Oaks report: Volleyball honor, basketball promotion


Capping off a phenomenal week for Menlo College women's volleyball, Lucyanna Herrera has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference's Defender of the Week. It's the third time an Oaks' volleyball player has been honored this season.

Herrera turned in one of her finest weeks as an Oak this past week as Menlo swept three conference games on the schedule. She turned in a total of 60 digs across the three matches, including a career-best (and season-best for the Oaks) 26 digs in three sets against Hope International. Read the story here.

Hererra leads the Oaks in digs with 196, and has a passing percentage of over 90 percent. She also recorded her first collegiate kill over Hope International on Saturday and added four aces, three against the Royals. This marks the first time in her young career that Herrera has earned a weekly award from the GSAC.

The Oaks are 10-5 with a GSAC record of 7-4 and look to continue their hot play this weekend at home. Menlo welcomes No. 15 Vanguard for a Friday night contest at 7 p.m. and then San Diego Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Oaks are currently the fourth seed in the conference standings, a half-game behind No. 17 Westmont for the second spot.

Men's basketball

Menlo coach Kaniela Aiona announced a slight change to his coaching staff on the cusp of the season: Jamison Montgomery has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.

"Thank you to Keith Spataro and Steven Weiner for their continued belief in me," Montgomery said. "Thank you to Coach Aiona who I have known since he coached me in college. He cares for his players beyond basketball. I enjoy the friendship we have built and the opportunity to work side by side with him."

Last season was one of the most successful for the program and Montgomery played a large role in the success on the court. Montgomery is involved in every aspect of the basketball program for the Oaks, from opponent scouting (where he can always be found watching hours of game film), recruiting, and academic monitoring. All of his efforts helped developed the Oaks into a 20-win team, their first season in six years with a winning record, and the first time since 1989-90 that they won at least 20.

"Coach Montgomery brings a high level of passion and knowledge for the game to our team," Menlo's Anders Nymo said. "His love for basketball is contagious. The team and I highly appreciate what he's contributed over the past few years."

Aiona has a special relationship with Montgomery that dates to their days at Benedictine University.

"My relationship with Coach Montgomery goes back to his final two years as a student athlete at Benedictine University," Aiona said. "I was fortunate to have had the chance to coach him. As a player, he was a competitor and the kind of guy you wanted to go to battle with. As a coach he approaches his role with our team with the same spirit. Jamison is a future star in the coaching profession."

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