Prep volleyball: Menlo wins showdown of past state champs


Menlo School climbed to the top of the girls' volleyball hill in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division, knocking off defending league champion Notre Dame-Belmont, 25-14, 25-22, 25-18, on Tuesday.

The match, played in Belmont, featured the previous two state Division IV champions.

The Knights (15-3, 2-0) are far from feeling comfortable. Sacred Heart Prep (16-3, 3-0) is next in line and visits Menlo in another early-season showdown at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Menlo extended its winning streak to eight matches against the Tigers as Kristin Sellers recorded 16 kills on a hitting percentage of .577, had 19 assists and added nine digs.

Selina Xu recorded 10 kills, added 25 assists and had nine digs. Grace King had 13 kills on a .346 hitting percentage.

Menlo hit a collective .376 and held the Tigers to .181.

Grace Enright collected 16 digs, junior Sianna Houghton added 12 and the Knights also served six aces, two each by Sellers, Houghton and Enright.

Sacred Heart Prep took care of Mercy-San Francisco, 25-10, 25-12, 25-15, as Cate Desler recorded 20 kills, Caroline Caruso had 16 digs and Haley Martella added 24 assists.

Alexa Bartlett and Eliza Foley combined for another 11 kills.

Gunn took over the SCVAL El Camino Division lead with a 25-11, 26-24, 20-25, 25-11 victory over host Wilcox on Tuesday.

The Titans (6-10, 3-0) will look to extend their season-best winning streak Thursday when they host Cupertino in a league match at 6:45 p.m.

Amelia Gibbs helped Palo Alto knock off host Los Gatos in four sets Tuesday, handing the Wildcats their first league loss and moving the Vikings (10-3, 3-0) into sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Palo Alto has won eight of its past nine matches entering Thursday's 6:45 p.m. home match against Saratoga.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton dropped a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 decision to visiting Aragon. The Bears (3-8, 1-2) will look to get back on track when they travel to Half Moon Bay for a 6:15 p.m. league contest Thursday.

Lauren Heller and Emma Spindt combined for 13 kills and Nicole Kang had 19 digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Marlene H.
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on Sep 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Yeeeey! Good for Menlo School ! The best !

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