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Menlo College's Hannah Hudson and Maggie McDonald were named to the all-Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Volley team on Tuesday.

Hudson and McDonald led the Oaks to a 21-9 overall record, their most in a season since 1991.

Hudson, a libero, was one of three Oaks to play in every set in 2017 and served as one of their most valuable defenders. She earned the conference defender of the week award twice and led the Oaks in digs with 475, among the top in the GSAC. She finished fourth in both digs and digs per set (4.2). One of the best servers on the team, Hudson finished third with 46 service aces.

McDonald enjoyed a monster year at the net for the Oaks, setting career-highs in a variety of statistics. She played in all 30 matches for the Oaks and led the GSAC in kills with 304.

Her kills per set mark of 2.8 ranked in the top-five in the GSAC, and she finished third on the Oaks with 36 total blocks and second with 10 solo blocks.

Menlo College opens GSAC tournament play on Friday against host The Master's University. The winner of the match will take on top-seeded Westmont College on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Women's soccer

The 2017 regular season may be over for Menlo College, but five members of the roster have earned GSAC Scholar-Athlete honors, tying The Master's University for the most in the conference.

To qualify for this honor, an athlete must be a junior or senior academically and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater.

This year's batch of GSAC Scholar-Athletes are Alana Kualapai, Rachel McCloskey, Maya Mogensen, Sydney Richardson-Gorski, and Caitlin Sorensen.

Men's basketball

Menlo College opened its home season the same way it did on the road: with a big victory Tuesday night.

The Oaks reached the century mark in points for the first time in two years, beating Westcliff University, a first-year program, 104-50.

Menlo (4-0) plays at the Maritime Markie Cosca Tournament, hosted by CSU Maritime in Vallejo. The Oaks play the host Keelhaulers on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Westcliff actually had an early three-point lead and led four minutes into the game.

The Oaks found their rhythm, and the show turned in a scoring fest. Jeremiah Testa knocked down six of his first eight shots, including both from 3-point land en route to a game-best 18 points, all in the first half.

John Paine followed with 13 points on 5-8 shooting and Henry Cornelious made his home debut and put up 13 points in the first half, along with seven rebounds.

Aric Fredlund scored four points in the opening half but exploded for 12 in the second half to finish the game with a career-best 16 points on a tidy 7-of-8 from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds, including five on the offensive side.

Cornelious finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, the season's first double-double. N'Jai LeBlanc scored his first points (10) of his Menlo career.

Menlo shot 54.9 percent and made 10 three-pointers on the night. The Oaks have yet to shoot less than 50 percent in their first four contests.

— Menlo Athletics

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