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Menlo School, Gunn girls will be looking for new volleyball coaches

 

Menlo School girls volleyball coach Steve Cavella is stepping down after three seasons, during which the Knights advanced to the 2013 Division IV state finals and made two trips to the Central Coast Section title match.

"Under Steve's tenure, Menlo volleyball reached the state championship for the first time in more than a decade, and each season continued its successful ways," Menlo Director of Athletics Kris Weems said. "We are grateful for the seasons he coached here, and we wish him all the best."

Cavella said 2015, during which Menlo reached the CCS final and NorCal semifinal, was his final season coaching high school volleyball. The Knights were West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) champions all three years, CCS and NorCal champions in 2013 and featured league MVPs in 2013 (Maddie Huber) and 2015 (Maddie Stewart).

"It was really hard to resign since Menlo is such a wonderful place to coach. We have such great players, parents, coaches, and administrators," Cavella said." I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at Menlo. I'd like to thank Head of School Than Healy and Athletic Director Kris Weems for their support of the volleyball program.

"I've coached high school volleyball for 10 years. It's been a great journey, but it's time to move on to other things."

The Gunn girls, meanwhile, also will be looking for a new coach after Craig Bankowski was not retained by first-year AD Curtis Johansen. The Titans finished 11-16 this season, losing in the first round of the CCS Division II playoffs.

— Menlo Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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