October 11, 2009
Slugs Go 2-0 This Week Improving to 18-3 Overall!
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- UCSC Women's Volleyball hosted Holy Names University on Friday, October 9th. The Slugs beat the Hawks in 5 last time they faced off in Oakland on September 18th. UCSC started off strong winning the first set 25-14 and edging past Holy Names to win the match in 3 (25-14, 25-22, 25-23). Leading for the Slugs was Senior Outside Hitter Katie English who racked up a double-double with 14 kills, 11 digs, 2 aces and 1 block for the night. Following closely behind was Senior Opposite Jen Meyers who had 12 kills and 2 blocks. Freshman Middle Blocker Ginger Berryman had a great match hitting .417 with 6 kills, 2 aces and 1block.
On Saturday, October 10th, UCSC hosted Dominican University of San Rafael. Dominican was in the NAIA CalPac Conference until this year when the made the move to NCAA Division II joining the Pacific West Conference. Also joining Dominican, is Tianna Tuatagaloa, a San Rafael native attending DU as a graduate student with one year of remaining eligibility. Tuatagaloa, a six foot outside hitter, previously played and graduated from Division I, Gonzaga University. To read the full story, visit: http://www.dominicanathletics.com/news/2009/9/1/WVB_0901091243.aspx?path=wvball
It was a great matchup between the Slugs and the Penguins and the first game was neck and neck with UCSC coming away with the win 25-23. Senior Outside Hitter Katie English led the Slugs with 18 kills, 21 digs, 3 blocks and 1 ace rivaled by Dominican Senior Outside Hitter Gabby Pecora who also had 18 kills, 22 digs and 2 blocks.
Game two the Slugs broke down and the Penguins took control hitting .455 for the game winning 25-8. Game three UCSC started to come back but not enough to take the game, losing 16-25. With their backs against the wall in game four, UCSC fired up and gained momentum to win 25-21 with Freshman Outside Hitter Chanel Filteau coming into the game and being the spark that was needed, adding 9 kills in the remaining two sets.
Game five was not looking good for the Slugs being down 4-10 but never gave up inching their way back into the game to win 15-12 with an 11-2 run against Dominican. It was Junior Middle Blocker Lauren Nixon who had the solo block to win the match after several exciting rallies and crucial kills from Filteau and Meyers assisted by Senior Setter Amy Knight who totaled 45 assists on the match. Amy led the defense for the Slugs with an amazing 22 digs, right ahead of English who had 21 and Senior Libero Dana Johnson who had 20 digs for the match.
This was the first time in school history that UCSC Women's Volleyball defeated a Division II team. This improved their record to 18-3 on the season. The Slugs travel down south to compete in the Cal Lutheran tournament next weekend facing four Division III West Region opponents (Cal Lutheran, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and University of Redlands).