Menlo College 3, San Diego Christian 1
Date of competition: Saturday, October 12, 2019
By Ryan Barnett
After a huge upset victory Friday night, the Menlo women's volleyball team seemed primed for a quick victory over last place San Diego Christian. The Hawks, however, gave the Oaks all they could handle, taking the first set 26-24 and building an eight-point lead in set two. The Oaks were able to find their footing however, battling back to win the match in four sets. The Oaks improve to 12-7 and 8-3 in the GSAC while San Diego Christian falls to 3-15 and 0-11 in conference play.
Senior outside hitter Moea Kekauoha produced her second straight 20 kill 20 dig match. She finished with a career-high 25 kills, 10 in the first set, and 23 digs to lead the Oaks to victory.
Menlo had a chance to set the tone early, ahead 24-23 in set one. Moea Kekauoha went back to serve for set point but sent an attack long to force bonus volleyball. Anekka Guy came up with back-to-back kills to seal the deal for the Hawks in set one 26-24. The slow start continued as the Oaks found themselves down 21-13 in set two. The Oaks closed set on a 12-1 run to earn the hard fought victory. Kristen Whitney was the unsung hero of the set, coming up with six straight serves to close out the match It was her first time serving since early in the season.
A Deck Stacked with Aces
Menlo College averages 9.9 service aces and performed above their average with 11 service aces. Whitney, who has not served in a month, led the way with three. A trio of Oaks recorded a pair of aces: Nicole DiMartino, Abbey Briggs, and Pamela Dungo. Lauren Schaefer and Lucyanna Herrera each notched one. The 11 aces match the Oaks third best performance on the season, tying their season opening number vs UC Merced.
The Oaks travel to Santa Cruz for a match with the UC Santa Crux Banana Slugs. The Slugs are 10-12 and are coming from the Trinity Invite in San Antonio. The Oaks are 11-21 all-time vs the Banana Slugs. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Oct 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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