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The 400th win feels just as good as the previous 399

 

Tiago Bonchristiano recorded 15 saves and the Menlo School boys' water polo team present coach Jack Bowen with his 400th career win, beating visiting Acalanes, 14-8, in a nonleague game Friday.

In front of a large home crowd, Menlo (15-0) successfully put its unbeaten record on the line against East Bay power Acalanes, and improved to 4-3 in the overall record between the two programs.

After a tight 6-4 first half, Menlo broke the game open, going on a 4-1 run. The team was led by Sam Untrecht on offense with 6 goals and Jayden Kunwar with 4 assists.

Defensively, Niko Bhatia led field players with 3 steals, while Bonchristiano added 4 steals to go with his 15 saves.

"It was just great to see goals from so many players," said Bowen, referring to the six players who scored. "And we played a tough, pressure team with a movement offense and were able to rely on our team defense and tough driving game the entire time. This is just a motivating group of guys to coach."

Next week, Menlo hosts another East Bay power, San Ramon Valley, and look to continue their unbeaten streak through the week.

Bowen has compiled a 400-110 overall record since 2000.

Girls volleyball

Priory (1-5, 2-9) beat host Pinewood, 13-25, 10-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12, Friday in a West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division match.

Madeleine Escher recorded 18 kills and Alia Rubaie added 11 kills for Pinewood (2-4, 5-13).

8-man football

Pinewood (2-0, 4-0) beat host Anzar, 46-14, in a Mission Trails League game Friday night.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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