Menlo women make waiting worth it in volleyball victory


The Menlo College women's volleyball team had to wait an additional two weeks to settle a score. The Oaks made waiting worthwhile Tuesday night, beating host Pacific Union, 25-10, 23-25, 25-14, 25-16, in nonconference action and reversing an earlier loss to the Pioneers.

Menlo (8-10) hosts UC Santa Cruz at 7 p.m. Friday in another nonconference contest.

Pacific Union scored the first two points of the evening but the lead did not last long as the Oaks rattled off five-straight points during Moea Kekauoha’s serve and never looked back. The Oaks scored 13 of the last 15 points and hit .400 while holding PUC to a negative hitting percentage.

The second set proved the most competitive, as the score was tied on 13 different occasions. With the score tied 17-all, Menlo scored four of the next five points to take a 21-18 lead but the Pioneers returned the favor.

Pacific Union used a 7-2 run to conclude the match with a 25-23 victory, assuring an extra set.

Menlo came out swinging in the third and fourth and put up a .355 and .308 hitting percentage while holding the Pioneers to a .156 and .132 respectively. The stellar hitting from Menlo led to a big point differential as well as Menlo won the final two sets, 25-15, and, 25-16.

Three different Oaks put up double-digit kills numbers, headlined by freshman Moea Kekauoha’s 19-kill night. The Hawaii native hit .341 and also added 14 digs and a pair of block assists to cap off her stellar evening. Close behind was sophomore Kenzie Carpenter with 14 kills and Maddie Clegg with 11 on a .500 hitting percentage.

Hannah Hudson was stellar in defense with a team-high 26 digs from her libero position and Monica Hruby and Jade Rockwood split the setting duties with 20 and 31 assists respectively.

— Menlo Athletics

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