UC Santa Cruz Men's Volleyball team lost their match against Grand Canyon University (D-II). The Slugs lost in four sets with the following scores: 19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 22-25.
Junior Opposite Hitter Harley Frost led the team with 17 kills (0.342 pct) followed by Sophomore Middle Blocker Will Klepac with 8 kills (.500 pct). Senior Libero Darren Tsai led the defense with 16 digs. Senior Setter Paul Leon contributed 43 assists on the match.
The Slugs struggled to find their offense during the match. Solid performances out of the middle allowed the team to control the net and shut down GCU's middle attack. Despite good back court defensive play, the Slugs were unable to stop the opponent's outside hitters with their blocking. The team looks to use this first match to improve and prepare themselves for the upcoming season against Division-III opponents. This loss brings their overall record to 0-1 (0-0 D-III).
The Slugs play upcoming Division-III opponent, Juniata College, at home on Saturday Jan. 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.