Top-seeded UCSC swept through the Great South tournament to win their first conference tournament.
The Banana Slugs (11-11) hit a season-high .453 in a 3-0 sweep (12-25,13-25, 13-25) of host Agnes Scott in the final. The win cinched an automatic bid to book a return to the NCAA tournament after being left out last year despite an 18-5 record.
"It was truly a team win. They decided what they wanted to do and they did it together and at the standard that they set for themselves," said interim coach Morgan Ehritt, a starter on the last NCAA tournament team of 2013. "I am so proud of these athletes and we are so excited to see where we go for nationals."
After going back-and-forth in the first set, UCSC went on a 13-3 run to stake a 16-7 lead and forcing the Scotties (12-14) to call a timeout.
The next two sets were similar battles, with the teams matching each other before the Slugs found their momentum and pulling away.
UCSC swept Salem College in Saturday morning's semifinal, hitting .333 with 15 aces.