The Menlo College volleyball team opened the UCSC Slugfest with a pair of victories, beating Mills, 25-5, 25-8, 25-7, and Whitworth, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20, on Friday.
The Oaks (5-4) jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the first set and never looked back about Mills. Menlo hit .435 in the first set, and then hit better in each succeeding set.
Against Whitworth, the first set was tied at 22-22 before the Oaks took charge to earn the 27-25 victory.
Ana Bechtel led the way with eight kills, followed by Sofia Salim with seven and both Emily Sunada and Moea Kekauoha with five.
Monica Hruby and Jade Rockwood split the setting duties with 18 and 13 assists respectively. Hannah Hudson had 12 digs.
Menlo plays Whitman and host UC Santa Cruz on Sunday.
Menlo's men and women, the only NAIA programs at the first event of the season at the Crystal Springs Course on Saturday, turned in positive results.
On the women’s side, Megan Thompson led the way with a 21st place finish in a time of 21:28. She was followed by Rachel Valencia, making her collegiate debut, in 44th.
The men sent a three-man squad out onto the course and freshman Noble Boutin placed 16th in his first collegiate race.
Boutin ran a time of 23:07 and was followed by sophomore Richard Runkle-Edens, who placed 25th with a time of 24:33.
Menlo’s other competitor was Erick Parsons who came over from the men’s wrestling team and ran completed his first ever race as well.
"The team raced hard today against some elite competition," Oaks coach Dan Noel said. "Noble and Richard ran arguably their fastest races ever, while Megan ran better than her opener last year despite a hilly, difficult course.”
The Oaks travel to Angwin on Sept. 25th for the Pioneer Invite hosted by Pacific Union.
“This was a brand new experience for many of our athletes," Noel said. "We are proud of how they competed today, and look forward to three weeks of hard training before our next race.”
A goal late in the first overtime period gave visiting Puget Sound a 3-2 victory over host Menlo, which suffered its first loss of the season after opening 4-0.
The Loggers took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick late in the first half and Menlo responded three minutes later to knot things.
Following a corner kick, the ball caromed toward the red line for Stephen Levy. With traffic in front of him, he fired off a one-timer that weaved through defenders and past the Loggers keeper for his second goal of the season and it brought the game to a 1-1 tie.
Puget Sound took a 2-1 lead early in the second half. It was just the second shot of the game on target for the Loggers.
In the 76th minute, Jonny Ensch had a shot blocked in front of the net but Luis Nunez redirected the rebound past keeper Wren Norwood for a 2-2 tie at 75:56.
Menlo remains at home for a Wednesday match against Pacific Union at 4 p.m.