Prep volleyball: Menlo School finishes 6th at Spikefest

Menlo School finished second in the silver division and sixth overall at Spikefest. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Menlo School finished second in the Silver Division and sixth overall at the 32-team Spikefest Tournament at Milpitas and Independence Highs on Saturday.

Grace King recorded 33 kills and 31 digs to help the Knights (3-5) win three of five matches. Their only losses were to tournament champion St. Francis and perennial power Mitty.

Sianna Houghton added 26 kills and 35 digs in the tournament and Riley Holland had 44 digs.

St. Francis defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral for the tournament title.

Menlo downed Granada, Notre Dame of San Jose and Presentation to reach the silver division.

Woodside (5-3) also finished 3-2 in the tournament, including a 25-16, 11-25, 16-14 decision over Sacred Heart Prep, reversing a season-opening loss to the Gators.

Lena McDonough recorded seven kills in the win over SHP. Sarah Strus had a team-high 25 kills for the tournament. Elena Campbell added 22 kills and 19 digs. Katia Kishinsky and Molly Buddie shared setting duties.

The Wildcats also beat Harker and Lynbrook while losing to Clovis West and Mitty.

Sacred Heart Prep (4-5) went 2-3 in the tournament, beating Evergreen and Notre Dame of San Jose. The Gators lost twice in three sets, to Woodside and St. Ignatius. They also lost to Presentation.

Millie Muir recorded 54 assists through the first three matches and Leia Bonifacio had 10 digs against the Wildcats.

Gunn High also participated in the tournament.

On Friday, Palo Alto recovered from a two-set deficit to beat visiting Valley Christian, 16-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-9 on Friday in a nonleague match.

Junior Amelia Gibbs recorded 18 kills and hit .600 for the match. Senior Mallory Kuppe added 13 kills and 11 digs for the Vikings (2-1), who travel to Mitty for a 6:30 p.m. match Tuesday.

Paly's defense was led by Kylie Mies, with 15 digs, Sophia Krugler and Rebekah Lim each with 14 digs. Mies also recorded 50 assists.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Go Titans
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 3, 2018 at 8:52 am

This article is truly disappointing. Why do you feel the need to spend multiple paragraphs highlighting Menlo School, Woodside, and Sacred Heart, but only a passing mention of Gunn?? Isn’t this paper called “PALO ALTO ONLINE”? As far as I know, only Gunn is a PALO ALTO school. The others are not. Stop catering to the money driven preps and report on our public schools instead. How about an article on Gunn’s amazing new coach and her commitment to the program? How about highlighting our wins and losses like the other teams? Or mentioning our amazing players who devote themselves to the sport of volleyball while managing their difficult course loads and being leaders at Gunn?

Gunn is a (and I emphasize this again) PALO ALTO school. This is a PALO ALTO publication. The other schools are not. Stop catering to the wealthy schools.

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Posted by NotSpam
a resident of another community
on Sep 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Um, Woodside is also a public school and they rarely get mention in this pub, and if you think Gunn is not a "wealthy" school, guess again. But I DO agree that Menlo School, Sacred Heart, and Menlo Atherton are the focus of the sports section in this paper. Guess we know who pays the bills.

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