The Sacred Heart Prep girls’ tennis established the tone for a successful athletic day at the Atherton school, beating visiting Gunn, 4-3, in a nonleague match on Wednesday.
The Gators’ girls’ water polo team quickly followed with a 16-5 West Catholic Athletic League victory over rival Menlo School and the boys’ water polo team ended the day with a 13-3 WCAL win over the Knights.
Menlo did not go home empty-handed. The girls’ tennis team also produced a nonleague victory, beating PAL power Menlo-Atherton, 5-2. The girls' volleyball team added a win over Castilleja.
At SHP, Alyssa Turrene in singles, and the doubles team of Ava Wick and Charlotte de Baubigny turned in gritty efforts to help the Gators down the Titans.
Turrene lost her first set to Sarah Jung, 7-5, and then recovered to force a tiebreaker, which she won, 10-8.
Wick and de Baubigny found themselves in a similar situation, losing the first set before rallying to win, 10-7, in a tiebreaker.
Sara Quinlin and Katie Snyder also won in singles for SHP. Gunn’s top two singles players, Aio Kunimoto and Kaiana Baker Matsuaka, earned points.
Sacred Heart Prep won its third straight match. Gunn lost for just the second time in its last 10 matches.
Charlotte Yao won a key match at No. 4 singles to help Menlo top the visiting Bears. She lost her first match and then rallied to win a 10-7 tiebreaker.
Tricia Zhang also turned in a singles victory and the Knights won all three doubles matches. Lindsey Ball and Brynn Brady, C.C. Golub and Natalie Westermann, and Alex Virat and Elizabeth Westermann each won in straight sets.
Ava Martin at No. 1 singles and Emma Williams at No. 3 singles won for M-A.
Palo Alto downed host Homestead, 5-2, in a SCVAL battle on Tuesday. Erin Li and Riya DeDatta each recorded singles victories.
Jake Tsotadze scored four goals, Griff Price recorded 10 saves and Sacred Heart Prep took charge of the WCAL with its win at Menlo.
Greg Hilderbrand led the Knights with a pair of goals and an assist.
Luke Johnston and Gavin West each scored three goals in helping the Gators (4-0) remain unbeaten. Menlo fell to 4-1.
Brienz Lang scored five goals, Riley Hocker had four assists and a goal and Megan Norris recorded 13 saves in SHP’s win over Menlo.
Ella Woodhead added three goals and Ashley Penner, Alexandra Szczerba and Lucy Homer each had a pair of goals.
Erica Fenyo scored three times to lead Menlo.
Menlo took the court for the first time since NorCals in November 2019, beating Castilleja, 25-16, 25-13, 25-11, on the road in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday.
"We had a little bit of a rough start, but once we got comfortable playing with each other again, I think we started to see some glimpses of who we can be as a team," Knights coach Tony Holland said.
Casti took a 12-10 lead in the first set and then Menlo took over and never trailed the rest of the match.
It was the final high school match for Johns Hopkins commit Roxy Karrer, who will join her club team for a final season before her collegiate career begins.
"Of course tonight was a little bittersweet as it was our last match with Roxy and she did not disappoint: big swings, great in serve and pass and defense," Holland said. We will miss her."
The Knights host Harker on Friday, marking the halfway point of their four-game season.
"Ultimately the goal of the spring season is to figure out how all of the pieces of this puzzle best fit together for the fall season," Holland added. "Tonight was a positive step in that direction."