The Mountain View High boys volleyball team went undefeated in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division last year. It’s probably unrealistic to expect the Spartans to repeat that feat, despite their 3-0 start.
“The SCVAL De Anza is loaded this year,” said coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC.
The eight teams in the division entered this week with a combined 41-9 overall record, and five of these squads have yet to lose a match. That includes Mountain View, which improved to 9-0 Saturday by winning the Campbell Classic. The Spartans went 4-0 at the daylong tournament, handing league foe Monta Vista its first loss of the year in the final.
Jake Stuebner led Mountain View with 33 kills, five aces and three blocks in the tourney. Colton Stearns added 29 kills, three aces and block, while Alec Flowers notched 22 kills, five blocks and four aces. Setter Ryan McLaughlin totaled 86 assists and 10 aces.
Earlier in the week, Mountain View swept King’s Academy and Eastside Prep – behind 12 kills from Stuebner and 10 from Flowers, respectively – in De Anza Division play to remain atop the standings.
“Not a bad start,” MAC said, “but we all still need consistent play to contend in May.”
The Spartans were a model of consistency last year, posting a 26-1 record in the regular season to earn the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs. But several key players on that team have graduated.
“Here at Mountain View, we’re looking to fill the holes of our league MVP, Kurt Dentinger, and starting middle blocker Alec McDonald and captain Alex Dunn,” MAC said. “But we have a good, strong core of returning players, and the team is hungry to get back to where we were last season.”
Mountain View advanced to the CCS final, losing to Mitty in three games. The Spartans still qualified for the Northern California playoffs, however, getting as far as the semifinals.
“We are looking to build upon last year’s finish,” MAC said. “We have some injuries right now, but hopefully by the end of the season we will be where we want to be.”
Mountain View is scheduled to visit Homestead 6:45 p.m. Thursday for a league match.
Five matches into the season, Los Altos has more ties than wins.
A week after tying rival Mountain View, the Eagles shot 208 to tie Homestead March 12 at Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course. The result, coupled with a 192-189 loss to Gunn earlier in the week, put Los Altos at 1-2-2 in the De Anza Division.
“Although our record would not reflect a great start, I am happy with the team’s performance thus far,” Eagles coach Matt Chaffee said. “The way our league is looking at this point in time, it will be a battle for third place amongst us, Mountain View and Homestead.”
The coach added that his team’s goal is to make the league tournament, which requires a top-three finish.
Los Altos’ roster comprises nine returning players: three seniors and six sophomores. Two of them – senior Spencer Katchman and sophomore Kevin Shea – shot rounds of 40 to tie a pair of Homestead players for medalist honors last week.
St. Francis’ struggles continued last week as the Lancers lost WCAL matches to St. Ignatius (191-210 score) and Serra (189-195).
Saturday was a busy and productive day for Los Altos. The Eagles hosted two games, routing both opponents to improve to 3-2 overall.
Los Altos skunked Santa Cruz 10-0 in the morning and trampled St. Ignatius 12-1 in the afternoon. The Eagles notched 11 hits in each game.
Winning pitchers Lizzy Beutter and Marialena Ahern allowed a total of nine hits Saturday. Beutter pitched a three-hitter against Santa Cruz; Ahern shut down St. Ignatius after allowing a run in the first.
Ahern contributed the first win as well, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles. Audrey Jones led the Los Altos offense in the second game with a 2-for-2 effort that included a double.
Wilcox whipped Mountain View 17-4 Friday, dropping the Spartans to 0-2 in the De Anza Division and 1-6 overall. Host Mountain View mustered six hits and allowed 17.
Track and field
The Mountain View girls’ distance medley relay team – Carina Gwennap, Corrina Lee, Amy Lynch and Melissa Reed – placed first at Saturday’s St. Francis Invitational with a time of 12 minutes, 40.20 seconds.
For the boys, Spartans senior Drew Russert placed first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, five inches.
The St. Francis boys and girls swam past host Sacred Heart Prep Thursday, prevailing 118-52 and 90-80, respectively.
Curtis Ogren, Ben Ho and David Ren paced the boys, winning all four events each of them entered. Ogren won the 50-yard freestyle and 500 free, while Ho prevailed in the 200 free and 100 butterfly; both swimmers were part of the victorious 200 medley and 400 free relays. Ren finished first in the 200 individual medley and 100 free, and he was a member of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Courtney Batcheller led the St. Francis girls by winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the victorious 200 free relay.
Host Mountain View toppled Wilcox 6-1 Thursday in SCVAL El Camino Division play. The Spartans’ top singles player, Tytus Chen, and No. 1 doubles team, Jonathan Luxton-Brian Lee, triumphed in straight sets.
Mountain View – which earlier in the week lost to Los Gatos – is 2-3 league and in third place.
Los Altos followed a 5-2 win over Cupertino March 11 with a 4-3 loss to Monta Vista Thursday in De Anza Division action.
Ovi Fritsch won both days, prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles against Cupertino and 6-4, 6-4 at the top spot against Monta Vista. The Eagles went to 3-1 overall.
Pinewood sophomore Gabe Owens is off to a 6-0 start playing No. 1 singles.
Mountain View launched its first varsity season with a 12-10 setback to Sequoia March 12, but bounced back Friday with a 13-5 win over Pioneer.
Yazmin Lancaster led the Spartans in both games, scoring four goals versus Sequoia and five against Pioneer. Goalie Valerie Girerd made eight saves in the opener and seven Friday.
Mountain View fell 9-5 to visiting California High Saturday.