M-A, Castilleja, Paly open CCS team tennis tournament Monday


The Menlo-Atherton girls tennis team opens the Central Coast Section team tennis tournament at home against Castilleja (13-8) on Monday at 2 p.m.

The Bears (17-5) went undefeated in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, while Castilleja finished behind Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division.

Julia Marks, one of two M-A players who played No. 1 singles this season, will also participate in the CCS singles tournament that begins Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Bears' doubles team of Julia Chang and Sarah Tiemann will also participate in CCS individual action.

Castilleja's top player, Wallis Hess, finished third in the WBAL singles tournament and is an alternate for the CCS singles tournament.

SCVAL El Camino Division champion Palo Alto (16-2) also plays Monday, traveling to take on Aptos (15-1).

The Castilleja-MA winner plays at fifth-seeded Sacred Heart Prep (15-4) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. No. 4 Menlo (14-6), the defending CCS champion, plays either Leland or North Salinas. Saratoga (20-1) is the top seed.

Sacred Heart Prep's Sara Choy, the two-time defending CCS singles champion, is the No. 1 seed again this year. She's 75-0 as a high school player.

Pinewood's Haley Matthews, second in the WBAL, is also entered in the singles competition. SH Prep's Melina Stavropoulos and Isa Robinson are alternates for doubles.

Cross country

In the West Bay Athletic League on Friday, Castilleja won the girls' title, edging Menlo, 51-53, at Crystal Springs. Cosy Layton finished sixth as the Gators top runner. She raced the 2.95 mile course in 20:11.6.

Sacred Heart Prep's Natalie Novitsky placed second in 16:00.3 while Menlo's Eliza Crowder was third in 19:07.1.

"It's a really great course with a good amount of hills, but also flats and downhills, so it's a good mix of everything," Crowder said. "We have a super young team but really everyone did their part, and we raced well as a team. I'm excited.”

Sacred Heart Prep finished fourth, Priory was sixth and Eastside College Prep placed 10th.

Sacred Heart Prep finished second to Crystal Springs-Uplands in the boys race. Eastside College Prep was fourth, followed by Menlo and Priory.

Gators' Brett Anstrom won the race in 16:00.3 and teammate Max Cluss placed fourth in 16:17.6. Eastside's Max Velazquez raced 10th in 17:10.2 and Priory's Jack Nash placed 11th in 17:13.5.

Menlo senior Aaron Lee improved his PR by1:28 to qualify for CCS as an individual, as well as senior teammates Ben Zdasiuk, who bested his PR by :52 to finish 20th in 17:39.3, and Nikhil Singhal, and sophomore Josh Eichbaum. Those four finished 20-23.

"We kept it pretty reserved and got the base we needed for our runners to qualify for CCS," Zdasiuk said.


Gunn ended its season losing to host Los Altos, 46-7, on Saturday in an El Camino Division contest.

The Titans (0-6, 2-8) were led by quarterback Edmond Wu, who averaged 91.7 passing yards a game and 117.1 total yards.

Etienne Daadi averaged 71 rushing yards and Solomone Paletua averaged 10 tackles per contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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