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Eagles eye another stellar season


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Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight games.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team is out to prove it’s not a one-year wonder. The Eagles last season reached the Northern California Division II final for the first time, and they are intent on returning.

“Last year was a total surprise for everybody, and it gave us a taste of how a program like Mitty feels every year,” said coach Peter Kim, whose team fell to the mighty Monarchs in the NorCal final. “That taste is driving these kids this year – they want to get back there.”

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Mtn. View shows marked improvement; Los Altos tops St. Francis in tourney final


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Mountain View High setter Cynthia Moir bumps the ball last week versus Westmont.

The volleyball season is just weeks old, and the Mountain View High girls have nearly equaled last year’s win total.

The Spartans entered Tuesday’s league opener with a 7-5 record; they went 8-22 last season and missed the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

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New-look Lancers find their footing


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St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad – the Lancers have changed coaches and have new starters at almost every position. Yet that hasn’t stopped St. Francis from winning as usual.

Friday’s home sweep of previously undefeated Notre Dame-Salinas boosted the Lancers’ record to 6-2 under new head coach Mike Rubin.

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Team with locals takes 13th at Jr. National


Courtesy of Missy Robinson
Vision Blue 18-2 placed 13th in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships earlier this month. Front, from left: Sydnie Ybarratta, Bailee Roces and Kaitlin Tavarez. Middle: Emily Del Signore, Kristi Brown, Megan Robinson, Tori Taormina and Sarah Rose. Back: Assistant coach Fletcher Anderson, Christine Dion, Shea O’Gorman, Michelle Albright, Samantha Nydam, Emily Gigantino and head coach Jeff Kim.

Vision Blue 18-2 didn’t earn a medal at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, but the club team did finish higher than any other Northern California squad competing in its division.

Vision Volleyball Club’s 18-and-under team, featuring local players Megan Robinson (Mountain View High) and Michelle Albright (Los Altos High), tied for 13th place in the American Division. The next-best finisher from the region – NCVC RoShamBo 18-2 of Meadow Vista (Placer County) – took 30th out of the 48 teams competing.

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Mountain View hires Winn as girls volleyball coach

Coach Dave Winn wasn’t going to leave Palo Alto High – where he took the girls volleyball program to new heights – for just any job. But when the position at Mountain View High became available due to M. Anthony Chen’s resignation, Winn couldn’t resist applying for it.

The coach lives within walking distance of Mountain View High.

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Los Altos High grads launch volleyball camp for girls


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Former Los Altos High volleyball players Allie Miller, left, and Ashley Watson run Camp A-Team, a volleyball clinic for girls.

When they met in seventh grade at Egan Junior High, Allie Miller and Ashley Watson bonded over volleyball. They became good friends and great players who starred at Los Altos High in the early 2000s.

Although they now live several miles apart – Miller works as a high school counselor in San Francisco and Watson teaches first grade in Campbell – the Los Altos natives have figured out a way to remain close friends and close to the sport they love to play and coach.

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