WATER POLO WINNERS . . . It was a perfect week and weekend for the Castilleja water polo team, which ran its Blossom Valley Athletic League record to 4-0 with a 15-0 rout of Santa Teresa, then went on to win three straight matches and the title in the Lincoln High Halloween Classic tournament in San Jose. The league win over Santa Teresa, sparked by Meg Spiekers's five goals, proved to be merely a tuneup for the Gators, who chomped on the opposition in the first two matches. Castilleja easily downed Monta Vista, 14-2, as sophomore Linda Spieker scored six goals and Meg added three. Lindy then outscored the entire Live Oak team, scoring nine times in Castilleja's 13-7 triumph in the semifinals. In the championship match, the Gators grabbed a 5-2 halftime lead and held on for a 5-4 win. Meg and Lindy combined for three goals and goalie Jackie Provost had seven blocks. Castilleja (18-2 overall) went after the BVAL title Tuesday, playing Live Oak in the final regular-season game. Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, played in a different division of the Lincoln Halloween Classic and wound up finishing third. The Gators had a big weekend, posting a 5-1 record in the tournament. SHP coach Randy Brown liked the work of goalie Anne Miller, who had 11 saves in Sacred Heart's 5-4, double-overtime win over Notre Dame-Belmont in the third-place match. "She stopped two 4-meter (penalty) shots," Brown said. "That was phenomenal." Sacred Heart opened with a 9-2 win over Pioneer, then blanked Piedmont Hills, 11-0; outscored Silver Creek, 15-7; lost to Saratoga, 11-8; and edged Los Altos, 10-8, to set up the final match. Kim Neale-May scored 23 goals in the six matches to pace the Gators (14-6). Marissa Muller scored the game-winning goal against Notre Dame-Belmont and finished with 15 goals for the tourney. Earlier in the week, Sacred Heart swam to an easy 19-3 Girls Private School League win over Mercy-Burlingame as Kyleann Hunter scored six times and Neale-May added five goals. Menlo School, meanwhile, maintained its hold on first place in the GPSL with a 13-0 win over Notre Dame-Belmont. Cathy Holmberg scored six times for the Knights.
STANFORD UPSET . . . The Stanford women's volleyball team may be a bit feisty this weekend when it plays host to Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Saturday, both at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal dropped two spots to fourth in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll after suffering its first Pacific-10 Conference loss of the season on Sunday to host Washington State. After polishing off host Washington on Friday, 15-5, 15-9, 15-12, Stanford needed only to knock off WSU to pretty much wrap up the Pac-10 title. The Cougars, however, had other thoughts. They held Stanford to just .085 hitting in Game 1 and .100 hitting in Game 3 on the way to a 15-6, 11-15, 15-7, 17-15 victory. Stanford freshman standout Kerri Walsh did have 18 kills, but also had 13 hitting errors and hit .081. Kristin Folkl put away 14 kills, but her 10 errors knocked her average to .085. Only senior Eileen Murfee hit above .300 for the match, leading the way with 21 kills with just six errors.
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