THOUSAND OAKS (3-10) – The NCAA Division III #2 Banana Slugs played their first match of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational as they took on Regis College. The Banana Slugs held the Pride to under .100 for the match and swept the match 3-0.
Both teams lost their last match. The Banana Slugs lost 3-0 to Concordia University (CA) earlier today in Irvine while the Pride lost 3-0 to NAIA member UC Merced in Thousand Oaks earlier today.
In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first four serves. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 10-3 run, capped by a Ryan Manley kill, to take the lead for good at 12-5. The Banana Slugs would take the largest lead of the set at twelve, at 20-8, on a Justin Fortner kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-14 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 9-3 run capped by a Pride attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at nine, at 19-10, on a Pride attack error. The Pride would come as close as three, at 20-17, on a Banana Slugs' bad set. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-18 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 10-3 run capped by a Pride attack error. The Pride would come as close as two on five occasions; the fifth occasion at 24-22 on a Brett Krahl kill. The Banana Slugs would win the third set 25-22 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Lake Merchen had a match high eight kills and for Regis, Sean Bisnett also had a match high eight kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high thirty-four assists for UC Santa Cruz and Joe Hanrahan had twenty-six for Regis. Kyle Donohue led the Banana Slugs with a match high seven digs and Jon Fuentes had five digs for the Pride.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .276 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .375 while Regis had a .088 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .154. The Banana Slugs had five more service aces (6-1) than did the Pride.
The next match for the Banana Slugs is tomorrow as they take on NCAA Division III #10 Wentworth Institute of Technology in Thousand Oaks at 9 am.