The Mountain View High boys volleyball team is no longer undefeated – losing twice over the weekend – but the Spartans are still perfect in league.
Mountain View went 4-2 at the King of Cali Tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Bellarmine. The tourney featured top teams from all over the state. The Spartans beat Overfelt and Aptos the first day, then Nevada Union and St. John Bosco the second day before falling to Homestead and St. Francis.
Although Mountain View dropped to 18-2 overall, the team is 8-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, which coach M. Anthony Chen called “the strongest league from top to bottom this year.” Six of the eight members have at least 13 wins overall.
“Homestead returned all of its starters from the CCS semifinal team and Monta Vista is as strong as it’s been in years,” said Chen, who goes by MAC. “Throw in Los Gatos, Harker and Lynbrook – who’ve had stellar seasons – and it’s been a battle. No nights off.”
The Spartans swept Lynbrook April 2 in their lone league match of the week to remain atop the standings. Monta Vista is in second place at 4-1. Alec Flowers recorded 11 kills and four blocks for Mountain View; Colton Stearns added nine kills and two blocks; Jake Stuebner contributed seven kills, two blocks and two aces.
With spring break here, the Spartans won’t resume their quest for that elusive Central Coast Section championship until next week. Mountain View – which lost to Mitty in last year’s CCS final – is scheduled to visit Los Gatos 6:45 p.m. April 16 in league play.
“We are focused on improving upon our finish from last year,” MAC said.
Thursday in West Catholic Athletic League action, St. Francis swept Mitty to stay ahead of the competition. Matthew Larson and Alexander Jimenez posted 12 kills each for the Lancers, who improved to 8-0 in league.
Los Altos sank to 0-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division with a four-game loss to visiting Wilcox April 2. David Stein paced the Eagles with 17 kills and fellow sophomore Nathan Smith contributed seven.
Earlier in the week, Los Altos (4-8 overall) topped St. Joseph-Notre Dame in four games.
Los Altos split its two games against Saratoga last week. The Eagles prevailed 5-1 April 2 and lost 15-1 Friday, putting their record at 2-6 in the De Anza Division and 4-10 overall.
Max Wilber belted a home run and a double, driving in three runs in the series opener. James Oleson went the distance, pitching a shutout until the seventh. He finished with three strikeouts and allowed five hits.
The host Eagles totaled nine hits, three by Duke Myers. He went 3-for-3 with a double.
Friday at Saratoga, Los Altos allowed 10 runs in the sixth. The Eagles were outhit 13-6 in the game and committed three errors. Adam Spielman notched two hits for Los Altos, which scored its run on a passed ball.
Mountain View rebounded from getting swept by Homestead last week by clobbering King’s Academy 7-1 Saturday in non-league action. Nico Mayoral pitched five innings, striking out three, to earn the win. Sam Moore notched four hits and three RBIs.
The Spartans fell 9-8 at Homestead Friday and were routed 14-4 by the Mustangs two days earlier. Ashley Avery recorded three RBIs Friday and Danny Malave notched three hits in the April 2 home game.
Mountain View entered this week at 4-10 overall and 2-6 in the De Anza Division, which puts the Spartans in a tie for sixth with rival Los Altos.
St. Francis, ranked in the top five nationally, dropped a 2-1 extra-inning game to Mitty Friday. The Monarchs scored the winning run with two away in the bottom of the 11th.
John Gavin pitched the first nine innings for the Lancers, striking out 13 batters.
St. Francis shellacked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-1 Thursday, the completion of a game suspended by rain the previous Saturday. Los Altos resident Casey Douglas earned the win with a six-inning effort in which he struck out eight. The senior surrendered three hits; the one run was unearned.
The Lancers entered this week 5-2 in the WCAL, 10-2 overall.
Los Altos blanked St. Francis 6-0 Saturday at the Mission College Tournament. The Eagles outhit the Lancers 8-2. Los Altos improved to 10-7; St. Francis dropped to 6-6.
Mountain View posted a pair of wins at the same tourney Saturday. The Spartans beat Santa Teresa 6-3 and Santa Clara 3-0, boosting their record to 7-3.
The Los Altos boys lost Thursday’s meet at Los Gatos 120-59, but the Eagles did a “great job,” according to coach Seth Tasman. He noted that Los Altos came away from the De Anza Division meet with “a handful of CCS qualifications and personal bests.”
The Eagles won four events, with half those wins provided by Albert Gwo. The sophomore placed first in the 100-yard freestyle (47.92 seconds) and 200 free (1:49.03). Richard Wang added a victory in the 100 butterfly (56.41) and Sean Nguyen triumphed in the 100 backstroke (59.97).
The Los Altos girls, who fell 229-124 to Los Gatos, claimed three events. Freshman Hana Brett won the 200 individual medley (2:13.48) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.89); Riley Fujioka took top honors in diving (189.85 score).
The St. Francis boys suffered their first loss of the season, falling at undefeated rival Bellarmine 108-78 Thursday.
Curtis Ogren and Ben Ho were the only Lancer swimmers to win individual events – two each – and joined forces to help the 200 medley relay prevail (1:36:41). Ogren captured the 200 individual medley (1:51.05) and 100 breaststroke (57.13), while Ho won the 100 free (46.30) and 100 back (54.90).
St. Francis (2-1) also received first-place points from diver Luca Pagano (134.45)
The St. Francis girls, meanwhile, defeated Presentation 104.5-81.5. The visiting Lancers (2-1) claimed six events.
Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers with wins in the 200 free (1:58.77) and as part of the 200 free relay (1:42.27). Kristina Fong won the 100 back (1:00.63), Sofia Montoya triumphed in the 500 free (5:18.46), Roslyn Lu touched first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.23) and Gabriella Ramil was victorious in diving (227.10).
Despite lacking several starters and getting upset at No. 1 boys singles, Los Altos doubled up Homestead Thursday to stay unbeaten. Behind strong play in doubles, the Eagles beat the Mustangs 20-10 to remain atop the SCVAL El Camino Division at 4-0.
“Our match last night at Homestead was a success even though we were missing some key players in our lineup due to outside conflicts, i.e. visiting colleges,” Los Altos coach Stefaan Lodge said.
The Eagles compensated for the loss of starters by sweeping girls doubles and mixed doubles, earning 12 points.
That also helped Los Altos survive losses at the top spots in boys and girls singles. No. 1 boys player Albert Li suffered his first loss of the season; Mustang freshman Gokul Kalyanasundaram stunned him 21-19, 18-21, 21-17. Los Altos freshman Angela Chen fell to Catherine Xu 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 at No. 1 girls singles.
The Eagles, who two days earlier routed Santa Clara 23-7, don’t have another match until April 17 due to spring break. Lodge, however, won’t give them too much time off.
“The team will continue practices to ensure our success in the division,” he said. “The team I feel is motived to put in the work that is necessary to improve their game play on the court.”
Los Altos thumped Fremont 156-173 April 1 at Shoreline Golf Links in a match shortened to six holes because of inclement weather. The Eagles improved to 4-4-2 in the De Anza Division.
Los Altos followed a 6-1 win over Lynbrook with a 7-0 loss to Saratoga last week in De Anza Division play.
The Eagles swept the doubles April 2 against the Vikings, with top team Dhruv Madhok-Sungmin Park prevailing 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. Los Altos (5-4 league, 7-6 overall) failed to win a set against the Falcons Thursday.
Mountain View proved no match for St. Francis, which triumphed 15-7 in an April 2 SCVAL contest.
Sophie Kajfez led Mountain View with two goals; Yazmin Lancaster added a goal and two assists. Spartan goalie Valerie Girerd recorded eight saves.