Gunn boys win; stay ahead in SCVAL water polo race


Quinn Hamilton recorded five goals to help keep the Gunn boys water polo team unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division play Thursday with a 16-6 victory over host Mountain View.

Palo Alto also won, beating Monta Vista, 15-3, in a game played at Gunn. Jared Stanley and Jack Anderson each scored four times to lead the Vikings (7-1, 10-7), who meet the Titans (8-0. 9-4) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Gunn pool they both call home for the season.

Jared Stanley
Palo Alto, coached by Aaron Johnson, can grab a share of the lead while Gunn, coached by Matthew Johnson, can all but secure the league title.

Three other Gunn players each scored three goals in the win over Mountain View: Aaron Barbian, Jack Mallery and Patrick Zhao.

Girls volleyball

The secret to Menlo-Atherton's success is in its serving game. The Bears took it to a new level Thursday night in beating visiting Terra Nova, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16, in a PAL Bay Division contest.

Jacqueline DiSanto was perfect on 29 serves, eight of them aces, but for M-A that's not so impressive. The whole team combined to go 74-for-74 from the service line and have a serving success average of nearly 94 percent per game. That's a lot of chances to score.

Combine that with a .242 hitting percentage and a team average of 17.9 digs per set and M-A's current 11-match winning streak can be easily explained. It's that F-word (no, not that one), fundamentals.

The Bears don't make many mistakes, keep rallies alive longer and then punish teams with the likes of DiSanto (12 kills, 21 digs) and Eliza Grover (14 kills). Marit Hoyem, who had nine kills with a .667 hitting percentage, contributes as a remainder to opponents to maintain concentration or else.

M-A (6-0, 12-4) hosts Burlingame (4-1 in league play) on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

Speaking of tough serving, Portola Valley resident Jennifer Buja took it even further in Woodside's dominating 25-8, 25-9, 25-8 victory over visiting South San Francisco in a PAL Ocean Division match.

Buja spent more time at the service line than most do at their local DMV office. She wasn't allowing anyone else to pump up their stats as she was 38-of-38, including 11 aces, from the service line.

Oh yeah, once in a while a ball was put into play, enough for Jordan Crevelt to collect five digs and three kills and Jessica Crowley to accumulate five kills and three blocks.

Woodside (6-0, 11-7) only attempted 44 attacks, converting 26 of them and committing a mere three hitting errors for a .523 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats have a showdown at San Mateo on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The Bearcats (6-0, 10-9) just swept Westmoor to set up the battle of undefeated 'Cats.

In WBAL Foothill Division action, Sacred Heart Prep showed no signs of losing its first league game two days earlier, taking a trip up 280 and 19th Ave. to spread a few numbers on host Mercy San Francisco, 25-17, 25-16, 25-18.

Junior outside hitter Cate Desler continues to put up solid numbers, recording a season-high 18 kills, giving her 218 on the season. She's reached double figures in kills 11 times in her last 15 matches.

There was enough hitting left over for Ally Polverari and Sammy Phillips to grab eight kills each.

The usual setting suspects, Hailey Martella and Alexa Thompson, combined to produce 41 assists. Martella added 10 digs and Thompson recorded three aces.

The Gators (3-1, 14-6) get a few extra days off before traveling to defending state Division IV champion Notre Dame Belmont for an intriguing match. Sacred Heart Prep could grab a share of the league lead with a victory on Thursday at 5 p.m.

In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja topped host Pinewood, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23, Thursday as Ashley Hu put together a solid effort with 11 kills, six aces and nine digs.

Libero Elle Kass added 11 digs and Lexi Stull had six kills for the Gators (4-1, 9-8), who have won 12 of their last 13 sets.

Castilleja travels to The King's Academy (4-0, 10-5) for a key match on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Pinewood (2-3, 3-9) hosts Crystal Springs Uplands and Eastside College Prep goes to Mercy of Burlingame. Priory has a bye.

In the SCVAL, Gunn (4-1, 10-11) beat host Milpitas, 25-10, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18.

In nonleague action, host Eastside College Prep beat visiting Design Tech, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-13.

Kehillah Jewish (2-2) beat Design Tech on Tuesday as Shantal Reyes and Yarden Maoz each recorded six kills. Maoz added six aces and seven digs.

Girls golf

Sinead Haley shot a 38, Caroline Park added a round of 39 and Sacred Heart Prep beat Notre Dame San Jose, 208-281, in a West Bay Athletic League contest at Los Lagos Golf Club on Thursday.

Girls water polo

Sabrina Hall had three goals to help Palo Alto beat Fremont, 9-2, in a game played at Gunn. The Vikings (3-4, 6-8) led, 5-0, at halftime.

Gunn (5-1, 9-2) suffered its first league loss, falling to host Mountain View (5-2, 13-2), 10-9.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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