LOS ANGELES (10-3) – Playing in their second match of the day, the Banana Slugs hit over .200 but it was not enough as the Banana Slugs were swept by Occidental College 3-0.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs swept West Coast Baptist College earlier in the day in Los Angeles while Occidental lost 3-1 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont yesterday.
In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead and would take their largest lead of the set at two, at 6-4, on a Kellie Graves kill. The two teams would trade the lead back and forth over the next thirty serves. The Banana Slugs led 22-20 on a Maya Lloyd kill but then the Tigers would go on a 5-0 set-ending run. The Tigers won the first set 25-22 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Banana Slugs would jump out to a 3-2 lead on a Lloyd kill. From there, however, the Tigers would go on a 7-1 run, capped by an Amanda Herold kill, to make the score 9-4. The Banana Slugs would claw back into the match outscoring the Tigers 11-6 and tying the set at 15-15 on a Tigers' ball handling error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 19-18 on a Lloyd kill. The Tigers would capture the lead in the set for good at 20-19 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Tigers won the second set 27-25 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Banana Slugs would start the set with a 4-2 lead on a Kallan Bedard kill. Their two point lead would be the largest of the set, however, as the Tigers took the lead for good at 5-4 on a Banana Slugs' service error. The Tigers would expand their lead to thirteen on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 25-12 on an Alex Melikian kill. The Tigers won the third set 25-14 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Lloyd had a match high thirteen kills and for Occidental, Herold had ten kills. Sophie Seiberth had a match high thirty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Tiareh Cruz had twenty for Occidental. Alison Ota led the Banana Slugs with a match high twelve digs and Herold also had a match high twelve digs for the Golden Bobcats.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .204 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .297 while Occidental had a .223 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .353. The Tigers had eight more aces (11-3) than did the Banana Slugs.
The Banana Slugs will return to Southern California next weekend as they take part in the Leopard Invitational hosted by University of La Verne. The Banana Slugs will take on Whittier College in La Verne on Friday at 3 pm.