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.”


Coach says Eagles aren't rebuilding - they're reloading

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Lulu Kishton goes for a kill as Los Altos teammate Alexis Malgesini watches intently.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team has lost a lot of talent since last year’s rousing run to the regional final.

Three all-league players graduated – including MVP Carmen Annevelink – along with an honorable-mention selection. Oh, and a returning starter may miss the season with an injury.


Semi sweep

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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen, rising up for the kill, posted 15 kills in Saturday’s CCS semifinal sweep of rival Bellarmine.

There was no letup in the Lancers. Although the St. Francis High boys volleyball team had swept Bellarmine three times this season, the top-seeded Lancers didn’t look beyond the Bells when they met in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

St. Francis beat Bellarmine 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 at Independence High, advancing to the final for the second consecutive year.


Dinneen and Jimenez come up big for St. Francis boys volleyball team

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St. Francis High senior Xander Jimenez bumps the ball in Thursday’s home match against Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The way Mike Rubin speaks of Xander Jimenez and Steve Dinneen, one might think he was coaching them in football – not volleyball.

“They are the two most physical players in CCS,” he said of the St. Francis High seniors. “It’s a bit like watching an ox and the Incredible Hulk on a daily basis.”


Eagles fall to Mitty in NorCal final

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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink tries to get the ball over Mitty’s big block.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team withstood a few bumps on the road to last week’s Northern California Division II final, overcoming a two-set deficit against Oakmont in the quarterfinals and repelling a late surge by Redwood in the semis.

But the Eagles encountered a gigantic sinkhole in the title match – mighty Mitty – and there was no getting past the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The top-seeded Monarchs swallowed up visiting No. 2 Los Altos in straight sets: 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.


Owls finish among elite 8 in volleyball

Although the Foothill College women’s volleyball team didn’t get to the state championships, the Owls advanced further in the postseason than ever before.

Foothill reached the third round of the Northern California playoffs, putting the squad among the elite eight in the state. One more win would have sent the Owls to the state championship tournament.


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