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Prep roundup: M-A tops SHP; Menlo wins in CCS tennis

Menlo-Atherton freshman Charley Smith wrapped up the Bears' 5-2 win CCS second-round win over host SHP with a win at No. 4 singles. Photo by Keith Peters.

Lanie Van Linge led a sweep of the singles players and the Menlo-Atherton High girls tennis team beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 5-2, in the second round of the Central Coast Section team tournament.

The sixth-seeded Bears (17-6) travel to Cuesta Park in Mountain View to meet No. 3 seed St. Francis in Thursday's quarterfinals at 2 p.m.

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Fourth-seeded Menlo School (16-6) also advanced, beating visiting Carlmont, 7-0, on Tuesday. The Knights host fifth-seeded Los Altos on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Van Linge, who has committed to continue her career at Michigan next fall, got the Bears rolling with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over SHP senior Melina Stavropoulos. Van Linge was in control throughout and was off the court first.

Teammate Julia Marks wasn't far behind as she topped SHP sophomore Isa Robinson, 6-0, 6-2, while employing a big forehand to dispatch her opponent.

Van Linge and Marks are competing in the CCS doubles tournament that begins at noon next Tuesday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

M-A's Sophie Longo edged SHP's Katherine Salisbury, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. Both players are entered in the CCS singles tournament.

Stavropoulos and Sara Choy will also be playing in the doubles tournament. The fourth-seeded duo could meet the second-seeded Van Linge and Marks in next Wednesday's finals.

Choy and Sara Quinlan beat Kate Perri and Sarah Marks at No. 1 doubles and SHP's Emma Tung and Nathalie Rotenberg beat Erin Cole and Elise Kratser at No. 2 doubles.

Cole and Perri are also entered in the doubles tournament.

Charley Smith at No. 4 singles and Nia Zigman and Laura Kirk at No. 3 doubles also recorded victories for M-A.

Choy, 79-1 against high school competition in singles competition, missed most the season due to complications from an ankle surgery. She came back as a doubles player, playing with three different teammates and forging a 9-0 mark.

Choy and Stavropoulos are 4-0 as a team and won the West Bay Athletic League title.

Girls golf

Palo Alto senior Stephanie Yu fired an even par 73 to finish in a fifth-place tie in the NorCal regional championships Monday at the Sierra View CC in Rocklin.

Yu qualified for next Tuesday's state championship tournament at Poppy Hills GC in Pebble Beach.

The Vikings finished sixth overall with a 397, marking the first, only time, the team has not won a dual meet or tournament this season. The final tally for Paly is three tournament titles and 14-0 in the SCVAL competition.

Valley Christian-San Jose won the title with a 381, led by medalist Quynn Duong, who shot a crisp 4-over par 69. The Warriors finished third at the CCS tournament and tied with St. Francis for the WCAL title. The Lancers were fifth in NorCals.

Also for the Vikings, Katherine Sung shot a 78, Priya Bakshi fired a 79, Marina Mata added an 80, Jasmine Choi came in at 87 and Madison Pineda shot 88.

Menlo's Sophie Siminoff and Castilleja's Divya Tadimeti each shot a 78 as individuals.

Yu, who won CCS medalist honors in 2016, qualified for her first state tournament. She birded the par-3 17th hole and hit par in the 18th for her 73.

Yu was 2-over after eight holes and then found birdies on No. 10 and No. 14 before bogeying No. 16.

Siminoff had a wacky round that included an eagle (10th hole) and two birdies but also a pair of double bogeys.

Tadimenti also had two birdies and a pair of double bogeys but played steady most of the round with 11 pars, including seven straight at one point.

Sung, Bakshi, Mata and Pineda each recorded at least one birdie on the day.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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