M-A girls get some help to win PAL volleyball title early


The Menlo-Atherton girls probably didn't know it at the time, but their 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 volleyball victory over visiting Sequoia on Thursday night wrapped up the PAL Bay Division regular-season title earlier than expected.

While the Bears (12-0, 20-6) were winning, second-place Carlmont (9-3) was suffering a 25-27, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 loss to Burlingame. Thus, with only two matches remaining on its schedule and holding a three-game lead, the Bears are champs again.

M-A closes out its season at Carlmont and against visiting Half Moon Bay next week, as tuneups for the Bears' run at a Central Coast Section Division I title.

M-A senior opposite Leanna Collins led the victory with a match-high 24 kills in 35 attempts while hitting a sizzling .640. Junior setter Kirby Knapp finished with 43 assists, junior Jacqueline DiSanto added 15 kills and junior Alexa Roumeliotis had 35 digs for the Bears.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto completed its season sweep of rival Gunn with a 25-12, 25-23, 25-21 victory on Thursday night. The Vikings improved to 7-3 in league (19-9 overall) and next will play in the Northgate Invitational on Saturday in Walnut Creek. The Titans fell to 1-9 and 10-14.

In nonleague action, Cate Desler produced 31 kills and 17 digs to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-12, 15-10 victory over visiting Homestead. The Gators (16-10) also got 52 assists and 12 kills from Lilika Teu, 12 kills and eight blocks from Natalie Zimits, 12 kills from Alexa Thompson and 26 digs from libero Jorden Schreeder.

Girls tennis

Menlo School put the finishing touches on yet another undefeated West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season and claimed its 22nd straight league title with a 5-2 win over second-place Harker (8-2) on Thursday at Santa Clara Tennis Center.

The Knights improved to 10-0 in league (19-1 overall) and now improved their league dual-match streak to 228-0 since 1994. That's an ongoing state record.

Boys water polo

Gunn put the finishing touches on a third straight SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title with a 16-7 victory over visiting Mountain View on Senior Day. Gunn senior Christian Znidarsic led the way with seven goals with fellow senior Calder Hilde-Jones adding three for the Titans (11-1, 15-5). Justin Kim added two goals for Gunn, which will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming league tournament.

The Palo Alto at Wilcox match was not reported.

In nonleague action, freshman Sam Untrecht fired in a shot from outside to give host Menlo School a 15-14 victory over Coronado in sudden-death overtime. The match was tied at 13 after regulation and at 14 following two mandatory extra periods.

Senior Chris Xi had a season-high eight goals for the Knights (13-11) with fellow senior James Thygesen adding three and sophomore Jayden Kunwar two. Junior goalie Tiago Bonchristiano came up with 14 saves.

Following the game, Menlo hosted the Coronado team and parents to a dinner on the Menlo campus where the players dined together and reconnected following their summer training together in which the Menlo team flys to San Diego and lives with Coronado water polo families with the teams training together.

In other news, Sacred Heart Prep head coach Brian Kreutzkamp has been named a 2015 CCS Fall Sports Honor Coach, one of nine coaches to be singled out for their contributions to their sports.

Kreutzkamp is in his 10th year leading the Gators. SHP has won the past four CCS Division II titles and seven overall under his guidance. He has sent 31 players on to college.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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