Slugs take two on So Cal trip

The third time was the charm as the UCSC volleyball team made their third trip in the past three weekends to Southern California. The results were much better for the team as they won both of their games to break a four-match losing streak and improve to 8-11 on the year.

In the first match at Redlands, the team hit .232 and nailed nine aces in a 3-0 sweep. There were eight ties in the first set before the Slugs went on a 5-0 run highlighted by a pair of kills from freshman blocker Sierra Yuen to take control and win set one.

In sets two and three the Slugs had to rally in both. With the hosts leading 16-12 rallied to tie it at 17-17 and then went on to close the set on an 8-3 run, helped by three aces from Alison Ota. Set three was the same back and forth  with the hosts holding off 3 match points before a kill ended the game and contest at 25-23.

In the second match, senior Kellie Graves had a season-high 16 kills and hit .464 to lead the Slugs to a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Chapman. The Slugs had a season-high 13 total blocks, as well as season highs in kills (59) and digs (97).

The team returns to the friendly confines of the West Field House on Saturday afternoon to take on Mills College. It will be the final game of the regular season before the team heads to Georgia for the Great South Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships.