Branson leads Piedmont and advances to tennis finals

Anna Rende scored a three-set win in the No. 1 singles to secure the deciding win as the Branson School girls’ tennis team advanced to the North Coast Section Division II finals on Saturday.

The No. 2-seeded Bulls edged out No. 3 Piedmont 4-3 in the semifinals, with Rende rallying at the top of the singles ladder for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 win.

Branson meets top-seeded University High of San Francisco, who beat No. 5 Marin Academy 5-2 in the other semifinal. The final is scheduled to take place on Thursday, but the time and location have yet to be determined.

Branson coach Christine Costamagna unleashed her best singles lineup and it paid off as the Bulls won the four singles games. Piedmont opted to field his third and fourth players in the No. 1 doubles game.

Mirabel Arlander, Audrey Gilmor and Katie Warrin all won in straight sets in places 2-4 in singles for Branson.

  • Redwood’s run as top seeds in Division I ended in a 5-2 loss to No. 5 Miramonte in the semifinals on Saturday. No. 7 Amador Valley went on to claim the title.

girls volleyball

Top seed Archie Williams marched into Saturday night’s NorCal Division III championship game after a 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 win over Menlo Atherton. The top-seed Peregrine Falcons (19-6) will host Mercy No. 3 on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Elsa Snipes led Archie Williams with 12 kills, nine digs and three aces. Lindsey Jones had 10 kills and three digs. Setter Reese Fraser had 23 assists, five digs, two blocks, and a pair of aces. Archie Williams also received 17 digs from Phoebe Galland plus nine digs and four aces from Lauren Barnwell.

  • Wesley Slavin had 30 assists, 14 digs, three kills and three aces as Tam’s NorCal playoff run ended in a three-set loss to Clovis North on Saturday night.
    Tam has made at least the NorCal semifinals every postseason since 2019, the 2019 D-IV title game, the 2021 D-IV semifinals, and this season’s D-II semifinals.
    Natalia Clifford had 12 kills and 26 digs for the Red-tailed Hawks (30-10), who set a program record for wins that season. Malia Parsons also had 26 digs. Katherine Moriarty added 10 digs and six kills. Lauren Widdifield had six kills and four digs. Sachi Houser had two kills, two blocks and two digs while Zoe Lyko added five kills.
  • No. 8 Marin Catholic and No. 5 Branson met Saturday night in the North Coast Section D-II semifinals in a late start at the College of Marin. See the full story at marinij.com and in Monday’s print edition.

Men’s Basketball

Garrett Siebels scored a team-high 21 points in Saturday’s season opener against Sonoma State and led Dominican University to an 82-76 win.

Marcus McCutchen added 19 points and PJ Volz added 16 for the Penguins (1-0). Dominican struggled through a back and forth in the second half and finally took the lead with a 3-point goal from McCutchen who were 60-59 with just over 7 minutes to go.

  • College of Marin clinched a 69-56 win over Folsom Lake on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak. Further details were not available at the time of going to press.

Women’s Basketball

Brittney Cedeno posted a team-high 19 points on Friday night as Dominican University opened their season with a 65-55 loss to Sonoma State.

Cedeno was the only Penguin to score in double figures and also tied for team high honors with seven rebounds. Jenna Duley added nine points. Keyonee Neal scored six points and made 2-of-4 3-pointers on a night that saw the Penguins (0-1) go 3-of-21 as a team.

  • Isobel Crosswhite and Aulani Leomitti each scored 21 points as College of Marin won the second of their games as hosts of the Don Barksdale tournament on Saturday, 67-34 against Gavlian.
    Leomitti hit five of the Mariner’s six marks from three-point range and Crosswhite added 11 rebounds that were a team-high.
    COM (3-2) defeated Ohlone 53-47 in Friday’s tournament play and has now won three games in a row.

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