Womens Volleyball

Westmont 3, Menlo 1

Date of competition: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Menlo faced a tough test in the opening round of the 2013 National Championships in the No. 14 Westmont Warriors. A solid attack led by Westmont's Madison Serrano was enough to bring the Lady Oaks season to a close with a four-set loss on Saturday evening.

A back-and-forth first set went the way of the Warriors 24-26 but Menlo had a chance late, tied 21-21. With a first-set win in sight, Westmont quickly dashed the hopes of Menlo with a 4-2 run to cap-off the first set victory.

With a solid second set, Menlo evened the match at 1-1, but Westmont was not to be denied and ran off the next two games for the win and earned the right to advance to the next round of the tournament to be held in Sioux City, Iowa starting Dec. 3.

Seniors Nicole Yap and Emily Tonasica played exceptionally well in the match, tallying 13 and 10 kills respectively. Yap was also the team leader in digs with 18. It brings an end to a pair of remarkably successful careers for the Menlo seniors that resulted in back-to-back Cal Pac championships and as many trips to the NAIA National Championships.

Junior Courtney Calicdan was equally impressive with 12 kills and 11 digs and Kelly Sung paced the Menlo offensive with 44 assists and chipped in defensively with 13 digs.

The big difference was the precise attack of the Warriors led by Madison Serrano, who had a match-best 21 kills with a .304 hitting percentage. She accounted for nearly a third of the total offensive output for Westmont.

The loss brings yet another successful volleyball season to a close with Menlo finishing 19-7 overall and 11-1 in Cal Pac play. 2013 is the first time since 2008 that they have recorded more than 17 wins in a single season.

The match also marked the final games in the careers of a trio of Menlo seniors: Cal Pac Player of the Year Nicole Yap, Emily Tonasica and Katelyn Milligan.

--Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:17 am

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