November 3, 2001

Women's Volleyball fights past Menlo; clinches first Postseason berth in school history

Women's Volleyball fights past Menlo; clinches first Postseason berth in school history

SANTA CRUZ-- The Women's Volleybal team earned its first postseason berth in school history on Friday, defeating Menlo College in four grueling games, 30-26, 33-31, 33-35 and 30-24.

The win, combined with Bethany College's loss to the College of Notre Dame the same night, the Slugs clinch one of the two postseason berths in the Southern region of the NAIA Cal Pac conference. The team may also have won consideration for a highly-coveted NCAA berth.

Senior Outside Hitter Leigh O'Neill, the team's only senior, was honored before the match in a Senior's Night ceremony. O'Neill, the teams leader in kills, then took the court, playing perhaps the best match of her career. She led the team with 20 kills, 3 service aces and an outstanding .447 hitting percentage.

Junior Setter Lily Hallock had 45 assists on the night and Sophomore Middle Jennifer Lewis had 12 kills in the win.

Women's Volleyball closes its regular season at Bethany College Saturday. Game time is at 7:30 PM.