Knights Top Banana Slugs in Five

Knights Top Banana Slugs in Five

SANTA CRUZ (9-15) UC Santa Cruz wrapped up SlugFest at the West Field House as they hosted Arcadia University for the second time in as many days. As with Friday's match, the two teams played another thrilling five set match, with the Knights winning 3-2 to improve to 9-1.  

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 14-7 run capped by an Isabella Hoglund kill and gained their largest lead of eight at 23-15 on a service error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-21 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Knights started the set on a 12-6 run. The Banana Slugs rallied to come as close as one at 18-17 but the Knights would win the second set 25-21 and tied the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, for the first twenty-eight serves. Neither team would not gain a lead larger than three points. After the Banana Slugs tied the set at 18-18 on a kill by Shania Andrews, Arcadia would score the final seven points of the set. The Knights won the third set 25-18 and took the lead in the match at 2-1.   

In the fourth set, the Knights would gain their largest lead of the set at two at 8-6 on a Katie Wilson kill. From that point, the Banana Slugs went on a 13-8 run, capped by an attack error by the Knights, to take their largest lead of the set at three at 19-16. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-23 to tie the match at 2-2.

In the fifth set, the two teams traded points for the first six serves. The Knights would take the lead for good at 4-3 and won the fifth set 15-9. 

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .105 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .150 while Arcadia had a .173 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .306. The Knights had seven more service aces (13-6) than did the Banana Slugs.

For UC Santa Cruz, Claire Okerlund had a match high fourteen kills and for Arcadia, Alison Elechko lso had a match high fourteen kills. Alana Susbilla had twenty-three assists for UC Santa Cruz and Julia Paliwodzinski had forty-four for Arcadia. Rachel Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with twenty-five digs while Emily Eng had thirty-two digs for the Knights.

The Banana Slugs will start a three match road trip on Wednesday as they travel to Atherton to take on NAIA member Menlo College. First serve is set for 7 pm.