SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney


Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

The top-seeded Choy opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Cate Liston of St. Francis and followed that with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Minvi Bui of Santa Teresa.

Choy, the Most Valuable Player in the WBAL Foothill Division this season, will face Menlo School freshman Ashley Vielma in the semifinals on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon. The tourney originally was scheduled to finish today, but was postponed due to anticipated weather issues.

Vielma, the No. 4 seed, opened with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Halle Martinucci of Burlingame before eliminating Zoe Clydesdale-Eberle of Homestead, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, Menlo-Atherton's No. 3-seeded tandem of Julia Marks and Yvette Leung reached the semifinals after downing Larissa Tao and Grace Tao of Monte Vista Christian, 6-0, 6-2, and Alisha Parikh and Ashna Reddy of Homestead, 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.

The Homestead tandem ousted Menlo seniors Mia McConnell and Melissa Tran in the opening round, 6-2, 6-4. Also falling was M-A's Sally Carlson and Julia Chang, who dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision in the second round after opening with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Scholastic winners

Castilleja ranked No. 1 in girls water polo on the CCS 2015-16 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards list. The Gators had the highest collective grade point average (3.7879) of any competing team in the section.

The Sacred Heart Prep boys, meanwhile, ranked No. 2 in water polo with a GPA of 3.6495.

Ranking No. 3 was the Sacred Heart Prep boys in cross country (3.6842), Sacred Heart Prep in football (3.4496) and Castilleja in volleyball (3.7160).

Castilleja also had the No. 4 team in golf (3.7714) while Menlo School ranked No. 5 in football (3.36879) and the Sacred Heart Prep girls were No. 5 in tennis (3.7927).

Girls volleyball

Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School both will open CIF NorCal playoff action at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Bears (24-7) are seeded No. 3 in Division I and will play host to No. 6 Lowell (26-6) of San Francisco. The winner will hit the road for Turlock on Saturday to face defending NorCal champ Pitman (29-6) in the second round. Pitman is ranked No. 35 in the state by

The Knights (22-7) are seeded No. 4 in Division IV and will play host to No. 5 Hillmar (36-7) from the Central Valley. The winner will travel on Saturday to face No. 1 Notre Dame-Belmont in the second round at 7 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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