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Menlo grad Lacy runs to NESCAC cross country title


Freshman Lizzie Lacy from Menlo School recorded a time of 21:48 to capture the NESCAC individual title as the Amherst women's cross country team finished fourth overall at the 2015 NESCAC Championship Saturday afternoon in Middleton, Conn.

Pacing herself well throughout the 6K race, Lacy consistently moved up in the pack at each mile checkpoint before turning on the afterburners in the final 1000 meters to secure the individual crown.

Lacy reached the finish line six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Lacy is the first freshman to win the NESCAC women's individual title since 2003 when fellow Amherst College runner Shauneen Garrahan ('07) did so.


Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Segre, a sophomore running back at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, had a career-high 213 rushing yards on 41 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Cal Lutheran on Saturday.

Segre's three touchdowns tied a career-high (La Verne – 2014) while the 213 yards rushing completely eclipsed his previous career high of 87 yards (Whittier – 2014).

With the win, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improved to 4-1 in the SCIAC and 5-2 overall and remained one game behind first-place La Verne, which defeated Chapman earlier in the day.

Men's tennis

Menlo School grad Richard Pham of Columbia University teamed with Shawn Hadavi to win the doubles title at last week's USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships in New Haven, Conn.

Pham and Hadavi bested five doubles pairings, including four duos of fellow Ivies, to capture the regional crown.

In singles, Dartmouth senior Dovydas Sakinis won the title by downing Columbia freshman Victor Pham, 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. Pham, also a Menlo School grad, had an impressive showing at his first Regional event as a freshman member of the Lions' tennis program.

The regional winners now move on to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Women's volleyball

University of Washington senior Melanie Wade from Palo Alto High had a hand in helping the No. 5-ranked Huskies upset No. 1 USC before topping visiting UCLA on Saturday.

Wade had four kills as Washington handed USC (11-1, 22-1) its first loss of the season -- 26-24, 25-21, 25-15. A day later, Wade had six kills and four blocks as the Huskies downed the Bruins (9-3, 18-4) in four sets.

On the East Coast, senior libero Sarah Daschbach from Sacred Heart Prep had 13 digs as Princeton completed arguably its best home weekend since the Tigers' 2007 Ivy League championship season by sweeping first-place Harvard, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, Saturday to move within one match of first place in the Ivy League. The win, combined with road losses by both Dartmouth and Yale, moves Princeton into a tie for second place in the Ivy League.

Junior outside hitter Emma Thygesen (Menlo '13) had four kills and two blocks in Brown's 3-2 win over Cornell on Oct. 30. A day later, teammate Melissa Cairo (Menlo '14), a sophomore libero, posted 10 digs and four aces while freshman setter Elisa Merten (Menlo '15) collected 25 digs and two aces in a 3-1 win over Yale.

Natalie Roy (Menlo '12), a senior outside hitter at Colby, had eight kills in a loss to Bowdoin on senior night, but Colby enters the postseason 15-10, its winningest season since 2005.

Sophomore middle Sarah Bruml (Menlo '14) started for Claremont Mudd-Scripps in a win over Redlands for its first conference championship in 22 years. The No. 2-seeded Athenas (24-5) begin their conference tournament Thursday against No. 3 La Verne.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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