Menlo 3, Life Pacific 1
Date of competition: Friday, October 5, 2018
Menlo College took some momentum into a big weekend in southern California. The Oaks began play against Life Pacific College, beginning the second time through the conference schedule, beating the host Warriors in four sets on Friday night. Menlo is 9-5 (6-4) while the Warriors fall to 5-13 (0-8).
One of Her Best Nights
Sierra Buscher played a big role for the Oaks. Coming off the bench, she recorded 10 kills, second on the Oaks. Buscher also added three assists, two service aces, and 13 digs to go with a block assist.
Doing What She Does Best
Maggie McDonald had a predictable evening on Friday, recording a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. It's McDonald's 10th double-double.
The One That Got Away
Menlo dropped the second set. The Oaks and Warriors were even at 20-20 when Life Pacific went on a 4-0 run to put it on the edge of victory. Moea Kekauoha recorded a kill and the Oaks were suddenly within two, but the Warriors ended it with a kill and the Oaks fell 25-22.
Making Up For It
A fast start in the third set got the Oaks back on track. Jaden Scott, who ended the night with eight kills and five blocks, instigated the run The Oaks never let the Warriors get closer en route to winning 25-16. Menlo stayed hot play in the fourth set. The difference in the final stanza came in the middle, with the Oaks up 12-8. Menlo went on a 6-1 run that was highlighted by Kekauoha and McDonald picking up all of the kills.
Menlo wraps up their weekend against Hope International on Saturday at 2 pm. The Oaks will have revenge on their mind after falling to the Royals 3-2 earlier at home.
-- Menlo Athletics
posted by Rick Eymer on Oct 6, 2018 at 1:13 am
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