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Prep report: SHP water polo wins battle of Valparaiso Avenue

M-A girls golfers improve to 4-1 in PAL Bay Division

Harrison Rohlen scored a goal for SHP. Photo taken Sept. 3, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Gavin West scored six goals, Will Swart added five and visiting Sacred Heart Prep downed Menlo School 18-7 in a West Catholic Athletic League boys water polo contest Wednesday.

The pair also combined on five assists while Jack Vort and Luke Johnston added two goals apiece and three assists combined.

Swart and Vort combined for nine steals and Griff Price made nine saves on a .600 save percentage for the Gators (2-0, 2-0), who are just getting started.

Greg Hilderbrand scored three goals and Tommy Kiesling and Jack Murad each added two for the Knights (5-2, 1-1), who host De La Salle at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Menlo, which suffered just its second loss in seven matches, was within 5-3 when the Gators scored five unanswered goals to take control of the match.

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Sacred Heart Prep competes at the 28-team South Coast Invitational and will take on some of the top teams in the nation. The Gators are seeded first in the Foothill section and will meet either Foothill or Long Beach Wilson in the second round on Thursday following an exhibition.

In a PAL Ocean Division game, Sequoia topped Priory 9-2.

Girls water polo

SHP's Brienz Lang. Photo taken Sept. 3, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first six goals en route to a 16-6 WCAL victory over Menlo. Brienz Lang, Megan Newby, Natalia Szczerba and Ella Woodhead shared the team scoring lead, each with three goals.

Eight different players scored for the Gators (7-0, 2-0), who travel to Clovis for a doubleheader with the host Cougars and Clovis West on Saturday.

Malia Chavinson scored twice to lead the Knights (3-3, 0-1), who meet Presentation at Bellarmine on Wednesday ecvening.

Janet Meng did a little of everything for Castilleja. Photo taken Sept. 15, 2021 by David Lewis.

Sydney Lowell scored four goals and had two assists and Gabby Lewis added three goals and five steals as Castilleja beat Harker 11-7 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest Wednesday.

Castilleja (5-3, 4-0) travels to Los Altos for a 6:45 p.m. league match Tuesday.

Girls tennis

Senior C.C. Golub and junior Natalie Westerman teamed for a win at No. 1 doubles. Photo taken Sept. 15, 2021 by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Menlo earned a 7-0 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League opener at home on Wednesday.

The Knights improve to 4-0 after getting singles wins from senior Tricia Zhang and freshman Andra Braicu at Nos. 1 and 2. and senior Brynn Brady and junior Charlotte Yao at Nos. 3 and 4.

Senior C.C. Golub and junior Natalie Westerman teamed for a win at No. 1 doubles while juniors Sofia Labatt and Charlotte Makoni won at No.2 and senior Alexandra Viret and freshman Izzy Klugman also swept at No. 3.

Gunn dropped a 4-3 decision at Los Gatos on Wednesday in a SCVAL match. It was Gunn's third match in as many days.

Gunn got wins from No. 1 singles Aoi Kunimoto, No. 3 singles Sarah Jung, and the No. 1 doubles of Elise Naddell and Nimisha Sivaraman.

Girls volleyball

Nika Chapman (15) and Alison Xiong go up for the block Wednesday. Photo taken Sept. 15, 2021 by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

St. Francis opened West Catholic Athletic League play with a sweep of host Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday.

The Lancers (7-2, 1-0) travel to Las Vegas to participate in the Durango Fall Classic, which begins with pool play on Friday. St. Francis plays Corner Canyon (2-5) of Utah and Sierra Canyon (11-3) of Chatsworth on opening day.

The Lancers have four players averaging at least 2.0 kills per set, led by Lauren Scheffler at 3.2. She's followed by Erin Curtis (2.9), Taylor Williams (2.0) and Madison Pietsch (2.0), who returned from injury recently.

For the third time in four matches, Palo Alto (7-4) went five sets, claiming victory in each of the past two nights. The Vikings beat visiting Castilleja 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20, 18-16 in a nonleague match Wednesday.

Castilleja (8-4) was led by Jordan Amos-Grosser with 13 kills, six aces, a pair of blocks and seven digs.

Eveliena Pasmooij and Claire Sun combined for 12 kills, 36 assists, 10 aces, four blocks and 17 digs. Ruby Flath and Hadley Nunn added another 14 kills, five blocks, and 17 digs.

Girls golf

Nathalie Benrey fired a round of 41 and Katie Spivakovsky shot 44 to lead Menlo-Atherton past Mills 257-316 in a PAL Bay Division match on Wednesday at Green Hills Country Club.

Charlotte Dunn, Angelina Heller and Jiwon Bae also scored for the Bears, who improved to 4-1.

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Prep report: SHP water polo wins battle of Valparaiso Avenue

M-A girls golfers improve to 4-1 in PAL Bay Division

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 16, 2021, 2:32 am
Updated: Thu, Sep 16, 2021, 1:03 pm

Gavin West scored six goals, Will Swart added five and visiting Sacred Heart Prep downed Menlo School 18-7 in a West Catholic Athletic League boys water polo contest Wednesday.

The pair also combined on five assists while Jack Vort and Luke Johnston added two goals apiece and three assists combined.

Swart and Vort combined for nine steals and Griff Price made nine saves on a .600 save percentage for the Gators (2-0, 2-0), who are just getting started.

Greg Hilderbrand scored three goals and Tommy Kiesling and Jack Murad each added two for the Knights (5-2, 1-1), who host De La Salle at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Menlo, which suffered just its second loss in seven matches, was within 5-3 when the Gators scored five unanswered goals to take control of the match.

Sacred Heart Prep competes at the 28-team South Coast Invitational and will take on some of the top teams in the nation. The Gators are seeded first in the Foothill section and will meet either Foothill or Long Beach Wilson in the second round on Thursday following an exhibition.

In a PAL Ocean Division game, Sequoia topped Priory 9-2.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep scored the first six goals en route to a 16-6 WCAL victory over Menlo. Brienz Lang, Megan Newby, Natalia Szczerba and Ella Woodhead shared the team scoring lead, each with three goals.

Eight different players scored for the Gators (7-0, 2-0), who travel to Clovis for a doubleheader with the host Cougars and Clovis West on Saturday.

Malia Chavinson scored twice to lead the Knights (3-3, 0-1), who meet Presentation at Bellarmine on Wednesday ecvening.

Sydney Lowell scored four goals and had two assists and Gabby Lewis added three goals and five steals as Castilleja beat Harker 11-7 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest Wednesday.

Castilleja (5-3, 4-0) travels to Los Altos for a 6:45 p.m. league match Tuesday.

Girls tennis

Menlo earned a 7-0 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League opener at home on Wednesday.

The Knights improve to 4-0 after getting singles wins from senior Tricia Zhang and freshman Andra Braicu at Nos. 1 and 2. and senior Brynn Brady and junior Charlotte Yao at Nos. 3 and 4.

Senior C.C. Golub and junior Natalie Westerman teamed for a win at No. 1 doubles while juniors Sofia Labatt and Charlotte Makoni won at No.2 and senior Alexandra Viret and freshman Izzy Klugman also swept at No. 3.

Gunn dropped a 4-3 decision at Los Gatos on Wednesday in a SCVAL match. It was Gunn's third match in as many days.

Gunn got wins from No. 1 singles Aoi Kunimoto, No. 3 singles Sarah Jung, and the No. 1 doubles of Elise Naddell and Nimisha Sivaraman.

Girls volleyball

St. Francis opened West Catholic Athletic League play with a sweep of host Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday.

The Lancers (7-2, 1-0) travel to Las Vegas to participate in the Durango Fall Classic, which begins with pool play on Friday. St. Francis plays Corner Canyon (2-5) of Utah and Sierra Canyon (11-3) of Chatsworth on opening day.

The Lancers have four players averaging at least 2.0 kills per set, led by Lauren Scheffler at 3.2. She's followed by Erin Curtis (2.9), Taylor Williams (2.0) and Madison Pietsch (2.0), who returned from injury recently.

For the third time in four matches, Palo Alto (7-4) went five sets, claiming victory in each of the past two nights. The Vikings beat visiting Castilleja 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20, 18-16 in a nonleague match Wednesday.

Castilleja (8-4) was led by Jordan Amos-Grosser with 13 kills, six aces, a pair of blocks and seven digs.

Eveliena Pasmooij and Claire Sun combined for 12 kills, 36 assists, 10 aces, four blocks and 17 digs. Ruby Flath and Hadley Nunn added another 14 kills, five blocks, and 17 digs.

Girls golf

Nathalie Benrey fired a round of 41 and Katie Spivakovsky shot 44 to lead Menlo-Atherton past Mills 257-316 in a PAL Bay Division match on Wednesday at Green Hills Country Club.

Charlotte Dunn, Angelina Heller and Jiwon Bae also scored for the Bears, who improved to 4-1.

Rick Eymer

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