Banana Slugs Lose Two on Day One of St. Kate’s Invite

Banana Slugs Lose Two on Day One of St. Kate’s Invite

ST. PAUL (10-12) – UC Santa Cruz traveled to Minnesota to take part in the St. Kate's Invite hosted by St. Catherine University. The Banana Slugs fell to Luther College 3-1 in the first match of the day and, in the second match, lost 3-1 to Buena Vista University.

Match #1 – vs. Luther

In the first set, the Norse would start the set on a 16-10 run capped by a Karissa Kime kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as one, at 16-15, on an assisted block by Alexandria Everett and Claire Okerlund. The Norse won the first set 25-20. In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first ten serves. The Norse would gain their largest lead of the set at five at 10-5. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 7-1 run, capped by an attack error by the Norse, to take the lead at 12-11. The two teams would trade the lead back and forth for the next ten serves. After the Banana Slugs trimmed the Norse lead to one at 19-18, the Norse would go on a 6-0 run to close the set. The Norse won the second set 25-18. In the third set, the two teams would trade points back and forth for the first thirty four serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 18-17 on an assisted block by Shania Andrews and Everett. The Norse would tie the set twice but would never regain the lead as the Banana Slugs won the third set 25-23. In the fourth set, the Norse would start the set on a 12-5 run capped by an attack error by the Banana Slugs. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 10-2 run, capped by a service ace by Timolin Kepon, The teams would trade points over the next nine serves. The Norse would gain the lead at 20-19 on a ball handling error by the Banana Slugs. The Norse would win the fourth set 25-22.

Sierra Yuen led the Banana Slugs with fourteen kills. Yuen also hit .519 for the match, which marked the eighth best hitting percentage in school history.

Match #2 vs. Buena Vista

In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves of the set. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at four on two occasions; the second at 12-8 on an Okerlund kill. The Beavers would then go on a 7-2 run, capped by a Brooke Runneberg kill, to take the lead at 15-14. After the Beavers took their largest lead of the set at 17-14, the Banana Slugs would score the next three points to tie the set at 17-17. The two teams would trade points over the next twelve serves. The Banana Slugs would score the final two points of the set and won the first set 25-23. In the second set, the Beavers would start the set on a 15-9 run capped by a Runneberg kill. The Banana Slugs responded with a 10-2 run, capped by a kill by Maddie Fowler, to take the lead at 19-17. After the Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the set at three at 23-20, the Beavers would go on a 6-1 set-ending run to win the second set 26-24. In the third set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 6-1 run capped by a service ace by Rachel Sveiven. The Beavers would then go on a 7-1 run, capped by a ball handling error by the Banana Slugs, to take the lead for good at 8-7. The Beavers won the third set 25-18. In the fourth set, the Beavers would start the set on a 15-5 run capped by an assisted block by Sydney McLaren and Runneberg. Alana Susbilla made history on an assist on a Shania Andrews kill to make the score 21-15 in favor of the Beavers. Susbilla's assist put her at 927 assists for her career surpassing Brooke Emerling for seventh all-time in assists in program history. The Beavers won the fourth set 25-20.

Maiya Sears had ten kills to lead the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs will finish their time in the Land of 10,000 Lakes tomorrow as they will take on host Wildcats at 9 am and Gustavus Adolphus College at 11 am.