August 28, 2004

Slugs Stumble Through Season Opener

August 28, 2004
Slugs Stumble Through Season Opener

MONTEREY, CA -- Under the direction of first-year head coach Selene Teitelbaum, the Slugs had a good first showing last weekend at the CSU Monterey Bay tournament. They played against tough competition and several NCAA Division II schools. Their first match up was against Holy Names College (NAIA) and the Slugs lost an exciting match that went 5 games (14-30, 30-28, 20-30, 34-32, 10-15).

Outstanding performances by Senior Captain and Outside Hitter, Amy Strang who racked up a double-double with 11 kills, 21 digs, 4 blocks and 2 aces alongside Junior Middle Blocker, Brina Mocsny who tallied 11 kills, 7 blocks and 4 digs. Strong performances also by Junior Opposite, Briana Williford who had a match high 12 kills and Sophomore Libero, Lauren Chiodini who had 19 digs.

The women's volleyball team then met host CSU Monterey Bay (NCAA DII) and lost another close match that went 5 games (30-24, 25-30, 21-30, 30-24, 11-15). Leading the team was Junior Middle Blocker Brina Mocsny who had 12 kills, 6 blocks and 3 digs alongside Senior Outside Hitter Amy Strang who had 10 kills, 4 blocks and 4 digs.

On Saturday, August 28th, UCSC matched up against NCAA Div II Sonoma State. The Slugs put up a good fight almost taking game 1 but lost in 3 (26-30, 18-30, 16-30). Once again, leading the Slugs was Senior Amy Strang who had 8 kills, 2 blocks and 8 digs and a great showing by Senior rookie Lisa Kauchak who tallied 5 kills hitting 1000 in game 1 and .200 overall.

UCSC's last match was against Northwest Nazarene University from Idaho and the Slugs fell in 3 (25-30, 27-30, 21-30). Leading the Slugs was Senior Amy Strang with a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs.

The Slugs travel to New York this week to take on Rutgers-Newark on September 1st and play in the NYU Invitational on September 3rd and 4th.

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