Allen adapts quickly to new role

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Cornell University senior Logan Allen, right, leaps to make a kill in a recent volleyball match.

Only after switching from setter to right-side hitter this season did Logan Allen realize how much he missed the thrill of the kill.

For three years, the Los Altos native set up fellow members of the Cornell University men’s club volleyball team for kills; this season he was on the receiving end of those passes.

Mtn. View falls to Presentation in volleyball final

Officially, the Central Coast Section Division II girls volleyball final was decided in the fifth set, which Presentation won 15-7 over Mountain View High. However, coach Dave Winn opined that his Spartans lost Saturday’s match much earlier.

“I think it was lost in the first set,” he said. “We started so uncomposed that we didn’t set the tone like we normally do.”

Spartans withstand Bearcats' comeback

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Mountain View High’s Kyra Palmbush, going for the kill, recorded 10 kills and three blocks in Saturday’s playoff victory.

In control of Saturday’s playoff match for the first two sets, the Mountain View High girls volleyball team dropped the third and trailed 17-14 in the fourth after surging San Mateo rattled off seven straight points.

But the Spartans didn’t panic – they talked it out – and rallied for a 25-23 win that sent them to today’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinals.

Mtn. View caps perfect league season, earns top seed in Division II playoffs

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Mountain View High’s Eleonore Johansen goes for the kill against Santa Clara.

Unhappy about being demoted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division this season, the Mountain View High girls volleyball team just finished proving it doesn’t belong there.

The playoff-bound Spartans last week completed their domination of the division by waxing Wilcox 25-9, 25-7, 25-14. Thursday’s home victory ensured Mountain View a perfect record in the El Camino. Not only that, but all 12 wins came in straight sets.

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