It was another banner year for the Menlo College women's volleyball team as it recently brought home the Cal Pac Tournament title and earned the right to play this Saturday in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship.
Leading the Lady Oaks has been senior Nicole Yap, who was named Player of the Year on the Cal Pac all-conference team. She also was named to the first team and was one of four Menlo players on the honor squad.
Menlo College senior Nicole Yap is the Cal Pac Player of the Year in women's volleyball. Photo courtesy of Menlo College Athletics.
As a junior transfer in 2012, Yap was named the Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year. This is her second time being named First Team all-conference.
Joining Yap on the First Team list for the second straight year is junior outside hitter Courtney Calicdan. She has been equally impressive and a crucial component in the Lady Oaks' continued success this season. She ranks in the top five in the Cal Pac in kills (341) and kills per set (3.8) and led Menlo in games played with 90.
A newcomer to the Lady Oaks this season, Kelly Sung was an integral part of the team's offensive success and was awarded both Newcomer of the Year and all-conference Second Team for her efforts. The San Francisco native, in just her first season at Menlo, was the team's primary setter, tallying 735 assists. She was also the team's best server, notching a team-high 28 aces.
Sung was second in the conference in both assists per set (9.1) and fourth in service aces per set (0.4). Sung is the second Lady Oak to win Newcomer of the year in as many seasons.
The Menlo player receiving conference accolades is freshman outside hitter Courtney Wong. She stepped in and made an immediate impact for Menlo, appearing in 78 games and recording 134 kills and 177 digs. Her .187 hitting percentage was good for seventh in the Cal Pac.
Menlo's Laurel Donnenwirth and Keith Bowman earned Cal Pac Player of the Week honors for their dominating week of play. It's the first time this season they have earned this accolade.
Donnenwirth, the reigning Cal Pac Defender of the Year, came up big in the No. 24 Lady Oaks' split of two home games last weekend. The junior forward turned in an impressive 27-point, 17-rebound performance in a 66-58 loss to San Francisco State on Friday. She came back the next night with a 13-point, eight-rebound effort in a 68-55 win over Concordia of Oregon. In the two games, Donnenwirth went for 40 points and 25 boards and added three steals and three blocks for good measure.
Bowman, a senior forward, was a force inside for the Oaks, who split a pair of games at the inaugural Markie Cosca Memorial Tournament at Cal Maritime. In the opening game, Menlo picked up its first win of the season by edging Lindenwood-Bellville, 88-82, largely due to Bowman's 25-point, eight-rebound effort. He converted on 10-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free- throw line. The second night, against St. Katherine College, Bowman's 28-point, 10-rebound performance was not enough as the Oaks fell to the Firebirds, 87-82.