Los Altos girls volleyball team drops 5-setter to Paly

Thursday’s five-set loss at Palo Alto hurt, but coach Peter Kim said his Los Altos High girls volleyball team will get over it.

“We were all disappointed, because we knew we had the match and let it go,” said Kim, whose squad won the first two sets. “But I told them, ‘OK, let’s move forward, not worry about it and fix our mistakes,’ and I think we’ll do that.”

Although the match went five sets, the Eagles essentially lost it in the third, according to the coach.

“We were so close to winning in three sets – we were up 23-18 or 23-19 – but then we got a little tight in our play,” said Kim, who watched Paly rally for a 26-24 victory. “Our passing and defense were not as crisp as the first two sets – we lost our momentum and energy – and losing that third set kind of deflated us.”

With momentum on their side, the Vikings posted wins of 25-17 and 15-11 to take the match and remain undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division (6-0). The result snapped Los Altos’ six-match winning streak, dropping the Eagles to 3-1 in the De Anza and 12-6 overall.

Kim praised Naomie Cremoux (15 kills and three aces), Katie Kishton (four kills, 26 assists and 19 digs) and Carolyn Dormady (six kills and a block) for their play in the match.

They will get another shot at Paly Oct. 17.

“They’re coming to our place,” Kim said, “so we can try to get revenge and make it even.”

Los Altos this week will try to get even with rival Mountain View, which beat the Eagles in straight games to win Saturday’s MVLA Tournament. The Spartans went 4-0 – winning each match in straight sets – to claim the crown.

Kiana Manson and Nicole Guibord finished the day with 23 and 21 kills, respectively, and Logan Winn dished out 60 assists. Tough serving from the likes of Camille White (seven aces) and a stellar defensive effort led by Ava Kopp (nine blocks) also contributed to Mountain View’s first MVLA title in at least seven years, coach Dave Winn said.

The Spartans (17-4 overall) are slated to host the Eagles (15-7) 6:45 p.m. Thursday in league play.

Girls tennis

Mountain View Thursday eked out a 4-3 win at Monta Vista, decided by the No. 3 doubles team of Glenda Boeker and Marina Raynaud.

The Spartans evened their record at 2-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and improved to 3-2 overall.

Boys water polo

Los Altos leads the SCVAL De Anza Division at 5-0 after routing rival Mountain View 18-10 Thursday.

The host Eagles trailed by a goal at halftime but outscored the Spartans 10-1 the rest of the way.

Los Altos is 10-1 overall, led by senior captains Adam Hollingworth, Boris Palant and Daniel Behar, along with Alex Brett, who “has been dominating on the offensive end,” coach Seth Tasman said. The senior is averaging five goals per game.

The Eagles are scheduled to host Los Gatos 6:45 p.m. today.


St. Francis scored the first touchdown – on the first play of Friday’s game at Valley Christian – but the Lancers wouldn’t score another in the West Catholic Athletic League opener.

Camilo Arquette’s 96-yard kick return for a touchdown proved to be one of St. Francis’ only highlights in a 28-7 loss to the Warriors.

The Lancers fell to 1-4 overall.


The Los Altos boys won the first SCVAL meet of the season, besting runner-up Lynbrook by 12 points Sept. 24 at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. Mountain View finished sixth out of the 14 teams.

Coach Steph MacKenzie said the Eagles “were very pleased to come away with the win” – especially since “we rested some usual scorers.”

Senior Adam Sage led Los Altos with a first-place time of 16 minutes, 17.6 seconds. Teammate Kevin Andrews, a junior, ran the 3.1-mile course in 17:40.5.

Mountain View junior Stephan Bannikov came in 15th (18:03).

On the girls side, Los Altos and Mountain View placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Freshman Lauren Soobrian paced the Eagles with a winning time of 19:04.1, and sophomore teammate Riley Capuano took ninth (20:20.8).

Sophomore Eliana Montgomery led the Spartans with a 20:53.5.

Girls water polo

Host Los Altos topped Mountain View 13-8 Thursday, improving to 2-1 in the De Anza Division. The Spartans slipped to 0-4 in league.

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