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LA volleyball team off to 7-2 start; MV wins cross-country meet

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Los Altos High sophomore Ritu Bhargava races with the ball between a pair of Live Oak players in last weeks season opener.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team has won seven of its first nine matches, and Friday’s sweep of Santa Clara may have been the Eagles’ best effort of all.

"This was our most complete match of the year," coach Jason Kennedy said of the 25-21, 25-23, 25-17 home victory. "For the most part, we did a pretty good job of limiting runs we had a tendency to give up in the beginning of the season."

Kill shots from sophomore middle blocker Heather Sangster and assists by senior setter Rachel Nelson spurred the Eagles' success.

"We started to play better offensively, and Rachel again was able to get everyone involved," Kennedy said. "Heather really stepped up and played her best match of the year with 10 kills and two blocks. The energy she brings to the court is really something the girls thrive off of and she has become a very important part of the team."

A day earlier, Los Altos took care of visiting Burlingame 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 behind nine kills from Paige Logan. The senior middle blocker had 11 kills earlier in the week to lead the Eagles in a 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 win at King's Academy.

Mountain View beat host Monta Vista 25-22, 25-12, 19-25, 25-9 Sept. 9 to improve to 6-1.

Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard had 20 kills and senior middle blocker Melissa McTighe 12 for Mountain View.

Cross-country

Mountain View was shorthanded but still had enough legs to defend its overall title at the Earlybird Invitational Saturday. The Spartans won the 45-team race at Toro Park in Salinas by scoring 52 points, far ahead of runner-up Las Lomas (38) and third-place Bellarmine (34).

The sophomore girls won their division, led by Allison Sturges (first, 19:14), as did the junior girls, paced by Sadie Navarro (ninth, 20:43), and the junior boys, led by Parker Schuh (second, 15:29).

Football

Mountain View opened its season with a 29-8 win at Fremont-Sunnyvale Saturday. The Spartans led 17-8 at halftime.

Los Altos started its campaign by losing 13-12 to Mills Saturday.

Pinewood (2-0) topped Visalia Christian 62-20 Saturday.

Field hockey

Los Altos opened with a 1-0 overtime win over Live Oak Sept. 9. The Eagles broke the scoreless tie on senior Beth Lytle's goal two minutes into sudden-death OT.

St. Francis routed Branham 7-1 Sept. 8, jumping to a 3-1 halftime lead. Sam Mravca scored two goals for the Lancers (2-0).

Girls tennis

Los Altos topped rival Mountain View 6-1 Sept. 8 in a non-league match. The Spartans' lone win came at No. 1 singles, at which freshman Vivian Li beat Jamie Eng 6-3, 6-4.

Atop the doubles ladder, Los Altos' Vienna Rye-Ali Deyer defeated freshmen Megan Joseph-Karly Osborne 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Gunn blanked Pinewood 7-0 Sept. 9, winning every match in straight sets. At No. 1 singles, Gunn's Allana Booth beat Pinewood's Emily Zhang 6-4, 6-1.

St. Francis last week split its first two matches of the season, beating Sacred Heart Prep 6-1 and falling to Saratoga 5-2.

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