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.

When the season began, coach Dave Winn said it “wasn’t fair” that his team was demoted, despite its last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division last year. He and his players were determined to get back to the upper division, and winning the El Camino guarantees that will happen next season.

Dropping divisions did enable the Spartans to win their first league title since 1990, and Winn said his girls “were pretty psyched about their accomplishment.”

The coach hopes the Spartans – who are 22-8 overall – can continue their winning ways in the playoffs. Mountain View earned the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs and is scheduled to host No. 8 Christopher (13-17) or No. 9 San Mateo (9-14) 7 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

“Before the season started, we had a stretch goal to reach the CCS finals,” Winn said. “That would be a taller order for us, but we’re still dedicated on that mission. Hopefully we have a good week of practice and are peaking at the right time.”

Those captains – Eleonore Johansen, Aidan O’Leary and Payton Shaffer – were among the six players honored Thursday on Senior Night.

Eagles earn fifth seed

Los Altos coach Peter Kim was confident his Eagles would qualify for the playoffs, despite their fifth-place finish in the De Anza Division. He was right: Los Altos landed the fifth seed in CCS Division I. The Eagles are set to host No. 12 Evergreen Valley (14-15) 7 p.m. today.

The Eagles enter the postseason with a 17-16 overall record that includes a 4-8 mark in league after Thursday’s four-set home loss to Los Gatos.

“It was basically the same thing we’ve been going through all year,” Kim said of the defeat. “Without energy and focus, we tend not to do as well, and it was one of those nights.”

When his team plays with energy and is focused, the coach said Los Altos “is hard to beat.”

Lancers make Open

On the strength of its 21-12 record and third-place finish in the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis secured the third seed in the CCS Open Division playoffs. The Lancers are scheduled to host No. 6 Palo Alto (23-3) 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

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