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Palo Alto, Menlo School win league volleyball titles

 
Palo Alto seniors celebrated a winning night Thursday. Photo by David Hickey.

The Palo Alto girls volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-12 victory over visiting Lynbrook in the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season finale on Thursday night.

The Vikings, who clinched the title on Monday, finished undefeated in league play.

Menlo School will look to finish an undefeated league season Friday night with a home game against Harker at 4:30 p.m. The Knights clinched the WBAL Foothill Division title, beating host Mercy-Burlingame, 25-21, 25-11, 25-16.

Sacred Heart Prep completed its regular season with a 25-16, 25-14, 26-24 victory over visiting Notre Dame-San Jose.

All three schools will await the results of Saturday's volleyball seeding meeting. Palo Alto and Menlo are likely headed for the Open Division while Sacred Heart Prep will be one of the top seeds in the Division IV playoffs.

Chelsea Fan recorded 13 kills and 16 digs in Paly's (23-3, 12-0) win over Lynbrook. Isabella Marcus had seven kills on a hitting percentage of .750. Susanna Limb and Michelle Li combined for another 21 digs and setters Tanli Su and Julianna Roth combined on 31 assists.

Senior Kristin Sellers posted a double-double with 10 kills and 21 assists, and added eight digs for Menlo (27-4, 11-0). Fellow senior captain Ashley Dreyer had 10 kills and junior Selina Xu contributed 19 assists.

Senior Caroline Bradley and junior Riley Holland each had nine digs. Junior Anna Guiragossian put up four blocks and junior Grace King added six kills.

Cate Desler recorded 21 kills for SH Prep (24-7, 8-4). Elena Radeff and Alexa Bartlett combined for anther 16 kills and Caroline Caruso added 16 digs. Haley Martella had 27 assists.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, host Gunn dropped a frustrating 25-13, 22-25, 16-25, 25-21, 17-15 decision to Fremont. The Titans finish the season at 4-8 in league (8-18 overall).

Pinewood senior Madeleine Escher recorded 24 kills, just shy of her season-best 29, and the Panthers ended their season with a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11 victory over host Castilleja.

Senior Shelby Jones led Pinewood with 15 digs. Kassandra Davis added 13, Samantha Cue recorded 12 and both Amelia Rowe and Escher had 10.

Escher averaged 4.3 kills per set for the Panthers, an average of 16.1 per match. She reached double figures in kills in her past 11 matches.

Lexi Stull recorded 19 kills, four aces and had seven digs for Castilleja (12-18, 4-6). Grace Lee added 10 kills and 18 digs, Suzzy Wang added 13 digs and Ayse Artun had 10 digs.

Girls tennis

Menlo School (14-6, 10-0) completed another WBAL Foothill Division undefeated season Thursday, beating Harker, 7-0, at the Santa Clara Tennis Club.

Addie Ahlstrom, Taylor Gould, Lindsey Ball and Vivian Liu recorded singles wins for the Knights, who will host the individual tournament beginning Monday.

Kathryn Wilson and Penelope Penfold-Patterson, Lauren Creamer and Charlotte Lee, and Kyra Geschke and Penelope Anderson won the doubles matches.

Sacred Heart Prep finished the regular-season with a 7-0 victory over Crystal Springs Uplands.

In their final regular season match together, it seemed fitting that SHP's top two players, Melina Stavropoulos and Sara Choy played No. 1 doubles, earning a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Mary Wine and Cloey Selna and Becky Lamb and Brooke Freita also won their doubles matches.

Isa Robinson took care of No. 1 singles and Katherine Salisbury, Sara Quinlan and Ella Sheehan were also victorious.

Castilleja finished the season on a high note with back-to-back wins over Crystal Springs Uplands on Wednesday and a 7-0 win over Pinewood on Thursday.

Seniors Simran Sandhu, in singles, and Jordan Yau, with Jackie Hillman, in doubles, each won their matches on Senior Night. Castilleja dropped just 10 games across the seven matches.

Becca Row, Tobey Solomon, Soline Boussard, Mabelle Pasmooij, Roxana Scott, Lexi Bundy and Sophia Nesamoney all made it a winning day for Castilleja.

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