Menlo's Houghton, Xu named to All-America volleyball team


Menlo School senior libero Jessica Houghton and sophomore outside hitter-setter Selina Xu were named to MaxPreps' Small Schools All-American Girls' Volleyball team it was learned Wednesday.

Xu landed on the second team and Houghton earned a spot on the third team as the Knights won their first state volleyball title.

Jessica Houghton
Houghton averaged 4.4 digs and recorded 42 aces among her 238 service points.

Houghton recorded a season-best 29 digs in a league match against Notre Dame-San Jose. She had 34 digs against Harker during her junior year. Houghton also recorded a career-high eight aces in a five-set loss to the Bears early this year.

Xu ranked second on the team with 198 kills, to Ashley Dreyer's 240, despite splitting setter duties with Kristin Sellers all year. She matched her career best with 12 kills and hit .444 against Point Loma in the state title game.

Xu, one of six players with at least 100 kills, was also second on the Knights with 41 aces and 34 blocks.

Boys' wrestling

Palo Alto's Seth Goyal completed an undefeated run to the title of the 133-pound division at the California Coast Classic with a dominating 7-2 victory in the championship bout on Wednesday in Aptos.

Goyal earned the championship with a first-round pin in 83 seconds and four decisions by the combined score of 38-3.

Vikings' Andrew Wang (126) and Calvin Grewal (120) also placed at the 66-team tournament, helping Paly finish 29th with 52 points. Clovis won the team title with 282 points.

Wang recorded a sudden victory, 7-5, in the seventh-place match after going 1-2 in three earlier bouts. He recorded a pin in 4:47 to reach the placement rounds.

Grewal, who was knocked out of the championship bracket by the eventual winner, reached the seventh-place match before falling, 6-4. A pair of decisions, including a sudden victory, got him to the placement rounds.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the California Coast Wrestling Classic, which has been run since 1976 by Pat Lovell, also the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League commissioner, will be renamed starting in 2017.

According to Reggie Roberts, head coach at Aptos High, the tournament will henceforth be called the Pat Lovell Holiday Classic.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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