UC Santa Cruz stayed undefeated as they closed the 2019 Slugfest with two sweeps against East Coast schools.
The Banana Slugs (4-0) opened the day with a 25-9, 25-11, 25-17 win over Bard College.
UCSC broke open a close Set One with a 13-4 run midway that pushed the lead to 19-8. In Set Two, there were four ties early. With UCSC up 9-7, a block by Isabella Hoglund and Grace Pessagno keyed a 5-0 run to make it 14-7 and take control. Timely hitting and serving staved off any Bard comeback in Set Three as UCSC took the set and match.
Bard's Maracela Talamantes- older sister of the Slugs' Ysabela- had a team-high six kills.
In the nightcap, the Banana Slugs used strong defense and pinpoint serving to handle Husson in three (25-5, 25-12, 25-12). UCSC outblocked the Eagles 6-1 and served 15 aces to Husson's one, with Okerlund and Cassie Nickel each having four aces. Okerlund added a team-high 10 kills, while Alexandria Everett hit .692 with nine kills on 13 swings with no errors.
The Banana Slugs return to action next weekend at the Cal-Lu-fornia Invite in Thousand Oaks, starting Friday at noon against fifth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.