Menlo girls are 3-0 on first day of volleyball tourney


Grace King recorded 27 kills on the day and the Menlo School girls' volleyball team won three matches during pool play of the Hudl Southern California Invitational at Alliant International University in San Diego on Friday.

The Knights (22-3), competing in the Division I bracket, meets Eastside-Chula Vista (16-8) at 9 a.m. Saturday in the seeding round of the D1 Hudl Seeding bracket. Menlo will meet either Laguna Beach or Coronado (NV) in the quarterfinals of the Hudl bracket (if the Knights win) or the Gold bracket (if they lose).

The final match of the day featured Menlo and Sunnyslope (AZ), both of which entered the contest with 2-0 records. The Knights won, 25-20, 25-17, as Kristin Sellers had eight kills and eight assists, while King added seven kills and Grace Enright recorded 10 digs.

Menlo opened with a 25-19, 25-22 victory over Pacific Ridge. Ashley Dreyer and King each had six kills, Houghton had five kills and six digs and Enright made 10 digs.

The Knights needed a third set to get by Oaks Christian, 22-25, 25-14, 15-8. King led the way with 10 kills while Sianna Houghton added six kills, four aces and 10 digs. Sellers had four kills, three aces, five digs and 13 assists. Enright added another seven digs.

Overall, Sellers and Selina Xu each recorded 33 assists on the day.

The Titans (16-8) went 2-1 in pool play, finishing second. They reach the second round of the CIF Southern California tournament, two matches shy of the state title game.

Menlo has won 16 straight since losing to Palo Alto on Sept. 7. The Knights are 41-2 in sets played since that setback. They are 59-7 in sets overall.

Menlo returns to West Bay Athletic League action Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. match at Sacred Heart Prep.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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