Town Crier Sports Editor
Los Altos spikes Mountain View in three games
Los Altos' girls volleyball team was on a mission last Thursday night: ambush Mountain View.
According to senior Alison Burch, the concept arose after the Eagles' loss to Los Gatos two days earlier. "Mountain View is our rival - we really wanted to kill them. Just go aggro," she said.
And so they did, defeating the Spartans in three straight games - 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 - at Los Altos. Los Altos improved to 5-6 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, while Mountain View dropped to 3-7.
In Los Altos' second victory over Mountain View this season, the Eagles benefited from the outstanding play of Burch, Jayme Fulford, Becca Saenz and Kristi Winters.
Each provided several highlight-film moments:
Los Altos Coach Paul Lyles felt defense was the key to Thursday's victory. "We shut down their best players," he said. "We worked with two defensive schemes and executed them. I don't think they had a kill that didn't hit one of our players."
Intimidation was also a factor. "There was a lot of rivalry through the net," said an ecstatic Burch following the match. "But we showed them who's who."
On the night, Los Altos held big hitter Kristi Lezchuk to four kills, all of which came in the final game. But she hustled on defense: During one long rally, Lezchuk made diving digs on a pair of Saenz spikes before she snuck in the third for a point.
Other highlights for Mountain View included the offensive play of Belle Chesler (five kills) and defense of Ashley Fay and Lisa Wurm.
Boys Water Polo
Mountain View received goals from seven different players in its 17-11 win over Los Altos last Wednesday.
Scoring for the Spartans were Matt Stone (six), Soro Salerno (three), Peter Skeehan (two), David Boggs (two), Colvin Pitts (two), David Skeehan and Brian Begun. Mountain View led 7-4 at the half, and kept the three-goal advantage until late in the fourth period. Then, with Los Altos behind 14-11, the Spartans reeled off three goals to seal the victory.
With the win, Mountain View upped its SCVAL De Anza Division record to 4-1 and remains in a second-place deadlock with Los Gatos. The two square off 6 p.m. tonight at West Valley College in their last division match.
Los Altos - which dropped to 0-5 in division play - kept the score close Wednesday with tallies from Marc Hermsmeyer, Steve Joh, Bryan Jones, Cory Nakamoto and Rabindra Watson.
"Los Altos kept pecking away. They hung in there and played really well," said Mountain View Coach Steve McCoy.
Mountain View continued its winning ways last Saturday at the Menlo Tournament. The Spartans notched the title with victories over Leland (10-2), St. Francis (10-8) and Hollister (13-7).
High scorers for the locals, who finished 5-0 in the tourney, were Stone (13 goals), Boggs (seven) and Salerno (seven).
Girls Field Hockey
It was quite a road trip for Los Altos over the weekend. Behind goals from Lea Jaeger, Ani Youatt, Karen Finch and Katie Johnson, the Eagles came home champions of the Chico Tournament.
The Eagles, who upped their overall record to 9-2-4, triumphed over Pleasant Valley (2-1) and Chico (1-0) in early round games, and shut out Davis (1-0) in the final.
In individual victories, Jaeger and Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team, and sweeper Anne Rippetoe was named most valuable defensive player.
Besides only attracting a sparse crowd to a home game last Friday afternoon, Los Altos also failed to put any points on the scoreboard in its 35-0 loss to Lynbrook.
But Lynbrook's running backs Jerry Cabral and Paul Koh showed up at Tom Burt Field - and the duo put on quite a show. The senior stars amassed 191 yards rushing, 125 yards receiving and scored all five of the Vikings' touchdowns.
Koh (who rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 50 yards) barreled in from 10 yards out for Lynbrook's opening score at the close of the first quarter.
Then Cabral took over. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder collected 105 yards on 15 carries and grabbed three passes for 75 yards; his touchdown runs were for 1, 3 and 3 yards, while his TD reception was an exciting 58-yard cross-field jaunt.
Los Altos - minus injured Willie Howard and several others - did muster up a few fine plays, including running back Victor Ambruso's 21-yard weaving run and Kevin Sayers' 26-yard reception over the top of a Lynbrook defender.
The Eagles are 0-4 division and 1-7 overall.
- Besides playing solid defense, Fulford broke a 12-12 tie in the second game with a punching, cross-court kill. Karen Tanaka's ace (she finished with four) and Winters' game-winning blast followed.
- Saenz also registered 10 kills, mixing in an array of dinks and rockets. Her final kill of the night caromed off a Mountain View block to end the match.