ELMIRA, NY -- UC Santa Cruz played their first match of the day at the Soaring Eagle Invitational as they took on the host Elmira College. As with their match on February 5th, the Banana Slugs and the Soaring Eagles played a tight match. The Banana Slugs defeated the Soaring Eagles 3-1.
Both teams were coming off victories in their last match. The Banana Slugs were coming off a 3-0 win over SUNY Polytechnic Institute yesterday in Elmira while the Soaring Eagles were coming off a 3-0 win over D'Youville College in Elmira yesterday.
For UC Santa Cruz, Lake Merchen had twelve kills and for Elmira, Erik Griffin had a match high thirteen kills. Jake Hurwitz led the Banana Slugs with ten digs and Rob Shade had a match high thirteen digs for the Soaring Eagles.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .204 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .444 while Elmira had a .219 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .346. The Banana Slugs had four more solo blocks (7-3) than did the Soaring Eagles.
The Banana Slugs will have little time to get ready for their next match as they will take on D'Youville College at 10:30 am.