Archive of Pam McKenney

Pam has written 7 article(s) for InMenlo.

It was a year of firsts for Menlo volleyball, and on Saturday, Dec. 3., the Knights picked up the ultimate first: a state championship.

Through all the years of successful volleyball teams, this year’s team took the first CIF title in Menlo history. On the road to the state final, the Knights dropped just one set, defeating Cardinal Newman, Branson, and Monte Vista Christian. Then, they shut down Point Loma-San Diego convincingly 25-18, 25-13, 25-21 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange for the CIF Division IV title.

“They played wonderfully,” Menlo first-year coach Marco Paglialunga said. “At this age it is not easy to play right away in this type of game at this level, with the television and the (intensity) and importance of the game. But, they started and immediately were on top of every play.

“They were in the right spot on defense, they were moving correctly on the block. They really were applying everything that we practiced and talked about.”

Junior Ashley Dreyer and sophomore Selina Xu each had a team-high 12 kills. Xu posted a triple double, adding 10 digs and 19 assists.

Senior libero Jessica Houghton picked up 15 digs while junior Riley Holland and sophomore Sianna Houghton each had 11. Sianna Houghton also collected eight kills, and Junior Kristin Sellers posed 22 assists for Menlo

It was also the first year at Menlo for Paglialunga, a longtime Italian National Team coach, and though he taught many high-school age players, this was his first year coaching a high school team.

Paglialunga said the Knights’ dedication — combined they missed three practices among 14 players the entire season — and receptiveness led to their success.

Photo of volleyball team courtesy Menlo School

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Menlo School’s Robert Miranda runs the Summer Scamper to raise money for music therapy program

Menlo School’s Robert Miranda, who is coming off a sophomore season in which he had a podium finish at state in cross country and took fourth in the 3200 at CCS, has been preparing for his next run for months. This Sunday, Robert will run the Summer Scamper at Stanford to benefit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. […]

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Five inducted into the Menlo School Athletics Hall of Fame

Menlo School welcomed five inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony earlier this month at the West Gym of the Athletic Center. Hall of Famers are recognized for leadership, sportsmanship and superiority in athletic competition, and dedicating countless hours to helping others achieve their athletic goals. Inductees are: Jason Armstrong ’00 – baseball and football Armstrong […]

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Steve Young keynotes community-based concussion conference on Aug. 18 at Menlo School

Parents, coaches, students and educators are invited to a free, community-based concussion conference to learn about the latest evaluation and management of mild traumatic brain injuries in youth sports. The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm Aug. 18 at Menlo School’s Athletic Center. Space is limited, please RSVP. The conference is hosted by Menlo Sports […]

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Menlo School boys’ tennis team donates $10,000 to East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring

Nearly two months after the Menlo School boys’ tennis players brought home the NorCal team title, they gathered to make one more delivery. This time, they were at Stanford for the Bank of the West Tournament to present a $10,000 check for East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring. On opening night of the tournament, the […]

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Tennis team at Menlo School launches Ace-athon to benefit EPA Tennis and Tutoring

The Menlo School boys’ tennis team is closely tracking its aces this year — and not for statistical reasons. The Knights are holding their inaugural Menlo School Ace-athon, a season-long benefit for East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT). Menlo players will be gathering sponsors — from friends to family to businesses to the community — to pledge […]

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Menlo School’s water polo coach receives 2012 Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award

Menlo School philosophy teacher and boys’ water polo coach Jack Bowen has received a 2012 Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award. He will receive it at the organizations’s 2012 National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction on March 10 at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. The award recognizes 20 coaches nationwide whose goals […]

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