Scotts Valley girls tennis gains sole possession of SCCAL lead

Scotts Valley High juniors Maya Bensen and Samantha Warner won at No. 2 doubles to help the unbeaten Falcons tennis team secure a 4-3 win over previously unbeaten Aptos in the teams’ Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League match Thursday in Scotts Valley.

Aptos High junior Holly Hegna hits during her No. 1 singles match against Scotts Valley senior Emma Dyc-O’Neal on Thursday as the two remaining unbeaten teams in SCCAL girls tennis squared off. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Bensen and Warner beat Avi Andrews and Anna Nacht 6-2, 6-1.

The Falcons’ freshmen duo of Julia Kennedy and Maya Wexler defeated Olivia Pate and Finn Gansauer-Pilcher 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.

Scotts Valley also won matches at No. 2 and 4 singles. Senior Veronica Farquhar defeated Autumn Zaretsky 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2, and sophomore Sofia Niklaus defeated Coral Collins 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4.

Holly Hegna of Aptos defeated senior Emma Dyc-O’Neal 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and teammate Tiana Smith beat junior Stella Cheney 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.

The Aptos duo of Jill Beltran and Madison defeated senior Livia Johnston and sophomore Erin Szymanski 7-6, 7-5 at No. 1 doubles.

Scotts Valley (6-0, 4-0) begins the second round of league play at Soquel on Tuesday at 4 pm

Girls volleyball

At Harbor 3, Scotts Valley 0: Sophomore outside hitter Isla Johnson had six kills and 13 digs, and the Pirates earned a 25-23, 25-20, 25-17 sweep in SCCAL play Thursday.

Sophomore setter Sandy Enriquez had 11 assists for the Pirates (20-3, 7-1), and sophomore setter Maren O’Farrell had four kills and 10 assists.

“Scotts Valley dug a ton of balls tonight and played really hard,” Pirates coach Matthew Schutz said. “The Falcons are in fine form for a strong run in the postseason.”

Junior middle blocker Natalia Cash had six kills and three blocks for the Falcons, and sophomore outside hitter Ava Morrison had 10 digs, three kills and two blocks.

On Tuesday night at 7 pm, Harbor plays at Soquel while Scotts Valley (3-6) plays at Aptos.

At Aptos 3, Mount Madonna 1: Mikayla Santaella had four aces and five kills, and the Mariners won 25-22, 28-30, 27-25, 25-22 in SCCAL play Thursday night.

Junior setter Julia Spinelli set most of the match due to an injury of senior setter Hannah Curutan and was key to the Mariners’ offense. Aptos’ Nadia Ramirez had a second set serving run of four aces on five serves, and Nakaela Lagasca recorded seven digs.

“Mount Madonna gave us a good fight tonight with strong hitting from the outside hitters,” Mariners coach Hunter Zeng said. “We stayed strong despite the pressure.”

Boys water polo

SLV 10, at Harbor 3: Senior goalie Koa Garties made 16 saves as the Cougars prevailed in their SCCAL match Thursday.

Senior Shelby Monowitz and junior Jon McClaren each scored three goals for SLV. Senior Levi Standridge scored twice, and classmates Ashton Reedy and Sandy Monowitz added a goal apiece.

SLV (2-3) hosts Santa Cruz on Tuesday at 7:30 pm

Boys cross country

Pacific Collegiate 25, Kirby 32: Junior Spencer Koontz led the Pumas to victory by completing the 2.7-mile course at Mission Springs Frontier Ranch in Scotts Valley in 16:06 on Thursday.

Kirby sophomores Wyatt Trigger (17:14) and Roark Anderson (17:14) were next across the finish line. The Pumas’ Jack McNulty (17:59) and Kenzo Miura (18:53) rounded out the top five.

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