Menlo, SH Prep advance into semis of water polo tournies


Sacred Heart Prep split a pair of boys water polo games in the Elite Eight Tournament at Harvard-Westlake on Friday and can still win the tournament. Menlo School won twice in the St. Francis-Acalanes Tournament and will attempt to defend its title.

The Gators (4-1) downed Loyola-Los Angeles 11-8 in the Elite opener as Larsen Weigle scored seven times and Andrew Churukian added another three goals.

Alex Tsotadze gave SH Prep a 1-0 lead against Oaks Christian, scoring 30 seconds into the contest but the Lions roared back and eventually built an 8-4 advantage. The Gators never got closer than three the rest of the way.

It was the exact opposite in the first game, as Sacred Heart Prep never trailed in its 11-8 victory over Loyola.

Weigle scored five goals and Tsotadze added a goal as the Gators expanded their lead to 6-1 midway through the second period.

Churukian gave SH Prep an 11-4 lead in the final three minutes. The Gators are scheduled to play powerhouse Huntington Beach in Saturday's semifinal.

The Knights (8-1) will meet San Ramon Valley in the semifinals of the Acalanes tournament on Saturday after beating Monte Vista, 15-10, and host Acalanes, 12-10.

Niko Bhatia combined to score nine goals on the day and goalie Josh Poulos had a combined 14 saves to pace Menlo. Sam Untrecht scored six times on the day while Gary Marston, Noah Housenbold and Miller Geschke all scored three goals.

The Knights edged San Ramon Valley, 10-9, to win the Scott Roche Invitational and will face them again Saturday.

Girls volleyball

On Thursday, Menlo-Atherton traveled to Pacifica for a PAL Bay Division match, beating host Terra Nova, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 15-13.

Alicia Letvin recorded 13 kills, six aces and seven blocks to pace the Bears (3-7, 1-1), who host Aragon on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

Nicole Kang amassed 34 digs, Bella Shemis had 19, Erica Fischer added 18 and Kathryn Jones 14 for M-A.

Emma Spindt recorded 14 kills and setters Rachel Park and Mariah Grover combined for 50 assists.

Elsewhere in the PAL, McKenzie Brown had an overall nice game in Woodside's 25-14, 25-22, 25-22 victory over host San Mateo. She had five blocks, four aces and a pair of kills for the Wildcats (9-7, 1-1), who host Terra Nova at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Eleana Campbell had 11 digs and nine kills on a hitting percentage of .562 and Monica Klopp added 12 digs.

In the SCVAL, Palo Alto topped visiting Homestead, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, as Chelsea Fan had 12 kills and Ameilia Gibbs added nine kills and six blocks.

Mallory Kuppe and Susanna Limb each contributed 14 digs while Tanli Su distributed 25 assists, had seven digs and added four blocks for the Vikings (9-3, 2-0), who travel to Los Gatos Tuesday for a 6:45 p.m. contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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