Banana Slugs Go 3-1 at SlugFest

Banana Slugs Go 3-1 at SlugFest

SANTA CRUZ, Cali - UC Santa Cruz played in four matches as they opened their season as host of the 2016 SlugFest. On Saturday, the Banana Slugs defeated Whitman College 3-1 in the morning match and in the evening match, they fell to Whitworth University 3-2. On Sunday, in the afternoon match, they defeated Mills College 3-0 and in the evening match, they defeated Menlo College 3-0.

Saturday

Match #1 vs. Whitman College

In the first set, the Missionaries would gain their largest lead of the set at two on three occasions; the third occasion at 16-14 on a Megan Henry kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 4-1 spurt to take the lead, for the set, for good, at 18-17 on a Missionaries' attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at 22-19 on a Shania Anderson kill. The Missionaries would come as close as one on three occasions; the third occasion at 24-23 on a Banana Slugs' service error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-23 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Missionaries would take their largest lead of the set at three on five occasions; the fifth occasion was at 14-11 on a Miranda Taylor kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 6-2 run, capped by a Tatum Novitzky kill, to give the Banana Slugs a 17-16 lead. The Missionaries would tie the set on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 20-20 on a Megan Henry kill. From that point, the Banana Slugs would get five consecutive points to win the second set 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Missionaries would start the set with a 5-0 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would tie the set on two occasions; the second occasion was at 16-16 on an Alexandria Everett kill. The Missionaries would take the lead for good, at 17-16, on the next serve on a Banana Slugs' service error. The Missionaries would win the third set 25-22 and would trim the Banana Slugs' lead in the match to 2-1.

In the fourth set, the Banana Slugs would jump out to a 6-2 lead and would not relinquish the lead in the deciding set. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at six, at 17-11, on a Missionaries' attack error. The Missionaries would tie the match on three occasions; the third occasion was at 24-24 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would get the final two points of the set to win the set 26-24 and win the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, three players (Erica Allen, Kallan Bedard and Novitzky) had eleven kills apiece and for Whitman, Henry had a match high thirteen kills. Krysti Photias had twenty five assists for UC Santa Cruz and Anna Dawson had a match high thirty two for Whitman. Rachel Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with sixteen digs and Codie Conching had a match high seventeen digs for the Missionaries.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .150 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .270 while Whitman had a .058 hitting percentage with the best percentage also coming in the first set at .216. The Banana Slugs had twelve fewer errors (35-23) than did the Missionaries.

Match #2 vs. Whitworth University

In the first set, the Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set at three on two occasions; the second occasion was at 8-5 on a Corinne Bell kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 7-0 run, capped by a Novitzky kill, to take the lead for good at 12-8. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at eight on two occasions; the second occasion at 23-15 on a Pirates' block error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-18 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Pirates would start the set on a 13-3 run capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The closest the Banana Slugs would come was nine on two occasions; the second occasion at 15-6 on a Novitzky kill. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set at fourteen, at set point, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Pirates won the second set 25-11 and tied the match at 1-1.

The third set was like the second with the Pirates in control of the lead. The Banana Slugs would tie the set at 3-3 on a Pirates' attack error. The Pirates would then go on a 3-0 spurt, capped by a Cassandra Mendoza kill, to take the lead at 6-3 and take control of the set for good. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set, at ten, at set point on an Erin White kill. The Pirates won the third set 25-15 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the two teams would play back and forth volleyball for the first ten serves. The Pirates would take the lead, at 6-5, on a service ace. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set, at three, at 8-5 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 13-12, on a Kate Lyon kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five, at 23-18 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-21 and would tie the set at 2-2.

In the fifth set, the Pirates would jump out to a 6-1 lead to take control of the set. The Banana Slugs would come as close as two, at 6-4, on a Pirates' attack error. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set at eight on three occasions; the third occasion at match point on a Lauren Budde kill. The Pirates won the fifth set 15-7 and won the match 3-2.

For UC Santa Cruz, Novitzky had fourteen kills and for Whitworth, Mendoza had a match high fifteen kills. Photias had twenty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Erin White had a match high forty four for Whitworth. Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with eleven digs and Chloe Luedecker had a match high fifteen digs for the Pirates.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .105 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .314 while Whitworth had a .274 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .583. The Pirates had thirteen fewer assists (31-18) than did the Banana Slugs.

The next matches for the Banana Slugs will be tomorrow as they take on Mills College at 4:30 pm and Menlo College at 7 pm. Both matches will take place at West Field House.

Sunday

Match #3 vs. Mills College

New coach Josh Davis got to go deep into his bench early. The Slugs hit .329 for the game and delivered 23 aces in the straight-set win over the Cyclones.

Match #4 vs. Menlo College

In the nightcap, UCSC and Menlo began trading serves and kills from the get-go, with 14 ties in the opening set before UCSC ended things on consecutive kills from Kallan Ballard to take it 26-24. The exciting second set featured a long rally that enabled the Slugs to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The highlight was four straight service aces served by Monica Lee that gave UCSC a five point lead. They then held off a Menlo comeback to win game two 25-21. Set three was another tight affair until UCSC found their groove and finished on a 9-3 run to take the third game. In the match against the Oaks, Kallan Bedard led the Slugs with 11 kills and .310 hitting. Kate Lyon added 10 kills while Tatum Novitzky and Lauren Cruz paced the defense with 16 digs apiece. Lee added ten digs to go with her five aces.

Novitzky and Bedard were named to the all-Tournament first team, with freshman setter Krysti Photias named to the second team after averaging 5.33 assists per set for the weekend.

UCSC concludes its opening homestand against Pacific Union Wednesday night.

2016 Slugfest All-Tournament Team

1ST TEAM:

Cassandra Mendoza - Whitworth

Erin White - Whitworth

Shae Kanakaole -Whitman

Sierra Buscher - Menlo

Tatum Novitzky – UCSC

Kallan Bedard - UCSC

2ND TEAM:

Meg Henry - Whitman

Amber Meza - Mills

Ana Bechtel - Menlo

Brenna Bruil - Whitworth

Taylor Wicht - Whitworth

Krysti Photias - UCSC