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Prep report: M-A, Menlo continue tennis streaks

Sacred Heart Prep also opens WBAL play with a victory

Kathryn Wilson won at No. 4 singles for Menlo. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics

Charlie Smith and Michaela Llewelyn filled the top two spots of the Menlo-Atherton girls tennis singles ladder rather nicely Tuesday to help the Bears beat host Hillsdale, 6-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division match.

Katie Donahue also won her singles match as Menlo-Atherton (6-3, 4-0) extended its winning in regular-season league matches to 48.

The Bears visit St. Francis for a nonleague match Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Lancers eliminated M-A from last year's Central Coast Section tournament at Cuesta Park.

M-A's No. 3 doubles team of Emily Xu and Amelia Wu were extended to a second-set tiebreaker while the No. 1 doubles team of Anushka Patnaik and Nia Zisman, and the No. 2 doubles team of Margaret Chan and Bailey Lenz each won under less stressful conditions.

Menlo School opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 7-0 victory over Pinewood , extending its ongoing state record league winning streak to 239 straight.

The Knights (5-2, 1-0) have a road match Thursday against Crystal Springs Uplands at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Sacred Heart Prep (6-1, 1-0) on Tuesday in what could be a showdown.

The Gators extended Menlo to 4-3 in both meetings last year. SHP's Sara Choy, a blue-chip prospect, remains out with an injury.

Menlo received singles wins from freshman Addie Ahlstrom, junior Vivian Liu, and senior captains Elika Eshghi and Kathryn Wilson.

The Knights are without their No.1 player Taylor Gould, who sustained an injury during an earlier match.

In doubles, Kyra Geschke and Ellen Cho teamed for a win at No. 1, while Elizabeth Westermann and Grace McDonald took No.2 and Vida Saffari and Vionna Eshghi completed the sweep at No.3 doubles.

Sacred Heart Prep topped Castilleja, 7-0, at Rinconada Park as the No. 2 doubles team of Sarah McGrath and Lindsay Marcus won their match, 6-2, 6-0.

The best match of the day was at No. 1 doubles, where Nathalie Rotenberg and Emily McGrath beat Castilleja's Mabelle Pasmooij and Roxana Scott, 6-3, 6-2,. in a competitive battle.

Emma Tung and Nooryan Jafri won at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, 6-0.

SHP singles players Melina Stravropoulos, Isa Robinson, Katherine Salisbury and Sara Quinlan all won in straight sets.

Girls golf

Menlo sophomore Gianna Inguagiato birdied her final hole to earn medalist honors with a 40 and the Knights maintained its win streak with a 230-275 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in West Bay Athletic League action Tuesday at Palo Alto Hills CC.

Sulwen Ma, also a sophomore, fired a 43 with a birdie on No. 9 as well. Vikki Xu finished with a 46 and freshman Sarah Fujimori had a 51.

Menlo (6-0) returns to action Monday against Notre Dame-San Jose at San Jose Muni.

Castilleja stayed on the heals of the Knights with a 231-250 win over Notre Dame-Belmont.

The Gators (5-1) next have a match scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 27 against Mercy-Burlingame at Poplar Creek.

Boys water polo

Palo Alto beat visiting Harker 9-5 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest on Tuesday. Bryan Look and Matthew Nemeth each scored twice for the Vikings (4-5, 3-2), who play at Homestead on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

Gunn (6-3, 4-1) topped Monta Vista in another SCVAL match and has a big match at Los Altos (8-2, 5-0) at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Menlo-Atherton prepped for its big encounter with Menlo School on Wednesday with a trip to Acalanes, where the Bears dropped an 11-10 decision. Wednesday's match against the Knights starts at 4 p.m.

Girls water polo

Palo Alto earned its first SCVAL victory and extended its win streak to four, beating visiting Saratoga 14-4. The Vikings (7-8, 1-4) led at halftime 6-2 and then took the game over in the second half.

Palo Alto travels to play at Homestead on Thursday. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Gunn hosts Los Altos in an important game Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The Titans (6-4, 4-0) overcame a poor first period to ease past host Mountain View 8-7 on Tuesday and remain unbeaten, along with Los Gatos, in league play.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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