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SH Prep's Choy serves up another winner in tennis opener

 

Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy won her 60th consecutive girls high school match Tuesday as the Gators opened their tennis season losing to host Cupertino, 5-2, in a nonleague match.

Choy, the two-time defending Central Coast Section singles champion, has yet to lose to a high school player. She earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the top of the ladder.

The No. 2 doubles team of Sarah McGrath and Natalie Rotenberg also scored for Sacred Heart Prep (0-1), which hosts Palo Alto at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pinewood opened its season with a 6-0 victory over visiting King's Academy.

Boys water polo

Palo Alto rebounded from last week's loss to Davis with a 10-8 victory over Los Gatos in a SCVAL De Anza Division opener played at Gunn's pool Tuesday.

It's the start of a busy week for the Vikings (1-0, 1-1), who travel to play at Monta Vista on Thursday and are one of four local squads, with host Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton and Gunn, entered in this weekend's 19th annual Scott Roche Invitational.

Jared Stanley recorded four goals and Jack Anderson added three for Palo Alto, which opens the Invitational against St. Francis at 1:55 p.m. Friday at M-A.

Girls volleyball

Sianna Houghton recorded nine kills and 14 digs to lead Menlo School past host Hillsdale, 25-7, 25-19, 25-18, in nonleague action Tuesday.

Ashley Dryer also had nine kills for the Knights (6-3), who play at Homestead at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Dea Dressel added five kills.

Jess Houghton served five aces and accumulated 17 digs and setter Selina Xu assisted on 20 of the 37 team kills.

At Menlo-Atherton, visiting Valley Christian of San Jose (8-1) edged the Bears, 25-15, 20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13.

Three of M-A's four matches have been decided in five sets and the other, against the nation's top-ranked team Mater Dei, was decided in four sets.

The combined record of the Bears' (1-3) first four opponents is 25-5 after play Tuesday.

M-A, the defending Northern California champion, continues its difficult schedule Thursday at Presentation in San Jose.

Bears senior Jacqueline DiSanto is averaging 16 kills and 14.5 digs per match in the early going, while senior setter Kirby Knapp averages 37 assists.

At Castilleja, senior libero Elle Kass and Ashley Hu kept numerous rallies alive with a combined 51 digs but it was not enough as visiting Wilcox went on to beat the Gators, 25-16, 26-24, 25-15.

Sam Gerber added six kills for Castellija (2-7), which travels to play at KIPP Collegiate in San Jose on Thursday.

At Gunn, Monica Crichton had 13 kills and a .409 hitting percentage as the Titans downed Alisal, 25-23, 25-11, 20-25, 26-24, on Tuesday.

Amy Wang pitched in with seven kills, 13 digs and six aces.

Emma Munch added 27 digs, Dila Kurt had 23 assists and was perfect on 17 serves.

Girls golf

Menlo School (2-0) notched a 197-254 West Bay Athletic League victory over The King's Academy at Los Lagos on Tuesday.

Sophie Siminoff, a junior, shot a solid 2-under-par round of 32 which included three birdies. Lauren Yang, Vikki Xu and Gianna Inguagiato all shot 41s.

Girls water polo

Defending Central Coast Section champion Sacred Heart Prep lost its third straight contest, 11-9, to visiting Leland (6-1) on Tuesday.

Addi Duvall led the Gators with three goals, while Nadia Paquin and Layla Waters each added a pair.

In Cupertino, Gunn overwhelmed the host Pioneers, 21-5, in SCVAL action. The Titans' (1-0, 1-1) defense was effective and Zoe Banks needed to make only four saves in goal.

Senior Mikaela Wayne scored six goals and Georgia Hake added three for Gunn, which hosts Mountain View on Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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