Banana Slugs Swept at Cal Lu Fornia Invitational

THOUSAND OAKS (9-9-10) – UC Santa Cruz took part in their second tournament of the season as they participated in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational. The tournament was hosted by California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. On Friday, the Banana Slugs were swept 3-0 by University of La Verne and they fell 3-1 to Washington University in St. Louis. On Saturday, the Banana Slugs lost 3-2 to Pomona-Pitzer and lost 3-1 to University of Puget Sound.

Game #1 – University of La Verne (September 9th)

In the first set, the Leopards would have double the kills as did the Banana Slugs (16-8) and would win the first set going away 25-17 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs had two fewer errors (4-2) but allowed three more kills (14-11) as the Leopards won the second set 25-22 and took a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Leopards forced nine more errors (10-1) than did the Banana Slugs and won the third set 25-19 and won the match 3-0.    

For UC Santa Cruz, Alexandria Evett had ten kills and for University of La Verne, Cassie Thompson had a match high eleven kills. Alana Susbilla had fifteen assists for UC Santa Cruz and Tiffany Mancuso had a match high thirty for University of La Verne. Rachel Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with nine digs and Kristen Sanchez had a match high sixteen digs for the Leopards.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .133 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .214 while University of La Verne had a .292 hitting percentage with the first set having the best percentage at .353. The Leopards had thirty-two more digs (72-40) than did the Banana Slugs.  

Game #2 – Washington in St. Louis (September 9th)

In a rematch of last year's NCAA Division III Volleyball National Tournament First Round match, the Banana Slugs forced three more errors (6-3) by the Bears. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-16 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Bears held the Banana Slugs to a .132 hitting percentage in the tight set as the Bears won the second set 26-24 and tied the match at 1-1. In the third set, the Bears had four more kills than did the Banana Slugs (15-11) and won the set 25-21 and took a 2-1 lead in the match. In the fourth set, the Bears again had four more kills (14-10) than did the Banana Slugs and won the fourth set 25-21 and won the match 3-1.  

For UC Santa Cruz, Tatum Novitzky had twelve kills and for Washington, Caroline Dupont had a match high fourteen kills. Krysti Photias and Susbilla both had twenty-one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Savannah Zhang had a match high twenty-five for Washington. Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with eighteen digs and Natalie Stephanus had a match high twenty one digs for the Bears.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .192 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .303 while Washington had a .224 hitting percentage with the second set having the best percentage at .273. The Bears had eleven more kills (57-46) than did the Banana Slugs.

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Game #3 – Pomona-Pitzer (9-10)

In the first set, the two teams played back and forth volleyball and it took extra serves to decide the winner. The Banana Slugs won the first set 26-24 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Sagehens took the second set 25-14 and tied the match at 1-1. In the third set, the Banana Slugs cruised to a 25-17 victory and they took a 2-1 lead in the match. In the fourth set, the two teams went back and forth through the entire set but, in the end, the Sagehens won the set 25-22. In the fifth set, the Sagehens took control early and never looked back as they won the fifth set 15-7 and won the match 3-2. 

For UC Santa Cruz, Everett had ten kills and for Pomona-Pitzer, Julia Zwaal had a match high sixteen kills. Photias had twenty-four assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jessica Finn had thirty-one for Pomona-Pitzer. Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with fifteen digs and Zwaal had a match high twenty-two digs for the Sagehens. 

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .090 hitting percentage while Pomona-Pitzer had a .182 hitting percentage. The Sagehens had twelve more digs (82-70) than did the Banana Slugs. 

Game #4 – University of Puget Sound (9-10)

In the first set, the Loggers forced two more errors (9-7) as the Loggers won the first set 25-19 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs forced three more errors (8-5) than did the Loggers. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-21 and tied the match at 1-1. The third set belonged to the Loggers as they had five more kills (13-8) than did the Banana Slugs. The Loggers won the third set 25-19 and took a 2-1 lead in the match. In the fourth set, the Loggers had six more kills (13-7) as the Loggers won the fourth set 25-14 and won the match 3-1.  

For UC Santa Cruz, Novitzky had twelve kills and for University of Puget Sound, Kristen Lane had a match high seventeen kills. Photias had nineteen assists for UC Santa Cruz and Moira McVicar had a match high twenty-nine for University of Puget Sound. Sveiven led the Banana Slugs with fourteen digs and Shari-Lynn Hayashi had a match high fifteen digs for the Loggers.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .061 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .109 while University of Puget Sound had a .228 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .256. The Loggers had seventeen more kills (53-36) than did the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs will continue their road trip on Wednesday as they take on Pacific Union College in Angwin. The first serve is set for 5 pm.