Double Trouble: 2 MORE Wins in a Row
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The UCSC Women's Volleyball team got yet another victory after pulling out a close 5-game win over visiting Menlo College. The entire match was a back and forth battle; both teams made huge comebacks to keep the games close.
The Oaks won game 1, 30-26, despite losing Senior Kari Shimomura to injury in early in the game.
The Oaks were cruising to another victory in game 2 with a 16-5 lead, but the Slugs fought back eventually taking a 21-20 lead and never looking back. Junior Jenna Koch served up 2 aces at the end of the game to give the Slugs the 30-24 victory.
Game 3 was another back and forth battle until Menlo took a comfortable 22-16 lead, pulling out a 30-23 win and a 2-1 lead. It looked like it was all Menlo in game 4 as they jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, but the Slugs caught a second wind tying the game at 9-9. After that, it was neck and neck until a Brina Mocsny kill and an ace by Jenessa Hall, gave the Slugs a 3 point lead, 21-18. Two errors by the Oaks gave the Slugs a 23-18 lead. UCSC would keep the momentum going and a kill by Briana Williford gave them the 30-22 victory, forcing a game 5.
With 150 fans cheering them on in the West Field House, the Slugs took control of the game.
The Oaks couldn't get anything past the arms of Brina Mocsny, Briana Williford, or Marisol Visalli, as the Slugs came up with 3 blocks in a row to take an early 8-3 lead. Mocsny had another huge kill to put UCSC up 10-5 before a Menlo timeout, but nothing could stop the Slugs. Sophomore Jihan Spearman got the kill on match point to give the Slugs the 15-7 game 5 victory, and the 3-2 win over the Oaks.
The Slugs ended the match with 4 players getting double-digit kills.
Jihan Spearman lead the way with 24, Brina Mocsny came up with 17, Briana Williford added 13, and Marisol Visalli had 11. Jenna Koch had 56 assists and 4 aces, while Melinda Tom had 35 digs. Mocsny and Williford came up with 6 blocks a piece. For the Oaks, Freshman Malia Pires had 23 kills on the night, and Freshman Abby Wik added 16 of her own along with 2 aces. Menlo College is now 6-4.
Carrying momentum from the previous wins, the Slugs rolled over the Pioneers of Cal State East Bay in 4 games (30-21, 25-30, 30-17, 30-23). After a rough start, the Slugs have now won their fourth match in a row.
In game 1, seniors Brina Mocsny and Briana Williford each had 4 kills, while junior Jenna Koch had 2 service aces as the Slugs took a comfortable 6-point lead early in the game. UCSC would finish off the Pioneers in game one, 30-21.
Cal State East Bay came out strong in game 2; Katie Jones and Taryn Mulford combined for 8 kills to put the Slugs away in game 2, 30-25.
But the Slugs came back fighting in game 3, leading by 9 for most of the game. The Slugs were up 28-16 after Briana Williford put down a huge kill. The Slugs would get the 30-17 victory after a Brina Mocsny block.
Game 4 wouldn't be as easy as both teams battled back and forth, UCSC eventually took a 24-18 lead, but the Pioneers would cut that lead in half with 3 straight points. The Slugs called a timeout which put an end to East Bay's momentum, as the Slugs came back to take a 29-23 lead. Sophomore Jihan Spearman then put away the Pioneers with one of her 10 kills on the night. Briana Williford had 7 kills in game 4.
Williford led all players with 18 kills on the night and a .433 hitting percentage. Senior Jenessa Hall had a great game adding 5 kills with no errors, along with 4 aces and 10 digs. Jenna Koch had another good game, setting 47 assists, with 2 aces and 12 digs. Marisol Visalli added 10 kills, and Brina Mocsny had 9 while leading all players with 5 blocks.
For Cal State East Bay, the Pioneers were led by Sarah Kolstead's 15 kills, their record now stands at 9-8.
Watch as the Slugs dominate Dominican University this Friday night at 7pm.