Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 16, 2011

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OAKS' REPORT . . . Menlo College will put its 2-0 record on the line when it travels south to face Occidental College on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Oaks are coming of a 23-16 come-from-behind victory over Pacific University in Oregon last weekend. Menlo junior wide receiver Robert Adan played the role of catalyst as he had a game-high 134 receiving yards on seven catches, including two touchdowns. His second score early in the 4th quarter was the difference as it broke a 16-16 tie to give the Oaks the victory with 13:31 left in the game. Menlo had trailed 16-0 before quarterback Matt Pelesasa began hooking up with Adan in the second half. The first score was an eight-yard reception by Adan with 4:14 left in the third to make it 16-14. Menlo then tied the game with a safety, setting up Pelesasa's 23-yard scoring pass to Adan for the winning points. Pelesasa finished 21 of 37 for 220 yards with one interception . . . Reigning Cal Pac Player of the Week Stephenie Monderine had 14 kills and nine digs and recorded a .448 hitting percentage as the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host Dominican, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21, in a nonconference match Wednesday night. Camille Miller added 12 kills as the Lady Oaks (4-7) won for the fourth time in five matches. Selina Bumb had 11 kills for Menlo, which hosts UC Santa Cruz on Friday at 7 p.m. and then opens conference play next week against visiting Simpson. Monderine had 44 kills, four assists and 31 digs for the Oaks during the William Jessup Invitational, which resulted in a 3-1 record over the weekend, snapping a six-match losing streak to open the season . . . Menlo (0-5) fell behind early and could never regain any momentum, losing to visiting Vanguard, 5-0, in a nonconference women's soccer match on Wednesday.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . Former standout Priory soccer player Leslie Barkmann of Cal Poly-SLO provided contributions on both ends of the field while in earning the Big West Defensive Player of the Week award in women's soccer. The junior was named the defensive Most Valuable Player of the Viking Soccer Classic as the Mustangs limited Seattle and Boise State to a combined one goal in a pair of victories last week. Barkmann also stepped up with the game-winning goal in the 2-1 triumph over the Redhawks and delivered the game-winning assist in a 3-0 shutout of the Broncos . . . In women's volleyball, Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson helped UC Davis go 4-0 at the Pioneer Classic during the weekend in Denver, Colo. The Aggies improved to 10-1 after stretching their winning streak to five. Whitson had 15 kills to help UC Davis upset Missouri in the final match, 25-16, 21-25, 25-11, 25-19. Mizzou (10-2) reached the Round of 16 at last season's NCAA Tournament. Earlier on Saturday, UC Davis defeated Texas-San Antonio, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15; as Whitson served up 11 straight points in the third set. She finished the four-match tourney with 54 kills and 41 digs and was named to the all-tournament team.

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