Six players to join Menlo College volleyball team in the fall


Menlo College women's volleyball coach Atlee Frechette announced the latest recruiting class recently, featuring four freshman and two transfers.

The newest members of the Oaks will add depth and loads of potential to an already dangerous lineup as Menlo looks to improve upon their first year in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Jade Rockwood, Nicole DiMartino, Moea Kekauoha and Emily Sunada will join the Oaks as freshmen. They will be joined by transfers Brooke Burgos and Sofia Salim Ponce.

Rockwood, a first team all-league setter, attends Central Valley High in the Greater Spokane League. DiMartino, an outside hitter, helped San Ramon Valley High to a third place finish in the EBAL and into the CIF North Section playoffs.

Kekauoha, an outside hitter, earned first-team all-state honors in the fall. She helped Iolani High to a runner-up finish at the state championships. Sunada, a native of Pearl City, Hawaii, is a middle blocker. She earned all-state honorable mention as Kekauoha's teammate.

Brooke Burgos comes to Menlo as a junior after playing at West Valley College. A defensive specialist, she played sand and indoor volleyball, excelling at both. During her two seasons, she tallied 406 total digs, an average of 2.75 per set.

Salim Ponce will be joining Menlo as a sophomore after spending one season with ITESM Guadalajara University. The outside hitter has a lot of international experience. In 2015 she was awarded the Best Player Intercampus while her team took home the championship. Ponce was also part of the 2015 Jalisco State team that took first in state and the regional.

"I'm very excited about the future of Menlo volleyball when I think about what this incoming class will bring," Frechette said. "Specifically, this class will add more experience in the setter position, solid ball control players, and overall a high volleyball IQ. Additionally I feel these girls are competitors in the classroom and are well regarded by their peers. Combined with our returners I am looking to have a well rounded team and a much stronger showing in the ever competitive GSAC Conference."

— Menlo Athletics


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