Prep report: Menlo adds another girls tennis victory

Sophomore Addie Ahlstrom won her match at No. 1 singles for the Knights.

It's an open secret that no one wants to reveal but 'The Streak' has taken on a life of its own and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

Menlo School's girls' tennis won its 253rd consecutive regular season match Tuesday, beating host Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match that likely means the Knights (11-5, 5-0) will finish yet another league season undefeated.

Isa Robinson
The Gators (8-5, 5-1) came into the match the only other unbeaten WBAL team. Sacred Heart Prep did manage to win a point, just the second allowed by Menlo during league competition this season.

As usual, it started at the top of the singles ladder and made its way through until the Gators' No. 3 doubles team of Natalie Dias and Lindsay Marcus put together a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Menlo's Charlotte Lee and Kyra Geschke.

All three doubles matches were competitive, with Knights' senior co-captain Vivian Liu and junior Penelope Penfold-Patterson needing to win a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, 4-6, 6-1, 10-7, over Nathalie Rotenberg and Emily McGrath.

Menlo's freshman duo of C.C. Golub and Brynn Brady picked up a win at No. 2 but not before Noorayn Jafri and Sarah McGrath extended the first set, 7-6 (8). Golub and Brady then completed the win with a 6-3 decision in the second set.

Sophomore Addie Ahlstrom has carried the mantle of playing at No. 1 singles with an unassuming dignity since moving up last year when then junior Taylor Gould was sidelined with an injury.

Ahlstrom's 6-1, 6-3 win over Lindsay Lynch was much closer than the score indicated as they traded shots and lobs all afternoon and were the final singles match off the court, which made it the clinching match. Ahlstrom proved just a little more consistent than Lynch.

Gould, a senior co-captain, downed Isa Robinson, who has also had experience at the top of the lineup, 6-1, 6-1, in an entertaining match.

Freshman Tricia Zhang, at No. 4 singles, was the first off the court after a 6-0, 6-0 victory and sophomore Lindsey Ball finished soon after in a solid 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles.

Menlo has not lost a league match since Bill Shine assumed control of both the girls and boys teams in 1996, having won over 1,000 matches combined over the 22-year span.

The girls have won nine Central Coast Section titles and six Northern California titles. The Knights won a CCS record 92 straight matches between 1996 and 2000.

Menlo hosts Menlo-Atherton in a nonleague match Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. before resuming the second half of WBAL play with a trip to Crystal Springs Uplands on Thursday.

Sacred Heart Prep is off until Monday, when it makes a journey to San Mateo for a nonleague match at Hillsdale at 4 p.m. Monday.

Tobey Solomon, Roxana Scott and Mabelle Pasmooij each won their singles matches but Castilleja lost at Harker, 4-3, in another WBAL match. The Gators meet Notre Dame Belmont at 4 p.m. Thursday at Rinconada Park.

Girls volleyball

Emma Spindt recorded 15 kills and 12 digs, Alicia Letvin added 14 kills, eight blocks and five aces and Menlo-Atherton downed host Hillsdale, 25-27, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest Tuesday, setting up a showdown with visiting Aragon on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

The Bears (19-4, 9-1) lost to Aragon earlier in the season and the two teams are tied for the PAL lead.

Senior captain Erica Fischer was critical to the back-row defense, upping 34 digs, while Marit Hoyem roofed seven blocks and added four kills and two aces and Mariah Grover offered a hand with 26 assists.

Woodside (14-10, 5-5) topped host San Mateo in another match, 25-21, 25-15, 25-17, as Eleana Campbell recorded 12 kills and 11 digs. The Wildcats play at Hillsdale on Thursday.

Menlo School downed Mercy Burlingame, 25-13, 25-9, 25-22, at Serra High in a West Bay Athletic League match to remain undefeated in league.

Sianna Highton had 13 digs and seven kills for the Knights (18-10, 6-0), who host Mercy San Francisco at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Simone Adam added nine kills and Abby Holleran had 11 digs.

Sacred Heart Prep lost, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18, to host Harker on Tuesday in another WBAL contest. Elena Radeff had 12 kills and six digs to lead the Gators (10-15, 3-3), who play at Mercy Burlingame on Thursday. Millie Muir added 20 assists and seven digs.

Gunn moved into a first-place tie with Cupertino in the SCVAL El Camino Division after beating the visiting Pioneers, 25-21, 25-15, 25-18, on Tuesday. The Titans (8-1 in league) play at Saratoga on Thursday.

Monica Crichton led the way with 12 kills and Rachel Grant added eight. Livia Bednarz added eight digs. Ana DuBois and Micaela Leong combined for 38 assists.

Palo Alto lost its first league match of the season to host Los Altos, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. The Vikings (15-4, 8-1) visit Los Gatos for a 6:15 p.m. match Thursday.

WBAL Skyline Division leader Notre Dame San Jose downed visiting Eastside Prep, 19-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-14, on Tuesday.

Boys water polo

Playing without a key starter, Menlo stayed with host Bellarmine before tiring and dropping a 17-9 nonleague decision to the Bells.

Noah Housenbold led the Knights in ejections earned with four and Sam Untrecht led the offense with three goals and two assists.

"This was a great opportunity for us to get a lot of different players in during a high level game," said Menlo coach Jack Bowen. "We had a great game plan but couldn't keep up with Bellarmine's speed on the counter attack."

In a SCVAL contest, Gunn lost to visiting Homestead, 10-7.

Girls water polo

Isobel Taylor, Cooper McKenna and Kara Jacobsen each scored three goals and Gunn beat Homestead, 10-7, to remain tied for first with Los Gatos in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Palo Alto beat host Fremont, 6-1, in another contest.

Girls golf

In the WBAL, Mercy Burlingame beat Sacred Heart Prep, 252-278, as Maya Zeidan and Brooke Barron shared medalist honors, each with a round of 42, at Crystal Springs GC. Alexandra Hull led the Gators (5-7, 5-6) with a 53.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Isha Mohan shot a 40 to lead Gunn past Monta Vista, 218-225, at Sunnyvale Muni. Isabella Yu shot a 41 and Rachel Hollett fired a 43.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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