SAN ANTONIO - UC Santa Cruz opened up their Texas trip at the Trinity Invite, going 1-1 against Trinity University (0-3), and Rowan University (3-1).
The Slugs lost a tough first match of the tournament against the host team, Trinity University, (14-25, 20-25, 13-25). After the long travels to the Lone Star State, UC Santa Cruz had a tough time getting into the match. The first set went by fast, as the Tigers took a 7-point lead, at 14-21, and not allow the Slugs another point. But UC Santa Cruz battled in the second set after being down by 7 again at 8-15, and came within one at 19-20. However the set was completed with 2 kills and a block by Trinity to win 20-25. Trinity finished off the third set, overwhelming the Slugs and winning 13-25.
UC Santa Cruz took their first match to heart when they set out on their second match of the day against Rowan University. The Slugs defeated the Profs 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18). UC Santa Cruz and Rowan competed on even terms through the first set, the Profs were not giving the Slugs anything easy. With the game tied 24-24, the Slugs finished the set with a kill by Alexandria Everett and another by Sears. The Slugs were on a roll the second set, taking it 25-18. By the third set, Rowan desperately wanted a win, challenging the Slugs and ultimately taking the set. UC Santa Cruz remembered how sweet victory tasted, dominating the fourth set 25-18 to finish their first day in San Antonio.
Okerlund took to the leaderboard with a season-high 20 kills plus a team-high 14 digs. Alana Subsilla and Beaupain put up 25 and 21 assists respectively. Everett had 4 total blocks, with Fowler addiing 3 blocks. The Slugs hit .303 in the match
The Slugs, now 10-10, will continue their Texas trip with two games tomorrow: 8am against Mary-Hardin Baylor, and against No. 11 Ohio Northern at 12:30pm. Tune in to support Women's Volleyball!