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Carlmont hands M-A first PAL tennis loss in seven years

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team saw its 89-match league winning streak end Monday in a 5-2 loss at Carlmont.

The 11-time Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division champion Bears (2-1, 2-1) last lost a regular-season league match on April 4, 2013, to Carlmont.

The Scots (4-0, 4-0), who have not won a PAL title in at least 19 years, have always been M-A's nemesis over the years. Two years ago, Carlmont fell to M-A 4-3.

M-A's only two league losses since the start of the 2009 season have been to Carlmont. The Bears are 154-2 since the final three matches of the 2008 season.

Carlmont won the match with its doubles play, winning in three sets at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The teams split the four singles matches as M-A's Rayan Cadore beat Iman Shafaie 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Luke Jensen beat Daniel Arakaki 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. Jensen played at No. 4 singles for the Bears last year.

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Carlmont's No. 1 player senior Milad Shafaie beat M-A junior Maksim Lukic, 7-5, 6-4, in a tense battle throughout. Lukic, part of the defending PAL doubles champion, is currently rated a 3-star prospect. He played at No. 3 singles last year.

Shafaie lost to M-A's Tim Berthier, now in college, in three sets during last year's league season.

Doubles play turned into a marathon, as Carlmont's Marcus Zhang, a freshman, and Aran O'Sullivan went toe-to-toe with Erik Hanson and Andy Morris, winning the first 7-5 and then dropping the second set 4-6. The Scots duo banged out a 6-2 win in the third set.

Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, M-A's Josh Wiseman and Ryley Ross pulled out a 7-5 victory in the first set of their match with Derek Tao and Varun Hegde. Carlmont recovered to win the next two sets.

Carlmont has a bye on Tuesday. M-A hosts Mills at 4 p.m., ready to start another streak.

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Baseball

Sophomore Zakary Sullivan struck out 12 and walked one in pitching a five-inning no-hitter as Woodside topped visiting Westmoor 16-0 in a non-league baseball game Monday.

Junior catcher Garrett Faure, a product of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League, doubled twice and drove in five runs for the Wildcats (3-3), who are scheduled to host Piedmont Hills (1-1) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Piedmont Hills beat visiting Independence 7-4 Monday for its first win of the season.

Sullivan retired the first 11 batters he faced before issuing a walk on a full count with two outs in the fourth. He struck out the side in the fifth. Junior Logan Brattesani took over catching duties in the fifth.

Woodside scored 13 runs in the bottom of the third, with the team batting around twice during the inning. Faure doubled in two runs in his first at-bat of the inning and then added a bases-loaded double in his second go-around.

Junior Julian Knapstad led off the third with a double and later hit a sacrifice fly. Senior Anthony Acevedo, who also had two hits in the inning, doubled home a run.

Senior Rockford Pedrin drove in three runs and senior Brendan Smith and junior Brandon Bates each drove in two. Junior Christopher Dodge, junior Jack Ryan and senior Ryan Truby each scored three times.

Boy's golf

Menlo downed The King's Academy 206-225 in a West Bay Athletic League opener Monday at Sunnyvale Muni.

Menlo junior Jeremy Yun earned medalist honors, shooting a 2-over 37. Seiji Yang, a senior, and Marcus Ying,a sophomore, each fired a round of 41 and senior Kripa Dharan recorded a 43.

Sophomore Saaz Ahuja carded a 44 and senior Alex Morgan shot a 49 for Menlo.

Pinewood edged TKA, 209-212, in a league match Wednesday at Sunnyvale Muni. Pinewood and Crystal Springs Uplands were scheduled to meet at Los Altos Golf and Country Club on Monday.

At the De La Salle Invitational, Sacred Heart Prep finished 10th of 16 teams with Thomas Molumphy shooting a round of 79 to lead the Gators and finish 24th overall.

Boys volleyball

Host Gunn knocked off previously undefeated Cupertino in a non-league match Monday, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.

The Titans (4-2) remained unbeaten at home in three matches. They are scheduled to travel to cross-town rival Palo Alto (2-1) for a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division match Friday.

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Carlmont hands M-A first PAL tennis loss in seven years

Uploaded: Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 12:09 am
Updated: Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 3:56 pm

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team saw its 89-match league winning streak end Monday in a 5-2 loss at Carlmont.

The 11-time Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division champion Bears (2-1, 2-1) last lost a regular-season league match on April 4, 2013, to Carlmont.

The Scots (4-0, 4-0), who have not won a PAL title in at least 19 years, have always been M-A's nemesis over the years. Two years ago, Carlmont fell to M-A 4-3.

M-A's only two league losses since the start of the 2009 season have been to Carlmont. The Bears are 154-2 since the final three matches of the 2008 season.

Carlmont won the match with its doubles play, winning in three sets at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The teams split the four singles matches as M-A's Rayan Cadore beat Iman Shafaie 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Luke Jensen beat Daniel Arakaki 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. Jensen played at No. 4 singles for the Bears last year.

Carlmont's No. 1 player senior Milad Shafaie beat M-A junior Maksim Lukic, 7-5, 6-4, in a tense battle throughout. Lukic, part of the defending PAL doubles champion, is currently rated a 3-star prospect. He played at No. 3 singles last year.

Shafaie lost to M-A's Tim Berthier, now in college, in three sets during last year's league season.

Doubles play turned into a marathon, as Carlmont's Marcus Zhang, a freshman, and Aran O'Sullivan went toe-to-toe with Erik Hanson and Andy Morris, winning the first 7-5 and then dropping the second set 4-6. The Scots duo banged out a 6-2 win in the third set.

Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, M-A's Josh Wiseman and Ryley Ross pulled out a 7-5 victory in the first set of their match with Derek Tao and Varun Hegde. Carlmont recovered to win the next two sets.

Carlmont has a bye on Tuesday. M-A hosts Mills at 4 p.m., ready to start another streak.

Baseball

Sophomore Zakary Sullivan struck out 12 and walked one in pitching a five-inning no-hitter as Woodside topped visiting Westmoor 16-0 in a non-league baseball game Monday.

Junior catcher Garrett Faure, a product of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League, doubled twice and drove in five runs for the Wildcats (3-3), who are scheduled to host Piedmont Hills (1-1) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Piedmont Hills beat visiting Independence 7-4 Monday for its first win of the season.

Sullivan retired the first 11 batters he faced before issuing a walk on a full count with two outs in the fourth. He struck out the side in the fifth. Junior Logan Brattesani took over catching duties in the fifth.

Woodside scored 13 runs in the bottom of the third, with the team batting around twice during the inning. Faure doubled in two runs in his first at-bat of the inning and then added a bases-loaded double in his second go-around.

Junior Julian Knapstad led off the third with a double and later hit a sacrifice fly. Senior Anthony Acevedo, who also had two hits in the inning, doubled home a run.

Senior Rockford Pedrin drove in three runs and senior Brendan Smith and junior Brandon Bates each drove in two. Junior Christopher Dodge, junior Jack Ryan and senior Ryan Truby each scored three times.

Boy's golf

Menlo downed The King's Academy 206-225 in a West Bay Athletic League opener Monday at Sunnyvale Muni.

Menlo junior Jeremy Yun earned medalist honors, shooting a 2-over 37. Seiji Yang, a senior, and Marcus Ying,a sophomore, each fired a round of 41 and senior Kripa Dharan recorded a 43.

Sophomore Saaz Ahuja carded a 44 and senior Alex Morgan shot a 49 for Menlo.

Pinewood edged TKA, 209-212, in a league match Wednesday at Sunnyvale Muni. Pinewood and Crystal Springs Uplands were scheduled to meet at Los Altos Golf and Country Club on Monday.

At the De La Salle Invitational, Sacred Heart Prep finished 10th of 16 teams with Thomas Molumphy shooting a round of 79 to lead the Gators and finish 24th overall.

Boys volleyball

Host Gunn knocked off previously undefeated Cupertino in a non-league match Monday, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.

The Titans (4-2) remained unbeaten at home in three matches. They are scheduled to travel to cross-town rival Palo Alto (2-1) for a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division match Friday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Sports Online

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