The Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-23, 13-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-10 nonconference decision to visiting Pacific Union on Wednesday night.
Freshman Emily Sunada recorded 18 kills and 14 digs for the Oaks (3-4), who played their second five-set match of the season. They waited until mid-October to play their first 5-setter last year.
Hannah Hudson had 36 digs, while Moea Kekauoha contributed 15, Jade Rockwood 14 and Maggie McDonald 13.
Menlo plays Mills College at 9 a.m. Saturday to open play at the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest. The Oaks meet Whitworth at 2 p.m.
In the first set against the Pioneers, each side exchanged runs late in the game. Menlo trailed 18-13 and then mounted a 7-3 run to pull within one at 21-20. Pacific Union took things over from there and eventually earned the 25-23 victory.
In the second set, Menlo put together a dominant run, hitting .294 to Pacific Union's .026, parlaying that into a 25-13 victory.
In the third, the script was flipped as PUC hit nearly .200 and Menlo hit just .085. That resulted in a 25-18 win for the Pioneers and led to a very competitive fourth set.
In that set, Menlo trailed 22-20 when they mounted an impressive comeback. Sunada hammered home the set-winning kill.
The Pioneers jumped to a 9-3 lead in the fifth set and the early deficit proved to much for Menlo to overcome, as it fell 15-10.