The Master's 3, Menlo College 1
Date of competition: Saturday, October 5, 2019
On the backend of their toughest road trip yet, the Menlo College women's volleyball team was looking to shake off a tough five-set loss to No. 17 Westmont College on Friday night. Their opponent, The Master's University, usually a stout opponent, has been somewhat beatable. The Mustangs proved to be a difficult foe for the Oaks on Saturday as the Mustangs shook off a sluggish second set to beat Menlo in four sets on their home court at The MacArthur Center. The Mustangs improve to 11-8 (6-3) and moved into a tie with the Oaks in the GSAC. Menlo fell to 10-7 (6-3).
Briggs in the Middle
Menlo was able to take the second set from the Mustangs in impressive fashion after falling behind early. The Master's held a 7-6 edge when a service error tied it, putting Abbey Briggs at the line. No Oak has been hotter from the line as her and she put the Oaks on an 11-0 run. Also helping the Oaks break it open were kills from Jaden Scott, Lauren Schaefer and Kristen Whitney. The Oaks went on to win 25-15.
Give Me Mo'
She has not been the star of the show quite as much in recent matches but Moea Kekauoha was ready to assume the spotlight Saturday, pacing the Oaks in kills and digs. Her 18 kills came on 49 swings, while her 12 digs were a bit off the pace from Friday night’s 31 digs. She is on pace for a record-breaking year as her 245 kills from last season set a career-best. She is just outside the top 10 in a single season in Menlo College history, while also ranking second all-time in digs.
Menlo was poised to force a fifth set, leading the fourth 17-11. That’s when the Mustangs got loose and continued to chip away until Menlo was looking at a 20-20 tie. The Mustangs won it 25-23.
Up Next …
The road home does not get easier for Menlo as it make its way through the conference schedule for the second time. When Menlo returns to Haynes-Prim Pavilion on Friday night at 5 p.m., it hosts No. 21 Vanguard University, the team that gave the Oaks their first loss of the season in conference play.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Oct 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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