Gunn girls wrap up another SCVAL golf championship


The Gunn girls put the finishing touches on their third straight Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf title with a 244-345 dual-match win over Wilcox at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club on Tuesday.

Lucy Lamb shot a 5-over 41 to lead the Titans (12-1-1), who earned an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Tournament on Nov. 3.

Other Gunn scorers were Tiffany Yang (45), Laura Morejon (49), Kaelyn McFlarlane-Connelly (52) while Angela Ryu and Audrey Li each shot 57.

Next up for Gunn will be the SCVAL Tournament next Tuesday at Santa Teresa GC in San Jose. The Titans will be looking for their third straight league tourney title, as well.

Since starting the girls' golf program four years ago, Gunn coach Chris Redfield has guided his teams to four league titles (including one in the BVAL), had three top-three at CCS, and three trips to NorCals. Senior Tiffany Yang, the lone player remaining from the first team, is a combined 49-2-1 in four years of league play.

"This year, the SCVAL was very competitive, with four teams (Gunn, Paly, Lynbrook, and Los Gatos) all very evenly matched," said Redfield. "The difference between these teams was razor thin and came down to who played their best golf on any given day. We were fortunate to play some of our best golf against the other contending teams.

"The team is excited to have the chance to play in the CCS Championship again."

Palo Alto most likely will have to receive an at-large berth into the CCS tourney after finishing fourth in the SCVAL following a 191-200 dual-match win over Los Gatos at Palo Alto Municipal on Tuesday. Stephanie Yu shot an even-par 34 with a bogey on the first and a birdie on the fourth.

The Vikings (9-4-1, 10-4-1) also got a 36 from Emily Hwang. Other scorers were Celia Willner (40), Jasmine Choi (40) and Elise Kiya (41).

In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo School continued its strong late-season surge with a 195-220 dual win over host Notre Dame-San Jose at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

Senior Jessie Rong and sophomore Sophie Siminoff led the Knights (6-3) as Rong earned medalist honors with an even-par 34, highlighted by a pair of birdies, and Siminoff was a stroke back at 35.

Other Menlo scorers were Nicole Henderson (40), Lauren Yang (41) and Elizabeth Power (45).

Menlo wraps up its dual-match season on Wednesday as a final tuneup for the WBAL Tournament next week.

Girls tennis

Menlo-Atherton rolled over a depleted Carlmont squad, 7-0, on Tuesday in Belmont and wrapped up a second straight PAL Bay Division title. The Bears moved to 12-0 in league (16-4 overall) with two matches remaining.

M-A swept the singles while dropping only seven games and received resistance only at No. 1 doubles where the M-A tandem of Julia Chang and Sally Carlson were pushed to a 7-5, 7-5 victory. M-A now has won 27 straight league dual matches since the end of the 2013 season.

In the WBAL Foothill Division, host Menlo School posted a 6-1 victory over Castilleja to improve to 7-0 in league and 16-1 overall. The Knights are now 225-0 in league dual matches since 1994, on ongoing state record.

Also in Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep (5-2, 10-6) remained solidly in second play in the WBAL Foothill Division race with a 6-1 win over visiting Pinewood. Melina Stavropoulos moved into the No. 1 singles spot and posted a 6-0, 6-4 triumph.

In the SCVAL El Camino Divison, Gunn remained tied for first place with Cupertino following a 6-1 dual-match victory over Wilcox. The Titans are 9-1 in league (15-3 overall) and share the top spot with the Pioneers (9-1 and 15-1), whose only loss is to Gunn as the teams split their head to head league matches.

Girls volleyball

Menlo-Atherton maintained its one-game lead over Carlmont in the PAL Bay Division race with a 25-9, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17 victory over host Hillsdale on Tuesday night. The Bears improved to 9-0 in league (16-6 overall) while staying ahead of Carlmont (8-1).

Senior Leanna Collins and junior Jacqueline DiSanto each had 13 kills with Collins hitting .345. Junior Eliza Grover added 11 kills. Juniors Kirby Knapp (28) and Casey Olsen (15) provided the assists for the Bears, who will face Aragon and Burlingame (tied for third) in their next two matches leading up to a showdown at Carlmont on Nov. 3.

In the WBAL Foothill Division race, Menlo School senior Maddie Stewart had 15 kills to pace the Knights to a 25-13, 25-14, 25-15 win over visiting Mercy-Burlingame. The Knights remained in second place at 5-1 (16-6 overall) heading into a showdown at first-place Harker (6-0) on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

Harker remained in control of first place following a 25-19, 25-11, 16-25, 25-20 win over host Sacred Heart Prep (2-4, 14-9), which got 10 kills from Cate Desler, 28 assists from Lilika Teu and 16 digs from Jorden Schreeder.

Boys water polo

Gunn moved closer to wrapping up another SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title following an 11-4 win over host Los Altos. Seniors Calder Hilde-Jones (five goals) and Christian Znidarsic (four) paced the Titans (8-1, 12-5).

Girls water polo

Menlo School improved to 10-0 in the PAL Ocean Division with a dominating 18-2 dunking of host Capuchino. The Knights (13-6 overall) moved closer to clinching the division crown as Jane Zafran tallied five goals and Chloe Ebrahimian added four.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Los Altos wrapped up the regular-season title with a 7-6 win over defending champ Gunn (6-3, 8-5). The Eagles improved to 9-1 in league (12-7 overall).

At Gunn High, Palo Alto got three goals from seniors Katie Francis and Gigi Rojahn in a 9-1 romp over Saratoga. The Vikings improved to 6-4 in league.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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