ATERTON, Calif. – Game seven of the eight game home stand was arguably the most well played of the set for the Menlo College women's volleyball team. The Oaks, playing for the second consecutive day and sixth match in the last six days, put together a well-rounded team effort that netted them a 3-0 (25-21,25-21,25-17) victory over NCAA Div. II Hawaii-Hilo on Wednesday evening in Atherton. The Oaks had six different players tally two or more kills on the evening with Emily Sunada and Maggie McDonald leading the way with 11 each. The night for McDonald was her second consecutive evening with 10 plus kills, building off her career-best 25 kills on Tuesday in a win over Pacific Union College. The victory on Wednesday moves the Oaks to 9-3 on the season while Hawaii-Hilo is 1-1 on the young season.
Menlo College was the first to 10 in the first set of the night as they jumped out to a 10-6 lead off a kill from Maggie McDonald from Monica Hruby. Hawaii-Hilo pulled within one point when the score moved to 12-11, but the Oaks would never rescind the lead for the duration of the game. After three consecutive set points, McDonald was finally able to drive one home as she scored the 25th and final point to put the Oaks up 1-0 early. Menlo hit .158 but the key difference in the first game was the stellar defense played and an ability to force Hilo errors as they hit just .061 as a squad.
In the second set, the Vulcans took their first lead of the evening early on. After Menlo took an early 3-1 lead, Hawaii-Hilo went on a 9-3 run to lead the Oaks 10-6. This would prove to be the largest lead of the evening for the Hawaii bunch and it would not hold. The Vulcans again were bitten by an inability to find a way cleanly through the Menlo defense as Monica Hruby and Hannah Hudson were flying across the court to keep the attacks at bay. Menlo rallied back and finished off the Vulcans on three unanswered points, punctuated by an Emily Sunada kill to record the 25-21 set two victory.
After the 10-minute intermission, the Oaks put together a phenomenal third and final set. Leading 15-13, the Oak went on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 23-13 and effectively seal the deal. It was officially sealed when on a Vulcan service error to give Menlo its second win in as many days. McDonald and Sunada led the way with 11 kills apiece followed by Sierra Buscher's seven. Monica Hruby, Bailey Gamez, Moea Kekauoha and Sofia Salim each had two or more to aide in the winning effort. Hruby had 31 assists, following up on her 50-assist night on Tuesday. She also had 17 digs to lead the team followed by Hannah Hudson's 16.
The Oaks have a short break before opening up conference play on Saturday at 2 p.m. when William Jessup comes to town.