Three former Sacred Heart Prep athletes helped their respective Princeton teams to league championships this past weekend as both squads prepared for postseason play.
In women's volleyball, Princeton senior Sarah Daschbach had 20 digs, three assists and two aces as the Tigers earned a 15th Ivy League championship and seventh straight win by holding off a feisty Columbia team in a heartstopping 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, 26-24 victory in New York City on Saturday night.
The Princeton win, combined with Harvard's 3-1 win at Brown, gives both teams a share of the Ivy League title. The two teams will play a one-match playoff for the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament this weekend at Harvard, which won the tiebreaker.
Dartmouth nearly made it a three-team championship, but Yale won a 15-13 thriller in the fifth set to eliminate the Big Green.
Princeton (10-4 Ivy League, 15-8) set up the showdown with Columbia after defeating Cornell, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 on Friday night. Also playing for the Tigers are sophomore Maddie Huber from Menlo School, junior Ellie Shannon from Sacred Heart Prep and sophomore Pauli King from Menlo-Atherton.
The 11th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team, meanwhile, registered a 16-12 victory over Johns Hopkins University on Saturday to capture the CWPA Southern Championship game for a second straight season while improving to 19-4.
Junior Bret Hinrichs and freshman Michael Swart, both from SHP, tallied two goals each for the Tigers.
Princeton held a 12-10 lead in the third when Swart got his first goal with 21 seconds remaining. With the Tigers holding a 14-11 advantage in the fourth, Swart struck again. He also contributed three assists.
Junior Bret Pinsker from Palo Alto High drew three ejections and sophomore goalie John Wilson from Menlo School had three saves and one assist for Johns Hopkins.
Swart has played in all 23 matches and has 28 goals on 56 shots with 30 assists, 26 steals and 10 blocks. Hinrichs has 11 goals in 20 games with 18 steals. Also on the Princeton squad is sophomore Ryan Hammarskjold from Menlo School. He has seven goals in 17 matches, getting three in a 20-5 win over Gannon to open the league playoffs.
Princeton will open the CWPA Championships on Friday against Bucknell in Cambridge, Mass.
Former Pinewood standout Hailie Eackles had a team-high 17 points to pace Pacific a 66-53 nonconference win at UC Davis on Monday night. The Tigers outscored the Aggies, 35-18, in the final 20 minutes to move to 2-0 on the year.
Women's cross country
Amherst freshman Lizzie Lacy from Menlo School secured an individual qualifying bid to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship after finishing inside of the top 21 at the NCAA Northeast Regional last Saturday.
Lacy looks to wrap up a successful debut season that included a NESCAC individual title and NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors at the final cross country meet of the year. A top-two Amherst harrier in every race this fall, Lacy will aim to build on the momentum from her 21st-place finish (22:06) at the Northeast Regional and to outperform her collegiate personal best 6k time (21:48) heading into the national meet.
Lacy is one of only seven harriers to earn individual bids to the NCAA Championship meet from the New England Region. The women's NCAA Division III Championship 6-kilometer race is slated to begin this Saturday at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis.
Palo Alto High grad Mark Raftrey, a senior defender at Pomona-Pitzer, was named to the All-SCIAC first team in men's soccer.
Priory grad Darrah Shields, a senior forward at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, was named to the women's All-SCIAC second team.
Freshman Andy Zhou from Gunn High helped Harvard wrap up its fall schedule with a successful outing at the Bulldog Scramble over the weekend in Athens, Ga.
Zhou went 3-1 in singles, including a victory over Nicolas Montoya of Notre Dame.