How volleyball set up Vanacht for success

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Lisa Vanacht (nee Sharpley) – back row, third from right – won three NCAA titles at Stanford.

Since graduating from Stanford University in 1997 as a recruited athlete from Los Altos High School, Lisa Vanacht (nee Sharpley) hasn’t played much competitive volleyball.

Moving volleyball season to winter impacts coaches and players

With the ongoing uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, coaches in almost all sports have had to make adjustments this year.

Los Altos grad leads Hopkins to first NCAA title

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Los Altos High grad Louisa “Lulu” Kishton serves for Johns Hopkins University.

After playing four years of varsity volleyball at Los Altos High School and falling just short of winning section and regional championships, Louisa “Lulu” Kishton recently claimed a title trophy in the sport.

In her senior season at Johns Hopkins University, Kishton led her school to its first NCAA Division III title. The straight-set win over defending champ Emory University completed a perfect fall season for the Blue Jays – and they did it with only 10 players.

Spartans' sizzling start surprises coach

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Defensive specialist Audrey Moir, left, and setter Logan Winn have played integral roles in Mountain View’s fast start this season.

Coach Dave Winn described himself as an optimistic person, yet even he didn’t expect his Mountain View High girls volleyball team to start the season this well. Not even close.

“I figured we’d go through some growing pains,” said Winn, whose Spartans improved to 18-4 overall with last week’s sweep of Los Gatos. “I would have been happy with a .500 season.”

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