Eagles' historic season comes to close

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The Los Altos High girls volleyball team celebrates its NorCal final win over Cosumnes Oaks.

Although the Los Altos High girls volleyball team’s unexpected journey to the state championships didn’t end with a win, just getting there was a victory for the program. Los Altos had never made it this far before.

The Eagles won four Northern California playoff matches to reach Saturday’s Division II state final at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, where it took a Village to beat them – Village Christian of Sun Valley. The Crusaders prevailed 25-16, 25-23, 25-20.

Eagles bound for Saturday's state volleyball finals

Los Altos High School volleyball
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The Los Altos High girls volleyball team celebrates its four-set win over Cosumnes Oaks in Tuesday night’s Northern Calfornia Division II final.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team beat visiting Cosumnes Oaks in four sets Tuesday night (Nov. 13) to advance to the state championships for the first time in school history.

The Eagles (33-8) are slated to face Village Christian (39-9) of Sun Valley in the Division II final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Beset by injuries early, Owls hope to fly right as playoffs approach

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Foothill middle blocker Olivia Stubblefield, right, goes for the kill as setter Alyssa Topete keeps her eyes on the ball.

Set back by a spate of injuries in September, the Foothill College women’s volleyball team is trying to recover in time to make a playoff push.

At nearly full strength as they embark on the second half of their Coast Conference South Division slate this week, the Owls will need to get hot in a hurry to overcome their slow start.

Lancers embrace challenge that awaits in CCS; Eagles stun Paly to remain in title contention

Kelly Hamer
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St. Francis High’s Kelly Hamer (No. 10) and Kirra Kellerman (15) put up a block in a recent home match against Presentation. Hamer is a senior and Kellerman a sophomore.

With a 22-11 record and a third-place standing in the West Catholic Athletic League, the St. Francis High girls volleyball team appears destined for the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

The Lancers are not just bracing for the challenge of facing the best in CCS – they’re embracing it.

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