MV girls VB vs LA

Players on the Mountain View High girls volleyball team celebrate scoring a point in last week’s league match against Los Altos. The host Spartans won in straight sets.

For the Mountain View High girls volleyball team, the matches – and the wins – kept coming last week.

The surging Spartans followed league victories over Los Altos and Palo Alto by claiming Saturday’s Watsonville Tournament for the fourth time in a row.

“It was quite an exciting week,” Mountain View head coach Dave Winn said. “Beating LAHS at home in straight sets would’ve been plenty to keep us happy, but then beating Palo Alto on the road in four sets was completely extra. … And then, to make the week even better, (Saturday) we went 5-0 to take first place in the Watsonville Tourney.”

Add it all up, and the Spartans won seven matches over five days to improve to 16-2 overall. They entered this week at 4-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, stringing together four straight wins since losing the league opener at Los Gatos in five sets.

Mountain View kicked off the week by defeating Los Altos 25-20, 25-18, 25-21, despite a huge night from the Eagles’ Carolyn Dormady (18 kills).

The host Spartans countered that with a balanced attack: Millie Kopp tallied nine kills;

Lyric Manson had eight kills and three aces; Fiona Huang recorded seven kills; and Andisheh Turner contributed six kills, 17 assists and 10 digs.

The next day, Mountain View traveled to Paly and prevailed 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22. It marked the Spartans’ first road win against the Vikings in about seven years, according to Winn.

“After getting down 7-14 in the fourth set, we played some really clean, inspired defensive volleyball to scrape out an amazing victory,” the coach said.

The Spartans again won with a team effort: Kopp registered 14 kills, two blocks, nine digs and an ace; Turner posted 12 kills; Huang chipped in nine kills and an ace; and Manson totaled six kills (while hitting .400) and four aces.

Mountain View carried that momentum into Saturday’s Watsonville Tournament, where it won all five matches in straight sets.

“Our toughest match was in the semis against a gritty Carmel team,” Winn said. “We fought for a 28-26 first-set win and then pulled away in the middle of the second set to win 25-17. Lyric Manson shined all day with timely blocks and kills, with Andi (Turner) and Anya (Kesselring) playing just about every point on the day.”

Mountain View is scheduled to host Milpitas 6:45 p.m. Thursday in a non-league match.


The Los Altos girls beat the heat and every team but Los Gatos at last week’s league-opening meet.

The Eagles placed second to the Wildcats – whom Los Altos head coach Steph MacKenzie called “the best team in Northern California” – by 15 points Sept. 21 at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, where the temperature reached 90 degrees. Mountain View finished a distant third in the 5K race.

Three Los Altos runners placed in the top 10: Riley Capuano (third, 19 minutes, 16.3 seconds), Fiona Bodkin (ninth, 19:49.5) and Maddy Randall 10th (19:58.4). As a team, the Eagles set a new school record on the course with a 99:51.

“We feel good about our chances for the girls to make it to the state meet this year,” MacKenzie said.

The Los Altos boys team, which the coach said was missing three key runners, took ninth; Mountain View finished second to Palo Alto by 20 points.

Amir Benhagouga (17:50.4) and Nathaniel Joffe (17:51.5) paced the Eagles by coming in 24th and 25th place, respectively.

Mountain View’s Evan Markelz placed fourth (16:50.1).