|Eagles stun Los Gatos in volleyball, move into tie for 4th with Spartans|
|Written by Pete Borello - Staff Writerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012|
The race for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division got tighter last week, thanks in part to the Los Altos High girls volleyball team.
The Eagles Thursday pulled off a stunning sweep of Los Gatos, which two days earlier upset Palo Alto. The results allowed Los Altos (4-4) to move into a fourth-place tie with Mountain View, each now a game closer to league-leading Paly (7-1) and second-place teams Los Gatos and Homestead (both 6-2). Each squad entered this week with six league matches remaining.
Los Altos began last week in desperate need of victories to keep its title-contending hopes alive. The Eagles had dropped two of their previous three matches, swept in both losses.
That was forgotten by week’s end, as host Los Altos (15-10 overall) lowered the broom on both opponents. The Eagles dispatched last-place Lynbrook 25-12, 25-15, 25-15 Oct. 9, then topped Los Gatos 25-10, 25-14, 25-17.
“Great win,” coach Peter Kim said of defeating the Wildcats (14-3 overall), who three weeks earlier beat the Eagles in four games. “The team was ready to play Los Gatos. We game-planned for their best player and wanted to take care of our play on our end. Los Gatos is a great team and they will not quit. We were just focused and played in the moment.”
Sophomore outside hitter Carmen Annevelink notched 15 kills for Los Altos in what Kim called “her best game of the year.” Right-side hitter Natalie Dwulet and outside hitter Meghan McDermott added eight kills each.
Kim said setter Hanna Koehler (24 assists) “ran our offense to perfection,” while libero Katie Tritschler “was all over the place.”
Mountain View, meanwhile, is coming off a 25-15, 25-15, 25-8 win at Monta Vista Thursday. Hayley Sturgeon posted 11 kills for the Spartans (10-8 overall). Mountain View is slated to visit Palo Alto 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
In West Catholic Athletic League play, St. Francis fell in five games to Valley Christian Oct. 10. Alex Espinosa totaled 18 kills for the Lancers (12-5 overall).
St. Francis’ winning streak ended at six matches last week, as did junior Nancy Xu’s impressive run of earning medalist honors.
The Lancers lost 236-250 to St. Ignatius Oct. 9 at Lake Merced Country Club – despite Xu’s top score of 43 – but bounced back Thursday with a 212-221 victory over Mitty behind medalist Valerie Wang’s 36 at Spring Valley Golf Course. It marked the first St. Francis match in a month at which Xu didn’t post the best score.
St. Francis is 6-4 in the WCAL.
Boys water polo
Mountain View edged Palo Alto 8-7 Thursday to remain undefeated in the De Anza Division (8-0). Rey Castillo and Randy Kenyon scored three goals each for the Spartans (14-3 overall).
Los Altos routed Los Gatos 17-8 Thursday, improving to 8-1 in the De Anza Division. Sam Lisbonne’s six goals led Los Altos.
Bellarmine got even with St. Francis Oct. 10, squeaking by the Lancers 7-6 in WCAL action. Two weeks earlier, St. Francis beat the Bells by the same score.
“Another great St. Francis-Bellarmine contest,” Lancers coach Terry O’Donnell said of last week’s match, won by the Bells with a goal in the final minute.
Shawn Welch scored four goals for the Lancers (3-1 league).
Girls water polo
Mountain View clobbered Cupertino 17-1 Thursday, improving to 5-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 6-4 overall. Emma Frerichs scored three goals for the Spartans, while goalies Paige Taylor and Daniela Turner totaled four and eight saves, respectively.
Los Altos fell to Los Gatos and Homestead last week, dropping to 4-5 in the De Anza Division and 6-14 overall.
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