Mtn. View, St. Francis volleyball teams fall from ranks of unbeaten

The girls volleyball teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs entered last week undefeated, but they didn’t end it that way.

Palo Alto snapped the Spartans’ eight-match winning streak Thursday, while Notre Dame-Belmont surprisingly dropped the Lancers’ record to 14-1 the same night. St. Francis defeated the Tigers (6-5 overall) two weeks earlier in the finals of the Milpitas Spikefest I tournament.

After dropping that SCVAL De Anza Division opener at Palo Alto, Mountain View went 3-2 at Saturday’s Westmoor Tournament, putting its overall record at 11-3.

Los Altos participated in the Presentation Tournament Saturday, posting a 3-1 record. The Eagles (8-5 overall) opened De Anza Division action two days earlier with a four-set home win over Monta Vista. Naomie Cremoux notched 22 kills, Sydney Enthoven added 10 and Katie Kishton contributed seven, along with 23 assists and four aces.


After opening the season with back-to-back lopsided losses to state-ranked teams, St. Francis overwhelmed Oak Grove 44-12 Friday.

The game was scoreless after the first quarter, but the host Lancers pulled away in the second by scoring 24 unanswered points.

Running back Camilo Arquette rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, and quarterback Ryan Daly threw for a TD and ran for another in the second half.

St. Francis has a bye this week and is scheduled to open West Catholic Athletic League play at Valley Christian the following Friday.

Pinewood slipped to 1-2 in eight-man football with Friday’s 28-8 home loss to Calistoga.

Girls tennis

Mountain View opened its season last week by splitting a pair of SCVAL El Camino Division matches.

The Spartans followed a 5-2 loss at Palo Alto Sept. 10 with a 6-1 home rout of Cupertino Thursday in which top singles player Dasha Terson “pulled out a tough three-set (match),” Mountain View coach Frank Smyth said.

Boys water polo

Los Altos improved to 2-0 in the De Anza Division by beating Los Gatos 16-11 on the road Thursday.

Up a goal at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Wildcats 9-5 the rest of the way.

Alex Brett led Los Altos with five goals and Kyle Bistrain added four.

Mountain View fell 16-14 at Wilcox Thursday, a result that dropped the visiting Spartans to 1-1 in the De Anza Division and overall. The Spartans were outscored 8-7 in both halves.

Field hockey

Host St. Francis topped Los Altos 3-1 Sept. 10 in an SCVAL game that was even at halftime.

The Lancers improved to 1-0 and the Eagles dropped to 1-1.

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