Gators take a bite out of Lancers in nonleague tennis

Katherine Salisbury won a big match at No. 3 singles to help Sacred Heart Prep topple St. Francis on Monday. Photo by Keith Peters.

Katherine Salisbury, Isa Robinson and Noorayn Jafri each won important singles matches, leading Sacred Heart Prep past visiting St. Francis, 5-2, in a nonleague girls tennis match Monday.

Lindsey Marcus and Sarah McGrath and Emma Tung and Sarah Quinlan helped make the difference in doubles play for the Gators (8-3), who travel to Crystal Springs Uplands for a West Bay Athletic League contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sacred Heart Prep's victory over the Lancers (6-4), who play Sacred Heart Cathedral at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the tennis courts at San Francisco State, is significant for a few reasons.

Even if St. Francis was not at full strength, come CCS seeding time, the win will count in the Gators' favor. Also, the Lancers (2-0 in the WCAL) own wins over both Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton, both favored to win their respective league titles.

Sacred Heart Prep (3-1 in the WBAL) still has a home match remaining with the Knights in two weeks and the Gators could be at full strength by then.

Palo Alto warmed up for Tuesday's SCVAL De Anza Division 3:30 p.m. match against visiting Los Gatos by knocking off Castilleja, 6-1, in a nonleague match at Rinconada Park.

The Vikings (8-5) swept singles play with Maddi Page, Isa Cossio, Claire Li and Anuva Banwasi each winning in straight sets

Mabelle Pasmooij and Roxana Scott won at No. 1 doubles for Castilleja (8-6), which travels to Pinewood for a league match at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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