IRVINE, CA -- UC Santa Cruz finished their time at the Asics/Wyndham Hotel Spring Classic as they took on the host Concordia University of Irvine. Unlike the two previous matches, which were won by the Banana Slugs, which were played in February in Santa Cruz, the Eagles swept the Banana Slugs 3-0.
Both teams were coming off victories in their last match. The Banana Slugs were coming off a 3-0 victory over UC Merced earlier today while the Eagles were coming off a 3-1 victory to Clarke University earlier today in Irvine.
The second set started with the Banana Slugs garnering the first point on a Jorge Reyes kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of two on two occasions; the second occasion at 8-6 on an Eagles' service error. The Eagles would get back into the set and would tie the set at 9-9 on a Devin Ross kill. The Eagles would take the lead for good at 11-10 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Eagles would gain their largest lead of the set at four on five different occasions; the fifth occasion was at set point on a Banana Slugs service error. The Eagles won the second set 25-21 and led the match 2-0.
In the third set, the Eagles would lead wire-to-wire. The Eagles would jump out to a 2-0 lead on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The closest that the Banana Slugs would come was one, at 2-1, on an Eagles' attack error. The Eagles' largest lead of the set was seven, at 19-12, on a Pillon kill. The Eagles won the third set 25-19 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Jake Landel had a match high twelve kills and for Concordia, Ross had eleven kills. Evan Kittle had twenty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Pillon had a match high thirty seven for Concordia. Jake Hurwitz led the Banana Slugs with a match high fourteen digs and Timothy Moses and Ryan Redira both had eight digs for the Eagles.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .183 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .281 while Concordia had a .314 hitting percentage with the first set having the best percentage at .406. Concordia had eight more assists (44-36) than did UC Santa Cruz.
The Banana Slugs will now have a two week break. The next match for the Banana Slugs will be on March 28th as they take on Holy Names University in Oakland. The first serve is set for 6 pm.