Banana Slugs Use Defense to Bring Down Benedictine

Banana Slugs Use Defense to Bring Down Benedictine

SANTA CRUZ (1-9) – UC Santa Cruz played their second game in as many nights as they took Benedictine College (AZ). The Banana Slugs held the Redhawks below a .050 hitting percentage and swept the match 3-0.

Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs swept Holy Names University 3-0 last night in Santa Cruz while the Redhawks won 3-2 over NAIA member UC Merced in Merced yesterday.

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would have four times the number of kills (12-3) and held the Redhawks to a .040 hitting percentage. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-17 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs would have over double the kills that the Redhawks had (17-7) while only committing three errors. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-16 and took a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Banana Slugs' defense took over. The Redhawks hit a negative percentage (-.103) as the Banana Slugs cruised. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-18 and won the match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Jake Howard had a match high fourteen kills and for Benedictine, Ryan Olsen had five kills. Evan Kittle had a match high twenty-nine assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jaron Jones had nine for Benedictine. Cameron Bardeau led the Banana Slugs with nine digs and Jesus Izaguirre had a match high twelve digs for the Redhawks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .432 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .524 while Benedictine had a .024 hitting percentage with the second set having the best percentage at .143. The Banana Slugs had twenty-nine more kills (42-13) than did the Redhawks.
The Banana Slugs will have their next match almost two weeks from now as they take on Lakeland College. The match will be a part of the CLU/UCSC Tournament hosted by California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The first serve is set for 8 pm.