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.


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.”


Owls off to strong start in volleyball

In her 11 years as women’s volleyball coach at Foothill College, Katy Ripp has never had a team get off to a better start than this season’s squad.

The Owls are 14-4 – which includes a 4-0 mark in the Coast Conference South Division – and rank 13th in the state.


Pinewood lacks seniors – not talent

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Junior outside hitter Mehra den Braven leads Pinewood in kills this season.

With reigning league MVP Mehra den Braven among his five returning players, Pinewood School volleyball coach Michael Shorts couldn’t help but be excited about this season. After a closer look at the roster, though, no one would blame him for being a bit nervous as well.

“Going into the season, I knew that the team had a lot of talent and potential,” he said. “However, it is also a very young team. We have no seniors and five freshmen on the squad.”


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.”


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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