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Prep report: Castilleja is the big winner of the day

 
Soline Boussard and Jordan Yau on the verge of clinching the match for Castilleja. Photo courtesy of Cassie Shaw.

Senior goalie Georgia Lewis recorded eight saves, junior Claire Pisani scored five times and Castilleja beat host Aragon 15-4 in a Peninsula Athletic League water polo match Wednesday.

Madison Lewis added four goals and four assists for the Gators (5-2, 2-0), who host Sequoia next Wednesday at 5 p.m.

In another PAL contest, Menlo earned a win on the road, outscoring Carlmont 19-12 for its first league win of the season.

The Knights (4-3, 1-1) host Menlo-Atherton at 6 p.m. next Wednesday. Menlo travels to Los Altos for a nonleague game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Defense played an important role in Menlo-Atherton's 4-3 victory over Woodside. Ayla Huhn, Julia Sherman and Maddie Maxwell each had three steals as the Bears shut out the Wildcats in the first half and the fourth quarter.

Huhn, Sherman, Ally Feeley and Makenzie Hazard each scored a goal for M-A.

In a nonleague match, host Sacred Heart Prep topped Gunn 8-3 as Nellie McAdams recorded eight saves.

The Gators (6-2) host Presentation next Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a WCAL contest. Gunn hosts Palo Alto at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a SCVAL match.

Castilleja shut out the Dons in the first half and took a 9-0 lead into the intermission. Minhee Chung added four goals and two assists. Lexie Triantis also had a pair of assists.

Menlo and Carlmont combined to put 31 goals into the net. The Knights were led by Sophie Golub and Meri Klingelhofer, who each scored four goals. Meg Reinstra, Sarah Donato and Mia Rosenblatt each added three goals. Gillian Bressie and Sydney Bianchi combined for eight saves in goal.

Claire Kerrigan led Sacred Heart Prep past the Titans with three goals. Bella Bachler scored twice.

Girls tennis

Castilleja's No. 2 doubles team of Lexi Bundy and Simran Sandhu had just lost a heart-breaking 5-7, 7-6, 10-5 decision, putting Homestead and the Gators in a 3-all tie at Rinconada Park on Wednesday.

Shadows were crawling across the courts as Jordan Yau and Soline Boussard were in a second-set battle. The Castilleja duo hung on to win 6-3, 7-5, giving the Gators a 4-3 nonleague victory over the Mustangs.

Castilleja (5-2) opened the season with a pair of hard-luck losses but has won five straight since. The Gators host Sacred Heart Prep in their West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division opener at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Castilleja's No. 3 singles Sophia Nesamoney also came back to win key match, earning a 6-2, 2-6, 10-2 victory.

Girls golf

Blustery conditions and oddly-placed flags proved a challenge in Castilleja's 215-287 WBAL victory over Sacred Heart Prep at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club on Wednesday.

The conditions seemed to have affected the match between Menlo and The King's Academy, which teed off 40 minutes later at Green Hills. Menlo recorded its high score of the season but beat TKA, 228-312.

Harker topped Mercy-Burlingame, 219-279, in another WBAL match. Menlo and Castilleja are both 4-0 in league play, with Harker right behind at 2-1, its only loss a terrific 194-197 match with Menlo.

Castilleja meets Harker on Monday at Los Lagos Golf Club while Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo get together at Palo Alto Hills on Monday.

Junior Niav Layton successfully fought off the elements and layout to sot an even-par 36, though she wasn't completely invincible.

"The fourth green was an example," Castilleja coach Donn Levine wrote. "With the pin only 5 paces on the green, most were left with steep, downhill (and downwind) putts. Most putts ran off the green, forcing players to chip back up the hill, with many racing past the cup. Of 12 players playing this uphill 234 yard, par 4, there were no pars. There was only two bogey 5's, two 6's, and the rest 7's, 8's, and 9's."

Divya Tadimeti came in with a 40, followed by Alyssa Sales at 43 and Kelly Yu at 44. Sophomore Hannah Lesti led Sacred Heart Prep.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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