PaliHi Girl Power: Golf, Tennis and Volleyball Win League Titles

Golf

After restarting the golf program three years ago at Palisades High School, coach James Paleno saw his team go undefeated this year. The Dolphins won its first Western League title. The en- tire team of Mariana Paleno, Sophia Eberlein, Lillia Weissmuller, Melanie Matayoshi, Abby Brown and Carly Weitz placed in the top ten at league finals at the Balboa Golf Course on Oct. 27.

On Nov. 2, the girls complete in city finals—a one day, 18-hole tournament at the Balboa Course.

Tennis

Palisades girls tennis team went 12-0 in League (Fairfax, Hamilton, LACES, University, Venice and Westchester), their closest competitor was Westchester High School, which went 10-2. Overall for the season the team was 20-3 under Coach Bud Kling.

The quarter-finals are Friday, Nov. 4 at Palisades Recreation Center. The semi-finals are Nov. 8 at the Rec Center and Division I finals are Nov. 10 at Balboa Sports Center.

The six-member team of Mariana Paleno, Sophia Eberlein, Lillia Weissmuller, Melanie Matayoshi, Abby Brown and Carly Weitz placed in the top ten in league finals.

The six-member team of Mariana Paleno, Sophia Eberlein, Lillia Weissmuller, Melanie Matayoshi, Abby Brown and Carly Weitz placed in the top ten in league finals.

Volleyball

When Coach Carlos Gray started the season, he knew it would be a building year, because nine girls graduated last year. “Every outside hitter and every setter graduated,” he said. “Only two of the girls (seniors and captains Angel Echipue, middle blocker, and Emma Sims, opposite hitter) are playing in the position they were last year.”

Although the team is 12-0 in league and 25-7 over all they face tough competition in playoffs in the open division. All teams in this division will qualify for state play, depending how they do in the tournament.

Palisades is seeded third, behind Granada Hills, which had the top seed and Carson, which was number two.

“There are quality teams in the western division,” Gray said. “There is no easy first round.” Palisades faces sixth-seeded Taft on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at home.

The Dolphins rarely had a challenge during league play and Gray was asked how pre- pares his teams for playoffs.“We play in tough tournaments,”he said.“I make sure our prac- tices are competitive.”

Sophomore Keely McMahon sets the ball for senior Angel Echipue. Photo: Will Schwerdtfeger

Sophomore Keely McMahon sets the ball for senior Angel Echipue. Photo: Will Schwerdtfeger

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