OAKLAND (10-21) – UC Santa Cruz finished their sixteen match and six week road trip as they took on Mills College in Oakland. The Banana Slugs held the Cyclones to below .040 hitting percentage and swept the Cyclones 3-0.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs swept NAIA member William Jessup University on October 12th in Rocklin while the Cyclones were swept by NAIA member Simpson University in Oakland on Tuesday.
In the first set, the Banana Slugs would have three times the number of kills (15-5) as did the Cyclones but also committed three times the number of errors (9-3). The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-18 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs would have over double the kills that the Cyclones had (15-7) while committing eight errors. The Banana Slugs' defense held the Cyclones to a .022 hitting percentage in the set. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-20 and took a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, it would be the offense that helped the Banana Slugs. The Banana Slugs hit a hitting percentage of .100 and they had eleven kills in the set. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-19 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Madison Webster and Martina Pedersen both had a match high nine kills and for Mills, Emma Rigby had eight kills. Faylenn McDonough had a match high forty-two assists for UC Santa Cruz and Christy Khaoone had seventeen for Mills. Hailey McDaniel led the Banana Slugs with a match high twenty-seven digs and Vivian Kang had sixteen digs for the Cyclones.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .142 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .146 while Mills had a .033 hitting percentage with the third set having the best percentage at .054. The Banana Slugs had twenty-six more kills (43-17) than did the Cyclones.
The Banana Slugs will have their next match on Wednesday as they take on Simpson University at West Field House. The first serve is set for 7 pm.