Grace King recorded 21 kills on .421 hitting, one of four Menlo School players to reach double figures in kills and the Knights needed everything they had to get past host Sacred Heart Prep, 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-9, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division match Tuesday.
Sianna Houghton added 18 kills on .381 hitting, Ashley Dreyer had 13 kills on .423 hitting and Selina Xu recorded 12 kills to go with 30 assists and a pair of aces for the Knights (25-4, 9-0), who moved one step closer to the league title.
With three matches remaining, including Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Notre Dame-San Jose, Menlo has all but locked up the title. The Knights three remaining opponents have a combined record of 6-20.
Sacred Heart Prep (22-6, 7-3) has a chance to move into a second-place tie with Notre Dame-Belmont (7-2 in league play) when the teams meet in Belmont for a 5:45 p.m. match next Tuesday.
The Gators set the tone for a competitive match, winning the first set, 25-20, just the second set Menlo dropped in league play. SHP also won the third set, 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead.
SH Prep senior Cate Desler recorded 32 kills and Caroline Caruso had 36 digs to keep the Gators within striking distance throughout the match.
Alexa Bartlett added 12 kills and Haley Martella recorded 49 assists.
Xu and senior co-captain Kristin Sellers directed the offense. Sellers had 32 assists to go with eight kills and six digs.
Riley Holland led Menlo with 19 digs, followed by Houghton with 17 and senior Grace Enright with 13.
In WBAL Skyline Division play, host Eastside College Prep knocked off previously unbeaten Crystal Springs Uplands with authoritative 25-19, 27-25, 25-16 victory Tuesday.
Division leader The King's Academy beat Castilleja, 16-25, 25-15, 27-25, 25-15. Pinewood and Priory were also scheduled to play Tuesday.
Eastside College Prep assumed sole possession of third place to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Panthers host TKA at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
Castilleja's Lexi Stull had 13 kills and eight digs and Suzzy Wang recorded 27 digs in the loss to the Knights. Grace Lee added seven kills, five aces and 18 digs.
In SCVAL De Anza Division action, host Palo Alto topped Los Altos, 25-14, 18-25, 29-27, 25-20, on "Dig Pink" Night to remain unbeaten in league play.
Chelsea Fan had 15 kills and 12 digs for the Vikings (16-3, 9-0), who travel to Monta Vista for a 6:45 p.m. match Thursday.
Palo Alto is 1 1/2 games up on Lynbrook (16-7, 7-1) with three matches remaining. The teams meet Oct. 26, the regular-season finale, at Palo Alto.
Paly's Avery Wooten and Denise Ringwalt each added nine kills in the win over the Eagles. Senior Susanna Limb turned in another outstanding performance with 27 digs and four aces. Tanli Su had 35 assists and nine digs. Michelle Li added six digs.
Payton Shaffer and Eleonore Johansen combined for 18 kills on a hitting percentage of .486 and El Camino Division leader Mountain View beat host Gunn, 25-16, 25-11, 25-12, Tuesday.
The Titans (8-15, 4-5) play at Milpitas on Wednesday.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton beat Half Moon Bay, 25-21, 25-18, 25-8, as sophomore Bella Shermis led a strong defensive effort with 13 digs. Erica Fischer and Nicole Kang each added 12 digs.
Rachel Park and Mariah Grover shared 28 assists, with Park adding four aces for the Bears (6-13, 4-7), who travel to San Mateo for a 6:15 p.m. match on Thursday.