Castilleja opens its PAL water polo schedule with a victory


Minhee Chung and Claire Pisani each scored three goals and Georgia Lewis recorded 10 saves to help the Castilleja girls water polo beat host Burlingame, 12-2, in a Peninsula Athletic League contest on Wednesday.

Serena Rivera-Korver and Jenna Kotcher each added a pair of goals for the Gators (1-0, 4-1), who will meet Half Moon Bay at noon Friday in the Amanda MacDonald Tournament at Menlo-Atherton.

The Bears, co-hosting the tournament along with Menlo School, takes on Drake immediately following Castilleja's match. M-A (2-0, 4-2) beat host Carlmont, 16-7, in a PAL contest Wednesday.

Annabelle Paris scored nine goals for the Bears, who won their fourth straight after opening the season with a pair of losses. Julia Sherman added five goals.

Woodside meets Presentation at 3:15 p.m. in the first round at M-A.

Sacred Heart Prep, which beat Notre Dame Belmont, 15-4, opens the tournament against Mercy Burlingame at 2:10 p.m. at Menlo School. The host Knights open with Mitty at noon.

Layla Waters scored four times for the Gators (2-0, 4-3) in the WCAL victory over the Tigers. Maddy Johnston and Nadia Paquin each added three goals. Jane Rakow made five saves.

Boys water polo

Menlo School extended its season-opening winning streak to eight games with a 17-1 victory over host Hillsdale on Wednesday. Noah Housenbold and Ben Wagner each scored four times and Sam Untrecht added three goals.

The Knights (2-0, 8-0) play at Menlo-Atherton (2-0, 6-5) next Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Bears beat Carlmont, 16-7.

Sacred Heart Prep handed host Serra its first loss of the season in a big way, 20-9. Andrew Churukian scored six goals for the Gators (2-0, 3-0), who find themselves one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the WCAL, with Bellarmine. The Bells (2-0, 6-0) knocked off previously undefeated Valley Christian, 10-5.

Jackson Enright had five goals and Alex Tsotadze added four for Sacred Heart Prep, which is headed to the California Elite 8 Tournament this weekend at Harvard-Westlake. The rest of the WCAL teams are entered in the St. Francis Invitational.

Girls tennis

Sara Choy won her 62nd consecutive high school tennis match and Sacred Heart Prep (2-1) beat visiting Mitty, 6-1, in a nonleague match Wednesday.

The three other singles players also turned straight set victories. Melina Stravropoulos beat Elizabeth Moore, 7-5, 6-3; Isa Robinson topped Naomi Pieczulewski 6-2,6-4; and Natalie Henriquez downed Seher Randhawa, 6-3,6-2.

Girls volleyball

Menlo School defeated visiting Soquel, 25-12, 25-7, 25-14, on Wednesday in a nonleague match.

Both teams will compete at the Chris Chandler Invitational this weekend. Menlo (9-3) opens the sixth annual Chandler Invitational on Saturday with an 8:30 am match against Eureka. Soquel (5-5) will face Sacred Heart Prep.

In Wednesday's match, junior opposite hitter Ashley Dryer led the way with 12 kills and a .750 hitting percentage. Senior middle Mia Vandemeer added six kills. Junior Kristin Sellers dished out 22 assists while hitting .714 with six kills.

Defensively Jess Houghton set the tone for the Knights with 11 digs and Selina Xu contributed with five digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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