Sacred Heart Prep girls win important league tennis match


The Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team made a statement Thursday with its 7-0 home victory over a very good Castilleja team in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division action.

SHP's No. 2 doubles team of Lindsay Marcus and Sarah McGrath highlighted the sweep with a 6-0, 2-6, 12-10 victory over Sophia Nesamoney and Lexi Bundy. All three of Castilleja's doubles team rarely lose.

Taylor McKelvey and Natalie Rotenborg at No. 1 doubles outplayed their counterparts, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, and Noorayn Jafri and Emily McGrath also needed a tiebreaker to win their match.

Meanwhile, Sara Choy extended her winning streak against high school competition to 65 straight with a straight-set victory at No. 1 singles.

Sacred Heart Prep (2-0, 4-2) plays at Pinewood at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Castilleja (1-1, 8-4) hosts Harker at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Menlo School maintained its league winning streak with a 7-0 victory over host Pinewood.

The Knights (2-0, 3-4) have won 220 consecutive league matches, a streak that began in 1994.

Menlo hosts Crystal Springs Uplands at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In SCVAL El Camino action, Palo Alto topped Fremont, 7-0, led by Claire Li, who took over at No. 1 singles for the day, with a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 10-2 victory over Stephanie Cori.

The No. 1 doubles team of Meredith Cummings and Alice Zhang also turned in a solid effort in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The Vikings (4-0, 9-1) play at Santa Clara on Tuesday.

Girls volleyball

In WBAL Foothill action, Sacred Heart Prep went five sets before defeating visiting Harker, 25-20, 19-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-11, while visiting Menlo School went five sets before losing to defending CCS champion Notre Dame Belmont, 27-29, 25-10, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13.

Cate Desler recorded 17 kills while both Sammy Phillips and Natalie Zimits had 12 kills and six blocks in the Gators (2-0, 13-5) win over Harker. Hailey Martella had 30 assists and Rachael Cheung added 13 digs.

In a rematch of the 2015 Central Coast Section and NorCal Division IV finals, Menlo (1-1, 15-5) got a boost up and down its lineup. Sophomore Selina Xu recorded team-highs with 10 kills, 14 assists and five digs. Knights junior Kristin Sellers posted a team-high 14 digs, 19 assists and an ace.

Ashley Dreyer, Grace King and Mia Vandermeer each posted nine kills. Vandermeer added 4.5 blocks. Riley Holland picked up 12 digs.

Menlo took an early lead in Game 4 with a kill by Dreyer and ace by Sellers expanding it to 13-9. Notre Dame scored on a block then Menlo scored four consecutive points with two kills by King and one each from Vandermeer and Xu for a 17-10 lead and the Knights held on to force a fifth set.

The fifth set was tied at 10 and the Kinghts were within 14-13 before Notre Dame pulled it out.

The Knights and Tigers meet again Oct. 13 at Menlo.

Eliza Grover recorded 15 kills and managed 20 digs as Menlo-Atherton remained unbeaten in PAL Bay Division play with a 3-set sweep of visiting Sequoia on Thursday.

Jacqueline DiSanto, restricted to one set, had four kills and Casey Olsen stepped in again at setter and had 37 assists for the Bears (4-0, 10-4), who travel to Hillsdale for a 6:15 p.m. league match Tuesday.

Elise Carlomagno had eight aces in the contest while Chloe Johnson and Lauren Heller combined for another 24 digs.

Boys water polo

Quinn Hamilton recorded six goals and Gunn swamped host Homestead, 15-3, in a SCVAL contest on Thursday.

The Titans (6-0, 7-4) also received three goals from Aaron Babian and two each from Patrick Zhao and Jack Mallery.

Gunn hosts Los Altos on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Palo Alto (5-1, 7-7) kept pace with a 13-12 victory over visiting Mountain View. The Vikings are at Homestead for a 3:30 p.m. match Tuesday.

Girls golf

Playing Palo Alto Hills CC, Palo Alto was five strokes down with the last group coming in.

Jasmine Choi, playing the course for the first time, shot a solid 44 to beat her opponent by ten strokes and gave the Vikings (3-2) a victory over Lynbrook.

Freshman Katherine Sung had the low score for Paly with a 38. Rounding out Paly's scores were Elise Kiya 44, Priya Bakshi 44, Candace Wang 48, and Emily Hwang 50.

Medalist was Lynbrook senior Jessica Luo with a 1-under 35.

Girls water polo

Palo Alto lost to Mountain View, 7-3, in a SCVAL contest Thursday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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