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Knights, Bears advance in CCS girls' tennis tournament

Several locals will be playing in the NCAA Division II tournament this weekend

Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton each advanced into the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section girls' tennis tournament with victories Tuesday.

The Bears (19-5) edged host Sacred Heart Prep (15-5), 4-3, while Menlo earned a 6-1 victory over Leland.


Becca Raffel

Jade Schoenberger
The fifth-seeded Knights (15-6) plays at No. 4 St. Ignatius (19-1) on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Golden Gate Park. Unseeded M-A meets No. 3 St. Francis at Cuesta Park at 2 p.m. Thursday.

In singles, sophomore Taylor Gould sailed to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Sera Kumar at No.1 and senior Georgia Anderson defeated Melissa Guo 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Knights No. 3 Elika Eshghi, a junior, beat Eura Choi 6-1, 6-4. Vida Saffari dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Leland's Aivy Tran.

Menlo doubles teams swept, including senior Kaitlin Hao and sophomore Vivian Liu, who cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sarika Sriram and Ritika Choudhary at No. 1.

Junior Lauren Creamer and freshman Penelope Penfold-Patterson defeated Anna Dinh and Sarah Tsukiji 6-1, 4-6 (7-4) at No.2 doubles. Senior Ellie Lieberman and freshman Charlotte Lee prevailed over Nomita Chandra and Shaida Taghavi 6-1, 6-3 at three doubles.

Women's volleyball

Palo Alto grad Becca Raffel is one of several local players who will compete in the NCAA Division III tournament beginning Friday.

Raffel, a junior outside hitter for NESCAC champion Middlebury College, leads the team with 285 overall kills and 3.06 kills per set. She's second with 269 digs.

The Panthers (18-8) open at the SUNY Brockport regional and will meet Ithaca in the first round.

Paly grad Jade Schoenberger plays for SCAC Champion Trinity-Texas. The sophomore is a full-time starter for the Tigers (27-7) and averages nearly two kills a set. Trinity opens against Hendrix on Friday.

Gunn grad Erica Johnston plays for Centennial Conference Champion Johns Hopkins and has enjoyed a banner career thus far. The junior outside hitter has 570 career kills to date and 96 aces.

The Blue Jays (19-8) will face Christopher Newport Friday.

Menlo grad Sarah Bruml joins Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (23-3), ranked fourth nationally, at the NCAA tournament where they take on Colorado College.

Menlo grad Maddie Stewart plays for Tufts, who earned an at-large bid after falling to Middlebury in the NESCAC final. She averages 1.72 kills per set.

The Jumbos host an NCAA Division III Regional that opens Friday. Tufts (24-3) faces Maine Maritime Academy (22-8) in the first round.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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