Maddie Clegg had 10 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .474 but the Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 decision to host San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.
The Oaks finished their first year in the new conference with a 5-11 mark (7-20 overall).
After opening the year with a 13-match losing streak, which included five matches against nationally-ranked opponents, Menlo went 7-7 the rest of the way and showed potential.
Freshman hitter Maggie McDonald led the team with 189 kills on the year while Clegg, also a freshman, had 158. In all, the Oaks used five freshmen, including libero Malia Luis-Mateo, who had 12 digs against San Diego Christian.
Eighth-ranked Menlo College finished sixth at the 30-team Missouri Valley Open on Saturday.
Five Oaks placed in the event, including 116-pound champion Cady Chessin, who won all five of her bouts, with four tech falls and a pin.
Menlo's other placers were Hiba Salem (5th place 101 pounds), Bianca Arizpe (7th place 123 pounds), Lahi Kanakanui (7th place 143 pounds), and Solove Naufahu (6th place 170 pounds).
Next is the Nor Cal Open in Redding next Saturday.
Menlo College opened its home schedule with a 74-70 win over Whittier College on Friday evening in front of a packed house inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion. The Oaks utilized a strong shooting effort that included a number of timely shots down the stretch to put away the pesky Poets of Whittier College and collect their third win of the young season.
Sophomore guard Mikey Eggleton took over, scoring seven of his 16 points in the final 2:20 to lead his team to the win.
Tyler Evans knocked down a trio of critical three pointers and finished the game with 11 points followed by Brad Sawin who added 10. Dylan Severson was Menlo's leading rebounder once again, pulling down 10 boards and adding eight points.
Menlo once again got strong production off the bench with 25 points led by Ben Graham with seven and Jonnythan Munkhom with six. The Oaks shot 43% from the field and 9-of-18 (50%) from beyond the arc.
Day two of the Las Vegas Shootout hosted by the Frontier Conference matched the Oaks up with another top 25 team in Carroll College. Menlo fell behind by 10 points following the first half and never recovered, falling 70-62.
Menlo's team captains Vanessa D'Amico and Aaliyah Sowards led the way in the scoring department with 15 points each. D'Amico was just 4-of-13 from the field but finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line while Sowards was 7-for-16 from the field to score 15 points in just 19 minutes of action.
Fia Hoskinson was close behind with 14 points on 6-of-10 from the field including a pair of three pointers. Hoskinson also chipped in five assists.