Another tournament and another display of excellence by the Lady Oaks, this time in the Yakima Valley Community College Tournament. Highlighted by two third place finishes and two fourth place marks, Menlo continues to gain invaluable experience in their collision course with Nationals.
"We're continuing to improve, especially in our match strategy," claimed Oaks Head Coach Marcie Van Dusen. "We are still a young team and are going through some growing pains, but we are taking the necessary steps to perform well at Nationals."
Leading the charge in Menlo's solid showing was once again sophomore Michelle Jimenez and junior Sherylyn Sabado, who were responsible for the two third place performances. As far as Jimenez is concerned, Van Dusen continued to award her the high praise she deserves. "Her aggressive style of wrestling keeps a distance between her and other competitors," said Menlo's head coach.
For Sabado, similar recognition from Van Dusen on her third place mark. "Sherry shows her experience as a leader, which is crucial when you have a young team like we do," remarked Van Dusen.
Menlo's youth showed its true colors in the tourney with promising finishes by freshmen Brazel Marquez and Ariel Casarez, both earning fourth place showings. Fellow freshman Kalin Knight-Alverez, along with senior Melanie McKinney compiled fifth place finishes.
The Lady Oaks get set to hit the Haynes-Prim mats for their first home event of the year, with a Dual this Friday against Southwestern Oregon Community College. Start time is scheduled for 12:00pm.