SANTA CRUZ (11-1) – UC Santa Cruz played their final match of the regular season at home as they took on NAIA member William Jessup University. The Warriors defeated the Banana Slugs 3-2.
In their previous match this season, the Banana Slugs defeated the Warriors 3-0 on October 12th in Rocklin. Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs swept Mills College 3-0 on Friday in Oakland while the Warriors defeated Arizona Christian University 3-2 in Rocklin on Saturday.
In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first ten serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, in the set, at 6-5 on a Tatum Novitzky kill. The Banana Slugs gain their largest lead of the set at nine on three occasions; the third occasion at set point on a Hailey McDaniel kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-16 and the Banana Slugs took a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Banana Slugs would score the first two points of the set. The Warriors would get back into the set and would take the lead at 5-4 on a Jessica Williams kill. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 9-8 on a Warriors' service error. The two teams would trade points for the next eight serves. The Warriors would take the lead at 13-12 on a Vendela Williams kill. The Banana Slugs would work their way back into the set and would take the lead for good, in the set, at 14-13. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five on two occasions; the second occasion at 22-17 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-21 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Banana Slugs jumped out to a 5-2 lead. The three point lead would be the largest of the set for the Banana Slugs. The Warriors would work their way back into the set and would take the lead at 20-19 on a Makenzie Reeder-Esparza kill. The Warriors took their largest lead of the set at two on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on a service ace. The Warriors won the third set 25-23 and trimmed the Banana Slugs' lead in the match at 2-1.
In the fourth set, the Warriors scored the first two points of the set. The Banana Slugs would work their way back into the set and would take the lead at 4-3 on a Warriors' attack error. From that point, the Warriors would go on a 6-1 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error, to lead 9-5. The Banana Slugs would methodically work their way back into the set and would take the lead at 24-23 on a Kallan Bedard kill. The Warriors would then score the next three points in the set and would win the set 26-24 and the Warriors tied the match at 2-2.
In the fifth set, the Warriors would start the set on a 7-1 run capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Warriors lead would not be relinquished for the entire set. The largest lead for the Warriors would be ten at match point on a Banana Slugs' block error. The Warriors won the fifth set 15-5 and won the match 3-2. The loss ended the Banana Slugs' four match winning streak.
For UC Santa Cruz, Novitzky had a match high seventeen kills and for William Jessup, Reeder-Esparza and Jennah Richmond had eleven kills. Alana Susbilla had forty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jessica Williams had a match high forty-four for William Jessup. Monica Lee led the Banana Slugs with a match high twenty-one digs and Jessica Williams had twenty digs for the Warriors.
For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .186 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .300 while William Jessup had a .211 hitting percentage with the fifth set having the best percentage at .381. The Warriors had one fewer service error (11-10) than did the Banana Slugs.
The Banana Slugs finished the regular season at 10-13. The Banana Slugs will wait until next Monday to see if they have been selected for the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball National Championships. The selections will be announced at 9:30 am.