M-A tennis, volleyball each improve to 10-0 in PAL play


The Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis team made it 10-0 in PAL Bay Division play with a 6-1 victory over visiting Carlmont on Thursday.

The Bears (15-5 overall) host three matches next week, beginning with Hillsdale on Tuesday, second-place San Mateo on Wednesday and Aragon on Thursday, all at 4 p.m.

The top four singles players all won in straight sets, with none losing more than two games in a set. Junior Lanie Van Linge went 6-0, 6-1, at the top of the ladder while Julie Marks won the first eight games before her opponent retired at No. 2 singles. Sophia Longo and Nia Zisman completed the singles sweep.

The doubles teams of Sarah Marks and Julia Chang and Natasha Auer and Kate Perri were also victorious.

Woodside travels to Half Moon Bay on Tuesday in search of its first league victory.

In the WBAL Foothill Division, Georgia Anderson won at No. 1 singles to lead Menlo School to a 7-0 victory over visiting Pinewood. The Knights (7-0, 10-6) have won 235 consecutive regular-season league matches, an on-going record, dating to 1994.

Menlo, already missing its No. 1 player from a year ago, played without its current No. 1 player for a second straight match.

Sacred Heart Prep, also without its top player Sara Choy, who had to withdraw from the sectional tournament in Dorado Hills two weeks ago, beat Castilleja, 4-3, at Rinconada Park.

SH Prep (6-1, 12-3) got the clinching win at No. 2 singles, as Isa Robinson beat Becca Row, 6-2, 6-2. Melina Stravropoulos remained undefeated at No. 1 singles.

Castilleja was also short-handed, but made it interesting with wins from Simran Sandhu and Sophia Nesamoney.

The SHP doubles team of Sarah McGrath and Lindsey Marcus earned a tough 7-5, 6-4 win over Roxy Scott and Soline Boussard in the No. 2 spot.

Castilleja (3-4, 11-7) plays at Harker, Pinewood (1-6, 4-12) is at Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo travels to Crystal Springs Uplands for matches at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Girls volleyball

Sacred Heart Prep downed host Harker, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16, and Menlo lost at home to Notre Dame Belmont, 25-21, 25-20, 27-25, in WBAL Foothill Division action Thursday.

Natalie Zimits recorded nine kills and seven blocks, three solo, to lead the Gators (5-2, 17-7), who host the Knights (6-2, 17-6) on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Cate Desler and Sammy Phillips combined for 20 kills.

Selina Xu and Kristin Sellers each recorded 10 digs and 11 assists for Menlo. Sianna Houghton and Mia Vandermeer added a combined 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .410.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto suffered its first league loss, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 25-18, to host Los Altos. Palo Alto (8-1, 14-7) meets host Gunn on Friday night.

The Titans (8-1, 14-11) maintained their hold on first in the SCVAL El Camino Division with a 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18 decision over Saratoga.

In the PAL, host Menlo-Atherton rolled past Carlmont, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, as Kiana Sales had 8 kills, 2 aces and 9 digs; Jacqueline DiSanto added 10 kills and 15 digs and Eliza Grover had 11 kills on a .450 hitting percentage.

The Bears (10-0, 17-4) host St. Francis in a nonleague game Friday.

In the WBAL Skyline Division, Crystal Springs Uplands beat host Castilleja, 25-23, 25-12, 24-26, 23-25, 15-11, despite Gwen Cusing producing 11 kills, 8 aces and 10 digs. Ashley Hu added 9 kills and 10 digs; Lexi Stull had 9 kills and Elle Kass recorded 15 digs.

Castilleja (5-4, 12-11) hosts Eastside College Prep on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

Girls' golf

Lydia Tsai fired a nine-hole round of 37 at the Palo Alto Hills Country Club on Thursday to lead Gunn past Los Gatos, 206-219, in SCVAL action.

Margaret Redfield and Isabella Yu each shot a 41 for the Titans (6-1-1).

Tsai recorded 8 pars and a bogey. Isha Mohan and Redfield recorded birdies on the par 3 5th hole, Mohan from 30 feet and Redfield from 10 feet. Freshman Isabella Yu had a steady round capped off by a birdie on the par 5 ninth.

Boys water polo

Aaron Babian scored five goal and Quinn Hamilton added four as Gunn (12-0, 14-4) maintains the SCVAL De Anza Division lead. Jack Mallery added three goals, Patrick Zhao had two and Roman Bityutskiy also scored.

Girls water polo

Mountain View beat Palo Alto (4-7, 7-11), 11-7, in SCVAL De Anza Division action Thursday. Sabrina Hall scored three times for the Vikings.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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