Ottawa-Arizona 3, Menlo 1
Date of competition: Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Ryan Barnett
The Oaks entered the match looking for a clean sweep on their Arizona road trip and their second victory in as many meetings over OUAZ this season. The Spirit had different plans, however, downing the Oaks in four sets, avenging this season’s earliest defeat by the Oaks. With the win, the Spirit improve to 7-6 and 2-4 in the GSAC, while the Oaks fall to 7-6 and 2-4 in conference play.
Dhothar: Ol’ Reliable
Akash Dhothar has been the most steadfast, consistent attacker in the two-year history of the program. He delivered yet another outstanding performance with a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs. Only libero Pedro Almeida had more digs.
Strong Second Set
After a sluggish start, the Oaks played like a team possessed in set two to even the match at 1-1. It was 13-13 when the Oaks began to pull away. A pair of OUAZ attack errors gave the Oaks a two point cushion, that they were able to maintain and extend for the remainder of the set. The set then finished on a 10-5 run. Five players got involved in the scoring, with Collin Jordan, Akash Dhothar, Edin Ibrahimovic, and Ryan Hansell recording kills and Trey Lake with one of his three service aces.
Service Error Bug Bites the Oaks Again
The Oaks had 17 service errors, a trend that Menlo has yet to break this season. The 17 free points handed to the Spirit consistently curtailed the Oaks momentum.
The Oaks head to Thousand Oaks for a neutral site doubleheader with 6th-ranked Aquinas College on Friday. The Saints are 18-1 with their lone loss to No. 2 Lourdes University. This will be the first meeting between the two programs. First serve is set for 11 a.m.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm
Akash Dhothar has been the most steadfast, consistent attacker in the two-year history of the program. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
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