It wasn’t in the title match, but the co-hosts of the MVLA Tournament did meet on the volleyball court Saturday.
The Mountain View High girls faced rival Los Altos in the third-place match, which the Spartans won in two sets.
“Both teams played some high-quality volleyball offensively,” Mountain View coach Dave Winn said. “Ultimately, we made just a few less errors than LAHS each set to win 25-23 in the second set.”
The Spartans’ hitting percentage of .491 was a season high, while Los Altos hit .310, “which is also quite high,” Winn added.
Millie Kopp, Tessa Hunter, Lyric Manson and Fiona Huang all notched at least five kills for Mountain View.
Earlier, the Spartans (9-2 overall) beat Westmont and American, then lost to eventual champ Castilleja in the semifinals.
Los Altos went 2-2 at the tourney. The Eagles (9-7 overall) toppled Milpitas and Carmel in straight sets before falling to Salinas and Mountain View.
Earlier in the week, Mountain View swept Homestead and Monta Vista to up its record to 2-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Andisheh Turner recorded 10 kills and 19 assists in the Sept. 14 home win over Homestead.
Los Altos split its two De Anza Division matches last week – following a five-set loss at Palo Alto with a five-set win over visiting Gunn – to even its league record at 1-1. Carolyn Dormady racked up a season-high 25 kills against Gunn.
Mountain View held on for a 24-21 non-league win over Sacred Heart Prep Friday.
The host Spartans, up 14-7 at halftime, entered the fourth quarter with a 21-14 lead.
Led by Dillon Daniels, Mountain View (3-1) rushed for 311 yards and three scores.
Sophomore Daniels gained 116 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. Quarterback Jackson Steffens rushed for 62 yards. Andre Guimaraes Jr. ran for 15 yards on three carries, two of which resulted in TDs.
Mountain View opens its De Anza Division schedule 7 p.m. Friday versus visiting Milpitas (1-3).
Los Altos had its chances but couldn’t pull off a win in Friday’s non-league game at Santa Clara.
“I felt we should have won the game, to be honest,” Eagles coach Dave DeGeronimo said of the 17-7 loss. “We left a lot of scoring out there – we didn’t finish our drives.”
Los Altos (1-2) came away empty on three drives that reached the red zone.
The Eagles’ lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a 96-yard pass play from Jimmy Flynn to Zach Fagin.
“Zach ran a corner rout, broke a tackle and he was gone,” DeGeronimo said of the third-and-20 play, which enabled Los Altos to tie the game at 7. “That’s when it felt like we were starting to take the game over.”
The score remained tied until late in the fourth quarter when the Bruins (3-0-1) kicked a short field goal soon after Los Altos failed to convert on fourth-and-inches.
Santa Clara soon put the game away with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown.
That means the Eagles’ defense surrendered just one touchdown in the game.
“Defensively we played really well,” DeGeronimo said.
Los Altos kicks off its SCVAL El Camino Division slate 7 p.m. Friday at home against Fremont (2-2).
Paced by Fiona Bodkin, the Los Altos girls placed third out of 24 teams Saturday in the De La Salle Invitational, a 3-mile race held at Newhall Park in Concord.
Bodkin, a junior, finished 15th (18 minutes, 52.2 seconds) and senior teammate Riley Capuano came in 18th (19:00.7).
On the boys’ side, the Eagles took 19th out of 33 teams. Senior Amir Benhagouga posted Los Altos’ fastest time (17:09), good enough for 76th place.