Smoke postpones LA's NorCal volleyball semifinal; MV ousted in opener

Courtesy of Dave Winn
The Mountain View High girls volleyball team, posing with its CCS Division II runner-up award, fell to Miramonte in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Front row, from left: Julia Wagner, Ashley Kane, Nicole Guibord, Audrey Moir, Hunter Leong, Rey Turner and Kyra Palmbush. Back: Cate Schiller, Logan Winn, Madison Dunkle, Emma Cahill, Anna Fritz, Kiana Mason, Ava Kopp, Camille White and Julia Bennett.

The smoke from the Camp Fire has not only forced the postponement of several outdoor playoff games involving local high schools, but also an indoor one at Los Altos High.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team’s Northern California Division II semifinal match against Aragon, originally scheduled Saturday, was postponed until Monday night (after the Town Crier’s deadline) due to the amount of smoke that infiltrated the gym, according to Eagles athletic director Michelle Noeth.

Second-seeded Los Altos entered the match with a 31-8 record after NorCal wins over Branson and Chico; No. 3 Aragon was 29-6. The winner faced a quick turnaround, hosting No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks (27-11) Tuesday in the final.

Mountain View’s season ended with what coach Dave Winn called a “heartbreaking loss” in the opening round of the NorCal Division III playoffs Nov. 6. The seventh-seeded Spartans (26-11) fell in five games to visiting No. 10 Miramonte (18-12).

Mountain View got off to a fast start – notching 18 kills with only one error in a first set it won 25-17 – but “things just went downhill from there,” Winn said. The Spartans won the second set 28-22, despite committing several unforced errors, and “slowly started losing our focus,” the coach added. Miramonte rallied, winning the next three sets 25-22, 25-21, 17-15.

Kyra Palmbush led Mountain View with 24 kills, four blocks and an ace in the match.

Girls water polo

Los Altos (17-12) won a CCS title for the second straight year, again beating Mountain View (18-11) in the final. The top-seeded Eagles knocked off the No. 3 Spartans 8-6 in the Division I final Monday as the Town Crier went to press. The game was moved from Saturday.

Girls tennis

Six-seeded St. Francis fell to No. 2 Los Gatos 5-2 in the CCS semifinals, postponed to Monday morning. The Lancers finish the year 14-6.

Mountain View made it as far as the second round, losing 5-2 at Cupertino Nov. 6.

The Spartans (14-3) beat visiting Harker a day earlier “on the strength of the singles players,” coach Frank Smyth said.


Opening-round playoff games involving St. Francis and Mountain View were pushed back one week – from last Friday to this Friday.

St. Francis (9-1), the top seed in CCS Open Division II, is slated to host No. 8 Aragon (2-8) at 7 p.m. At the same time, Mountain View (6-4), the No. 7 seed in CCS Division IV, is scheduled to visit No. 2 Burlingame (8-2).

The winners advance to the semifinals.

Girls golf

Pinewood junior Megan Chou placed 53rd at the Northern California championships, held Nov. 5 at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club. She shot a 13-over-par 85.

Ninety golfers qualified.


The CCS championships were postponed one week. The event is now set for Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Participants include the boys and girls teams from Los Altos and St. Francis, along with the Mountain View girls.

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