PHOENIXVILLE, PA (11-3) UCSC are the 2019 ACAA champions!
After a long trip to Philly, the Banana Slugs (15-14) beat Pratt Institute 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18) in the match on Sunday morning.
"I am so proud of this team and the growth I have seen this season. We have had a great journey and it's very satisfying to make such a long road trip and come back Conference Champions," said head coach Gabrielle Houston. "Every single person contributed in practice and tournaments to our success!"
The Cannoneers (20-8) rallied against the Banana Slugs to start off the first set and the two teams were tied at 5-5. UCSC then took the next 6 points to take the lead 11-5. And once UCSC took off, Pratt had a difficult time catching back up. UCSC took the set finalized by a kill from Claire Okerlund.
In the second set, UCSC was quick to take the lead 6-0. Pratt, however, did their best to compete with the Slugs. But at 19-14, UCSC was able to finish the set on 6 straight points, with another tough kill by Okerlund and 5 attack errors by Pratt.
The third set was a battle till the very end. As the lead alternated between the two teams, the Cannoneers were finally able to tie it at 18-18. Yet, UCSC stayed focused on winning the match and the title, not stopping until the job was done. They won the set 25-18, scoring on 2 kills from Okerlund, a kill by Sinead Beaupain, and kills by Isabella Hoglund and Maiya Sears.
UCSC outhit the Cannoneers .256 to .011.
The ACAA champs had balanced statistics with Sears contributing 8 kills, and Okerlund with 7. Jordan Kirchner had six total blocks. Beaupain wreaked havoc with 22 assists and was named Tournament MVP.
Kaitlyn Hess, Valley Forge
Adrianna Nester, Mount Mary
Rose Moon, Pratt
Shannon Core, Pratt
Jordan Kirschner, UC Santa Cruz
MVP - Sinead Beaupain, UC Santa Cruz