Menlo College gains all-Cal Pac recognition


Menlo College junior outfielder Nicole Larson and sophomore outfielder Mary Hall repeated as All-Cal Pac Conference softball selections, while junior transfer Melissa Reynosa earned the Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year distinction for her impressive season.

Reynosa batted .438 in conference play with four home runs. Overall, the junior catcher hit .361 with 22 runs batted in, posting a .590 slugging percentage in addition to a 4-for-4 mark in stolen bases.

Larson recorded a team-leading .383 batting average, and also topped Menlo in runs (25), hits (36), doubles (9), triples (5), RBIs (25), slugging percentage (.681), and total bases (64).

In addition to her aptitude at the plate, Larson showed off the leather with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 55 chances. This season marks her third consecutive season on the All-Conference softball team.

Hall batted .337 with a pair of home runs. She drove in 10 runs and notched three doubles and a triple en route to a .465 slugging percentage. A threat on the base paths, she was 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts and scored 14 runs. Hall joins Larson as one of two Lady Oaks to make the All-Conference list in each of the last two years.

Women's basketball

A standout guard from nearby Carlmont High, Anisah Smith signed a letter of intent with Menlo coach Shannon Osborne for next year.

A 5-8 guard, Smith led her team to a Peninsula Athletic League championship and the CCS quarterfinals with a 24-4 record. She averaged 23.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.4 assists in her senior season with the Scots.

"We are very excited about Anisah joining our program," Osborne said. "She is an outstanding player who will make an impact with her scoring ability, her athleticism and her work ethic. We are looking forward to Anisah having an outstanding four years as an Oak."

Smith will join a team that returns every player from a squad that won its third consecutive California Pacific Conference Championships in the 2013-14 season. Overall, Menlo is 66-25 overall and 34-8 in regular season conference games over the last three years.

Men's soccer

The Oaks landed another top local recruit, signing De Anza Force U.S. Soccer Development Academy standout Luis Nunez. Appearing in 12 games for the De Anza Force, Nunez has scored a pair of goals to help the team to a 26-14 record in the challenging U17/18 West Conference Northwest Division.

Joining the Oaks for the 2014 season, Nunez, a freshman midfielder, looks to make an immediate impact as a member of Oaks' coach Eric Bucchere's impressive 2014 recruiting class.

"Luis is an experienced player playing on an excellent club team. He is ready to make an impact at Menlo right away," said Bucchere.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics


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