August 31, 2008

Slugs Finish Weekend In Oregon 2-2, Defeating Pacific 3-1

Slugs Finish Weekend In Oregon 2-2, Defeating Pacific 3-1

FOREST GROVE ­ Pacific edged out a close first set, but could not come out on top of the final three stanzas as UC Santa Cruz took the match from the Boxers, 25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 25-20, in the Boxer Kickoff Volleyball Invitational Sunday at the Pacific Athletic Center.
 
The Boxers (1-2) held off a late surge by the Banana Slugs (2-2) to win game one, but could not overcome the Slugs¹ best hitting performance of the tournament. UC Santa Cruz posted a .180 attack percentage for the tournament, while the Boxers hit .142.
 
Caitlin Gollehon (Sr., Bozeman, Mont.) led Pacific with 14 kills while Kelsy Takashima (Fr., Kaunakakai, Hawaii) added 12 kills. Stefany Doering (So., Burlington, Wash.) finished with 17 digs and Brittney Johnson (Fr., Beaverton, Ore.) turned in a double-double of 30 assists and 11 digs.
 
Katie English led UC Santa Cruz with 25 kills and 12 digs, while Jessica Flood contributed 10 kills. Melinda Tom finished with 30 digs and Amy Knight added 52 assists.
 
Neither team built more than a two-point lead in the first set until Erica Drake (Sr., Yreka, Calif.) served two aces to give Pacific a 22-17 edge. The Slugs capitalized on two Pacific attack errors to come back and tied it 24-24 on Tom¹s ace. The Boxers closed it out for the 27-25 on two Melissa Dunn (Sr., Sonoma, Calif.) service aces.
 
The Banana Slugs opened the second set with a three-point lead, but Pacific came back to take the 10-9 advantage on a UCSC attack error. The two teams then traded leads until Amy Knight served four straight winners, two on Megan Wisniewski kills, to build a 23-20 Slugs¹ edge that eventually led to the win.
 
Pacific used three early aces to build a 6-2 lead in the third set, but the Banana Slugs hit their way back into the frame with 19 kills and a .204 attack percentage. Wisniewski¹s kill gave the Slugs their first lead at 18-17. They held the edge until an attack error allowed the Boxers to tie it at 24-24. Flood tied things again at 25-25 and served for the victory at 27-25.
 
An early Pacific lead soon evaporated, with the Banana Slugs taking a 6-5 advantage on Wisniewski¹s kill and never looking back. UCSC led by as much as four mid-way through the set and built to their eventual five-point winning margin late.