The field hockey team had a great week, defeating Homestead, University, and Davis in their first wins of the season. On Tuesday, the Monarchs beat Homestead, 1-0. Over the weekend, the Monarchs traveled to the Presidio in San Francisco, where they competed against two more teams. The Monarchs beat University in the first game with senior Kiara Dixon making the game-winning goal in the second half. The Monarchs went on to defeat Davis High School. At halftime, the score was 1-0. Junior Emily McIntyre and senior Ava Bilton added goals to bring the final score to 3-0.
The women's water polo team had a great week of games, winning their WCAL opener on Wednesday and multiple games at the St. Francis Autumn Invitational over the weekend. The invitational started on Friday, with the Monarchs defeating Valley Christian, 11-5. The Monarchs went on to beat Los Altos, 13-4, later the same night. On Saturday, the Monarchs added victories over Homestead, 13-2, and — finally — Palo Alto, 6-5, in a close game the Monarchs won in overtime. During the invitational, sophomore Grace Imrisek led the team with 14 steals while netting six goals, senior Meghan DeVaughn added nine goals and nine steals, and senior Jazzy Floresca contributed eight goals, including the one that was the overtime game-winner against Palo Alto.
Last Wednesday, the Monarchs also defeated the Presentation Panthers, 17-4, in their league opener. The victory was a team effort with 10 athletes scoring at least one goal and senior Megan Campagna providing strong defense as goalie.
The women's volleyball team continues to be undefeated with an incredible 10-0 record, adding victories over Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School this past week. On Tuesday, MaxPreps ranked the team among the top 25 in the nation. Later that afternoon, the Monarchs beat Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, in sets of 25-7, 25-22, and 25-13. On Thursday, the Monarchs added a victory over Menlo School. In the first set, senior Kendra MacDonald got a kill, giving the Monarchs a 25-20 win. The Knights won the second set to tie the game at 1-1. But the Monarchs took the third and fourth sets to win the game, 3-1. Senior Klaudia Barbarossa played relentless defense, senior Kendra MacDonald had several key kills, including one that helped the Monarchs win the fourth set, and junior Sandy Thomas put up a strong block to help the Monarchs remain undefeated. Thanks to the football and baseball teams for cheering the Monarchs to victory!
Coach Sue Phillips, the head coach of our women's basketball team and a proud Monarch, led Team USA in winning the 2021 FIBA U16 Americas Championship last month and took home her third gold medal. She led Team USA in defeating teams from five countries — Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Canada — in seven days of games.
With just 1 minute and 42 seconds left on the clock, the Monarchs scored the game-winning touchdown for a 35-34 victory over Mountain View. Junior quarterback Wills Towers threw to junior Danny Scudero, who scored the 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. A great crowd in The Pit and Jazz Band erupted on the play.
The Monarchs were the first to score in the game with Towers connecting with senior Dominic Boccabella for a 75-yard score in the first quarter. With a little over 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Towers passed to Scudero for a 31-yard touchdown, which tied the game, 28-28. The Monarchs were able to score one more touchdown in the final minutes of the game to claim the victory.
The women's golf team got the perfect start to their WCAL season last Thursday when they defeated the Presentation Panthers 213, 223, at the Spring Valley Golf Course in Milpitas. This was the Monarchs' WCAL opener. Junior Arayana Satheesh shot a 40 and was named the medalist for the match.
After more than a year without a normal competition season, the women’s volleyball team was back on the court this past weekend, where they immediately won their first tournament title: the Spikefest Championship. On Saturday, the Monarchs competed in the five-game tournament, defeating Milpitas, Gunn, Menlo, and Sacred Heart Prep to advance to the championship game against WCAL rival Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Led by Coach Jon Wallace, the Monarchs defeated the Fightin’ Irish 25-18, 25-8 to seize the championship. Team captain and senior Kendra MacDonald played consistently all weekend and was a tremendous part of the team’s offense as well as a strong serve receive passer. Junior Audrey Liddle was able to add an aggressive attack and ball control for the team. Finally, senior Klaudia Barbarossa was the team’s most effective server, consistently passing and playing defense for the Monarchs. The tournament represents the first time the newly formed team — including seven seniors, six juniors, and two sophomores— has competed this fall. Congratulations on a great start to the season!
This fall, we're excited to welcome back all of our fall sports teams for a season of in-person games. The football, field hockey, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's volleyball, and cross country teams are already hard at work. We can't wait to cheer them on in person this year!
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Congratulations to the baseball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball teams, which won WCAL championships this spring. A special congratulations to the women's soccer and men’s basketball teams for capturing CCS championships. We also wish to congratulate these Monarchs who captured individual WCAL and/or CCS championships in diving, swimming, track and field, and men’s golf: sophomore Taylor Oden; seniors Nathan Wang and Robby Griswold; and recent graduates Adam Wesson, Gemma Gallaher, and Taylor Iden.
Congratulations to JT Hanley, the head coach of our women’s soccer program, and Sue Phillips, the head coach of our women’s basketball program, for being named CCS Honor Coaches for 2021. We’re grateful for the many ways they continue to help our Monarchs grow as student-athletes. Thanks to each of you!