Eagles, Spartans post 4-set wins over Los Gatos in girls volleyball

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St. Francis High’s Emily Whitenight goes up for the kill in Thursday’s volleyball match against Presentation.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team has won seven of its last eight matches and sits in second place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

The Eagles beat visiting Los Gatos in four sets Thursday, raising their record to 5-2 in league and 19-6 overall. Los Altos prevailed 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.

Two days prior, Mountain View took down Los Gatos in four sets as well. The visiting Spartans triumphed 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19.

“We played great defense and had outstanding contributions from junior setter/opposite Logan Winn (12 kills, three aces) and from sophomore libero Audrey Moir (27 digs, two aces),” Mountain View coach Dave Winn said.

The Spartans weren’t able to carry the momentum into Thursday’s match, falling at home to Palo Alto in straight sets. The first-place Vikings won 25-17, 25-22, 25-11, dropping Mountain View into fourth place in the De Anza (5-3). Coach Winn said Mountain View “had an off night in terms of execution and poise.”

Kyra Palmbush and Rey Turner paced the Spartans (18-7 overall) with eight kills each.

St. Francis sank to 4-4 in the West Catholic Athletic League with Thursday’s four-set loss to visiting Presentation, which won 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25.

Emily Whitenight notched 16 kills to lead the Lancers (21-10 overall).

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Mountain View won a pair of De Anza Division games last week to remain undefeated. The Spartans followed a 13-5 rout of host Los Gatos Oct. 2 with a 10-7 home win over Palo Alto Thursday.

Mountain View improved to 9-0 in league and 15-0 overall.

Homestead edged Los Altos 8-7 Thursday in De Anza Division action. The host Eagles dipped to 4-3 in league and 8-4 overall.


The Los Altos boys ran away with the second SCVAL EL Camino Division meet of the season, beating second-place Palo Alto by 35 points Oct. 2.

Los Altos junior Adam Sage won the varsity boys race, navigating the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs in 15 minutes, 40 seconds. Three more Eagles placed in the top 10: Luke Sage, (sixth, 16:19.73), Daniel Ghasemfar (seventh, 16:20.65) and Kevin Andrews (ninth, 16:28.99).

The Los Altos girls came in fifth, despite senior Naomi Donovan’s first-place finish (18:37). Anya Gupta placed 14th (19:41.71) for the Eagles, who were without some of their top runners.

The St. Francis girls beat Presentation by 10 points to win the Oct. 2 WCAL meet at Baylands Park. Lancers finished 2-3-4 in the 3.1-mile race: Claire Callon (19:46), Christel Elkins (19:50.6) and Alexa Barton (20:06.9).

The St. Francis boys placed second to Bellarmine by 14 points. Benjamin Garver (second, 16:43.6) was the lone Lancer in the top 10.

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Mountain View leads the SCVAL El Camino Division with a 7-0 record after two decisive wins last week. The Spartans beat Gunn 5-2 Oct. 2 and Milpitas 7-0 Thursday.

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