Bechtel's return helps Menlo women earn conference victory


Ana Bechtel and Bailey Gamez each recorded 10 kills and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host William Jessup in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Saturday.

Bechtel, a sophomore middle blocker, returned to action for the first time since an injury sidelined her at the UC Merced Tournament in late August. She bolstered an offense, hitting .333, that was already on the rise and strengthened the Oaks defense, a key component to recovering from a 2-1 deficit in sets.

Ana Bechtel
Bechtel had five blocks and Menlo earned an 11-2 advantage over the Warriors in that department. The Oaks also outhit William Jessup, .162-.077.

Menlo (4-15, 2-6 GSAC) hosts The Master's College on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of the conference opener in which the Oaks were swept and managed 26 points combined in the final two sets.

Junior setter Kori Paradis had 36 assists and added 14 digs. Junior libero Renn Isobe led Menlo with 22 digs. Freshman Maggie McDonald turned in nine kills, 10 digs and five blocks.

The Oaks, who have won three of their past four and four of six, fell behind in each the fourth and fifth sets.

After losing the first three points of the fourth, a Warriors error gave the Oaks a 20-19 edge and Kenzie Carpenter followed with an ace. The teams traded points and a Gamez kill put Menlo at set point. Bechtel finished the comeback with another kill.

Menlo faced a 4-0 deficit in the fifth before rattling off seven consecutive points. The Oaks never trailed again.

Women's soccer

Menlo sophomore goalkeeper Kaylin Swart recorded seven saves but host Biola found a way to beat her once and take a 1-0 victory over the Oaks in Golden State Athletic Conference play on Saturday.

The Oaks (6-3-4, 2-2-1 GSAC) look to rebound Thursday when they host No. 2 2 The Master's College at 3:30 p.m.

Biola controlled the attack for the majority of the game, holding a 18-7 advantage in total shot and 8-2 advantage in shots on frame. Seven of those shots were sent away by the play of Swart, four in the first half and three in the second but it was the late goal that proved costly for the Oaks.

Menlo's best chance came five minutes into the second half when Allissa Soriano put a chance on goal that was barely saved by the Biola keeper for one of her two saves on the afternoon. Menlo held a 5-4 advantage in total corner kicks and had good looks on two of them but were unable to find the back of the net.

An Eagles defender got behind the Menlo defense to create a 1-on-1 matchup against Swart in the 78th minute and delivered the go-ahead goal from point blank range.

Men's soccer

Eli Bunton scored the only Menlo goal in a 3-1 loss to host Biola on Saturday in a Golden State Athletic Conference match.

The Oaks (7-4-1, 1-3-1 GSAC) look to rebound Thursday when they take on No. 17 Vanguard at home at 1 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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