The Menlo School girls tennis team had its remarkable 266-match winning streak, in league play, snapped last season.
The Knights (3-0) hope to start another streak when they host Sacred Heart Prep in the West Bay Athletic League opener for both teams on Wednesday.
“We never really thought about it,” Menlo senior Tricia Zhang said after the Knights beat Tamalpais 7-0 for the title of the Tyler Nii Champions Cup on Saturday. “It was a good record but we’re more focused on playing as a team and doing the best we can.”
Menlo, which also beat St. Francis Sacramento 7-0 earlier in the day, was working on all cylinders in the tournament hosted by Menlo. The Knights dropped a mere 10 games on the day.
Zhang, playing at No. 1 singles, rolled to 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 victories while No. 2 singles Andra Braicu won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 singles Brynn Brady swept both of her matches, 6-0, 6-0, as did tNo. 4 singles Charlotte Yao against St. Francis and Natalie Westerman against Tamalpais.
In doubles play, Sofia Labatt and Charlotte Makoni earned 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 1.
Hannah Satuito and Elizabeth Curtin at No. 2 and Ellie Hardagree and Evelyn Zhou at No. 3 completed the sweep of St. Francis while Alexandra Viret and Izzy Klugman and Rupal Nimaiyar and Kate Hsia did the same against Tamalpais.
Menlo-Atherton (4-0, 1-0) also hosted two matches of the tournament, beating Homestead 6-0 and St. Francis 5-1. The Lancers (2-1) beat Burlingame in their first match of the day and were without its top two singles players.
M-A is at Carlmont on Tuesday while St. Francis travels to Menlo a week from Tuesday.
Girls water polo
Menlo School downed Castilleja 9-7 in the seventh-place match of the Acalanes 16-team Invitational on Saturday.
Erica Fenyo paced the Knights with five goals and two steals. Nyla Sharma made 10 saves.
Sutchie Ofori-Nyako recorded 15 saves for Castilleja (3-3), which plays at Homestead on Tuesday in a SCVAL De Anza Division match.
Sydney Lowell scored 16 goals in four matches over two days, including a pair against Menlo. Gabby Lewis added three goals against the Knights.
Menlo (3-2) takes on rival Sacred Heart Prep at home at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Natalia Szczerba scored 14 goals and recorded five assists and Sacred Heart Prep swept its four games at the St. Francis Invitational over the weekend. The host Lancers won three of four matches.
The Gators (5-0) edged Clovis 8-7 in their Friday opener as Szczerba provided the winning goal with 1:35 left to play.
Clovis held a 5-3 lead late in the third quarter when Szczerba, who had four of her goals against the Cougars, and Ashley Penner (two goals, two assists) scored to tie it.
The lead changed hands twice and the game was tied on six other occasions. SHP goalie Paedrin Gillett, who had a .650 save percentage in the tournament, made six saves.
Riley Hocker scored a game-high four goals in helping SHP beat Arroyo Grande. The Gators never trailed but the Eagles drew within 5-4 at one point.
In Saturday's games, SHP beat St. Ignatius 13-5 and Leland (without its top player) 12-6.
Szczerba scored four goals, followed by Megan Newby with three and Charlotte Summe with two. Hocker had three assists while Claire Yonsouni and Ella Woodhead each had a goal and two assists against SI.
Penner and Szczerba combined for nine goals against the Chargers. Brienz Lang added a pair of goals.
Gillett finished with 39 saves on 60 shots.
St. Francis downed SF-Sacramento 19-0, Clovis West 10-4 and Robert Louis Stevenson 13-5 before falling to Soquel 13-6.
The Lancers visit Clovis on Saturday, with games scheduled against Clovis West and host Clovis in a nonleague doubleheader beginning at noon.
Menlo opened the Dave Mohs Invitational in Huntington Beach tournament with three victories on Friday to advance into the Division I quarterfinals, where the Knights fell to eventual tournament champion Lakewood, 25-12, 24-26, 15-10.
Menlo (10-5) also fell to Newport, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10, in a consolation match.
Knights senior Simone Adam finished with 57 kills for the tournament while junior Brooke Dombkowski had 41. Senior setter Hanna Hoffman had 80 assists in the five matches.
Hoffman finished with a team-high eight kills and nine assists against Lakewood and fellow senior setter Zoe Gregory delivered 10 assists and five digs. Dombkowski added eight kills and nine digs and senior Alli McKenney added eight digs.
Against Newport Harbor, Adam posted nine kills and six digs while sophomore Cleo Hardin added seven. Gregory and Hoffman each had 12 assists and seven digs.