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Menlo College players on, All-Cal Pac team

Date of competition: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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The California Pacific Conference Softball All Conference team was announced on Tuesday with the Menlo Lady Oaks earning a pair of individual honors and placing five players on the team.

Mary Hall won Freshman of the Year while head coach Michell Vlahos was tabbed as the conference’s Coach of the Year. Kayla Cisneroz, Mary Hall, Nicole Larson, Jessica Soliai, and Emmeline Wang each earned a spot on the All Conference team.

Menlo finished the season with a 17-27 (4-12) record that included a pair of wins over then No. 3 ranked Cal State San Marcos. The 17 wins were the most for a Menlo softball team since 2008.

Mary Hall, a native of San Jose, made an immediate impact in her freshman campaign as the Lady Oak’s leadoff hitter. Hall batted .305 with a team-leading four home runs and 40 hits. She ranked among the top ten in the conference in home runs (4) and stolen bases (12).

For her efforts, Hall was named Cal Pac Freshman of the Year and also earned a spot on the All Conference team.

Vlahos led the team to its most wins since 2008 (17) and earned Cal Pac Coach of the Year honors in her first season at the helm of the Lady Oaks.

Under her tutelage, Menlo collectively stole 61 more bases and batted 25 points better in 2013 then they had in 2012.

A native of Morgan Hill, sophomore Kayla Cisneroz was named to the All Conference team for the first time in her two-year stint with Menlo softball. Cisneroz was team leader in batting average (.322), runs (27), doubles (8), slugging percentage (.466) and on base percentage (.407). She was second on the team in stolen bases (12) and RBIs (23).

Sophomore Nicole Larson was one of two player’s to earn conference honors for the second-consecutive season after being named to the Cal Pac first team in 2012. Larson was the team’s primary centerfielder and led the team in outfield assists (5) while boasting a .972 fielding percentage. Larson, a sophomore from San Martin, finished the season with the team’s fourth-best batting average (.312), third-best slugging percentage (.416), and second most runs (23).

Jessica Soliai was named to the All Conference team for the first time in her career following her impressive junior campaign. The Citrus Heights native proved valuable as the team’s clean-up hitter and first baseman hitting .318 with four doubles, a home run, and team-high 26 RBI.

Emmeline Wang completed Menlo’s conference honors by earning a spot on the All Conference team for the second-straight season. Wang, who hails from Fremont, batted .314 with 23 runs and eight RBI. She stole nine bases and scored 14 runs in her sophomore campaign.

-- Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick on May 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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