- Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 01:00
- Written by Pete Borello - Staff Writerfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Eagles got swept, but they weren’t somber after Thursday’s volleyball match against the rival Spartans.
Although Los Altos High couldn’t match Mountain View’s height – or stifle standout Brittany Howard (34 kills) – all three sets were close. The host Spartans prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
“Great game,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. “Great energy, and my team never gave up.”
The scrappy Eagles made Mountain View work for the win, posting 73 digs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division match.
Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with 18 digs and 12 kills. Meghan Cyron added 10 kills and Hanna Koehler posted 26 assists.
Mountain View improved to 1-2 in league, 7-8 overall. Los Altos dropped to 3-1 in league, 19-5 overall.
In a battle of defending state champions, St. Francis eked out a five-game win over Palo Alto Sept. 26. The visiting Lancers won 25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 behind 18 kills from Taylor Deaton.
St. Francis claimed the state Division II title last year and Palo Alto won Division I.
The Lancers played at Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 28, recording a sweep to push their record to 13-2 overall. Alex Espinosa had 10 kills for St. Francis.
Pinewood swept Harker Sept. 27, getting five kills from Claire Nolan, four from Kandace Korver and 13 assists from Adrienne Whitlock.
Boys water polo
The two undefeated teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division faced off Sept. 28, and Los Altos came away with a 9-8 victory at Palo Alto.
Matt Orton tallied six goals for the Eagles (5-0 league) and Ian McColl had the other three. Cameron Putnam made 11 saves.
Los Altos met its match Friday, however, falling 15-10 to visiting St. Francis in a non-league game. Orton and McColl each scored three goals for the Eagles (19-3 overall) and Adam Warmoth added two.
Mountain View topped Los Gatos 15-9 Thursday, raising its record to 4-2 in the De Anza Division and 12-3 overall.
Thomas Burch scored seven goals for the visiting Spartans, who routed Homestead 10-3 a day earlier.
St. Francis remained perfect by beating Leigh and Los Gatos last week.
The Lancers beat Leigh 6-1 Friday and defeated Los Gatos 3-1 Sept. 28. Krustina Bassi scored two goals in each game.
St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division and 8-0 overall.
Girls water polo
Olivia Santiago scored four goals and Katy Schaefer three in Los Altos’ 9-5 home win over Palo Alto Sept. 28. Nicole Larsen made 17 saves for the Eagles.
Mountain View fell 17-7 to Santa Clara Thursday, despite four goals from Emma Frerichs.
St. Francis walloped Menlo-Atherton 11-2 Sept. 28 in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller notched four goals for the Lancers and Sami Strutner added three.
Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division matches last week, routing Gunn 6-1 and falling 4-3 to Lynbrook. The Spartans entered this week with a 2-3 league mark.
Los Altos swept Piedmont Hills Sept. 28 in non-league play, with Kacey Incerpi winning 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
The host Eagles improved to 2-9 overall.
Last week’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Prep put Pinewood’s overall record at 3-3.
Cori Inkster earned medalist honors for St. Francis in a 214-220 loss to undefeated Valley Christian Sept. 26 at Shoreline Golf Links.
The Lancers dropped to 2-5.
Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Robinson of Gunn finished the 2.3-mile Central Park Invitational in 13 minutes, 40.6 seconds to win the girls title Sept. 27.