Banana Slugs Pluck Hawks

Banana Slugs Pluck Hawks

SANTA CRUZ (2-26) – The Banana Slugs continued their seven game road trip as they took on Holy Names University in Oakland. The Banana Slugs defeated the Hawks 3-1 to extend their winning streak to two.

Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs won 3-1 over NAIA opponent Benedictine University (AZ) on Saturday in Thousand Oaks while the Hawks won 3-0 over UC Merced in Merced on Sunday.

In the first set, the Banana Slugs jumped out on a 6-1 run capped by a Hawks' attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at 11-4, on a Brian Campbell kill. The Hawks would claw their way back into the set and would come as close as one, at 16-15, on an Alfonso Meza-Ramos kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 9-3 set-ending run. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-18 and they took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade points through the first twelve serves. The Hawks would gain their largest lead of the set at three on four occasions; the fourth occasion coming at 13-10 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would get back into the set and would take their largest lead of the set at one on three occasions; the third occasion was at 17-16 on a Riley Rutan kill. The two teams would trade points back and forth for the next nine serves. The Hawks would take the lead for good, at 22-21, on a Conan True kill. The Hawks would win the second set 25-21 and would tie the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 6-0 run capped by a service ace. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits at 21-11 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to thirteen on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs would win the third set 25-12 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the Hawks would gain their largest lead of the set at two on two occasions; the second occasion at 5-3 on a Banana Slugs' ball handling error. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 6-0 run, capped by a Hawks' attack error, to take the lead for good at 9-5. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits at 17-7 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at eleven on seven occasions; the seventh occasion at match point on a Justin Bates kill. The Banana Slugs would win the fourth set 25-14 and won the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Lake Merchen had a match high nineteen kills and for Holy Names, Kyle Cazares had twelve kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high forty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Trevor Robison had twenty-nine for Holy Names. Cameron Bardeau and McLaughlin led the Banana Slugs with nine digs apiece and Kaili Schumacher-Lagundino had a match high sixteen digs for the Hawks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .252 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .440 while Holy Names had a .085 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .385. The Banana Slugs had fifteen more assists (46-31) than did the Hawks.

The next match for the Banana Slugs will be Friday as they take on Emerson College in Boston. The first serve is set for 2 pm.