SANTA CRUZ (10-10) - UC Santa Cruz returned home for the first time in over a month to take on NAIA member William Jessup University. The Warriors came from behind and won a thrilling match 3-2.
This match was a rematch of a match was played September 2nd in Rocklin which saw the Warriors defeat the Banana Slugs 3-0. In their last match, the Banana Slugs lost 3-1 to NCAA Division III #14 University of La Verne in La Verne on Saturday while the Warriors won 3-1 over Oregon Institute of Technology last Tuesday in Klamath Falls.
In the first set, the Banana Slugs scored the first four points of the set and never trailed. The Warriors would come as close as one, at 7-6, on a Jessica Williams kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at seven on three occasions; the third occasion at set point on a service error to win the first set 25-18 and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first twelve serves until UCSC scored four points in a row to take the lead for good at 10-6. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at seven, at 21-14, on a Tatum Novitzky kill and won the second set 25-19.
In the third set, the Warriors started on a 5-2 spurt capped by a Banana Slugs' bad set. The Warriors would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at 11-4, on a Danielle Schoen kill. The Banana Slugs responded with a 15-8 run, capped by a Warriors' attack error, to tie the set at 19-19. The Warriors would gain the lead for good, at 20-19, on the next serve on a kill. The Warriors won the third set 25-23 and cut the Banana Slugs' advantage to 2-1.
In the fourth set, the Banana Slugs would score the first two points of the set. The Warriors would work their way back into the set and would take a 7-5 lead on a Kassidy Heuvelhorst kill. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 6-1 spurt of their own, capped by an Alana Susbilla service ace, to give the Banana Slugs an 11-8 lead. The Warriors would respond with an 8-1 run to take the lead for good at 16-12. The Warriors would take their largest lead of the set at seven on two occasions; the second occasion at 24-17 on a Reeder-Esparza kill. The Warriors won the fourth set 25-20 and tied the match at 2-2.
In the fifth set, the two teams would trade points for the first four serves. The Warriors would take the lead for good at 3-2 on a Schoen kill and would gain their largest lead of the set of seven at 12-5. The Banana Slugs would come as close as three, at 13-10, on a Warriors' bad set. The Warriors won thelast two points however and fifth set 15-10 and the match 3-2.
For UC Santa Cruz, Novitzky had a match and season high of fifteen kills. For William Jessup, Schoen had thirteen kills. Alana Susbilla had twenty-one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jessica Williams had a match high fifty-five for William Jessup. Novitzky led the Banana Slugs with sixteen digs and Kacey Berger had twenty-four digs for the Warriors.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .202 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .387 while William Jessup had a .175 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fifth set at .345. The Warriors had ten more kills (67-57) than did the Banana Slugs.
The Banana Slugs will travel back on the road for the next four matches. The next match for the Banana Slugs is Friday as they take on NAIA member Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. The first serve is set for 7 pm.