Menlo-Atherton serves up a winner in PAL girls tennis


The Menlo-Atherton girls tennis team sent its seniors off with a 7-0 home victory over Aragon on Thursday.

The Bears (13-0, 16-5) complete their PAL Bay Division championship season at Woodside on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

M-A will compete in the PAL Individual tournament beginning Nov. 1 at Burlingame and San Mateo.

The doubles teams set the stage for a glorious afternoon of tennis. Natasha Auer and Kate Perri won at the No. 1 spot, 6-1, 6-2, while the No. 2 duo of Sarah Tiemann and Laura Kirk took a 6-4, 6-1 decision. Erin Cole and Libby Kirk completed the doubles sweep with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3.

Elise Kratzer, playing at No. 4 singles, shut down her opponent, 6-0, 6-0, a hint of the depth of the Bears lineup.

Sofia Longo, who played at the top of the ladder last week, won her singles match, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot.

Julia Chang took care of business at No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-3, and Julia Marks took a 6-4, 6-1 decision at the top of the ladder.

In a nonleague match Thursday, host Sacred Heart Prep beat Mountain View, 6-1, as Melina Stavropoulos moved into the No. 1 spot for the day and improved to 7-0 there on the season, beating Elise Joshi, 6-0, 6-2.

The Gators (14-3) split a pair of three-setters at No. 2 and 3 singles. Freshman Isa Robinson dropped a competitive 7-6 (5), 4-6, 10-4 decision to Jayna Dave at No. 2 while Natalie Henriquez outdueled Yvonne Lin, 6-2, 1-6, 11-9 at No. 3.

Katherine Salisbury downed Emma Ukrainczyk, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles and all three doubles team won in straight sets.

Girls volleyball

Menlo-Atherton claimed a 25-10, 25-18, 25-17 victory over visiting Hillsdale in a PAL Bay Division match Thursday.

The victory clinched the outright title for the Bears (12-0, 19-4), who are three games up on second-place Burlingame with two league matches remaining.

M-A, currently on an 18-match winning streak, competes in the Notre Dame Belmont tournament on Saturday before visiting Terra Nova at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Jacqueline DiSanto recorded 21 kills to pace the Bears attack. She had a hitting percentage of .421 to go with 12 digs. Eliza Grover added 11 kills on a .500 hitting percentage. Kiana Sales added 10 kills, a pair of aces and 16 digs.

Kirby Knapp and Casey Olsen each recorded a double-double in digs and assists. Knapp had 16 digs and 27 assists while Olsen added 11 and 17.

The Bears have won 39 of their past 40 PAL matches, dating to the beginning of 2014.

Boys water polo

Sam Untrecht scored eight goals and host Menlo beat Coronado, 11-6, in a nonleague match Thursday.

Knights coach Jack Bowen played for former Coronado coach Randy Burgess, who retired last year with 735 career wins. Burgess' daughter, Alana, is the girls coach at Menlo.

Menlo (22-2) improved to 7-3 in the series with the Islanders as goalie Tiago Bonchristiano recorded a career-high 25 saves in three quarters. Ben Rosenblatt stopped four of the five shots he faced.

Menlo opens the PAL tournament Tuesday at Hillsdale at 2:45 p.m. against the winner of Monday's game between Mills and Aragon. Menlo-Atherton (5-1, 13-4) plays Hillsdale on Tuesday.

The semifinals and finals for both girls and boys will take place at Menlo-Atherton on Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 29.

Castellija meets the winner of Aragon-Menlo on Tuesday at Menlo at 2:45 p.m.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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