The Lady Oaks continued their winning ways on Saturday evening, taking out California Pacific Conference foe UC Merced in an electric charged atmosphere inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion. Close in the first two sets with Menlo coming out on top by finals of 25-23 and 25-21, the Oaks put the match away with a dominating 25-15 third game finale. The victory makes it six in a row for Menlo, as the Lady Oaks are now 9-6 on the year and remain perfect in Cal Pac play with a 4-0 mark. Flipping the script, the Bobcats have now dropped 12 in a row for an overall record of 3-16 and a conference mark of 1-4.
The first set proved to be the most exhilarating of the three, with neither team building more than a two-point margin throughout the course of the game. Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Calicdan paved the way with a set high eight kills, five more than any other player on the court. Senior Stephenie Monderine led Menlo with seven total assists, with the Bobcats Genna Garrett setting the tempo with a set high eight.
The thrilling nature of the first game spilled over into the second one, with the trend of neither team jumping ahead to a three-point margin until it was 14-11 in favor of Merced. However the deficit didn't faze the Oaks in the slightest, as Menlo closed out the second set with a 14-6 run to take a commanding 2-0 game advantage in the best 3-of-5.
The Lady Oaks completed the sweep with an overwhelming performance in the final set, wrapping things up with relative ease in a 25-15 win. Menlo compiled an early advantage, and never looked back in the Haynes-Prim finale.
Calicdan would end up leading the match in total kills with 20, hitting to the tune of a solid .295 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Nicole Yap strung together an impressive showing as well, ending her night with 11 kills, a stellar .348 hitting percentage, three service aces, and a match high 18 digs. Monderine led the charge in the assist department with a match high 19, while senior Angie Larsen was right on her heels with 18. Sophomore Valeria Martinez led the Bobcats with seven kills.
Menlo will put their winning streak on the line this Thursday, October 11th, as the Oaks make the trek up to Redding to clash with the Red Hawks of Simpson University. First serve is slated for 7:30pm.