The Menlo School girls remained within a match of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball race with a 26-28, 25-21, 25-11, 20-25, 15-6 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday night.
The Knights improved to 2-1 in league (13-6 overall) to stay on the heels of first-place Harker. SHP dropped to 0-3 and 11-8.
Senior outside hitter Maddie Stewart posted 16 kills and Mia Vandermeer added 10 for Menlo. Senior middle Payton Mack had eight kills and put up six blocks while Ashley Dreyer added seven kills and three blocks.
Freshman Selina Xu distributed 26 assists and had four aces with sophomore Kristin Sellers adding 20 assists. Junior libero Jessica Houghton tallied 16 digs and four aces and sophomore Caroline Bradley added 10 digs and four aces. Freshman Sianna Houghton picked up 17 digs for the Knights.
Cate Desler led SHP with 24 kills with setter Lilika Teu providing 51 assits. Libero Jorden Schreeder came up with 25 digs for the Gators.
The neighborhood rivals will meet again on Oct. 27 at Menlo.
In the PAL Bay Division, a showdown for sole possession of first place was set up as co-leaders Menlo-Atherton and Carlmont both won on Tuesday night. The teams will meet Thursday at M-A at 6:15 p.m.
The defending champion Bears (5-0, 11-3) battled back to beat host Sequoia, 20-25, 25-14, 25-8, 25-18 to maintain their share of first place. Jacqueline DiSanto had 15 kills and hit .313 in addition to adding 16 digs.
Fellow junior Kirby Knapp dished out 43 assists and added 13 digs with junior Alexa Roumeliotis providing 39 digs and junior Kiana Sales contributing 11 digs.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto (3-1, 15-7) posted a 25-9, 25-23, 25-19 win over host Saratoga and host Gunn (1-3, 10-8) fell to visiting Mountain View, 25-20, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23. The Spartans moved to 4-1 (17-2 overall) under former Paly coach Dave Winn.
Gunn held on to first place, just barely, in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League race following a 218-222 dual-match victory over host Los Gatos at La Rinconada Country Club.
"This was a big win for us because Los Gatos was previously unbeaten at home," said Gunn coach Chris Redfield, whose team improved to 8-0-1. "In what has been a bit of a pattern for our team, we started out the match very slowly with only one player (Lydia Tsai) making par on the first hole. Our No. 2-5 players all made double-bogey on the tough par-4 first hole."
Tsai was flawless on the very challenging course as she made nine straight pars to earn medalist honors with a 36. Margaret Redfield bounced back from a double-bogey and bogey on the opening two holes to finish with a 6-over 42. Tiffany Yang had a steady 43 after being 4-over on the first three holes.
In the WBAL, Menlo School fell out of a three-way tie for second place follwoing a 189-193 dual-match loss to Harker at the par-34 Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose. The Knights (3-3) fell to third while the Eagles improved to 4-2 as Katherine Zhu shot a 3-under 31 for medalist honors.
Jessie Rong led Menlo with a 1-over 35 with Sophie Siminoff shooting a 37. Lauren Yang finished with a 39 while Nicole Henderson and Claire Wilson each carded a 41.
Menlo-Atherton maintained its two-game lead in the PAL Bay Division race following a 6-1 decision over host Aragon on Tuesday. The Bears improved to 8-0 in league (12-4 overall) with second-place Burlingame at 6-2.
Sophomore Lanie Van Linge paced M-A with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. The Bears were coming off a 2-2 showing at the second annual Battle of the Bay last weekend
In the WBAL Foothill Division, Menlo School rolled to a 7-0 triumph over visiting Pinewood as the Knights improved to 3-0 (12-1 overall). Menlo now has won 221 straight dual matches, on ongoing state record.
Girls water polo
Gunn kept its slim regular-season title hopes alive in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a crucial 7-6 win over visiting Los Gatos on Tuesday.
"This was a big win for us," said Gunn coach Mark Hernandez, whose team improved to 4-2 in league (6-3 overall). "We're still a work in progress, but Los Gatos is a great team and they always play their best against us."
Gunn trailed at halftime, 4-3, before clamping down and allowing the Wildcats just two second-half goals.
"We came back several times, showing some refreshing mental toughness," Hernandez said.
Junior Mikaela Wayne and freshman Kara Jacobsen each tallied three goals to pace the Titans, who trail first-place Los Altos (6-0, 9-5).
The Eagles maintained their first-place lead with a 10-4 win over visiting Palo Alto (4-2, 9-4), which got three goals from senior Gigi Rojahn.
Boys water polo
Gunn maintained its hold on first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 16-11 win over visiting Los Gatos on Tuesday night. The Titans wrapped up the first half of league play at 6-0 (9-4 overall) despite trailing by 4-3 after one period. Gunn outscored the Wildcats, 5-0, in the second period for an 8-4 halftime lead.
In Los Altos, Palo Alto (4-2, 7-10) pulled out a 13-12 overtime victory over the host Eagles as Winston Rosati scored four goals and Jared Stanley added three. Kevin Bowers and Andrew Josefov each contributed a pair of goals for the Vikings.