Youthful Menlo girls' tennis opens with win

Four freshmen make their prep debuts in a 7-0 victory over Menlo-Atherton

Four freshmen took the court for the Menlo School girls' tennis team on Wednesday, but they didn't play like first-year players as the Knights cruised to a 7-0 nonleague victory over host Menlo-Atherton.

"We have a lot of good freshmen who did very well in their first match," said Menlo coach Bill Shine. "They didn't show a lot of jitters."

Freshmen Kristy Jorgensen and Christine Eliazo made their Menlo debuts at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Jorgensen handed Julia Sommer a 6-2, 6-0 loss and Eliazo defeated Erin LaPort, 6-3, 6-1.

Paulina Golikova, another freshman, teammed with senior Lauren Robinson at No. 2 doubles for a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 triumph while freshman Jackie Fancher joined with senior Madeline Berry for a 6-1, 6-1 win over Keiko Aebi and Vivian Jones at No. 3 doubles.

Senior Eliza Adams added a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lauren Diller at No. 4 singles while senior Stephanie Carlisle teamed with sophomore Laura Gradiska for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles over M-A's Jordyn Fantuzzi and Chloe Rehlander.

"We have a nice mix of young players and seniors," Shine said. "It's almost a big sister-little sister thing at practices."

The Knights will be on the road this weekend for the annual Central California Classic in Fresno.

In another nonleague match Wednesday, Gunn lost all four singles matches but swept the doubles while falling short of victory in a 4-3 loss at Milpitas to open the season.

Gunn's Peying Lee gave the Titans some hope for an upset when she won her opening game in a 7-6 (8-6) tiebreaker. Her opponent, however, rallied to win the next two games, 6-1, 6-3, to complete the singles sweep.

Gunn's doubles tandems of Cara Lai-Angela Juang, Natasha Allen-Laura Kidder, and Tiffany Russell-Natalie Wilson all won in straight sets to make the final tally close.

Girls' volleyball

Pinewood (2-0) remained unbeaten despite some early deficits and pulled out a 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19 nonleague victory over host Drew Prep in San Francisco on Wednesday.

After trailing in the first game (but eventually winning it) and losing the second game, Pinewood started off strong and led the third game from start to finish. The Panthers trailed in Game 4 at 10-6 and 16-14 before burning some timeouts and eventually rallying to win.

Adrienne Whitlock had 17 assists, Kandace Korver added 19 digs and Lizzy Fields produced 12 blocks to lead Pinewood.

Boys' water polo

John Holland McCowan scored six goals and Nick Hale added three to pace Menlo School to a 12-7 nonleague victory over visiting Serra on Wednesday.

Keegan Williams had 15 saves in goal for the Knights in their season opener while teammate Jack Finch contributed six steals and four assists.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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