Continuing their slew of challenging early season tournaments, the Lady Oaks traveled to Missouri for the Missouri Valley Open. 11 of the top teams were on hand as Menlo's Michelle Jimenez paved the way for the Lady Oaks, who not only put together a positive showing, but also continued to gain valuable experience that should pay dividends as the year progresses.
"There were ups and downs, but our team is learning from their mistakes that they are making," claimed second year Menlo Head Coach Marcie Van Dusen. "Overall the girls did really well in opening up and trying new things. They experimented a lot this weekend which will really help us throughout the year."
The aforementioned Michelle Jimenez showed her extreme potential once again, finishing third in her weight class (109), while defeating Midland's Jasmine Alvarado, OCU's Esthefania Jimenez, and fellow teammate Sherylyn Sabado along the way. Jimenez's dominating display netted high praise from her head coach, Van Dusen.
"Michelle's performance was outstanding," remarked the second year head coach. "She was calm, focused, and confident. You can really tell she is a champion."
Despite losing to Jimenez, Sherylyn Sabadao wrestled well throughout the Open to wrap things up with a fifth place finish. Sabado showed her resiliency after the Jimenez defeat to take down Jamestown's Michelle Canete for the fifth place mark.
The Lady Oaks will hit the road again this weekend for the Yakima Valley Duals this Friday, November 11, and the Yakima Valley Tournament on Saturday, November 12.
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