ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Volleyball entered the Golden State Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion on a two-game winning streak. They played arguably their most complete match of the season and handily defeated a William Jessup squad which recently broke the programs single season wins record before even reaching the halfway point of the season. The Oaks used a stellar serve, a ferocious attack and a sturdy defensive effort to pick up the 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 victory to hit the 10-win mark on the season. The Oaks did not hit the 10-win mark until Sept. 30 at year ago. Menlo improves to 10-3 (1-0) while William Jessup falls to 11-3 (0-1).
Menlo wasted no time building an advantage in the first set of the day, tallying the first six points of the day off the serve of Monioca Hruby to take a commanding 6-0 lead early. The Oaks stayed hot and doubled up the Warriors later in the match, 12-6 on a Jessup hitting error. With Menlo leading 22-13, the Warriors mounted an 9-1 run to make it to make it 24-21 before the Oaks were finally able to put them away to go up 1-0 early. Menlo hit Both teams hit well in the first set with Jessup holding the edge at .250 and Menlo coming in close behind at .237.
The second set saw the Oaks again take an early lead and never once trail in the stanza. Menlo went up 10-4 on a Jessup blocking error and then mounted another 10-4 run to take a commanding 20-8 lead on a Warrior service error. Once again, it looked as though the Warriors might have a chance at a comeback as they put together another impressive run, this time 10-3 to make it 23-18. Menlo thwarted any chance of late-set heroics as they held on to win 25-18. The Oaks hit .200 as a squad in the set while Jessup struggled with its efficiency, hitting just .062.
The third and final set was undoubtedly the most dominant for the Oaks. Menlo not only took an early lead, they also sealed the deal and never let William Jessup build any momentum in the third and final game. The Oaks hit .212 as a team and held Jessup to a neutral attack at .000. Maggie McDonald once again led the team with nine kills (.192) while Emily Sunada was close behind with seven (.312). Bailey Gamez added six on a stellar .545 hitting effort. The serve for the Oaks was beyond impressive as they tallied 10 aces and had just two errors, both of which did not come until the third set. Sierra Buscher had three aces, Monica Hruby, Emily Sunada and Hannah Hudson each had two apiece. Hruby led the team with 27 assists and also added four digs. Hudson led the squad with 18 digs from her libero position.
Menlo hits the road to take on Hope International and Vanguard next weekend before returning back home on the 20ths to kick off a five-game home stand.