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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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Victory over Redwood propels Eagles into NorCal final for 2nd straight year


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Los Altos High’s Megan Wilhelm recorded eight kills in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team couldn’t help but have Mitty on the mind during Saturday’s Northern California Division II semifinal match. The top-seeded Monarchs were almost certainly looming, but the Eagles first had to beat Redwood to get another crack at them.

Second-seeded Los Altos did just that – in four games – to earn a rematch with Mitty in Tuesday’s NorCal final, played after the Town Crier’s deadline. The Monarchs (35-3) swept the Eagles (34-6) in the Central Coast Section final two weeks ago and in last year’s regional championship match as well.

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All is not lost for Eagles


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Los Altos High’s Lulu Kishton bumps the ball in Saturday’s CCS final as teammate Megan Wilhelm watches intently.

Even on their best day, few girls volleyball teams in the country can beat Mitty. Los Altos didn’t have one of those days when it faced the nationally ranked Monarchs in the Central Coast Section Division II final.

In a rematch of last year’s title match, top-seeded Mitty swept the No. 2 Eagles 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 Saturday at Independence.

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