)

No. 7 Menlo-Atherton or No. 10 Woodside vs. No. 2 Los Gatos (23-2)

No. 5 Palo Alto (15-12) vs. No. 4 Gunn (14-13)

No. 8 Cupertino or No. 9 San Benito vs. No. 1 Leland (17-9)

DIVISION II

Tuesday's first round

Presentation 12, Willow Glen 4

Aptos 8, San Lorenzo Valley 5

Second round

Thursday

No. 10 Presentation (11-14) vs. No. 7 St. Ignatius (10-9) at Mtn. View, 5:30 p.m.

No. 9 Aptos (15-12) vs. No. 8 Valley Christian (14-12) at Monta Vista, 5:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday (times and sites after Thursday matches)

No. 6 Castilleja (15-6) vs. No. 3 Soquel (20-6)

No. 7 St. Ignatius or No. 10 Presentation vs. No. 2 St. Francis (19-7)

No. 5 Mitty (16-10) vs. No. 4 Sobrato (14-4)

No. 8 Valley Christian or No. 9 Aptos vs. No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep (21-5)

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by WP Fan
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Think you meant a Bellarmine-Gunn Finale is possible, not St. Francis-Gunn.


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