Menlo basketball teams honored in Cal Pac


Senior Elisa Ayala and the Menlo College women's basketball team heads into Saturday's Cal Pac Conference tournament semifinal on a high note after beating visiting Pacific Union, 73-51, Wednesday night.

The Oaks (18-12) host William Jessup at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in a semifinal contest. Regular-season champion Holy Names hosts Simpson in the other semifinal.

Ayala made the night even more special, grabbing seven rebounds, giving her a Menlo record 251 on the season.

"It feels really good," Ayala told the team's website. "When I got here they told me my role was going to be one of the team's main rebounders, so to be able to accomplish this makes me very proud of myself and I know my team is as well."

Kelsey Grozier led the Oaks with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Monique Ayers-Calvello, meanwhile, was named first team all-Cal Pac and Newcomer of the Year.

Senior Stephanie Truong and junior Erica Garcia joined Ayers-Calvello on the first team.

Men's basketball

Julian Harris was named Cal Pac Player of the Year, Nick McCullar earned Defender of the Year and Jonathan Surface was named Coach of the Year as the Cal Pac regular-season champion Menlo was honored by the conference with several honors.

Tim Tatum joined Harris and McCullar on the first team. Harris was second in the conference with his 17.8 scoring average.

The Oaks (14-12) hosts Holy Names in a semifinal game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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