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Slugs and Cannoneers Advance to Volleyball Championship

Slugs and Cannoneers Advance to Volleyball Championship

The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs and the Pratt Cannoneers both swept their opponents to advance to Sunday's ACAA Volleyball Championship.

UC Santa Cruz def. Valley Forge 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-10)

UC Santa Cruz lived up to their top seeding as they defeated host and #4-seed Valley Forge 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-10) to open the tournament.

The Banana Slugs were led by the seven kills, .467 (7k-0-15ta) hitting percentage and six digs of Claire Okerlund. Maddie Fowler added five kills while three other Slugs tallied four kills each. UCSC had 18 service aces in the match and were paced in that category by Timolin Kepon with eight aces and Cassie Nickel with six. Sinead Beaupain had 19 assists.

The host Patriots were led by the 10 digs of Melanie-Ann Torres and Kaitlyn Hess. Hess also had four kills for UVF.

Pratt def. Mount Mary 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16)

Rose Moon tallied 12 kills, 13 digs and hit .429 (12k-3e-21ta) to lead the second-seeded Pratt Cannoneers to the ACAA Volleyball Championship title game with a 3-0 win over #3-seed Mount Mary.

Madeline Markley added nine kills for Pratt while Avery Toomes added 19 assists and Shannon Corr had 14 digs.

Pratt is also making its first appearence in the ACAA Volleyball Championship and was edged earlier in the day by the women's soccer team as the first Pratt team to make the ACAA Championships.

Mount Mary, which was appearing the school's first ACAA championship in any sport, was paced by the seven kills of Adrianna Nester. Megan Johnson had 13 digs while Nester had 12. The Blue Angels did have 10 block assists in the match, led by the four of Brianna Ecker and Aislinn Strusz.