Menlo's Vandermeer a big hit in nonleague volleyball win


Mia Vandermeer recorded nine kills and had a hitting percentage of .533 to help the Menlo School girls' volleyball team beat host Homestead, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17 in non-league action Wednesday.

Sianna Houghton added seven kills for the Knights (7-3), who host Gunn at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Caroline Bradley and Selena Xu combined for 18 digs.

Emma Munch. Photo by Tone Lee
The Titans (5-5) lost to host Lynbrook, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19. Tara Tracy and Amy Wang combined for 19 kills while Emma Munch and Caroline Caruso combined for 26 digs.

Madeleine Escher had nine kills and recorded six aces to help guide Pinewood pas t visiting Thomas More, 25-10, 25-23, 25-16, in nonleague action.

The Panthers (2-3) host Alma Heights Christian at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Sacred Heart Prep had its five-match winning streak end, 25-14, 25-21, 18-25, 20-25, 15-13, at the hands of host Aragon.

Cate Desler had 17 kills and Natalie Zimits added 16 for the Gators (6-2), who host Monte Vista Christian at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Setters Haley Martella and Alexa Thompson evenly split 44 assists while libero Caroline Caruso added 17 digs.

In other action, Eastside College Prep (0-2) dropped a 23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 nonleague match to host University Prep in San Jose.

Boys water polo

Menlo School in the PAL and Sacred Heart Prep in the WCAL each opened league play with lop-sided victories.

The Knights (1-0, 3-0) pounded visiting Mills, 20-3, and the Gators (1-0, 1-0) swamped visiting Mitty, 20-1 as both teams substituted liberally throughout their respective contests.

Noah Housenbold led Menlo with four goals. Niko Bhatia, Scott Little, Gary Marston and Sam Untrecht each added three goals as nine different Knights scored.

Nine different players also scored for Sacred Heart Prep, with Jackson Enright and Alex Tsotadze each scoring four and Corey Tanis and Walker Seymour each adding three.

The Gators scored 10 goals in the first quarter and the first 13 of the game.

Max Untrecht was one of five players who scored for Woodside in its 14-5 loss at Carlmont.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep (1-0, 3-3) ended its three-game slide with a 14-7 victory over host Mitty in WCAL action Wednesday.

Girls golf

Menlo School improved to 3-0 in the West Bay Athletic League, nudging past Sacred Heart Prep, 208-217, at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.

Sophie Siminoff earned medalist honors a second straight day, shooting a 2-under 34 over nine holes.

"In 90-plus temperatures, our girls played with a lot of heart and focus," Menlo coach Jim Miller said. "I was very pleased with their camaraderie and their play overall."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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