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Sports - October 5, 2012

Sports Shorts

MENLO HONORS The Menlo College men's soccer team swept Cal Pac honors with Andrew Cota and Alex Palomarez taking home awards after leading the Oaks to a pair of victories last week. Cota was honored with second Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week award this season while Palomarez earned his third Defensive Player of the Week honor. A native of Santa Clara, Cota had 10 shots — eight of which were on goal — and three goals for the Oaks in two matches last week. As of Sept. 28, Cota was tied for fourth in the conference in goals (six) and sixth in points (13). The Oaks posted a 3-2 win over La Sierra University in Riverside on Friday and won by the same score against Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Sunday. Palomarez, a native of Fremont, had 10 saves and allowed four goals in the two victories last week. Palomarez was third in the conference in goals against average (1.4), tied for third in shutouts (1) and ninth in saves per match (4.33) . . . In women's volleyball, Menlo sophomore Courtney Calicdan had 24 kills and 28 digs in two California Pacific Conference matches last weekend and was selected as the Cal Pac Conference Volleyball Player of the Week.

Menlo won, 3-1, over Simpson University on Friday in Atherton and won, 3-0, over Pacific Union College on Saturday in Angwin.

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Santa Clara University keeper Larry Jackson has helped the Broncos post three consecutive shutout victories, and four-straight wins overall. On Monday, named Jackson its West Coast Player of the Week in men's soccer. Jackson, a senior from East Palo Alto, had eight saves last weekend while keeping preseason WCC favorite San Diego and LMU off the scoreboard en route to a pair of SCU wins. The points were important for a Bronco team that began the season 1-4-0, but is now off to a 2-0-0 start in league play . . . Menlo School grad Jerry Rice Jr. saw some significant playing time for UCLA in its 42-14 Pac-12 victory over Colorado on Saturday, catching three passes for 30 yards. The opportunity opened up for Rice when starting wide receiver Devin Lucien broke his clavicle. He'll be out eight to 10 weeks after having surgery this week . . . Castilleja grad Brenna Nelsen shot rounds of 77-77-73 to help Harvard finish second at the Nittany Lion Invitational on Sunday in University Park, Pa. Nelsen's 73 on the final day helped the Crimson shoot a single day school record of 4-under-par 284. Nelsen and her teammates next will compete at the Stanford Invitational on Oct. 19 . . . Former Gunn High standout Medhi Ballouchy of the San Jose Earthquakes will be lost for the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday's match against FC Dallas . . . Senior Allison Whitson from Palo Alto tied a career high in kills, but UC Davis was unable to protect a 2-1 match lead in a five-set Big West Conference loss to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night. Whitson led UC Davis with 24 kills to match her previous best, set against Utah Valley earlier this season. In Cambridge, Mass., Castilleja grad Taylor Docter had back-to-back matches of double digits as the Crimson split a pair of Ivy League matches on the weekend. On Friday, Docter had 18 kills and 12 digs in a five-set loss to Princeton. On Saturday, Docter finished with 14 kills and 10 digs as Harvard (1-2, 4-10) won its first league match with a triumph over Penn.

HELP WANTED . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a head coach to direct the Gators' girls' varsity lacrosse team and to oversee the program. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473.4031 or . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girl's frosh-soph basketball coach. Please contact varsity coach Morgan Clyburn at or (281) 382-0523, if interested.




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