August 29, 2005

2005-2006 Season Preview

2005-2006 Season Preview

 

The Slugs ended a tough 2004-05 campaign with a 4-20 record and the graduation of Seniors Julie Randall and Amanda Brecht. They finished the season strong and built the foundations of new program under first-year Head Coach, Nikki Turner.

 

Despite losing two valuable seniors, the Slugs are returning 7 players from last season, and Turner feels her team has set the foundation for a winning season. Three of the Slugs' returning players and this year's Team Captains are Rachel Ocampo, Jenna Chabot, and Megan Gaynor. "These three players are key to our success this year," states Turner. Senior Rachel Ocampo is returning this year as the starting point guard, Senior Jenna Chabot is returning as a four-year senior and was last year's defensive player of the year, and Junior Megan Gaynor returns as the team's leading post player.

 

The Slugs also return two four-year seniors in Libby Lane and Lauren Cardinalli. Their experience and knowledge of the program are critical to the success of the team. Tina Beams and Sarah Defenbaugh make up the remaining returners from 2004-05. Tina transferred to UCSC last season and was a huge spark for the team off the bench. Sarah, who has battled back from surgeries for the past two seasons, is cleared to play and couldn't be happier. "Once she gets back in basketball shape, Sarah will be one of our most athletic post players," says Turner, "and we are excited to have her back out on the floor with us."

 

Adding to the mix of returners is a talent pool of five newcomers that will add depth to this year's program. Leading the way is Freshman Kayleigh Calandri (Alameda High School), who has the ability to make an immediate impact on this team and program. "Not only does she have a great shot but she is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of the game," states Turner. Joining Kayleigh in the Freshman class is Caitlin Miller (Mira Costa High School). Caitlin will join Megan and Sarah at the post position, Miller has great size and an amazing ability to learn and grow as a player.

 

The upperclassmen joining this year's squad are Juniors Perbey Pandac and Sarah Adamson, and Senior Brina Mocsny. Perbey Pandac joins the Slugs from Alan Hancock Junior College; she is very quick and athletic and should see consistent minutes as a guard. At 6'2", Sarah Adamson is a local player transferring to UCSC from Cabrillo College and will be another force to reckoned with in the post. Joining Adamson in the post is Brina Mocsny; a four-year volleyball player, Mocsny's size and athleticism will be a huge asset to the this year's squad.

 

"Our main goal for this season is to build on last year," states Turner. "With our experienced returners along with our solid recruits, I feel we are headed in the right direction. I am really looking forward to the 2005-06 season."