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.

St. Francis swept out of playoffs

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St. Francis High’s Brigitte Canty leaps to make a kill in Saturday’s playoff match against Valley Christian. She led the Lancers with 12 kills.

After the Lancers let leads slip away in the first two sets, there was no turning back. The momentum belonged to visiting Valley Christian, which finished off St. Francis in the third set of Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls volleyball final.

The resilient Warriors – who overcame an eight-point deficit midway through the first set and a four-point hole late in the second to win both 25-23 – jumped to an early lead in the third on the way to a 25-17 victory.

Eagles sweep Spartans in league finale

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Los Altos High’s Jackie Wang goes for the kill while Mountain View’s Eleonore Johansen, center, and Lauren Price put up a block.

It’s going to take more than a few broken toes to prevent Los Altos High’s Kat Mumm from playing volleyball – especially against rival Mountain View in the league finale.

The outside hitter played through the pain to help the Eagles sweep the Spartans Thursday.

Donors dig deep to fight cancer

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The Los Altos High girls varsity volleyball team.

The Los Altos High varsity girls volleyball team and junior-varsity squad joined forces with the Palo Alto High volleyball program Thursday night for the 2016 Dig Pink Rally to fight breast cancer.

People who attended the varsity and JV matches between the schools were encouraged to donate money to the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit charity that raises awareness and funds for the treatment of the disease. Through onsite donations, bake-sale proceeds and fundraising websites, the rally raised $5,200, according to Dig Pink Chairwoman Debbie Chen, which exceeded last year’s total by more than $2,000.

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