With senior setter and captain Kimmy Whitson from Palo Alto High leading the way, the Pacific women's volleyball team held off St. Mary's in five sets on Saturday night at the Spanos Center.
Pacific's win snapped a three-match skid for the Tigers improving to 13-6 on the year and 4-4 in the West Coast Conference
while the Gaels fell to 6-12 overall and 1-7 in conference action.
Set scores for the match: 22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14.
Leading the charge for the Tigers was Whitson, who just missed picking up her first career triple-double as the senior came away with 43 assists to go with a career-best 12 kills and eight digs. Whitson was nearly perfect offensively as she was whistled for just one attack error and was dug just once in 14 attempts.
Men's water polo
George Washington senior Connor Dillon, Menlo class of '12, was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
The goalie totaled 22 saves and six steals in GW's five games in California.
He opened the week with seven saves and two steals against nine goals allowed in three quarters at Redlands, then had another seven saves plus an assist in a 12-11 loss to Cal Lutheran. Dillon closed the week with eight saves and four steals at Pomona-Pitzer. Dillon received the honor twice in 2013.
Goalkeeper Timmy Costa, Menlo class of '13, has led Whitworth to a 10-0-1 record through the first half of the season, and currently, a No, 4 ranking in NCAA Division III. Costa, who started as a freshman in nine games, then became full-time starting goalie his sophomore year, holds a 9-0-1 record and allowed only three goals. Costa has a save percentage of .919 and has seven shutouts.
Andrew Buchanan (Menlo '13) finished in a tie for eighth place, and the Southern Methodist men's golf team claimed the Erin Hills Intercollegiate title.
Buchanan and teammate Alex Higgs, finished in a six-way tie for eighth with a total score of 1-under 215. Buchanan shot a 2-under to wrap up the competition and the Mustangs were 13-under par with a three-round score of 851. SMU finished two strokes ahead of second-place Oklahoma State (853). UCLA rounded out the top three, with a score of 857 in the 11-team field.
Sophomore Sienna Stritter (Menlo '15) has three goals and three assists, playing in all 14 games for Carnegie Mellon. The Tartans are 13-0-1 and hold a 4-0 mark in conference play.