RIVERSIDE (9-25) – The Banana Slugs started the second of a two-day trip to Southern California as they took on NAIA member La Sierra University in Riverside as a part of the La Sierra Classic. The Golden Eagles swept the Banana Slugs 3-0.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs lost 3-2 to University of Redlands yesterday in Redlands while the Golden Eagles won 3-2 over Providence Christian College in Riverside yesterday.
In the first set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 9-2 run capped by a service ace. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at eight on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 20-12 on an assisted block by Kate Lyon and Sierra Yuen. The Golden Eagles would then go on a 12-3 run, capped by a Kiana Krumm kill, to give the Golden Eagles the lead at 24-23. The Banana Slugs would score the next two points – one on a Golden Eagles' service error and one on an assisted block by Shania Anderson and Alexandria Everett – to give the Banana Slugs the lead at 25-24. From there, the Golden Eagles would reel off three straight points to win the first set 27-25 and they took a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 6-0 run, capped by a Yuen kill. The six-point lead was the largest of the set for the Banana Slugs. The Golden Eagles would claw their way back into the set with an 11-5 run, capped by a service ace, to tie the set at 11-11. After Yuen gave the Banana Slugs the lead at 14-13, the Golden Eagles would go on a 6-0 run, capped by a Marissa Fregoso kill, to take the lead for good at 19-14. The Golden Eagles gained their largest lead of the set at seven, at 24-17, on a Taylor Moran kill. The Golden Eagles won the second set 25-21 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Golden Eagles would start the set on a 5-1 spurt capped by a service ace. The closest the Banana Slugs would come as close as one on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 12-11 on a Yuen kill. The Golden Eagles' largest lead of the set would be eleven, at match point, on a service ace. The Golden Eagles won the third set 25-14 and won the match 3-0.
For UC Santa Cruz, Tatum Novitzky had eight kills and for La Sierra, Krumm and Moran both had a match high ten kills. Faylenn McDonough had a match high seventeen assists for UC Santa Cruz and Fregoso had fifteen for La Sierra. Novitzky led the Banana Slugs with nine digs and Emily Morgan had a match high fourteen digs for the Golden Eagles.
The Banana Slugs will have their next match in two hours. The Banana Slugs will take on Chapman University at 12:30 pm in Riverside.