SANTA CRUZ (1-8) – UC Santa Cruz start their 2016 season as they took on NCAA Division II Holy Names University in Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs hit over .290 for the match and swept the Hawks 3-0.
The Banana Slugs finished the 2015 season with a 24-6 record that finished in the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship Quarterfinals. Holy Names finished their 2015 season with a 1-14 record.
In the first set, the Banana Slugs would score more than twice the number of kills (15-7) than did the Hawks. The Banana Slugs would also commit eight errors. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-22. In the second set, the Banana Slugs would again have more than double the kills and double the errors that the Hawks had. The Banana Slugs won a thrilling second set 25-21 and took a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Banana Slugs held the Hawks to a negative hitting percentage (-.176) and had three times the number of kills that the Hawks had (12-4). The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-14 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Jake Howard had a match high eleven kills and for Holy Names, Conan True had four kills. Evan Kittle had a match high thirty-one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Kaili Schumacher-Lagundino had fourteen for Holy Names. Kittle led the Banana Slugs with three digs and Kyle Cazares had a match high five digs for the Hawks.