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The Year of the Banana Slug

Whether you are a soccer fan, volleyball devotee, or a golf fanatic, fall sports at UCSC are bound to set the tone for the 2012-2013 year of the Banana Slug.  With a new wave of freshmen, transfer, and of course returning students, UCSC athletics is ready to take the NCAA Division III by storm.

The men’s soccer team currently stands 3-2 in overall play with a recent victory over Linfield College on September 9th.  With seven returning seniors, the UCSC Banana Slug’s soccer team will be led to victory this fall.  On Saturday, September 22nd the men’s soccer team will take on Cal Lutheran at UCSC with games starting at 4pm.  In addition, the Banana Slugs will play Menlo College on Tuesday, September 25th on the Slug’s home turf.  Come out and cheer on your fellow Banana Slugs as they crush the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen and dominate the Menlo Oaks!

The UCSC women’s volleyball team is setting and spiking their way to victory this fall season.  With a 5-4 overall record, the Lady Slugs are proving to be strong contenders in the Division III volleyball conference with a recent win against Pomono-Pitzer and Chapman University at the Posada Royal Invitational in Thousand Oaks, CA.  With the help of Kim Rabbii and Katherine Grow, the Lady Slugs went 2-2 with nationally ranked teams.  For their outstanding efforts in the Posada Royal Invitational, both ladies were named to the Puget Sound Premier All-Tournament Team.  On Saturday, September 22nd the women’s volleyball team will host Menlo College with matches starting at 7pm, followed by matches against Holy Names University and William Jessup the week of September 24th.

Lastly, the fall season is not complete without the UCSC women’s golf team.  With five new players (four freshmen and one junior transfer), the team has brought young and fresh talent to add to the roster.  Best of luck to the Lady Slugs as they take on Texas and Minnesota in the Lady Bulldog Fall Classic and the Division III Classic hosted by Carleton College.

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UC & The Olympics

Athletic competition is over at the 2012 Summer Olympics with the University of California well represented amongst the elite athletes in London.  A contingent of nearly 100 UC  affiliated student and alumni athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and staff are proudly representing the United States and other nations from around the globe. From badminton to taekwondo, UC athletes and staff are key participants in at this summer’s world competition. It comes to no surprise that UC Berkeley and UCLA  have two of the largest groups from the California University system however UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and UCSF are all being represented in London. What’s the missing link in this extraordinary group of UC schools? UC Santa Cruz of course. Although most of the UC schools represented in the Olympics are currently Division I teams UCSC athletics are definitely worthy despite a Division III ranking in the NCAA. So maybe 2012 wasn’t “The Year of the Banana Slug” but that doesn’t mean that 2016 can’t be. Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will host the next Summer Olympics with probably even more UC athletes participating. Just imagine 6 foot 10 UCSC graduate Thomas Davidson on the men’s volleyball team or maybe standout Santa Cruz freshman Sarah Mackey leading a women’s basketball team to Olympic gold.  As for now, keep up the good work Team USA and of course GO SLUGS!!!!!