PREP PLACINGS . . . The resurgent Palo Alto High girls tennis team made its first-ever appearance in the prestigious James Logan Tournament a solid one as the Vikings reached three of the eight finals and captured one. Palo Alto's No. 2 doubles team of Michelle Braun and Sarah Bennion dropped its opening match, then won three straight matches to claim the consolation title. At No. 3 singles, Emily Short won two straight matches to reach the finals, where she was beaten, 6-3, 6-3, by her favored opponent from Miramonte, which captured the team title. Paly's Rachel Green also won two matches at No. 4 singles, before losing to another Miramonte player in the finals . . . The Menlo-Atherton volleyball team ended its six-match losing streak with a solid showing in the Spikefest Invitational on Saturday at the San Jose Sports Complex. The Bears took second in their pool with a 2-1 record, then went 1-1 in the Silver Division (second-place finishers). Tracie Hubbard, Heather Sandoval and Cameron Dolan had fine efforts for the Bears during their 3-2 tourney showing in the 16-team event.
SOCCER TOURNEY . . . More than 800 players from many of the top age-group soccer teams in Northern California will be at Greer Park this weekend for the inaugural Tall Tree Invitational tournament. Both the Stanford Tsunami girls Under-13 team and the Palo Alto Cosmos boys Under-13 squad, each of whom reached the State Cup semifinals last season, will be competing in the two-day event, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.
STANFORD UPDATE . . . The Cardinal women's volleyball team and men's water polo squad, both of whom lost their No. 1 national rankings last week, have regained their winning touch. After falling to No. 5 in the AVCA rankings, the Stanford women rebounded by opening their Pacific-10 Conference volleyball season by sweeping Oregon State and Oregon in Maples Pavilion. Senior Cary Wendell had a triple double against the Beavers as she produced 10 kills, 21 assists and 11 digs in a 15-6, 17-15, 15-9 triumph. The following night, Stanford hit .514 as a team to easily dispose of the Ducks, 15-1, 15-6, 15-3. The Cardinal improved to 2-0 (6-2 overall) heading into this weekend's road trip to UCLA and Southern California . . . In water polo, Stanford (5-1) was forced into sudden death before pulling out a 10-9 victory Sunday in the team's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home opener in deGuerre Pool. Brian Wallin scored four goals, including the game-winner, to give the Cardinal its come-from-behind victory. Stanford trailed throughout much of the much until tying the game at 6-6 with 6:43 left in regulation on a goal by Dan Lehoczky. Goals by Brian Pyle and Dan Hancock gave Stanford an 8-6 lead with 5:43 to play, but Pacific deadlocked the match with a two-point goal. Neither team could score in the two three-minute overtime periods, setting up Wallin's heroics in sudden death.
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