Palo Alto golfer manages windy conditions to earn medalist honors


Neither white tees, a longer course nor windy conditions could keep Palo Alto's Katherine Sung from earning medalist honors in the Vikings 212-248 win over Los Gatos in a SCVAL girls' golf match at Shoreline Golf Links on Thursday in Mountain View.

“Katherine managed the course and the wind very well to come in with the low score of the match,” Palo Alto coach Doyle Knight said. “We played from the white tees, which is a lot longer than what the girls are used to. And the course was very windy, which made some of the holes play longer and harder.”

Sung shot a 39, a stroke better than Los Gatos' Elizabeth Lu.

Stephanie Yu (42), Elise Kiya (43), Priya Bakshi (43) and Emily Hwang (45) also managed to complete the circuit in good shape for the Vikings (1-1, 2-1). All four shot better than the Wildcats No. 2 finisher.

Gunn (2-0, 4-1) took care of business in its league match, beating Lynbrook, 192-210, at Deep Cliff Golf Club on Thursday.

Lydia Tsai led the way for the Titans, shooting a 36. She was followed by Lucy Lamb and Sabrina Chen, each at 38 and Isha Mohan and Isabella Yu at 40.

At Popular Creek Golf Club, Sacred Heart Prep (1-1, 1-2) received consistent rounds from all six golfers, who were within four strokes of each other in a 226-248 WBAL victory over Mercy Burlingame.

Lauren von Thaden shot the low score of the day at 43, followed by Cami Steppe at 44, Sinead Haley and Caroline Park at 46 and Maia Granoski and Emi Hartman, each at 47.

Girls volleyball

Eliza Grover recorded 13 kills and 15 digs to help Menlo-Atherton beat visiting Aragon, 25-20, 25-17, 25-14, in a PAL Bay Division match Thursday.

The Bears (2-0, 3-4), who will compete in the Chris Chandler Invitational at Menlo School this weekend, won their third straight following a four-game slide against some of the top teams in the nation.

Michigan-bound Jacqueline DiSanto was active everywhere on the court, getting 10 kills on a .526 hitting percentage, serving four aces and accumulating eight digs.

Kiana Sales and Lauren Heller combined for another 22 digs and Casey Olsen contributed 31 assists and seven digs.

At Sacred Heart Prep, the Gators downed visiting Cupertino, 25-18, 25-10, 25-17, in a nonleaue match as Cate Desler and Natalie Zimits each recorded 10 kills.

Sammy Phillips added nine kills for Sacred Heart Prep (8-3), which is also entered in the Chris Chandler Invitational.

Caroline Caruso added 12 digs and setters Hailey Martella and Alexa Thompson shared equally in providing 34 assists.

Senior Elle Kass continued her success as Castilleja's libero, recording 14 dig and serving five aces in the Gators' 25-15, 25-17, 25-18 victory over host Priory in a West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division match.

Gwen Cusing had nine kills, a pair of aces and 12 digs for Castilleja (1-1, 4-8). Priory is 0-2 (1-4).

Also in the WBAL Skyline Division, league-leader Mercy Burlingame topped Pinewood, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20, at Serra High in San Mateo.

Gabrielle Krohn recorded 14 kills for the Panthers (0-2, 2-6). Madeleine Escher added eight aces.

Woodside beat visiting Mills, 25-18, 25-23, 25-20, in a PAL Ocean Division match. The Wildcats are 2-0, 5-5 overall.

The tournament is named in honor of longtime Menlo School

volleyball program supporter Chris Chandler, the husband of Menlo School dance teacher, Jan Chandler.

Chris, along with Jan, supported Menlo volleyball, and he flew down to Southern California to watch the Knights play Loyola Marymount in the 2000 state championship. Chris died in a bicycle accident in 2010.

The Chris Chandler Invitational showcases a strong field of 12 Central Coast Section teams, including defending CCS Division I champion Menlo-Atherton and CCS Division III finalist Menlo, as well as section playoff contenders from Division I through Division IV. This year’s event begins with pool play first serve at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Boys water polo

Quinn Hamilton had seven goals, Jack Mallery and Aaron Babian each added four goals and Gunn remained unbeaten in SCVAL play Thursday, beating host Los Gatos, 17-13.

Patrick Zhao added a pair of goals for the Titans (4-0, 5-4), who travel to Monta Vista for a 3:30 p.m. league contest on Tuesday.

Gunn is the lone unbeaten in the league after handing Palo Alto its first loss earlier in the week. The Vikings (3-1, 5-3) are alone in second place after beating host Los Altos (2-2, 4-3), 11-10.

Palo Alto hosts winless Wilcox (0-4, 0-7) at Gunn on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Girls' water polo

Sylvia Illouz scored three times and Zoe Banks stopped 15 shots to help Gunn top visiting Los Gatos, 7-4, in a SCVAL contest Thursday.

The Titans (4-0, 7-1) also got two goals each from Cooper McKenna and Mikaela Wayne. Gunn visits Fremont for a 6:15 p.m. league clash on Tuesday.

Palo Alto (1-3, 4-7) dropped an 11-4 decision to host Los Altos, getting goals from Sophie Frick, Holly Chiao, Haley Chalmers and Maddie Buecheler. The Vikings host Cupertino at Gunn on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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