MV topples LA in league opener

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Mountain View High’s Kyra Palmbush, left, and Rey Turner, right, try to block a kill attempt by Los Altos High’s Naomie Cremoux in Thursday’s league match.

Unable to match Mountain View High’s intensity and focus, Los Altos fell to its rival in four games Thursday night in the league opener for both girls volleyball teams. The visiting Spartans prevailed 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21.

“The girls knew that we hadn’t beaten Los Altos in a league match in three years and were really motivated to give it everything they had,” Mountain View coach Dave Winn said. “To their credit, they followed our game plan quite well with some really tough serving and excellent passing.”

While Los Altos coach Peter Kim was quick to compliment the Spartans, he also opined that the Eagles underperformed.

“They played well, and we didn’t play to the level we expect,” he said. “We didn’t match their energy and ultimately committed a lot of errors.”

Kim estimated that Los Altos made “50 to 55 errors” – approximately twice as many as Mountain View.

Outside hitter Rey Turner led the Spartans with 17 kills, while middle blocker and fellow senior Kyra Palmbush added seven kills and seven blocks – the last of which came on match point after a long rally. Winn said setters Ashley Kane and Logan Winn (the coach’s daughter) “did a great job running a balanced attack,” notching 20 and 17 assists, respectively.

As for Los Altos, Kim called Katie Kishton “our most consistent player (Thursday) night.” The junior right-side hitter is second on the team in kills this season, behind sophomore outside hitter Naomie Cremoux. Both players – along with Brown University-bound libero Kaitlyn Wong, among others – helped the young Eagles finish fourth in the Milpitas Spikefest I tournament the prior weekend.

Mountain View played in the Watsonville Tournament Saturday, winning it for the second year in a row. The Spartans won all four of their matches in straight sets. Mountain View topped Salinas 30-28, 25-23 in the final.

Turner totaled 22 kills in the tourney, Palmbush added 17 and Winn 13. Kane contributed 48 assists and Audrey Moir had 31 digs.

The Spartans (8-1 overall) are slated to visit Palo Alto 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The Eagles (5-4) are set to visit Harker 6:30 p.m. today and Los Gatos 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

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