Banana Slugs Split SlugFest

Banana Slugs Split SlugFest

SANTA CRUZ (9-1&2) - UC Santa Cruz played in four matches in two days as they opened the 2017 season hosting the 2017 SlugFest. On Saturday, the Banana Slugs defeated Mills College 3-0 in the morning match and won 3-1 over Western New England University in the evening match. On Saturday morning, they were swept by NCAA Division III #21 Elmhurst College 3-0 and in the evening match, they were defeated by NCAA Division III #5 Southwestern University 3-2.

Friday

Match #1 vs. Mills College

The Banana Slugs started the first set on an 8-1 run, capped by a Cyclones' attack error. The Banana Slugs did not relinquish the lead during the entire set. The Banana Slugs gained their largest lead of the set at nineteen, at set point, on a Kallan Bedard kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-6 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs started scoring the first three points. The Cyclones would then tie the match, at 3-3, after a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at fourteen, at 22-8, on an Alexandria Everett kill. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-12 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Cyclones scored the first point of the set on a Banana Slugs' attack error. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 7-0 run, capped by a Cyclones' attack error, to take the lead for good at 7-1. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at twelve, at match point, on a Shania Andrews kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-13 and swept the match 3-0. 

For UC Santa Cruz, three players (Erica Allen, Everett and Sierra Yuen) had four kills apiece while Myeisha Williams had a match high five kills for Mills. Krysti Photias had a match-high seven assists for UC Santa Cruz and Sydney Huddleston and Jamie Ziolkowski had three apiece for Mills. Monica Lee led the Banana Slugs with seven digs and Vivian Kang had a match-high eight digs for the Cyclones.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .307 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .550 while Mills had a -.042 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .048. The Banana Slugs had twenty service aces to none for the Cyclones, six of them from Lee.

Match #2 vs. Western New England University

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would start out the set with a 3-1 lead after a Claire Okerlund kill. From that point, the Golden Bears would go on a 5-1 run, capped by a Banana Slug attack error, to take the lead at 6-4. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 5-0 run, capped by a Golden Bears attack error, to take the lead for good at 9-6. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at thirteen, at set point, on a Bedard kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-12 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Golden Bears started the set outscoring the Banana Slugs 4-1. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 9-0 run, capped by a Tatum Novitzky service ace, to take the their largest lead of the set at 10-4. The Golden Bears would then go on a 14-7 run however, capped by an Emmaline Chiodini kill, to take the lead for good at 18-17. The Golden Bears would win the second set 25-22 and tied the match.

The third set started with the two teams trading points for the first fourteen serves. The Golden Bears would take their largest lead of the set at one, at 8-7, on a Banana Slugs’ attack error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 9-8, on a block by Everett and Novitzky. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at seven on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on an ace. The Banana Slugs would win the third set 25-18 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the Golden Bears would start the set outscoring the Banana Slugs 4-1. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 6-1 run, capped by a Bedard kill, to take the lead for good at 7-5. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at ten on two occasions; the second occasion at match point on a Jordan Kirschner kill. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-15 and won the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Bedard had a match high eleven kills and Ashley Matthews had nine kills for Western New England. Photias had a match high ten assists for UC Santa Cruz and Caitlyn Sibiskie had seven for Western New England. Lee led the Banana Slugs with a match high twenty-two digs and Brianna Roath had thirteen digs for the Golden Bears.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .082 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .162 while Western New England had a -.061 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .000. The Banana Slugs had eight more assisted blocks (12-4) than did the Golden Bears.

Saturday

Match #3 vs. #21 Elmhurst College

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at three on two occasions; the second occasion at 7-4 on an Everett kill. The Blue Jays would then go on a 13-1 run, capped by a Taylor Zurliene kill, to take the lead for good at 17-8. The nine-point lead was the largest of the set for the Blue Jays. The Banana Slugs would come as close as four on two occasions; the second occasion at 18-14 on a Bedard kill. The Blue Jays won the first set 25-19 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs started the set on a 6-1 spurt, capped by a Kirschner kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at six on five occasions; the fifth occasion at 14-8 on an Everett kill. The Blue Jays would then go on a 12-4 run, capped by a Hannah Davis kill, to tie the set at 18-18. The Blue Jays would take the lead for good, at 22-21, on a Banana Slugs attack error. The Blue Jays won the second set 25-23 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

The third set started with both teams trading points for the first ten serves. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at two on three occasions; the third occasion at 9-7 on a Novitzky kill. The Blue Jays would gain the lead for good, at 15-14, on a Mel Lundin kill. The Blue Jays would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at match point, on an Alli Rogers kill. The Blue Jays won the third set 25-18 and won the match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Bedard had a match high ten kills and for Elmhurst, Bailey Brouwer also had a match high ten kills. Photias had a match high twelve assists for UC Santa Cruz and Taylor Nirchi had eleven for Elmhurst. Lee led the Banana Slugs with fifteen digs and Amy Schryver had a match high twenty-one digs for the Blue Jays.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .048 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .171 while Elmhurst had a .146 hitting percentage with the best percentage also coming in the second set at .190. The Blue Jays had eight more assisted blocks (10-2) than did the Banana Slugs.

Match #4 vs. #5 Southwestern University

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would start out the set with a 3-0 lead after a Pirates' attack error. From that point, the Pirates would go on a 10-1 run, capped by a Brittany Hohlt kill, to take the lead for good at 10-4. The Pirates would gain a double digit lead, at 22-12, on a Haley Moffett kill. The Pirates' gained their largest lead of the set at thirteen, at set point, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Pirates won the first set 25-12 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first six serves. The Banana Slugs would gain the lead for good at 4-3 on a Pirates' service error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at eight, at set point, on an assisted block by Bedard and Kirschner. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-17 and tied the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the two teams traded points for the first eighteen serves. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set at four, at 19-15, on a Haven Cathey kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on an 8-4 spurt, capped by a Pirates' service error, to take the lead for good at 23-22. The Banana Slugs would win the third set 25-22 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the two teams would trade points for the first four serves. The Pirates would gain the lead for good at 3-2 on a Banana Slugs attack error. The Pirates would gain a double digit lead at 20-10 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set at thirteen, at set point, on a service ace. The Pirates won the fourth set 25-12 and tied the match at 2-2.

In the fifth set, the Pirates would start the set on a 9-3 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would come as close as four, at 9-5, on a Pirates' attack error. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the set, at match point, on a Kate Mitchell kill. The Pirates won the fifth set 15-7 and won the match 3-2.  

For UC Santa Cruz, Okerlund had fifteen kills and for Southwestern, Mitchell had a match high seventeen kills. Photias had thirty-one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Megan Grimes had a match high forty-one for Southwestern. Lee led the Banana Slugs with a match high twenty digs and Brandi Campos had twenty digs for the Pirates.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .107 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .364 while Southwestern had a .182 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .321. The Pirates had nine more service aces (11-2) than did the Banana Slugs.

2017 Slugfest All-Tournament Team:

1st Team

Kate Mitchell - Southwestern (MVP)

Bailey Brouwer - Elmhurst

Jamison Duck - Southwestern

Claire Okerlund - UC Santa Cruz

Krysti Photias - UC Santa Cruz

Amy Schryver - Elmhurst 

2nd Team

Kallan Bedard - UC Santa Cruz

Alona Kornberg - Western New England

Tatum Novitzky - UC Santa Cruz

Piper Sizemore - Southwestern

Myeisha Williams - Mills

Taylor Zurliene - Elmhurst

The Banana Slugs will now embark on a six-week, fifteen match road trip. The Banana Slugs will start their trip on Tuesday as they take on NAIA member William Jessup University in Rocklin.