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McDonald has it her way in Menlo College volleyball victory

 
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Junior Maggie McDonald recorded a career-high 25 kills on a .423 hitting percentage and the Menlo College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways, beating visiting Pacific Union 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 in a nonconference match Tuesday.

McDonald added 12 digs, a pair of aces and two blocks for the Oaks (8-3), who host Hawaii-Hilo in a nonconference match Wednesday.


Monica Hruby
McDonald was one of four hitters to reach double figures in kills and one of three to reach double in digs.

Junior setter Monica Hruby recorded 12 digs to go along with 50 assists while senior libero Hannah Hudson produced 21 digs to go with four aces.

Emily Sunada, Sofia Salim-Ponce and Sierra Buscher each had 10 kills. Menlo hit .283 and held the Pioneers (0-2) to a hitting percentage of .106.

Pacific Union went a 7-0 run during the first set to open a 13-6 advantage and eventually led by as many as nine before the Oaks rallied and staved off five set points before losing, 25-23.

Menlo immediately opened a 9-1 edge in the second set and never trailed. McDonald recorded five straight kills at one point.

The third set was a bit tougher for the Oaks, who were down 15-14 at one point. Kills from Buscher and Sunada, followed by a pair of McDonald service aces pointed Menlo in the right direction.

After three lead changes and four ties found the the fourth set knotted at 13, a pair of Buscher kills and a block from Buscher and Sunada gave the Oaks enough of a cushion to ride to victory.

McDonald, who prepped at Notre Dnme-Belmont, leads the Oaks with 2.9 kills per set (112 total) while Buscher, who leads the team with 26 aces, is right behind with 2.2 per set (85).

— Menlo Athletics

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