Menlo College junior Alex Palomarez was named Cal Pac Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, his fourth such honor this year,
Palomarez recorded his seventh shutout of the season in the Oaks' only match last week, a 3-0 victory over Cal State Maritime,
Menlo is in position to win the conference title this week, The unbeaten Oaks travel to Oakland to meet once-beaten Holy Names on Thursday. Palomarez, who leads the Cal Pac with seven shutouts, will likely play a big role.
Lenny Romero led a trio of Menlo College seniors who placed at the Roadrunner Open in Bakersfield over the weekend.
Romero placed third in the 245-pound division, winning four of his five matches. Adrian Gonzalez was fourth at 165 pounds and Carlos Soto placed fourth at 174 pounds, each recording a 5-2 mark.
"This is definitely a good early season tournament to see what we have to work on, especially with our busy rest of November," Menlo coach Joey Martinez said. "There was a lot of good competition from different divisions on Saturday, but I thought we wrestled pretty well and I'm confident we can fix our mistakes going forward."
The Oaks take part in the San Francisco State Invite on Saturday.
Menlo College's Michelle Jimenez placed third in 109 pounds at the Missouri Valley Open over the weekend.
"There were ups and downs, but our team is learning from their mistakes that they are making," Menlo coach Marcie Van Dusen said. "Overall the girls did really well in opening up and trying new things. They experimented a lot this weekend which will really help us throughout the year."
Jimenez compiled a 3-1 mark in the tournament, defeating Midland's Jasmine Alvarado, OCU's Esthefania Jimenez, and Menlo's Sherylyn Sabado.
"Michelle's performance was outstanding," Van Dusen said. "She was calm, focused, and confident. You can really tell she is a champion."
Sabadao came back to place fifth at 109 pounds.
The Lady Oaks are at the Yakima Valley Duals on Friday and the Yakima Valley Tournament on Saturday.
Menlo junior forward Lauren Adamek scored 17 points and senior Bryanna Batts had 13 points and five assists, but the Oakxs dropped a 75-62 decision to College of Idaho in the consolation game of the Holy Names Invitational over the weekend.
Menlo (0-2) travels to Cal State Sonoma for a nonconference game Thursday at 7 p.m.
Menlo (7-3, 11-12) lost to Holy Names, 25-22, 25-16, 26-24, in the Cal Pac Conference finale over the weekend.