The Palo Alto girls golf team showed it can win even without its top player. Gunn showed consistency in winning its Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opener on Tuesday.
The crosstown rivals meet Thursday, though the schools are taking their rivalry to the Santa Teresa Golf Club, site of this year's league tournament, for a 3 p.m. walk around the greens.
The Vikings turned in a solid effort in beating Monta Vista, 195-214, at Sunnyvale Muni. Even without the defending Central Coast Section champion Stephanie Yu, the Paly scorers all matched or beat the Matadors top scorers.
Katherine Sung earned medalist honors with her round of 37. Marina Mata followed a stroke behind, Madison Pineda was two strokes off the lead, co-captain Jasmine Choi came in with a 40 and Priya Bakshi fired a 41.
Meg Niu and Tiffany Chen shared Monta Vista's top score of 41. The Vikings (4-0, 2-0) have yet to lose this season, which includes the Helen Lengfeld tournament, in which Paly edged St. Francis by a single stroke to earn the top trophy.
Gunn wasn't far behind in beating Lynbrook, 171-181, at Deep Cliff Golf Club, a course in Cupertino that hosts night golfing and is a par 30 off the red tees.
Medalist Isabella Yu shot a 31, followed by Lydia Tsai at 32, Isha Mohan with a 34, Angela Ryu at 36 and Audrey Li at 38.
Gunn (2-0, 1-0) placed sixth at the competitive Helen Lengfed tournament.
In West Bay Athletic League action Wednesday, Sacred Heart Prep and Castilleja will share the facilities with the Menlo-King's Academy dual match at the Palo Alto Hill G&CC. The Gators tee off at 3 p.m. while the Knights tee off at 3:40 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton downed host Burlingame, 7-0, in a PAL Bay Division contest on Tuesday using a lineup that consisted of several players ranked among the best in Northern California, including Lanie Van Linge, ranked 22nd in the state and 127th in the nation.
Van Linge downed Burlingame's Halle Martinucci, 6-3, 6-3, at the top of the ladder in one of the more competitive contests in the match.
Van Linge is rated a 4-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net and there's not much of a drop-off at No. 2 singles, where 3-star recruit Julia Marks, rated 47th in the state, took care of Maddie Wachhorst, 6-2, 6-2.
Sophia Longo mans the No. 3 singles spot and the state's 82nd ranked player topped Alyson Resnick, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 singles Sarah Marks, one of the seven returning all-league players at M-A, took care of business with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
The Bears improved to 2-0 in league play (4-3 overall) and extended its winning streak against PAL teams to 45 matches.
The make-up of Tuesday's lineup was completely different from last week's 7-0 victory over Half Moon Bay. Ten different players took to the court and both sets recorded a shutout.
The second best team in the PAL Bay Division may very well be M-A's 'B' team.
The Bears host Carlmont in a PAL match at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Palo Alto opened the SCVAL season with a 4-3 victory over visiting Homestead. The Vikings (2-2, 1-0) travel to Cupertino for a league match at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and then host the Paly Invite on Friday and Saturday.
The Vikings victory came down to the No. 3 doubles team Anya Kamimenko and Gwen Wong, who fought to win in an 11-9 tiebreaker.
Rachel Owens won at No. 4 singles and Paly's two other doubles teams won.
Sacred Heat Prep received a pair of victories from No. 2 doubles Noorayn Jafri and Emily MGrath and No. 3 doubles Sara Quinlan and Emma Tung but host Cupertino took care of the rest as the Gators suffered their first loss of the season, 5-2, on Tuesday.
Sacred Heart Prep (3-1) hosts Mitty at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in a nonleague match.
Pinewood dropped a 4-3 decision to host Fremont on Tuesday. The Panthers (2-5) play at Menlo next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton showed a lot of character Tuesday night in its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opener against visiting Carlmont.
The Bears, off to a rough start once again, took the Scots to five sets before falling, 25-19, 28-30, 18-25, 25-22, 15-8.
M-A rallied from a first set loss to win the nerve-wracking second set in bonus time, 30-28. It was during that set the Bears (2-8, 0-1) showed resiliency and toughness. They went on to win the third set before Carlmont (8-1, 1-0) regrouped.
The Scots put themselves into the Open Division conversation after knocking off Mitty during the Milpitas Spikefest I. Carlmont's lone loss is to Sacred Heart Cathedral, which like M-A and Mitty competed in last year's Open Division and all three reached at least the NorCal regional finals.
Alicia Letvin was sensational in recording 13 kills and serving six aces for M-A. She was 21-of-21 serving overall overall and was in on four blocks.
Lauren Heller added nine kills, Nicole Kang had 30 digs and Rachel Park and Mariah Grover shared 41 assists.
M-A is at Terra Nova for a 5:15 p.m. league match Thursday.
In WBAL Foothill Division action, Sacred Heart Prep downed visiting Mercy-Burlingame, 25-12, 25-14, 25-17, Tuesday in the league opener for both teams.
The Gators (14-3, 1-0) were led by Cate Desler with 17 kills and four aces and Elena Radeff with nine kills. Alexa Bartlett and Ally Polverari combined for another 13 kills. Caroline Caruso added 12 digs.
Sacred Heart Prep hosts Harker at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Spieker Pavilion.
Palo Alto took care of host Lynbrook, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16, in the SCVAL opener for both teams.
Senior Chelsea Fan had a monster game with 15 kills on a .556 hitting percentage. She also had eight digs. Avery Wooten and Amelia Gibbs, who currently leads the SCVAL with 24 total blocks, combined for another 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
Senior Susanna Limb added 14 digs for Palo Alto (8-3, 1-0) while Mallory Kuppe and Michelle Li combined for another 14.
Palo Alto hosts Homestead (14-3, 1-0) in an important match Thursday at 6:45 p.m.