UC Santa Cruz dropped their two games on the second day of the 2019 Slug Slam at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
In the morning game, the Banana Slugs were swept by Arcadia University (25-13, 25-18, 25-22). UCSC hit just .086 in the match with only 3 aces compared to the Knights hitting .229 with 10 aces.
The Banana Slugs regrouped for the nightcap against fifth-ranked SUNY New Paltz, however the Hawks settled down late to outlast UCSC and win 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17) . UCSC opened down 13-7 in the first set but rallied with a 12-4 run to take a 19-17 lead. The Hawks tied it at 20 before UCSC settled and closed out the set thanks to a block by Aaron Fox & Raymond Cascio and a kill from Kyle Donohoe.
In set two, there were six ties before UCSC pulled ahead with a 19-13 lead on Justin Fortner's kill. However the Hawks answered with a 12-4 run of their own to take the set.
The Hawks jumped ahead 14-5 in the third- helped by three aces- to take control before winning set three. In set four, New Paltz opened with a 4-0 lead before UCSC rallied to get within 6-7. The visitors came back with an 11-5 run, taking the lead to 18-11 and held off UCSC the rest of the match.
Donohoe led the Slugs with 13 kills and 7 digs. Fortner and Fox each added 6 kills with Sam Wittert delivering 27 assists plus two aces. UCSC outblocked the Hawks 9-2.
UCSC next plays in Ohio next weekend at the Wittenberg University Jim Coleman Invitational.