Lancers move closer to CCS girls tennis final

Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

St. Francis High’s top singles player, Mary Closs, helped the Lancers reach the semifinals.

The Central Coast Section girls team tennis tournament is going just as St. Francis High coach Lynn Horiye expected. Before the playoffs began, he predicted, “We will face Mitty in the semifinals.”

The third-seeded Lancers (15-5 overall) were scheduled to meet the No. 2 Monarchs (19-2) Monday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner takes on top seed Monta Vista (21-0) or No. 4 Menlo (17-7) in the final, slated 1:30 p.m. today at Courtside Tennis Club in Los Gatos.

St. Francis, which split a pair of league matches with Mitty, beat Carlmont and Harker last week to reach the semis. After cruising to a 14-4 win over Carlmont, the Lancers dispatched Harker 11-7 in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Eighth-seeded Los Altos went as far as the quarterfinals, falling 13-2 to Monta Vista. The Eagles, who beat Carmel 13-5 in second-round action, finished the season with a 15-8 record.

“It was a great achievement from my team this year,” coach Hung Nguyen said. “I’m so proud of my team this year, and our future looks bright since I’ll have my top four singles players returning.”


Defending CCS Division II champ St. Francis moved a step closer to returning to the final by sweeping Westmont Saturday.

The Lancers won their quarterfinal match 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 behind 10 kills from Emily Rose.

The fifth-seeded Lancers (21-13) are set to face top seed Mitty (32-0) 7:30 p.m. today at Los Gatos.

For Los Altos and Mountain View, the season ended Saturday. Both teams were swept by higher-seeded squads in the Division II quarters. No. 6 Los Altos (22-15) fell to No. 3 Los Gatos, while No. 7 Mountain View (18-17) lost to No. 2 Presentation.


St. Francis (5-5) has earned the top seed in the CCS Division II playoffs and is scheduled to host No. 8 Overfelt (6-4) 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round.

The Lancers capped the regular season with a stunning 24-0 shutout of Serra Saturday to finish 4-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League. The visiting Lancers led 3-0 at halftime on a 36-yard field goal from Patrick Fordham and tallied two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away. Devin Hurtado scored on a 1-yard run and Austin Woodard on an 81-yard pass from Mike Lauck, who completed a 5-yard TD toss to Charlie Clarke in the game’s final minute.

Mountain View and Los Altos lost their season finales Friday to finish last in their respective divisions.

The Spartans fell 55-28 at Wilcox, despite 229 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Marcus Jones. Mountain View tied Homestead for last in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and finished 3-7 overall.

Los Altos lost 54-25 at Lynbrook, dropping the Eagles to 0-6 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-10 overall.

Boys water polo

Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis won their CCS quarterfinal matches Saturday.

Los Altos, the third seed in Division II, defeated No. 6 Carmel 9-4 behind five goals from Ian McColl, three from Sam Lisbonne and 12 saves by goalie Cameron Putnam. The Eagles (17-11) are slated to meet No. 7 St. Ignatius (17-12) 7 p.m. today in the semifinals at Serra.

Mountain View, seeded fifth in Division I, beat Serra 10-9 behind Michael Magee’s four goals. The Spartans (21-4) were set to face top seed Bellarmine (16-11) Tuesday in the semis, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

St. Francis, the No. 2 seed in Division I, routed No. 10 Lynbrook 23-8 behind five goals from Brayden Curry. The Lancers (13-15) were slated to take on No. 2 Menlo-Atherton (13-12) Tuesday in the semis.

The CCS finals are scheduled Saturday at the Santa Clara International Swim Center.

Girls water polo

Top seed St. Francis (23-4) is scheduled to meet No. 4 Mitty (15-10) 5:30 p.m. today in the CCS Division I semifinals. The Lancers are coming off a 15-1 pasting of Pioneer, the eighth seed.

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