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Sports - September 20, 2013

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad Kimmy Whitson earned Most Valuable Player honors while helping the Pacific women's volleyball team finish 3-0 and win its fourth straight Community Bankers Classic title on Saturday night following a sweep of San Jose State in Stockton. Whitson, a sophomore setter and team captain, finished with 94 assists, 17 digs, 12 kills and 11 blocks as the Tigers improved to 7-4 this season. In the final match against San Jose State, she had 32 assists, nine digs and six kills as Pacific produced a 25-21, 25-23, 25-15 victory. Whitson, who helped Paly win back-to-back state titles in 2010 and '11, returned to the court Thursday as UOP opened its West Coast Conference season against visiting Gonzaga . . . Melanie Wade, a teammate of Whitson's at Paly, has helped Washington to a 6-0 record and No. 3 AVCA national ranking. Wade had 13 kills, five digs and five blocks in road wins over No. 14 Illinois and Lolyola (Chicago) . . . Palo Alto High grad Shelby Knowles has 122 kills, 111 digs, 16 aces and 13 assists for Wheaton College this season. The freshman has helped her team to an 8-4 start . . . Another Paly grad, Caroline Martin, produced 20 kills and 24 digs as Connecticut College went 1-3 in the MIT Invitational last weekend in New London, Conn. The Camels are 3-3 this season . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper scored her first goal of the season to help nationally No. 5-ranked UCLA defeat San Diego State, 2-0, last Friday. The Bruins improved to 6-1. Holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, the Bruins scored on a set piece in the 85th minute. Caprice Dydasco's corner kick hit the crossbar, and Dahlkemper hammered home the rebound to the lower right corner for a 2-0 lead . . . In Cambridge, Mass., Castilleja grad Emily Mosbacher and Sacred Heart Prep grad Elizabeth Weisman both saw plenty of playing time for Harvard in a 1-0 victory over visiting LIU Brooklyn on Sunday. Mosbacher, a sophomore, collected a rebound from a shot on goal and passed it to Midge Purce, who scored with 7:41 left before halftime. The victory was Harvard's first of the season as the Crimson moved to 1-3-1. Weisman played in all 17 matches last season and earned All-Ivy honorable mention. Mosbacher played in 15 matches, named Ivy League Rookie of the Week last October . . . Menlo-Atherton grad Alex Gow was in the cage for the Princeton men's water polo team as the Tigers defeated Santa Clara, 9-7, topped Harvard, 14-7, and dunked Iona, 11-6, to capture the Princeton Invitational last weekend to open their season. Gow had nine saves for the No. 14-ranked Tigers against No. 16 Santa Clara and came up with 12 saves in the win over Iona. In the win over Harvard, Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn made his first start of the season in goal and stopped 12 shots in a complete-game effort.

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