Senior middle blocker Amelia Gibbs recorded 14 kills but the Palo Alto girls volleyball team fell to visiting St. Francis Tuesday night in a nonleague match at the Peery Family Center.
Gibbs hit .400 and added six blocks for the Vikings (3-4), who host Mountain View in a SCVAL De Anza Division match at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
Sophomore Amelia Vugrincic added eight kills and a block. Junior Kimi Lillios had 19 digs and an ace; junior Sophia Krugler had six kills, 17 digs, a block and three aces; and classmate Hillary Cheung tallied 17 assists, 13 digs and eight aces.
“Our defense was the best it’s been all year, and we battled, but unfortunately St. Francis was able to make a few more plays that we did at the end of the last two sets,” said Palo Alto coach Chris Crader. “We did some things really well, but we definitely need to keep improving our execution in some key areas. It’s a frustrating loss, but there’s plenty there to build on, and to give us encouragement as we go forward.”
Senior Grace Thayer chipped in by hitting .429 with four kills and three blocks, junior Trisha Razdan had four kills and four blocks, junior Hyunah Roh had five aces, and senior Rebekah Limb had six digs and two aces. Junior Kylie Mies recorded 18 assists, seven digs and two aces.
Woodside resident Kirra Kellerman had 16 kills for St. Francis (14-0).
In a nonleague match, Castilleja beat visiting Design Tech 25-9, 25-17, 25-11 as Suzzy Wang and Sawyer Ranzetta combined for 27 digs.
Hadley Nunn added six kills and Lila Morrill added 23 assists and eight digs for the Gators (4-3), who host The King’s Academy on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14 victory over host Notre Dame San Jose.
The Gators (8-4, 1-0) host Menlo School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Salinas beat Gunn in three sets in a nonleague match.
Sacred Heart Prep squeaked past Notre Dame Belmont 287-290 in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.
The Gators received steady efforts from Hannah Lesti (52), Alexandra Hull (53) and Hannah Lindquist (55) to lead the way.
Kelly Yu shot a 44 but Castilleja fell to Mercy Burlingame at Crystal Springs Golf Course 248-290.
Palo Alto defeated Mountain View 186-218 in another match.
Ella Sheehan won at No. 4 singles and Alexa Schlotter and Ciara Moses won at No. 3 doubles but visiting Sacred Heart Prep fell to Cupertino 5-2 in a nonleague match Tuesday.
Notre Dame San Jose edged Priory 4-3 in another match.