Banana Slugs Fall to Bearcats

THOUSAND OAKS (9-11) – UC Santa Cruz started their four match trip to Thousand Oaks as they took on Willamette University on the first day of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational. The Bearcats hit over .300 as they defeated the Banana Slugs 3-1. The match was the first match of the day for the Banana Slugs at the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational.

In their last match, the Banana Slugs won 3-0 over William Jessup University on Saturday in Santa Cruz while the Bearcats were swept by University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas also on Saturday.  

In the first set, the Banana Slugs committed eight errors as the Bearcats won the first set 25-20 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs had thirteen kills as the Banana Slugs won the back-and-forth set 25-23 and tied the match at 1-1. In the third set, the Bearcats scored fifteen kills as they won the set 25-18 and took a 2-1 match advantage.  In the deciding fourth set, the Bearcats again scored fifteen kills and won the set 25-17 and won the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Tatum Novitzky had fourteen kills and for Willamette, Sarah Fincher had a match high sixteen kills. Sophie Seiberth had a match high twenty eight assists for UC Santa Cruz and Lindsey Compton had twenty four for California Lutheran. Alison Ota led the Banana Slugs with a match high seventeen digs and Kaylen Higa had thirteen digs for the Bearcats.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .195 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .323 while Willamette had a .328 hitting percentage with the best percentage also coming in the third set at .379. The Bearcats had eight fewer errors (19-11) than did the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs will have a match later today as they take on the host California Lutheran University. The first serve is set for 7 pm.