DIII No. 2 UC Santa Cruz Gets Win At Holy Names

1/24/2009

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OAKLAND, CA - UC Santa Cruz men's volleyball beat host Holy Names University for the second time in two weeks. The Slugs (4-2), won in four games by the scores of 28-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-26.

Matt Smiley (Sr., Outside Hitter) led the Slugs with 8 kills while fellow outside Shane Yablonka (So.) added 7 kills. Justin Lam (Jr., Outside Hitter) and middle Alex Schwartz (So.) each chipped in 6 in the effort.

Despite poor attacking percentages for the Slugs, the team made up points with strong blocking and aggressive serving. Santa Cruz earned 12 blocks bolstered by 12 service aces. When the rallies lasted longer, the Slugs played great defense. Four players racked up double-digit digs as the team earned 72 in the match. Freshman Libero Darren Tsai stated 22.

The Slugs play at home versus the Alumni on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm in the West Field House. The Women's Volleyball Alumni match will take place at 5 pm.

Article courtesy of UC Santa Cruz athletics.

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