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October 05, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Girls’ volleyball

Notre Dame-Belmont got the better of Carlmont in the annual “Battle of Belmont” match Friday night.

The Tigers pulled out a 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win led, once again, by their dynamic duo of freshmen. Katie Smoot had a match-high 16 kills, while teammate Tammy Byrne was right behind her with 15 kills.

Ella McDonough led the Scots, finishing with 10 kills.

The Menlo School team did not let a top-20 state ranking derail it in a match against Woodside Priory Thursday.

The Knights were ranked No. 20 in the state this week by Cal-Hi Sports and they lived up to the billing with an easy 25-9, 25-11, 25-17 victory.

Maddie Huber, once again, paced the Knights’ attack, finishing with 10 kills and five aces. Olivia Pellarin chipped in with nine kills and four blocks, while Elisa Merten dished out 22 assists and three aces.

Sacred Heart Prep also picked up a win, beating Mercy-SF in straight sets, although the Gators had to work a bit harder to record a 25-22, 25-23, 25-13 decision.

Victoria Garrick had another big match for the Gators, pounding out 15 kills and digging up 23 balls defensively. Mamie Caruso added 17 digs and two aces, while Natalie Marshall pumped out 36 assists and came up with 13 digs.

Girls’ tennis

The Notre Dame-Belmont girls’ tennis team came this close to picking up its first win in West Catholic Athletic League play Thursday.

Instead, it was Presentation that earned its first league victory with a 4-3 decision over the Tigers.

Alivia Horsley won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for Notre Dame. The Tigers’ No. 3 singles player, Rebecca Zheng, also scored a point with a 7-6, 6-3 win and the No. 1 doubles team of Maddy Ching and Carly Baumann picked up the Tigers’ third point with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win.

Notre Dame, however, could not find that elusive fourth point.

Menlo-Atherton moved a game above .500 in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division with a sweep of Half Moon Bay. The Bears dropped only two sets in seven matches. Sami Andrew, M-A’s No. 1 singles player, needed three sets to win her match, 6-2, 6-7, (10-5).

Caroline Kelly, at No. 3 singles, also needed three sets. She dropped the first set to Cali Conklin 3-6, but rebounded to win the second set in a tiebreaker. Kelly then held off Conklin in a third-set, super-tiebreaker, 10-8.

Burlingame got back in the win column as well Thursday, easily downing Sequoia, 7-0. The Panthers are still without No. 1 singles player Alex Harrigan, but she wasn’t missed as Burlingame did not drop a set.

Natalie Somers filled in at No. 1 for the Panthers and won 6-3, 6-0. The No. 3 doubles team of Madeline Somers and Pyria Patel swept their opponent 6-0, 6-0.

In West Bay Athletic League action, both Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep recorded easy victories. Menlo suffered a rare defeat at No. 1 singles, but took the rest of the matches to beat Harker 6-1. SHP won by the same score over Notre Dame-SJ. The No. 1 doubles team of Lucie Ackley and Ruth Sarwal had the easiest time for the Gators, winning 6-1, 6-0.

Girls’ golf

The Notre Dame-Belmont team picked up its second WCAL win of the season, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral 233-259 at Harding Park Thursday.

Maddie Able led the way for the Tigers, firing a 41, which was good for low round of the day.

Wednesday, the Aragon team improved its record to a perfect 12-0 with wins over both Capuchino and South City at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.

All five Aragon golfers shot scores in the 40s, led by Kelly Fang’s 41. Tessa Ulrich was a shot back at 42 and Emily Paras finished with a 43. Valerie Chen shot a 45, while Lindsay Block finished with a 48.

Capuchino was led by Natalie Estelita’s 53. She was followed by Natalie Koenig’s 57.

For South City, Kayse Root shot a 57, while Mary Marina came home with a 71.

Cross country

The WCAL held its first league meet of the season at Baylands Park in Palo Alto Thursday.

On the boys’ side, Gabriel Flynn was Serra’s top finisher with a time of 12:53, good for eighth place overall.

On the girls’ side, Megan McDonell was the best finisher for Notre Dame-Belmont, covering the course in a time of 16:57, good for 32nd place.

Women’s college volleyball

Cañada split a pair of matches this week to stay at .500 on the season with a 3-3 record.

Wednesday, the Colts (3-3) downed San Jose City College in three sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17. They were led offensively by Tia Villareal, who finished with 10 kills. Michaella Pietrobono added nine kills and Lauren Formalejo had 10 digs defensively.

Friday, the Colts fell in straight sets to Ohlone-Fremont, 25-21, 25-17, 25-20. Alayna Allard paced the Colts with eight kills in the loss.



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