The Castilleja girls golf team got to celebrate a big West Bay Athletic League victory Monday, but the Gators will need some help the rest of the week to successfully defend their league title.
Castilleja kept Menlo School from clinching a league title with a 195-215 victory over the previously unbeaten Knights (9-1) at Menlo Country Club.
Perhaps the Gators (9-2) remembered last year's match with Menlo, when the roles were reversed and the Knights kept Castilleja from going unbeaten.
Whatever the case, Castilleja, which shot a season-low round, still needs to get by Harker (8-2) when the teams meet at Los Lagos on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and then hope Menlo loses one of its two remaining matches.
The Knights play Mercy Burlingame (3-7) on Tuesday and Notre Dame Belmont (2-8) on Wednesday.
Sacred Heart Prep (5-5, 6-6), which beat Notre Dame San Jose, 220-291, at Shoreline Golf Links, has the first shot at Harker. The Gators host the Eagles at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Palo Alto Hills.
Castilleja sophomores Divya Tadimeti, Niav Layton, and Alyssa Sales tied for medalist honors, each recording a 37, while senior captain Risa Yang shot a 38, missing a hole-in-one on the 7th green by inches.
"Though we only had five players, we were able to pull through and beat our biggest opponent," Yang wrote in an e-mail. "We can't wait for the match on Wednesday. Hopefully we will be able to break 200 yet again."
Harker will be playing its fifth match of the season at Los Lagos, where it has shot a low of 189 (in a loss to Menlo) and a high of 204. Castilleja plays the course for the first time.
Menlo was led by Sophie Siminoff, who birdied two holes and was the medalist with a solid 36.
Knights freshmen Vikki Xu made five solid pars and finished with a round of 39, Sulwen Ma played five holes at 1-under, and nearly had a hole-in-one on the fourth hole for a 42, and Gianna Inguagiato had four pars and a round of 44, playing seven solid holes.
All six of Sacred Heart Prep's golfers (five count toward the team score) beat the Regents' No. 2 score.
Caroline Park led the way with a round of 40, followed by Maia Granoski at 43, Lauren von Thaden at 44, Cami Steppe at 46, Emi Hartman at 47 and Sinead Haley at 48.