Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 14, 2011

Sports Shorts

OAKS' REPORT . . . With Ricardo Urruela and Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic each scoring in the first half, the Menlo College men's soccer team remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal State Maritime on Tuesday. The Oaks (4-0, 7-3-1) host unbeaten Holy Names in a conference showdown Saturday at 3 p.m. Urruela has four goals in his past three games. Vukic scored his third goal in as many games a few minutes later. Menlo allowed the Keelhaulers (3-2 in Cal Pac play) just six total shots, while the Oaks took 33 of their own . . . Menlo College soccer freshman Steffany Dudley earned Cal Pac Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring a total of three goals during a week in which the Oaks went 1-0-1. It's the second weekly honor for Dudley, who is among the national leaders in goals per match and shots per match. Menlo (1-1, 3-8-2) hosts Holy Names in a conference match Saturday at 1 p.m. . . . Matt Pelesasa had experience with poor weather conditions and it came in handy for the Menlo College football team Saturday. Pelesasa threw for a pair of touchdowns within a two minute span of the second quarter, providing all the offense the Oaks would need in a 13-0 victory over host Webber International in Lake Wales, Fla. Webber International outgained Menlo, 244-61, in the nonconference battle but the Oaks stepped up big when they needed a stop. The Oaks (5-1) play at Pacific Lutheran on Saturday at 1 p.m.

COACH CORNER . . . Gunn High is looking for a boys' JV soccer coach for the winter. Interested candidates should contact athletic director Sarah Stapp at sstapp@pausd.org.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . After a tough previous weekend that saw UC Davis drop a pair of matches in the Big West Conference, order was restored as the Aggies swept Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside on Friday and Saturday in Davis, thanks to some solid efforts by Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson. Whitson, a junior outside hitter, produced 11 kills to lead the Aggies (4-2, 18-3) to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-23 win over Northridge. A night earlier, Whitson had eight kills in a 27-25, 25-19, 25-20 win over Riverside. In the Ivy League, Princeton senior libero Hillary Ford from Palo Alto High had 23 digs to help the Tigers post a 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 victory over Cornell on Saturday. The Tigers improved to 4-1 in league while sharing second place with Columbia. One night earlier, Ford had 12 digs in a 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 loss to first-place Yale (5-0).

After beating Princeton on Friday, Yale handed visiting Harvard a 3-0 loss on Saturday in New Haven, Conn. Harvard's Taylor Docter, from Castilleja, notched 12 kills and had .324 hitting. A night earlier, Harvard (2-3, 9-6) posted a 3-1 victory over host Brown as Docter contributed 15 kills with a .359 hitting percentage . . . In men's water polo, Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn had 12 saves in goal for Princeton but it wasn't enough as the Tigers (2-2, 11-7) dropped a 10-6 decision to visiting Bucknell on Saturday in Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division action. In Cambridge, Mass., host Harvard dropped an 11-4 decision to CWPA Northern Division and Ivy League rival Brown on Saturday. Freshman John Holland-McCowan from Menlo School scored twice for Harvard. Brown's captain is 2008 Menlo School grad Toby Espinosa. His teammates include Sacred Heart Prep grad Grant Villeneuve. Brown and Harvard will have a chance to test themselves against the best from the west on Oct. 21-23 as both will participate in Santa Clara's Rodeo Tournament.

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