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Howard helps U.S. volleyball team bag bronze at Pan American Cup


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Los Altos native Brittany Howard, going for the kill while playing for Stanford University, graduated from the school in June.

Like many of us, Brittany Howard will be watching the Olympics from afar this summer. Four years from now, the Los Altos resident might just be among the lucky few who get to compete in the Games.

Howard played on the U.S. women’s national volleyball team that won bronze at last month’s Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic. Making the 12-member American squad –comprised of college players and recent grads – is seen as a significant step for those with Olympic dreams.

Lancers fall to Granite Bay in NorCal semis


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St. Francis High setter Curtis Reitmeir led the Lancers in assists this season.

The same boys volleyball team that snapped St. Francis High’s 25-match winning streak to start the season has now ended the Lancers’ season as well.

Second-seeded Granite Bay defeated the No. 3 Lancers in four sets Thursday night in the semifinals of the Northern California Division I playoffs. The host Grizzlies prevailed 25-22, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22.

Lancers win another marathon match


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St. Francis High setter Curtis Reitmeir, a junior, registered 53 assists and 20 digs in Thursday’s home match.

Spring break probably could not have come at a better time for the St. Francis High boys volleyball team.

The Lancers don’t need this week to regroup – they’re undefeated – but rather to recharge after playing three marathon matches last week.

Owls ousted from final four of state tourney


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Foothill College outside hitter Riana Brennan is a two-time All-American.

Already beset by illnesses, the Foothill College women’s volleyball team lost its best player to injury during the Owls’ second and final match of last weekend’s double-elimination state championship tournament.

Yet Foothill coach Katy Ripp refused to blame those factors for her team’s straight-game setback to eventual champion Cabrillo Sunday morning in Santa Clarita.


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