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Publication Date: Friday, September 17, 2004

Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (September 17, 2004)

Eagles defeat old foe

The Los Altos boys water polo team opened its season on Sept. 8 with an 8-7 win over Sacred Heart, last year's Division II champions and the team that defeated the Eagles at the 2003 CCS semifinals.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Sacred Heart earned three goals in the second. With four seconds left, Los Altos captain Ryan Stanley put his team on the second-quarter scoreboard with an outside shot from the left side.

Los Altos scored on its first two possessions during the third quarter to tie and never trailed again. At 8-7 in the fourth, goalie Jeff Kaufman, who replaced the injured Mike Peterson, made a game-clinching save with seconds left on the clock.

Fourteen of 15 players have returned from last season's team, which captured a third consecutive league title and was ranked fifth in CCS. Stanley, Michael Orton and Tyler Smith are entering their third year on the varsity squad. Smith spent July in Europe with the Youth National Team.

The Eagles' next home game is on Sept. 22 against St. Francis.

Spartans rally from two-game deficit

The Mountain View girls volleyball team came back from two games down to win 22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-9 against Notre Dame Belmont on Sept. 8.

Biz Lynch came off the bench in the third game to establish a 6-1 lead.

"It really sparked the team," said coach Gerrie Phillips. "After that, the girls just really started playing with a lot more energy."

They didn't lose another game.

With nearly perfect digging and passing, Ashley Morris had four aces and served at .308 efficiency. Sariah Alcaraz led the team with 15 kills. Abbie Damm had 42 assists, five kills and two service aces.

On Sept. 4, the Spartans finished 11 out of 32 teams at the Milpitas Spikefest. They will start league play at home on Sept. 21 against Gunn.

Swim year-round

The Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics year-round swim team is now accepting new swimmers for the fall season.

For more information, contact Ricky Silva at (408) 732-2257 or [email protected]

-- Colleen Corcoran

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