October 20, 2004
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The West Field House was host to 3 volleyball games yesterday as the Slugs hosted Menlo and Vassar College. The Menlo Oaks were up first against the Slugs at 4 pm. Looking to avenge a 3-game loss two weeks ago, the Slugs displayed the best performance of the season. After losing the first 2 games 30-32 and 26-30, the Slugs fought back in game 3 to win 30-26 and with momentum on their side they put away the Oaks quickly in game 4, 30-19. The deciding game 5 was a back and forth battle, neither team lead by more than a few points as the Oaks went on to pull out the victory in the end 19-17.
Despite the loss, it was an outstanding team effort, arguably the best of the season as 8 Slugs went on to post some noteworthy stats. Senior Captain Amy Strang lead the team with a great all around game that included 21 kills, 28 digs, 1 ace and 1 block. Brina Mocsny was not far behind tallying 19 kills while hitting .432 percent and adding 6 blocks on defense. Lisa Kauchak had 15 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs and 1 ace while Briana Williford added in her 14 kills, 5 blocks and 6 digs. Setter Jenna Koch fed her teammates 68 total assists, served 5 aces and added 15 digs on defense. On defense Lauren Chiodini tallied 25 digs, Jenessa Hall had 17, and Senior Captain Kristin Onorato had 23 to go along with her 5 kills and 3 aces on offense.
After battling a strong Menlo College team for over 2 hours, the Slugs would then face Vassar College at 7 pm. Vassar had lost that morning to Menlo in 3 and would lose to the Slugs in 4 last night; 30-14, 25-30, 30-23, 30-16. Having to fight through mental and physical exhaustion, the Slugs were able to stay focused and take care of business. Amy Strang led the team with 25 kills (hitting .449), 2 aces, 11 digs, and 1 block. Briana Williford had another good match as she finished the night with 16 kills (hitting .333) and 4 blocks while Jenna Koch set for 53 assists, 4 aces, and 10 digs.
The Slugs look to carry momentum from their strong performances last night as they travel to Southern California one last time to participate in the La Verne Tournament this weekend.