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Menlo College women's volleyball gains a middle blocker

Menlo College women's volleyball coach Atlee Hubbard announced the first member of her current recruiting class this year, incoming freshman middle blocker Ana Bechtel.

The San Diego native helped Point Loma High into the CIF quarterfinals and a 13-11 overall record. As a senior, she had 120 kills, 52 blocks, and a .354 hitting percentage in her senior season.

"I am very excited for Ana to be a part of Menlo volleyball next year," Hubbard said. "She is a strong competitor and will be a great asset in the middle position. Ana is the type of student athlete that will win on the court and in the classroom."

A standout on the court and in the classroom, the 6-2 Bechtel was twice named to the Western League All-Academic Team. She intends to major in Sports Management while at Menlo College.

General

The Menlo College athletic department announced Saturday, February 1 as its annual "Think Pink Day" to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

The day's festivities will kick off on the baseball diamond at 11 a.m., when the Oaks take on the Simpson Red Hawks in a doubleheader. Menlo will be wearing pink-themed uniforms and encourages all fans in attendance to wear pink in support of this cause.

Donations will be accepted at the gate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and limited edition pink Menlo-themed pink rally towels will be given to the first 50 fans in attendance.

From there, Menlo College Athletics encourages everyone to head over to Haynes-Prim Pavilion for an exciting Saturday evening conference doubleheader between Menlo and Simpson. The women's game tips off at 5:30 pm with the men's game to follow at 7:30.

Donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be accepted at the gate and a portion of ticket revenue from the event will be donated to the cause. Limited edition Menlo-themed pink rally towels will be handed out to the first 100 fans. Everyone is encouraged to show their support by wearing their favorite pink clothing.

Additionally, Menlo hoops coaches will be showing their support for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) "Coaches vs. Cancer – Suits and Sneakers" initiative.

In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this initiative seeks to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, share the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one's risk of the disease and promoting the American Cancer Society's services to those facing cancer and their loved ones.

— Menlo College Athletics

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