William Jessup 3, Menlo College 2
Date of competition: Saturday, October 19, 2019
By Ryan Barnett
After a weekend full of OAKtoberfest Festivities, the Menlo College women's volleyball team had the honor of the nightcap for the weekend in a matchup with their Golden State Athletic Conference rival William Jessup. Despite the Warriors 9-9 record, they always give Menlo problems and took the first two sets in The Warriors improve to 10-9, 7-5 in GSAC play, while the Oaks fall to 12-9, 8-4.
Menlo did not look sharp to start the match. The Warriors, coming off of a week's rest, were a step quicker than the Oaks. They opened up set one with four consecutive points before Moea Kekauoha recorded a kill and help tie the set. William Jessup closed out the set on a 4-0 run, for a 25-18 win.
Set two looked like it would be a different story for the Oaks. Menlo was ahead 17-11, having committed only one error in the first 26 points of the set. Although the Oaks stayed sharp for the remainder of the set, the Warriors heated up again, closing out the set on a 14-4 run.
Drawing Things Even
Down 2-0, the Oaks began their uphill climb. After playing evenly for the first 30 points of the set, the Oaks turned up the heat with three straight points, a Nicole DiMartino kill, a Jaden Scott kill, and a JaNay Wooten service ace, to go ahead 19-15. The Warriors battled back, but the Oaks closed out the set with an Abbey Briggs kill to make it 25-23.
The Oaks continued their hot play to start the fourth set, going up 3-0 with a Lauren Schaefer kill. The Oaks extended their lead to 18-9 thanks to four Moea Kekauoha kills, but the Warriors refused to back down and went on a 14-6 run before Kekauoha helped send the match to set five.
The fifth set was all Warriors as they took the lead for good at 3-2.
Hail the Queen of the Set
Pamela Dungo set a program record, becoming the all-time leader in assists, adding 46 on Saturday to up her career total to 1,511 and surpassing Kelly Sung. Dungo has been a source of excellence for the Oaks in her two seasons and will be one of four seniors honored at the Oaks final home game on November 2.
The Oaks hit the road for some Arizona sunshine to take on the Ottawa Arizona Spirit on Friday in Surprise. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
posted by Rick on Oct 20, 2019 at 12:21 am
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