The Menlo College women's volleyball team drew inspiration from a crowded gym full of supporters and took a bit of revenge on visiting Pacific Union on Tuesday night, beating the Pioneers, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, in a nonconference match.
The Oaks (2-14) avenged an earlier road loss to the Pioneers by nearly doubling their season attacking percentage. Menlo added five team blocks.
The first set of the night was the most competitive of the three with a number of back and forth points exchanged and no team going on a run of more than three points.
Menlo managed to mount three 3-0 runs, all in critical times, to maintain the advantage most of the way. The biggest run came with the Oaks trailing by two. A kill from Bailey Gamez and a pair of errors by Pacific Union gave Menlo a 20-19 advantage. Kenzie Carpenter and Maggie McDonald added kills to reach match point, with a Pioneers error the winner.
Set two was all Menlo. The Oaks hit .130 while the Pioneers never got it going, hitting -.064 into a strong Oak defense. Menlo went on a 5-1 run to start the set and never looked back. The set ended with Menlo mounting an impressive 7-0 run.
Menlo took an early lead in the third set, 10-5, and never trailed.
McDonald delivered the game-ending kill off a Kori Paradis set. The pair were on the same page all night.
McDonald finished with a match-best 11 kills and Paradis had 20 assists and six kills.
Renn Isobe and Malia Luis-Mateo had strong nights defensively accounting for 23 and 12 digs respectively. Maddie Clegg was strong from the middle, getting in on four different blocks.