Menlo 3, Hope International 1
Date of competition: Friday, October 21, 2016
Menlo College Volleyball was playing their first home game in 20 days, as they went up against Hope International. These two teams played each other earlier this year in which Hope International walked away with the victory 3-2. Even after the early season defeat to the Royals, Menlo would not back down on Friday evening and would dominate the match winning 3-1. The victory improves the Oaks to 12-13 overall and 4-7 in GSAC play. The loss drops Hope International to 10-12 on the year and they are 4-7 in conference play as well.
It looked to be an extremely competitive match in the first sets as both teams went back and forth through the entire set. Menlo started the set on a 4-0 run highlighted by Hannah Hudson’s service ace. The Royals would counter as they went on a 5-1 run to tie things up. From there, the teams would trade points as it was still tied at 13-13. Hope International would go on a 6-1 run to take a late game advantage19-14 and the Royals proceeded to call a timeout. Menlo would chip away at the lead with kills by Bailey Gamez and Moea Kekauoha. The Oaks would get as close as 23-24 but would lose on the next point.
After losing the first set, The Oaks took things to a new level as Hope International would not score more than 15 points in the next three sets. Menlo would hit .395 in the second and had 17 kills in the set. After it was all even at 11-11 in the second set, that’s when Menlo took control as they had three straight kills by Emily Sunada, Maggie McDonald, and Moea Kekauoha. The Oaks would finish the set on a 7-0 run and would win the set 25-15.
Even with splitting the first two sets of the match, the Oaks were in control the rest of the way. With the score tied up at 4-4 in the third set, Menlo would never lose the lead for the rest of the match. The Oaks would hit .366 in the set and had 18 kills in the set. Menlo destroyed the Royals in the third by finishing the set on a 21-8 run.
Menlo would be in control through the entire fourth set jumping out to an early 8-1 win. Never looking back or allowing Hope International to gain any momentum, the Oaks would win the final set of the match 25-15 and pick up the victory. Three Oaks players had double-digit kills with Moea Kekauoha leading the way with 19 kills. Maddie Clegg and Emily Sunada each had 12 kills. As a team, Menlo hit .304 for the game and had 65 kills compared to 37 by Hope International. The Oaks also were fantastic defensively as four Oaks had double-digit digs as a team. Hannah Hudson led the way in the dig department with 28 followed by Jade Rockwood and Moea Kekauoha who had 17 digs apiece. Sierra Buscher added 11 digs of her.
Menlo will want to carry over this performance into tomorrow, October 22, as they go up against the number 19th ranked team in the country in Biola University. This will be the seventh match in two schools respective histories. The Oaks have never beaten Biola and have a 0-6 lifetime record against them.
-- Menlo Athletics
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