Prep report: Menlo, Castilleja win weekend tournaments

Team photo with championship plaque held by senior captains Jordan Yau and Simran Sandhu. Coaches Cassie Shaw and Karen Wickers on the right. Photo courtesy of Castilleja Athletics.

Menlo School didn't have to stray very far in winning tournament championships on Saturday. The boys' water polo team hosted the Scott Roche Tournament, defending its title with a 10-9 victory over San Ramon Valley in a rematch of last year's title game.

The Knights' girls' volleyball team hosted the Chris Chandler Tournament, winning the title for the first time since 2013. They beat Palo Alto, 25-11, 26-24, in the title match, reversing a three-set loss to the Vikings only two days before.

Sacred Heart Prep topped Menlo-Atherton, 25-22, 25-22, to grab the third-place trophy. Woodside finished ninth and Gunn was 12th.

The Sacred Heart Prep girls' water polo placed third in the St. Francis Invitational, rebounding from an 11-4 setback to Leland in the semifinals to beat Clovis, 9-7.

Castilleja captured the consolation championship, beating St. Francis-Sacramento, 12-5.

Menlo-Atherton split four games at the tournament, winning twice on Saturday. The Bears downed Palo Alto 7-4 and then beat Mitty, 11-6.

Castilleja's tennis team spent the past few days in Salinas and Monterey, making the trip worthwhile by winning the Santa Catalina Tournament and beating host Salinas, 5-2, in the championship match, two days after losing to the Cowboys, 5-2.

The Menlo girls' tennis team went 2-1 at the Golden State Classic at Stanford. The Knights beat 27-time defending CIF champion Torrey Pines, 5-1.

The Menlo girls' water polo team won twice on Saturday at the Acalanes tournament.

Boys water polo

Menlo School won its second straight Scott Roche Invitational title, the third in four years and eight overall.

Junior Sam Untrecht led the Knights (5-1) in a five-win week, collecting 15 goals, eight assists and 11 steals. He also blocked five shots.

Untrecht and Maxwell Patterson each scored twice in title game as eight different players netted a goal. Menlo goalie Josh Poulos recorded 13 saves.

The Knights advanced with a 16-9 victory over St. Mary's in the semifinal. Untrecht and Miller Geschke each scored four times in the win. Niko Bhatia had three and Noah Housenhold added a pair.

Menlo-Atherton beat Soquel 10-7 to place 11th. The Bears (3-6) travel to Woodside for a PAL Bay Division game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Menlo travels to Carlmont for a 5 p.m. game Wednesday.

Girls water polo

Sacred Heart Prep fell to defending CCS Division I champion Leland 11-4 in the semifinals of the St. Francis Invitational on Saturday but came back to down Clovis 7-4 in the third-place contest.

Goalie Nellie McAdams had 21 saves on the day, 12 against Clovis. Annabel Facey scored four goals, Claire Kerrigan added a pair and Eleanor Facey also scored.

The Gators (5-2) host Gunn at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Georgia Lewis recorded seven saves in Castilleja's 13-3 victory over Burlingame on Saturday and then stopped 11 shots in a 12-5 victory over St. Francis-Sacramento to earn fifth place.

Minhee Chung scored four times in the win over the Panthers and added five against St. Francis. Claire Pisani added four goals and Madison Lewis scored twice to go with four steals.

Menlo won a pair of games at the Acalanes tournament Saturday, edging Rio Americano 5-4 with Parker Callendar scoring three times and Gillian Bressie recording six saves.

The Knights also reversed a loss the previous day by beating Justin Siena 9-5. Sydney Bianchi led the way with three goals and Meg Reinstra added two. Bressie had 13 saves.

The Knights (3-3) travel to Carlmont on Wednesday for a PAL Bay Division game at 4 p.m.

Menlo-Atherton topped Palo Alto 7-4 with Eva Brouwer stopping seven shots and Ayla Huhn adding three scores.

The Bears also beat Mitty, 11-6, with Huhn adding three more and finishing with aa for the tournament.

M-A travels to Woodside for a 4 p.m. PAL Bay Division game Wednesday.

Girls tennis

Menlo placed sixth place at the Knights' own prestigious Golden State Classic at Stanford Taube Stadium and West Campus courts Friday and Saturday.

The Knights doubles teams went a remarkable 12-0 in matches throughout the tournament. Kathryn Wilson and Vivian Liu teamed for a 12-0 mark at No. 1 doubles. The Knights adjusted well after a first-round injury to No. 1 singles player Taylor Gould led to a new lineup.

"The singles players - including our two freshman (Addie Ahlstrom and Lindsey Ball) - really stepped up, handling themselves really well against older opponents, and our whole team showed showed a lot of fight. I'm really happy with how well they did," Menlo coach Bll Shine said.

The youthful Knights opened the tournament with a 4-2 victory over St. Ignatius. Menlo beat defeated Defending CIF-SoCal champion Torrey Pines to open play Saturday.

The Knights' losses both came after tiebreakers (set differential) determined the outcome.

Castilleja (4-3) extended its winning streak to four matches by winning the Santa Catalina tournament.

The Gators were so dominant that eight of the 11 players finished unbeaten in the four matches: seniors Simran Sandhu and Jordan Yau, juniors Lexi Bunday, Soline Boussard and Sopia Nesamney, sophomores Mabelle Pasmoij and Roxana Scott and freshman Tobey Solomon.

"Some key lineup changes and a fearless attitude were key to beating Salinas," Castilleja coach Cassie Shaw said. "I'm proud of what this team accomplished this weekend."

The Gators host Homestead at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Upland, 5-2, on Saturday.

Girls volleyball

The Knights bounced back from Thursday's three-set loss to Palo Alto with a sweep of the Vikings, 25-11, 26-24.

Senior co-captain Kristin Sellers recorded a team-high seven kills, hitting .400, and added 10 assists. Junior Grace King and senior Ashley Dreyer each posted six kills.

Junior Selina Xu had 13 assists and five digs. Juniors Riley Holland collected a team-high 10 digs and Anna Guiragossian recorded four blocks. Caroline Bradley and Sianna Houghton each picked up five digs.

Menlo defeated University-S.F. and Wallenberg to take first in pool play. The Knights topped Santa Cruz and Menlo-Atherton to advance to the final.

The Knights (11-3) travel to Mercy-San Francisco to open West Bay Athletic League play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Palo Alto (7-3) opens SCVAL De Anza Division at Lynrook ay 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

For Sacred Heart Prep (12-3), Cate Desler recorded 64 kills (12.8 per match) over the course of the tournament while Haley Martella distributed 96 assists, Caroline Caruso had 38 digs and Elena Radeff had 24 kills.

Ally Polverari recorded 30 kills and 15 aces for the Gators, who host Mercy-Burlingame in a WBAL opener at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Woodside's Elena Campbell recorded 26 kills and 17 digs to help the Wildcats win three of four matches in the tourney.

Madeline Mendes accumulated 24 digs, Mollie Buddie had seven aces and Monica Klopp recorded 14 digs in her only match.

JV Scoreboard


Sacred Heart Prep 46, Hillsdale 7

Girls water polo

Menlo 11, Clayton Valley 3 (Reynolds 5, Fritsch 4)

Menlo 8, St. Ignatius 4 (Fritsch 5)

Girls tennis

Castilleja 6, Priory 1 (Priory's Casey Walsh wins at No. 1 singles; Castilleja's Kareena Sandhu, Meher Sandhu, Divya Ganesan win singles matches).

Girls volleyball

Castilleja d. San Jose KIPP, 25-13, 25-18 (Lucia Shen 8 kills)

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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