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Natalie Dwulet has played three positions for Los Altos High this season.
Third place is beyond their reach, but the Los Altos and Mountain View girls volleyball teams both entered this final week of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division season with a chance to grab hold of the fourth spot.
The Eagles and Spartans came into the week tied for fourth in the division at 6-6 with two matches remaining and meet each other in Thursday’s finale. Los Altos was scheduled to visit last-place Lynbrook (0-12) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – while Mountain View was set to host second-place Homestead (10-2).
The district rivals are slated to face off 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View. The Eagles (19-4 overall) and Spartans (14-12) have split a pair of matches this year, with Mountain View winning the league meeting in five games.
Although Los Altos coach Peter Kim said his team had hopes of placing in the top three, he wouldn’t be devastated by a fourth-place finish in one of the strongest leagues in the Central Coast Section.
“Fourth would be really good, especially with the teams and players in this league,” he said. “Every match is a battle and every team has at least three or four good players.”
That includes his Eagles. Sophomore Carmen Annevelink and junior Meghan McDermott – the team’s starting outside hitters – “are playing really well,” Kim said. Annevelink notched 18 kills and McDermott 12 in last week’s four-game win over Monta Vista.
The coach also praised junior setter Hanna Koehler for how she’s run the offense and marveled at the versatility of senior Natalie Dwulet, who he’s played at right-side hitter, outside hitter and middle blocker.
The Eagles went 1-1 last week, following the Oct. 23 win over Monta Vista with a straight-game loss to league-leading Palo Alto. Annevelink tallied 10 kills versus Paly and McDermott contributed nine.
The Spartans won both of their league matches last week. Mountain View topped Gunn in four games and swept Lynbrook Thursday behind nine kills from middle blocker Elyse Fitzsimmons and 23 assists by Lindsey Arrillaga in her debut as setter.
Lancers snap streak
St. Francis snapped a two-match losing streak in league by sweeping Notre Dame-Belmont Oct. 24.
Senior middle blocker Stephanie Kellogg notched 10 kills for the host Lancers, who boosted their record to 2-4 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 16-11 overall.