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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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Eagles advance


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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and heavily favored Los Altos High Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division II girls volleyball playoffs.

After the Spartans’ stellar start – they led 13-8 in the first set – the playoff-polished Eagles gradually took control of the match. Second-seeded Los Altos (31-5) rallied to take the first set 25-21 and cruised to double-digit wins in the next two games to advance to today’s semifinals.

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Mtn. View boys volleyball coach steps down for family reasons

Mountain View High boys volleyball coach M. Anthony Chen – who guided the Spartans to section and regional titles this year – last week announced his resignation so he can devote more time to his family. It’s the same reason he cited for resigning as girls coach last spring.

“Because of the birth of my first child in August, I have decided to also step down as the boys coach to spend more time with my family,” Chen said Nov. 11. “I have done this coaching thing for the better part of 18 years, and want to give the kind of attention to my son that I was able to give to this sport.”

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