UCSC Women's Volleyball Finishes The Week 2-1
After losing in 3 straight to NCAA Division II CSU Monterey Bay earlier in the season, the Slugs battled in front of a packed home crowd on Tuesday, October 2nd and played an exciting match against the Otters. Losing the first game by only 3 points (27-30), the Slugs fought hard and took game 2 (30-25) only to lose 2 more close games again by a mere 3 points (27-30, 27-30). UCSC had 4 hitters with double digit kills for the match with Gillian McGraw leading the pack with 15 kills. Ariel Ajagu and Megan Wisniewski also added 11 kills each and Nicole Payne posted a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs for the match.
On Friday, the Slugs played against Holy Names University overtaking them in 4 games (27-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-28). Again UCSC had 4 hitters with double digit kills, this time leading the Slugs was Senior Outside Hitter Nicole Payne with 15 kills and 20 digs, closely followed by Junior Middle Blocker Daniella Reagan who tallied 14 kills and 2 blocks. Junior Outside Hitter Megan Wisnewski had 11 kills and 3 blocks and Senior Outside Hitter Gillian McGraw had 11 kills and a season-high 30 digs and 3 blocks.
On Saturday, UCSC traveled to Mills College in Oakland. The Slugs beat Mills at home just one week earlier in 3, but this time the Cyclones were up to the challenge and took the match to 5 games. Santa Cruz barely came out on top with the first 3 games going into extra points (31-29, 33-35, 34-32, 21-30, 15-10). Leading the Slugs was Team Captain and Senior Outside Hitter Nicole Payne who had 15 kills, 18 digs and 2 blocks closely followed by rookie Sophomore Middle Blocker Lauren Foliart who played an amazing match totaling 14 kills and 5 blocks. Sophomore Middle Blocker Jen Meyers also posted double digit kills with 10 kills and 4 blocks for the match. Sophomore Setter Amy Knight had her best defensive game of the season leading the defense with 26 kills and also contributing 45 assists for the match.
The Slugs are now 11-13 on the Season and will travel to Hayward to play in the CSU East Bay Wild West Shoot Out Tournament on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13th to face Concordia, Edgewood, Saint Benedict and Cal Lutheran.