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Locals help Brown volleyball get out to a fast start


The trio of Menlo-Atherton grad Eliza Grover and Menlo grads Elisa Merten and Melissa Cairo have helped the Brown women's volleyball start the season with three consecutive victories at the Holy Cross Invitational over the weekend.

Grover stepped into a starting role, joining Merten. Cairo, who shares team captain duties with Merten, is the team's libero and technically a starter.

Melissa Cairo/Brown Athletics

Elisa Merten/Brown Athletics

Eliza Grover/Brown Athletics
After a bit of a shaky opener, Grover has been lights out. She recorded 10 kills with a .500 hitting percentage in Friday's win over Manhattan, adding a pair of block assists for 11 points, second on the team.

Merten, who shares setting duties, recorded a game-high 18 assists, had a kill and a service ace. Cairo produced a game-high 16 digs.

Grover came back to net nine kills on a .304 hitting percentage, adding a solo block. Merten had 17 assists, six digs and a pair of kills. Cairo scored 23 digs.

Merten was one of four Bears to play in all 92 sets last season, averaging 3.38 assists. Cairo has appeared in 76 of Brown's 79 matches since joining the team in 2014. She was second in the Ivy League with a 4.89 digs per set.

The Bears won their first three matches for the first time since 2008.

Brown is already way ahead of last year's pace, which saw the team start 1-7 en route a 5-1`9 overall record. Grover is one of six freshmen while Cairo is one of three seniors and Merten one of three juniors. The Bears have nine players from California, six from Northern California.


Menlo School grad Maddie Huber is averaging over 20 digs a match through three matches for Princeton (2-1) at the Beantown Classic. She recorded 28 in the season-opening win over Boston College.

Menlo-Atherton grad Jacqueline DiSanto has appeared in five of 19th-ranked Michigan's first six matches, and started one. In Saturday's win over Green Bay, she recorded one of her three service aces on the season. The Wolverines are 5-1 overall.

Menlo-Atherton grad Kirby Knapp appeared in two of Washington-St. Louis' first three matches, starting one. She recorded 31 assists, a 15.5 per match average, over the two matches. The Bears are 2-1 overall.

Cross country

Palo Alto grad Kent Slaney raced 16:04.0 in his first collegiate meet at MIT against the Alumni. He finished seventh overall.

Gunn grad Gillian Meeks competed with the Harvard women's team in a 15-50 loss to Boston College in a tune-up meet.

Men's soccer

Palo Alto grad John Totte recorded an assist in helping Yale down Howard, 3-0, in a nonconference affair against Howard on Sunday.

Women's soccer

Menlo-Atherton grad Olivia Athens, who played her first two years at Sacred Heart Prep, has three assists through UCLA's first six matches. She's appeared in five games, including two starts, for the undefeated and top-ranked Bruins.

Palo Alto grad Jacey Pederson has been limited to four games, one start.

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Posted by Irene S.
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Impressed to read that our local high school athletes are followed as they each pursue sports in college. Very fun to read. Thank you.

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a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 4, 2017 at 11:55 pm

Error in article above in Mens Soccer listing. It's Josh Totte, not John:Web Link He was in the Class of 2014 with my son. Very nice guy!

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