SANTA CRUZ (3-13)– The #6 Banana Slugs played their third match in as many days as they took on Ramapo College, in a morning match, at the 2016 Slug Slam. The Banana Slugs hit over .375 as they swept the Roadrunners 3-0.
Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs won 3-0 over California Lutheran University last night in Santa Cruz while the Roadrunners won 3-2 over California Lutheran yesterday in Santa Cruz.
In the first set, the Banana Slugs took an early 2-0 lead after kills by Jake Howard and Lake Merchen. The Banana Slugs took a four point lead, at 11-7, on a Roadrunners' service error. The Roadrunners would tie the match at 12-12 on a Justin Feigeles kill. The Banana Slugs would gain the lead for good, at 13-12, on their next possession on a service error by the Roadrunners. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead, at eight, at set point on a Roadrunners' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-17 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Roadrunners would score the first two points of the set. The Banana Slugs would tie the set at 4-4 on a Brian Campbell kill. The Banana Slugs would gain the lead for good at 7-6 on a Roadrunners' attack error. The closest that the Roadrunners would get would be three, at 13-10, on a Feigeles kill. The Banana Slugs' largest lead of the set was ten, at set point, on a Gino Gamboa kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-15 and lengthened their lead in the match to 2-0.
In the third set, the two teams would trade points through the first six serves. The Roadrunners would take their largest lead of the set at two, at 5-3, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would get back into the set and took the lead for good, at 10-9 on a Roadrunners' bad set. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at three on five different occasions; the fifth occasion coming at 20-17 on a Roadrunners' attack error. The Roadrunners would come as close as one on five different occasions; the fifth occasion at 24-23 on a Feigeles kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-23 and won the match 25-23.
For UC Santa Cruz, Gamboa had seven kills and for Ramapo, Paul Close and Feigeles had a match high nine kills. Evan Kittle had nineteen assists for UC Santa Cruz and Mikhael Erushalimski had a match high twenty-four for Ramapo. Kyle Donohoe led the Banana Slugs with five digs and Erushalimski had a match high eight digs for the Roadrunners.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .385 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .650 while Ramapo had a .202 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .367. The Banana Slugs had eight more kills (41-33) than did the Roadrunners.
The Banana Slugs will now have nine days off to prepare for their next match. The next match for the Banana Slugs is Tuesday March 22nd as they take on NCAA Division II member Concordia University of Irvine in Irvine. The first serve is set for 7 pm.