Menlo 3, William Jessup 0
Date of competition: Saturday, September 21, 2019
In a bit of a shortened week of game action for the Menlo College women's volleyball team, the Oaks traveled to take on NorCal rivals William Jessup on Saturday. With just one game to prepare for on the week, Menlo had ample time to put together a game plan that would be enough to take down the Warriors in straight sets. As it turned out, that's exactly what happened, as the Oaks swept the Warriors on their home court Saturday. With the win, the Oaks continue their great start in conference with a record of 8-5 (4-1) while the Warriors fall to 5-7 (2-3).
Setting the Tone
Menlo wasted little time getting things rolling in set one, going on a 5-0 run after the Warriors scored the first point. Moea Kekauoha slammed a kill to make it 1-1 and the Oaks kept on scoring with points from Abbey Briggs, Kristen Whitney, and another from Kekauoha. An attack error by the Warriors finished it and the Oaks never looked back. Briggs capped it with a kill for a 25-18 win.
It Got Dicey
The second set was the most competitive of the day. Menlo opened a 10-5 lead after a kill from Jaden Scott but the Warriors went on a 4-0 run make it a one-point set. Neither team led by more than two points the rest of the way. The Warriors led 21-19 when Menlo coach Denise Sheldon called a timeout, priming a 3-0 run, including kills from Kekauoha and Whitney, who also recorded the clinching point.
Total Team Effort
There were several players who had solid games for Menlo. Kekauoha led the team in kills with 11 and Scott, Whitney, and Lauren Schaefer each provided eight. Perhaps most impressive was the Oaks’ attack numbers: 14 errors on the day for an attack percentage of 22.6%, roughly 17% better than William Jessup. Three Oaks had double digits in digs (Kekauoha, Pamela Dungo, and Lucyanna Herrera).
Menlo returns home and hosts Arizona Christian on Friday night inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. and then Menlo hosts OUAZ on Saturday at noon.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Sep 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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