The Menlo-Atherton boys' tennis team figured it had made school history when it wrapped up its regular season last week with a victory over host St. Francis. That gave the Bears an 18-0 dual-match record.
Menlo-Atherton, however, was back on the court Monday at Gunn to make up a previously rained out match. The Bears, however, were at less than full strength -- missing their No. 3 and 4 singles starters -- and wound up dropping a 4-3 nonleague decision.
Thus, Menlo-Atherton dropped to 18-1 while Gunn improved to 15-6. Neither team is finished, however. Both M-A and Gunn received top-8 seeds for the Central Coast Section team playoffs on Monday night and earned byes into Friday's second round.
Menlo-Atherton received the No. 8 seed and while host the winner of Los Altos and Monta Vista on Friday at 3 p.m. Gunn is the No. 6 seed and will host the Leigh-Los Gatos winner on Friday, also at 3 p.m.
Neither team, however, is expected to advance past the quarterfinals on Monday. Should Gunn will on Friday, it likely will face No. 3 Bellarmine (17-1). If Menlo-Atherton advances, it will face No. 1 Menlo (20-0) on the Knights' courts.
Menlo is in the same side of the bracket as No. 4 St. Ignatius (19-3) and No. 5 Palo Alto (13-6). The Vikings will open Friday against the Sacred Heart Prep-Carlmont winner at 3 p.m. Paly would have to beat, most likely, St. Ignatius, to get a shot at Menlo in the semifinals on May 12 at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos.
In the upper bracket, No. 2 Saratoga (19-2) is favored to advance to the finals on May 14 at Courtside at 2 p.m. The Falcons are expected to meet Menlo, which has beaten Saratoga twice this season.
CENTRAL COAST SECTION TEAM PLAYOFFS
First round (Wednesday)
Leigh vs. Los Gatos at Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club, 3 p.m.
Piedmont Hills vs. Harker at Mt. Pleasant, 3 p.m.
Salinas at Cupertino, 3 p.m.
Santa Cruz at Willow Glen, 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep at Carlmont, 3 p.m.
Burlingame at Fremont, 3 p.m.
Los Altos at Monta Vista, 3 p.m.
Mitty at Leland, 3 p.m.
Second round (Friday)
Leigh-Los Gatos winner at No. 6 Gunn (15-6), 3 p.m.
Piedmont Hills-Harker winner at No. 3 Bellarmine (17-1), 3 p.m.
Salinas-Cupertino winner at No. 7 R.L. Stevenson (13-1), 3 p.m.
Willow Glen-Santa Cruz winner at No. 2 Saratoga (19-2), 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep-Carlmont winner at No. 5 Palo Alto (13-6), 3 p.m.
Burlingame-Fremont winner vs. No. 4 St. Ignatius (19-3) at Golden Gate Park, 3 p.m.
Los Altos-Monta Vista winner at No. 8 Menlo-Atherton (18-1), 3 p.m.
Mitty-Leland winner at No. 1 Menlo (20-0), 3 p.m.
Monday, May 10 at highest seeds, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12 at Courtside Tennis Club, Los Gatos, noon and 2 p.m.
Friday, May 14 at Courtside Tennis Club, 2 p.m.