Menlo women force a fifth set but lose volleyball match


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.

Emily Sunada
Sunada committed a single hitting error in 26 attempts for a hitting percentage of .654. Kenzie Carpenter had eight kills and no errors on 23 total attacks for a .348 hitting percentage. Ana Bechtel added six kills and seven blocks, one solo.

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.

— Menlo Athletics

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