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A wrap-up of UCSC's NCAA fall sports.
UCSC men’s basketball opened their season against Cal Lutheran at their new home venue, the Kaiser Permanente Arena, in downtown Santa Cruz.
For the last two seasons, the men’s volleyball team was one of the few UC Santa Cruz National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) teams to advance past multiple rounds of the NCAA tournament. While the Slugs may be celebrating success, their budget is not.
The Warriors aren’t the only team ready to play at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. As the home to the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, the arena will also serve as the primary home venue for the UC Santa Cruz Slugs this season.
UC Santa Cruz men’s rugby was busy last weekend. With the squad split up, some at home to play the University of the Pacific (UOP) Tigers and others at Stanford to play in a tournament, the Slugs focused less on the results and more on how the teams can improve going forward as a whole.
The Santa Cruz Derby Girls may be competing for the Division II championship spot, but they have already earned the rights to compete in Division I next season. Currently ranked No. 35 in the world by the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA), the Boardwalk Bombshells climbed its way up from No. 65 at the beginning of the season to break into the top 40 and qualify for a Division I spot.
Not only can these Slugs swim, they’re fast within the confines of an aquatic arena. Intense training combined by promising freshman talent has the UC Santa Cruz men’s swim team co-captains — senior Parker Richardson and junior James Lamb — optimistic as their team approaches unfamiliar territory in a new conference.
When asked to describe UC Santa Cruz men’s basketball coach Ron DuBois, guard Marshal Arnwine Jr. and forward James Townsend both called him “motivating.” With the motivation of DuBois propelling the team toward the start of the season, the Slugs try to embrace their coach’s philosophy, style and ethics, believing it will translate to wins and a shot at the NCAA tournament.
The men’s water polo team did a 180 last weekend. Going into their tournament with a 1-3 record, the Slugs went 3-1 to turn their season around, leading them to the league championship.