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Menlo College sends volleyball, soccer teams into NAIA national tournaments

 

Menlo College senior outside hitter Courtney Calicdan, the two-time Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year, will lead the Oaks into the NAIA national tournament this weekend.

Menlo (17-10) opens at Eastern Oregon (26-4), in La Grande, on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Menlo's women's soccer team, featuring Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year Brittany Squarcia, opens its NAIA postseason at No. 4 Concordia in Portland, Ore. on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Calicdan headlined a list of six Oaks who earned all-conference volleyball honors.

Menlo's Atlee (Hubbard) Frechette was named Co-Coach of the Year, with Erin Sintek of La Sierra.

Calicdan was selected to the First Team while Kelly Sung and Courtney Wong earned second-team accolades. Bailey Gamez, Renn Isobe, and Jamie Nurenberg rounded out Menlo's selections as Honorable Mention honorees.

Calicdan is in the midst of one of the most dominating seasons of any Menlo player in program history.

The senior currently ranks fourth in the nation in kills per game (4.93) and is 16th in the country in total kills with 450.

Earlier this year, Calicdan recorded her 1,000th career kill, becoming just the second Menlo College volleyball player to ever achieve this feat.

This season, Calicdan leads the conference in: kills per set (5.0), total kills (450) and is second in: hitting percentage (.232), service aces per set (0.4), total service aces (33) and is fifth in digs (355).

It is the third-straight year she has been named First Team all-conference.

Menlo played an aggressive nonconference schedule, with matches against nationally-ranked opponents Biola, Westmont and Vanguard.

The Oaks lost to Biola in four sets and split two matches with Vanguard. Eastern Oregon also lost to Biola in four sets and beat Vanguard.

The Mountaineers hit .247 as a team, and allow opponents to hit .151. Menlo hits .178 and allows foes to hit .134.

The forecast for La Grande on Saturday calls for rain, a high of 40 degrees and a low of 27.

It's a 13-hour drive from Menlo College to Eastern Oregon via I-80 and US-95, a distance of 782 miles.

Women's soccer

Following a thrilling victory over top-seeded Marymount last Thursday in the Cal Pac Championship semifinals, four Menlo College players were honored as all-conference selections during a banquet hosted on the Menlo College campus.

Menlo netted a pair of first team all-conference selections -- Brittany Squarcia and Kayla Cisneroz -- while Danielle McCarthy and Nina Lee claimed second-team accolades. Additionally, Squarcia was honored as the conference Newcomer of the Year.

Concordia is the defending national champions. The Cavaliers played seven teams that also appeared on Menlo's schedule: Marymount, The Master's, Northwest Christian, Corban, Oregon Tech, Warner Pacific and Southern Oregon.

The Oaks were 6-2-1 against that competition, while Concordia was 6-0.

— Menlo College Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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