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Trio of Menlo players earn weekly volleyball honors by GSAC

 
Moea Kekauoha earned Golden State Athletic Conference Attacker of the Week honors. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.

Menlo College’s Moea Kekauoha, Pamela Dungo and Lucyanna Herrera each earned Golden State Athletic Conference women’s volleyball weekly honors the conference announced Monday, giving the Oaks a sweep of the awards.

Kekauoha was named the Attacker of the Week, Dungo the Setter of the Week and Herrera the Defender of the Week.

In matches against No 21 Vanguard and San Diego Christian, the trio upset a nationally ranked opponent and then rallied from a first set loss to help Menlo (12-7, 8-3) move into a second-place tie in the GSAC with Hope International, a half-game behind conference leading Westmont.

Kekauoha recorded 20 or more kills and 20 or more digs in both matches. She recorded a career-high 25 kills during Saturday’s four-set victory over San Diego Christian. The 29 digs against Vanguard on Friday is her second-highest of the year.

She added 11 assists, an ace, and two blocks. Kekauoha ranks first in the conference in kills and kills per set. She’s ranked 33rd and 20th, respectively, in the nation among NAIA players.

Dungo has been among the leaders as a setter in the GSAC this season. She recorded 39 and 49 assists in the Oaks eight sets over in the week. She also added 31 digs and three aces over the weekend. The 49 assists against San Diego Christian are the most Dungo has recorded in a four-set match in her career and the fourth most of any match in her career. Her 20 digs in the Vanguard match is a career-best. This season, Dungo ranks second in the GSAC in assists and first in assists per set, while also ranking in the top-50 in the NAIA in both categories.

Herrera recorded 30 digs in Friday's win over Vanguard while going errorless in 32 receptions. She added 18 more digs on Saturday to put her at 48 for the week, with two receiving errors in 63 tries, three aces and an a block. She ranks second on the Oaks in digs and seventh overall in the GSAC in digs per set

With Herrera as the libero, the Oaks record is 10-4. Without her, they are 2-3.

Menlo plays at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday night in a nonconference match and then hosts William Jessup in GSAC play Saturday.

— Palo Alto Sports Online/Menlo Atheltics

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