Trio of Menlo College athletes earn Cal Pac honors

Three Menlo College athletes came away from solid performances last week with player-of-the-week honors in the Cal Pac Conference this week.

Whitney Galindo was selected the top defensive player for the second time this season in Cal Pac women's soccer. The senior keeper was almost perfect last week, when the team needed it most with three long road trips.

The Oaks kept pressure on first-place William Jessup by posting a 1-0 win at Simpson, and then went south to play to a 0-0 tie at Marymount California and then win 2-1 at Soka University of America.

Galindo played every minute of each contest -- 280 minutes total -- allowing only one goal against six saves. Menlo and Jessup will meet in the season finale this Saturday in Rocklin.

In women's volleyball, senior outside hitter Nicole Yap was named as the Cal Pac Player of the Week after she totaled 26 kills, 30 digs, six blocks, and four service aces in Menlo's 3-0 sweeps of William Jessup and Simpson.

Yap was stellar in Menlo's Senior Night win over Simpson. She finished with 16 kills, 25 digs, and her four service aces to pace her team.

Menlo needs wins this week at Pacific Union and at UC Merced to match La Sierra's 11-2 Cal Pac record, even though the Golden Eagles clinched the regular-season title with Monday's win at UC Merced. La Sierra and Menlo split their two matches this fall, but LSU won five sets to Menlo's four in head-to-head play, which is the second step of the tiebreaker criteria.

In men's soccer, Menlo sophomore keeper Armando Medina registered a pair of shutouts last week as the Oaks beat Simpson (4-0) and Cal Maritime (6-0). He was named Cal Pac Defensive Player of the Week.

Medina has ramped up his performance in Cal Pac action, recording the best goals-against average (0.82) in league play. The Oaks have won three in a row -- by a 12-1 margin -- and have strengthened their hold on the top spot in the North Division.

Menlo has only one game left -- Saturday at William Jessup -- and the Oaks (8-3-1 in conference and 9-4-3 overall) can clinch the playoff spot from the North with a win or a tie.

— Menlo College Athletics


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