St. Francis High administrators didn’t have to look far to find their next varsity girls volleyball coach – he was already on campus.
They announced Dec. 16 that Mike Rubin, a physics teacher who has coached the varsity boys volleyball team and freshman girls squad, will run the girls program. Rubin replaces Leahi Hall, who stepped down after five seasons as head coach.
“We are extremely excited about the appointment of Mike Rubin as our new head girls volleyball coach,” athletic director Michael Pilawski said in a press release. “Mike has done amazing things with our boys program and has been an integral part of our girls program the past two years. Mike’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our school and our tradition will surely continue the great success of our girls program both on and off the court.”
Rubin will continue to run the boys team, which plays in the spring. In his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers claimed two Central Coast Section championships and four West Catholic Athletic League titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach in 2009.
“I am honored that the athletic department and the administration have given me the opportunity to lead the St. Francis girls volleyball team” Rubin said in a press release. “As the head coach, I look forward to continuing the tradition of athletic excellence and dedication that has strengthened the St. Francis community for many years. Our goal is to continue to build a program that consistently competes for CCS and state championships through teamwork and diligence.”
Rubin takes over a team that went 24-13 this year and was swept by Los Altos in the CCS semifinals. The Lancers last won CCS in 2011 and captured a state crown in 2010, Hall’s second season as coach.
Although Hall will no longer lead the Lancers, she isn’t leaving St. Francis.
“Leahi is still working at the school and that continues to be her plan at this time,” Pilawski said when the Town Crier asked why she resigned. “The decision to leave was purely her decision at this time.”
Prospect scored on an indirect free kick with 10 minutes left to beat host Pinewood 1-0 Dec. 17.
“We should have won this game, since we had the better chances, but we could not convert,” said coach Michael Tetzlaff, whose Panthers slumped to 1-5.
The Los Altos girls (4-3) won the King’s Academy Tournament by beating Prospect, Aragon and the host team by double-digit points. Three Eagles reached double figures in their 49-32 rout of King’s in the Dec. 14 final: Meg Enthoven (14 points), Katie Munro (12) and Meghan McDermott (11).
That same day, Mountain View claimed the Monta Vista Tournament with a victory over the host team. Jayme Hughes was voted MVP and fellow Spartan Cori Nishimoto made the all-tourney team.
St. Francis (5-2) didn’t fare quite as well in the Terra Nova Tournament final Dec. 14. The Lancers fell 56-43 to Santa Rosa, despite Adriana Frazier’s 16 points.
Los Altos beat host Leland 65-49 in non-league action Dec. 16 behind 26 points from Joey Malgesini. Steven Garverick and Daniel Rosenbaum added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles (4-4).