Menlo College 3, Life Pacific 2
Date of competition: Saturday, September 7, 2019
By Ryan Barnett
Tired legs and full hearts were the story of Saturday's match between host Menlo and Life Pacific in Golden State Athletic Conference play. The teams matched each other point for point in a five set thriller that went the way of the Oaks. Menlo managed to pull off come from behind victories in the final two sets to earn the win. The Oaks improve to 6-4 on the season and 2-0 in GSAC play, while Life Pacific falls to 7-5 and 1-1 in the conference.
A Thriller to the End
Four of the five sets were decided by two points, with all of those sets coming to a thrilling conclusion. Set two, which was won by the Oaks, was tied up at 20, before the Oaks went on a 4-1 run. Down 21-24 LPU notched two more points before a service error gave the Oaks the set victory. LPU took a 19-15 lead late in set three, before the Oaks battled back to tie it up at 22 all thanks to big kills from Kristen Whitney and Lauren Schaeffer. Back to back errors by Menlo sealed the set victory for LPU. Both sets four and five saw the match tied at the end, both with Menlo ending the sets with two point runs to end the match, refusing to wilt under pressure.
The Big Three
Menlo got big production for their big three offensive powers in the form of Jaden Scott, Kristen Whitney, and Moea Kekauoha. Whitney had a lot of production early, notching eight of her eleven kills in the first three sets. Kekauoha served as the Oaks closer, with 11 of her 15 kills in the last two sets. Scott was the Oaks constant, finishing with 17 kills and swinging at 40.5%. The three combined for 43 of the Oaks 56 kills and swung at 14.1%.
Menlo got a large amount of defensive production from a variety of players in today's match. Pamela Dungo led the way with 16 digs to go along with her 41 assists for a double double. Behind her Lucyanna Herrera and Moea Kekauoha each had 15 digs, while Lauren Schaeffer added 13.
The Oaks have a spooky matchup scheduled for Friday the 13th, hitting the road to take on San Diego Christian. The Hawks are 5-2 on the season. First serve is set for 7:30 PM at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Club.
posted by Rick on Sep 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm
|Add your own comment or photos
Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.
Register today to support local nonprofits
The 38th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, September 9. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local nonprofits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually to support local nonprofits.