Local girls volleyball teams ousted in semifinal round of CCS playoffs

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Chanti Holroyd led Mountain View with nine kills against Mitty in the semifinals.

The local high school volleyball teams have the long Thanksgiving weekend off – and they’re not happy about it.

The Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis girls saw their stellar seasons come to an end last week in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs. Only the CCS finalists advance to the Northern California playoffs that begin this weekend.


Los Altos tops Salinas in CCS playoff opener

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Lulu Kishton led Los Altos High with 12 kills in Saturday’s playoff win over visiting Salinas.

When a volleyball team has championship aspirations – like Los Altos High does – even a straight-set win in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals may not be good enough to escape criticism.

The top-seeded Eagles’ sweep of Salinas Saturday night didn’t meet their high standards – and coach Peter Kim let his girls know it during a timeout late in the tight third set.


Owls flying high in women's volleyball; improve to 21-1 with Friday's home win

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Foothill College outside hitter Rianna Brennan leads the Owls in kills this year.

When asked which player on her women’s volleyball team has been playing particularly well lately, Foothill College coach Katy Ripp couldn’t name just one. Or two.

“Rianna (Brennan) is right up there (statistically) – she’s a really good player,” Ripp said of her star outside hitter. “The setters are playing well, too – and the middles and libero.”


Eagles eye league title in girls volleyball

Thursday’s sweep of Saratoga moved the Los Altos High girls volleyball team to 9-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and a step closer to the title.

The only team that can catch the Eagles (25-7 overall) is Los Gatos, slated to host them 6:45 p.m. Thursday to cap the season. Los Altos edged the Wildcats (8-2 league) in five games Sept. 22.


Eagles ascend: Los Altos avenges loss to Mtn. View, climbs to top of De Anza Division

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Los Altos High’s Hanadi Nassif, left, and Lauren Limbach attempt to block a shot by Mountain View High’s Emma Blockhus in Thursday’s match. Blockhus notched 14 kills in her team’s loss.

Los Altos High’s road to retribution has put the girls volleyball team in the driver’s seat to win the race for the division title.

The Eagles have been on a tear since rival Mountain View swept them Sept. 24, avenging that loss Thursday night for their fifth consecutive league win. Host Los Altos topped the scrappy Spartans 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 26-24.


Despite rugged non-league schedule, Owls remain unbeaten in volleyball

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Foothill College outside hitter Riana Brennan tops the team in kills. The sophomore earned All-America honors last season.

There’s nothing contrived about the Foothill College women’s volleyball team’s swift start to the season. The undefeated Owls haven’t ducked anybody – they’ve faced a flock of formidable foes over their first 13 matches.

“We’ve played a tough schedule and we’ve traveled a lot,” said Katy Ripp, in her 12th year as coach at the Los Altos Hills community college. “I think that’s matured us a little faster.”


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