MV Spartans take tourney

Courtesy of Dave Winn
Members of the Mountain View High girls volleyball team proudly pose with the plaque they won for placing first in last weekend’s Watsonville Tournament.

Propelled by its performance at last weekend’s Watsonville Tournament, the Mountain View High girls volleyball team enters league play with monumental momentum.

The Spartans not only won the tourney – they did so without losing a set Saturday. Mountain View swept Gunderson, Watsonville and Everett Alvarez to reach the final against King City. Although the Spartans also won the title match in straight sets, it wasn’t easy.

“We were down 13-6 (in the first set) and managed to fight our way to a 26-24 comeback and harnessed that momentum to convincingly take the next set as well,” coach Dave Winn said.

Maddy Dunkle led Mountain View with six kills, Kyra Palmbush notched five and so did Aidan O’Leary, who added four aces. Ashley Kane recorded 19 assists.

Standout seniors Eleonore Johansen and Payton Shaffer weren’t available for the tournament, and Johansen also missed Thursday’s five-set loss to rival Los Altos due to illness, according to Winn. The Spartans dropped the first two sets of the non-league match, but roared back to force a fifth set that the Eagles won 15-10.

“I was very happy with the resiliency shown by the team in a highly contested match,” Winn said.

The coach added that the Spartans (8-6 overall) “hope to have everyone healthy again as we start league play this week.” Mountain View was set to open Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division play at Wilcox Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline), then host Cupertino 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Los Altos enters SCVAL De Anza Division action on a three-match winning streak, with two of those victories coming in straight sets. The Eagles swept Westmont Sept. 5, beat Burlingame in five sets the next day and edged Mountain View in a five-setter Thursday. Hanadi Nassif totaled 18 kills and Katie Kishton notched seven versus the Spartans, while Nicole Baxley put up 28 assists and four aces.

Los Altos is scheduled to host Saratoga 6:45 p.m. Thursday to open league.

Host St. Francis swept Aptos Thursday behind 13 kills from Rachel Hunsaker. The Lancers, set to open West Catholic Athletic League play 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mitty, improved to 5-2.


Pinewood kicked off its eight-man football season with a 62-0 thrashing of Cornerstone Christian Friday in Los Altos Hills.

Jaedan Bailey completed all nine of his passes, two for touchdowns, and totaled 131 yards. He also ran for a pair of scores.

Jackson Haun rushed for a team-high 67 yards and scored one TD.

Los Altos fell 34-0 at San Mateo Friday, dropping to 1-2 on the season. The Eagles trailed 21-0 at halftime.

Erik Skov led Los Altos in rushing (60 yards) and Vincent Colodny in receiving (two catches for 50 yards).

Mountain View dropped its second straight game, 30-10 to Carlmont Friday. The Spartans played Carlmont even in the first half, but they were outscored 20-0 the rest of the way.

Danny Olsen gained 51 yards rushing for host Mountain View (1-2).

St. Francis proved no match for mighty De La Salle, which defeated the visiting Lancers 31-7 Friday.

St. Francis (2-1) totaled only 1 yard rushing on its 27 attempts.

Reed Vettel went 9-for-16 passing for 140 yards and had a hand in the Lancers’ lone TD – a 29-yard toss to receiver Maurice Wilmer.

Girls water polo

Bolstered by a fast start, Los Altos toppled Palo Alto 14-8 Thursday. The visiting Eagles jumped to an 8-1 lead by halftime.

Brynn Walther scored five goals for Los Altos and Julia Santos added four.

The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 3-0 overall.

St. Francis went 2-2 at the tournament it hosted Friday and Saturday. The Lancers beat Burlingame 14-3 Friday and Las Lomas 12-1 Saturday.

Izzy Mandema scored seven goals in the latter game and Natalie Blanc made three saves.

Field hockey

Los Altos pulled out a rare win against St. Francis, prevailing 2-1 in overtime Sept. 5.

Down 1-0 after the first period, Jessie Bourgan evened the score in the second and Lisa Larsson put in the game-winning goal for the visiting Eagles in OT.

Two days later, host Los Altos (4-1) shut out Branham 2-0 behind first-period goals from Larsson and Elana Eisenberg.

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