The first-ever trip to the CIF State Division I volleyball championship match for the Menlo-Atherton girls ended in defeat as the Bears (27-8) fell to defending state champion Redondo Union, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16, on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.
The Bears were close a few time, getting to within 20-16 in the second set before the Sea Hawks (36-4) pulled away. The final set, however, was all Redondo Union, which held a 20-7 lead at one point.
Megan Rice led the Sea Hawks with 22 kills, while Norene Iosia recorded 36 assists on the night. Junior all-around standout Jacqueline DiSanto led the Bears with 14 kills and six digs with junior Kirby Knapp providing 27 assists and seven digs with junior Kiana Sales finishing with 11 digs.
Menlo-Atherton loses six seniors -- Leanna Collins, Courtney Foliaki, Shauna Sabet, Tatum Maines, Rachel Gerber and Kelsey Tonsfeldt. The Bears will return seven juniors, including starters Knapp, Alexa Roumeliotis, Sales, Eliza Grover and DiSanto. Chloe Johnson and fellow junior Casey Olsen will be back along with sophomore Lauren Heller.
In a rematch of CCS playoff teams from last season, Menlo-Atherton led wire to wire and posted a 60-36 nonleague win over visiting Milpitas on Saturday. The Bears (2-0) used a fast-paced offense and aggressive defense to shut down the Trojans.
M-A raced to a 33-18 halftime lead behind some solid outside shooting and fastbreak points. Bradley Stillman and Lucas Fioretti each had seven points by intermission. Fioretti finished with 13 points and five rebounds while Blake Henry led the way with 16 points. Lucas Fioretti added 10 points.
In Burlingame, Menlo School dropped a 61-57 nonleague decision to the host Panthers in a season opener.
The Knights got off to a slow start -- six points in the first quarter -- but rallied with a 22-point second quarter to knot the game at 28 by halftime. With a 30 seconds left, Jared Lucian's layup and Thomas Brown's basket got the Knights to within two, but the Panthers held on for the win.
Lucian poured in 22 points while JH Tevis added 15, with both shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. Senior Charlie Roth grabbed nine rebounds and added five points and five assists. Thomas Brown added 11 points for Menlo.
Menlo-Atherton won the Dragon Classic Tournament by defeating San Marin (Novato), 57-34, on Saturday night at Sonoma Valley High.
The Bears (3-0) trailed at the end of the first quarter, but roared back in the second on on strong post play by Greer Hoyem -- she finished with 12 points and was named the tourney MVP -- and 3-point shooting from Carly McLanahan, who drained four treys and finished with 16 points.
In the third quarter, Ofa Sili scored six of her 14 points and Ilana Baer locked down the defense as the Bears cruised to victory. M-A won each of its three tournament games by more than 20 points. McLanahan was named Defensive Player of the Tournament.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday against Palo Alto on Tuesday (6 p.m.) at M-A.
At the Ladycat Classic at Marin Catholic, Eastside Prep (3-1) finished third following a 52-38 win over Marin Catholic. Sophomore Kayla Tahaafe had 12 points and four rebounds in the final game and finished the three games with 60 points, 25 rebounds and 20 assists while being named to the all-tournament team.
In a 59-58 semifinal loss to St. Ignatius, Tahaafe had 35 points and 11 rebounds.
At the Dougherty Valley Tournament, Palo Alto (2-1) finished second following a 59-53 loss to Carondelet. Lauren Koyama and Alexis Harris each had 12 points for the Vikings.
At the Cardinal Newman Tournament in Santa Rosa, Menlo School (3-1) coasted to a 67-48 over Santa Rosa in the consolation championship. Menlo was led in scoring by Hannah Paye, who had 14 points. Sam Erisman, who made the all-tournament team, and Kenzie Duffner chipped in 13 points each. However, once again it was De'Jeane Stine who set the stage for the team victory with her tenacious defense that included six rebounds and three steals.
At the La Jolla Country Day Sweet 16 Tournament, Pinewood fell to 2-2 after dropping a 44-41 decision to La Jolla Country Day. Mikaela Topper led the Panthers with nine points with Akayla Hackson and Brianna Claros adding eight. Pinewood shot 22 percent (7 for 32) from 3-point range with 28 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
In nonleague action, Sacred Heart Prep (2-0) got 14 points from Tatum Angotti and 10 from Natalie Zimits in a 56-18 romp over visiting Pacific Grove.
Gunn senior Gillian Meeks wrapped up her prep career by finishing 46th in the girls' division at the Nike Cross National on Saturday in Porland, Ore. Meeks ran 18:08.1 over the 5,000-meter course (3.1 miles) while battling windy, cold and rainy conditions. She was the No. 2 finisher from the Central Coast Section, trailing on Cate Ratliff of Santa Cruz, and was the No. 5 finisher from California (out of five entrants). Katie Rainsberger from the Southeast Regional won in 16:56.8.
At the Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Palo Alto sophomore Sam Craig had the best finish by a local runner as he took second in the Sophomore Boys 1 race over a 5K course. Craig clocked 17:08 while averaging 5:31 per mile. Paly teammate Reed Foster was 30th in 17:45.2.
In the Freshman Boys race, Colton Colonna of Los Altos Hills (and St. Francis High) was fifth in 17:14.4.
In the Seeded Boys race, Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda finished 29th overall in 16:20.3, his best time on the course. He was the No. 5 sophomore overall in the race and had a time that would have won either Sophomore Boys race. Miranda finished just 1.4 seconds behind a runner to took fifth in the state meet, where Miranda was ninth.
The meet featured 12 western state. The top 12 finishers in the seeded races earned trips to the Foot Locker National Championships.
Pinewood remained unbeaten after three matches following a 2-1 nonleague win over visiting Castilleja. The Panthers (2-0-1) got goals from Nicole Saltzman (assist Amrita Mecker) and Olivia Biggs on a penalty kick. Castilleja's goal from from Nicole Goodman off an assist from Anais Serrazin.
In Atherton, Menlo and Woodside played to a 3-3 draw in nonleague action. The Knights (0-2-1) grabbed a 2-1 halftime lead on unassisted goals by freshman Alexa Thomases and senior Daria Sprague. Junior Cleo King added a goal in the second half, but Woodside countered with a pair for the tie.
Elsewhere, Palo Alto improved to 2-0 following a 5-1 nonleague win over visiting Sequoia on Saturday morning. No scoring was provided.
Menlo-Atherton freshman Fola Akinola won the 171-pound division at the seventh annual Lady Royals Invitational at Overfelt High in San Jose.
Akinola took the title with a 15-13 overtime win over senior Sydnie Theisen of Terra Nova, the 2015 CCS champion who also won a gold medal at the 2014 Western Junior Women's Regional freestyle championships in Las Vegas. In the semifinals, Akinola posted a 15-0 technical fall over Alyssa Mandujano of Sequoia.
At the Ed Ferrell Invitational at Harbor High, Gunn freshman romi Miller went 2-1 with two pins and finished second at 95 pounds while junior teammate Natalie Jue did the same while taking second at 135 pounds.
Gunn sophomore Emily Milner was third at 100 pounds and senior Miya Miller was third at 125 pounds.
Gunn freshman Dash Lee went 3-0 with two pins to win the 195-pound title in the frosh-soph division of the Ed Ferrell Invitational at Harbor High. Gunn freshman Koh Suzuki (130), freshman Graeme Cherry (140) and Alex Feghhi (170) all took second in their respective divisions.