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.

Smith steps in, steps up for Penn State

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Los Altos native Nathan Smith sets the ball in Penn State’s win over Ohio State.

Preparation paid off for Penn State freshman Nathan Smith.

Thrust into the starting lineup due to a teammate’s injury, the Los Altos High graduate played an integral role in the Nittany Lions’ recent upset of Ohio State – ranked No. 1 nationally in men’s volleyball.

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