Menlo 3, Westcliff 0
Date of competition: Friday, January 25, 2019
By Ryan Barnett
It seems like just last year Menlo College was the scrappy first-year men's volleyball program that never backed down. This year that title belongs to Westcliff University. The Warriors put up a tough fight Friday, but fell to the Oaks in straight sets 25-22, 25-21, 25-15. With the win, the Oaks improve to 2-1 on the season while the Warriors fall to 1-3 on the year.
Freshman middle blocker Chase Direito had the perfect attack mode going. He had 8 kills on 8 swings in and also came up with 4 total blocks. The freshman has now appeared in two of the Oaks three matches and is averaging seven kills per match, a solid line for a first year college player.
Chernich at the service line
Through two sets, it was unclear if Clayton Chernich would play in the match. He entered the game with the Oaks ahead 11-8 in set 3. All he did was rattle off 2 service aces and 6 serves to give the Oaks a 16-9 lead. The Oaks went 9-6 the rest of the way.
Can't Forget Ibrahimovic
It's difficult to mention everyone, but one name that stood out in this team victory was Edin Ibrahimovic. The freshman delivered another masterful performance, coming up with a team high 14 kills on 25 attempts and also recording a service ace and 4 total blocks. The Bosnian native was all over the court, playing every point of every set. His powerful right arm and quick feet have made him a dorm room name for Menlo fans just three games into his career.
The Oaks will be back in action for a little deja vu action, as they will take on the Warriors again Saturday night at 7 pm. The Warriors played a strong game and will look to upset the Oaks tomorrow. This will be the last match of the Oaks current four-game homestand.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Jan 25, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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