Lions Sweep Banana Slugs

Photias to Yuen
Photias to Yuen

COSTA MESA (10-13) - UC Santa Cruz returned to Southern California to take on NAIA member Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. The Lions swept the Banana Slugs 3-0.

In their last match, the Banana Slugs lost 3-2 to University of La Verne in La Verne on Saturday while the Lions won 3-0 over University of Redlands on Saturday in Costa Mesa.

In the first set, the two team traded points for the first ten serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead, at 6-5, on a Sierra Yuen kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at two on three different occasions; the third occasion at 9-7 on an assisted block by Erica Allen and Yuen. The Lions would claw their way back into the set and would take the lead for good at 11-10 on an assisted block by Hailey Gordon and Shaylen Larson-Piper. The Lions had their largest lead at set point, on a Juanae Johnson kill and won the first set 25-19

In the second set, the two teams traded points for the first four serves. The Lions would take the lead for good, at 3-2, on a Banana Slugs' service error. The Lions gained a double digit lead, at 16-6, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Lions gain their largest lead of the set at fourteen on four occasions; the fourth occasion at set point to win the second set 25-11 and expand their lead in the match to 2-0.

In the third set, the Banana Slugs would score the first two points. From that point, the Lions would go on a 6-0 run, capped by a service ace for a 6-2 lead. The Banana Slugs would work their way back into the set and tie the set at 13-13 on a Lions' attack error. The Lions would respond with a 9-1 run however for a 22-14 lead. The Lions would gain their largest lead of the set at nine, at 24-15, on a Tobi Sanders kill. The Lions won the third set 25-17 and sent the Banana Slugs to their eleventh consecutive defeat.

For UC Santa Cruz, Yuen had seven kills, Alana Susbilla had thirteen assists for UC Santa Cruz and Rachel Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with twelve digs.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .089 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .211 . Vanguard had a .237 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .321. The Lions had seven more service aces (8-1) than did the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs have little time to reflect on tonight's match as their next match is tomorrow at NCAA Division III #8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, with first serve is set for 2 pm.