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.

Eagles eye league title

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Senior Hanadi Nassif, going for the kill in a match last year, “will be a person we lean on quite a bit,” Eagles coach Peter Kim said.

Although the Los Altos High girls volleyball team’s starting lineup has drastically changed, the Eagles’ expectations haven’t as they embark on the 2017 season.

“We strive to win league every year – no matter who we have and who’s coming back,” said coach Peter Kim, whose squad finished tied for second in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division last season.

Top-seeded St. Francis stunned in semifinals

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St. Francis High’s Curtis Reitmeir, left, and Cameron Allen go for the block against Galileo in the first round of the NorCal playoffs.

The St. Francis High boys volleyball team – ranked fifth in the nation and the top seed in the Northern California Division I playoffs – has encountered few opponents good enough to make the Lancers pay for their mistakes.

They faced such a foe in Thursday night’s NorCal semifinals, and fourth-seeded Roseville turned many of those mistakes into points that enabled the visitors to pull off a four-set upset. The Tigers took down St. Francis 26-24, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18.

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