Menlo 3, Embry-Riddle 0
Date of competition: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Stephenie Monderine set Nicole Yap, who rose above the net and pounded the ball. The ball ricocheted off a Embry-Riddle player, and it resulted in Menlo College clinching a spot in the NAIA national tournament as champions of the Cal Pac Conference Tournament. The top-seeded Oaks toppled the No. 2 Eagles, 25-13, 25-22, 25-23, its 14th win in a row.
"I'm speechless," Monderine said. "This is just on a whole other level. I'm so excited to bring it back. It's an amazing feeling."
The Oaks took nothing to chance in their three-set sweep, including erasing a late deficit in the final game. Menlo trailed 19-18, but thanks to a Courtney Calicdan kill, a Courtney Calicdan ace, an attack error by Riddle, and a Stephanie Wertz kill, the Lady Oaks took a 22-19 advantage. The Eagles trucked back with two of their own to trim the Menlo lead to one, before making an attack error to pad the Oaks lead to 23-21. Menlo then made an error of their own, before two Nicole Yap kills, with a Mahlet Lee kill sandwiched in the middle, gave the Oaks the set and the match.
"I was overwhelmed with emotion," Menlo coach Daniel Rasay said. "Every season you go through your ups and downs with injuries, emotions, and all of those kinds of things. To endure it though and come through to win a championship makes all those emotions come back to you, and to see the look on the girls' faces is awesome."
Yap's final two kills capped off a stellar performance that saw the junior from San Francisco lead her team with 12 kills. The Cal Pac's Newcomer of the Year came up big in the second set as well, helping Menlo go on a late charge to swing the momentum over to the Oaks.
Menlo trailed 18-16 before rolling off five straight points, two on Yap kills, to take a 21-19 advantage. The Lady Oaks never looked back in seizing the second game 25-22.
Menlo came out rolling in the first set, controlling things from start to finish in a 25-13 blowout win.
Yap wasn't the only outside hitter to come up with a strong showing in the title clash, as senior Stephanie Wertz and sophomore Courtney Calicdan each had eight kills, with Wertz leading the Oaks with a .438 hitting percentage. Senior Mika Mendoza carried Menlo on the defensive side of things in compiling a match high 29 digs.
Cal Pac tournament
at Menlo d. Embry-Riddle, 25-13, 25-22, 25-23. Top Oaks players -- Nicole Yap 12 kills, 14 digs; Courtney Calicdan 8 kills, 6 aces, 17 digs; Stephenie Monderine 24 assists; Mika Mendoza 29 digs.
Records: Menlo 17-6; Embry-Riddle 13-15
posted by Rick on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:40 am
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