Sacred Heart Prep volleyball bounces back from tough loss


Bouncing back from a tough five-set loss to nationally ranked Palo Alto earlier in the week, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team swept by visiting Carlmont on Thursday, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14, in nonleague action.

"Overall, we did a lot of good things, but Prep is just better than us right now," said Carlmont coach Chris Crader, the former Menlo School coach. "As I told the girls after the match, 10 months ago seven of their nine main players were starting in the state championship match, and nine of our 14 girls were on JV. We've been working hard the last five weeks, but we haven't caught up yet. But the experience will serve us well."

Senior Sarah Daschbach led the Gators (7-3) with nine kills, nine digs and four aces while junior Ellie Shannon added eight kills and four blocks. SHP senior Jesse Ebner finished the quick match with seven kills and four blocks while senior Olivia Bertolacci contributed 17 digs. Setters Jojo Kurtzman and Cammie Merten split the duties once again with Kurtzman dishing 15 assists and Merten getting 12.

In Palo Alto, senior Hannah Boland produced 11 kills as host Castilleja swept Saratoga, 25-13, 25-10, 25-10 in a nonleague girls' volleyball match on Thursday. Lucy Tashman added five kills, four aces and nine digs for the Gators (5-3) with Hannah Hsieh contributing 20 assists.

Girls golf

Despite missing No. 1 player Rachael Henry, who was an NCAA recruiting visit to Wake Forest, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' golf team nonetheless had enough depth to post a 223-227 victory over host Harker in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) dual match Thursday at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

The Gators were fairly consistent across the lineup with senior Shelby Soltau leading the way with an 8-over 42. Kennedy Shields was just a stroke back as SHP improved to 3-0. Michaela Hutter had a 44, as did Emma Dake.

Girls tennis

Menlo-Atherton remained unbeaten and atop the PAL Bay Division standings following a 6-1 victory over visiting San Mateo on Thursday. Erin LaPorte, Samantha Andrew and Lindy LaPlante all won in straight sets to get things rolling in singles for the Bears (2-0, 4-4). M-A also swept the doubles behind the tandems of Chloe Rehlaender-Jordan Capelle, Siena Roat-Shumway and Kiko Aebi and Sara Vitale-Amy Kim.

In SCVAL De Anza Division action, Gunn dropped its division opener to visiting Lynbrook, 7-0, at Cubberley Community Center while Palo Alto (0-2, 1-5) suffered a 6-1 setback to visiting Saratoga.

Boys water polo

Priory opened its PAL Ocean Division season with an 11-3 loss at Aragon on Thursday. Eric Turnquist tallied twice for the Panthers (0-1, 1-3) with Ryan Valentine adding the other goal. Max Barnes had six saves in goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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