Banana Slugs Sweep Doubleheader in Thousand Oaks

Banana Slugs Sweep Doubleheader in Thousand Oaks

SANTA CRUZ (3-4) UC Santa Cruz continued their trip to the Cal-Lu-Fornia Invitational as they took on Adrian College and Johnson and Wales University (RI). The Banana Slugs defeated the Bulldogs 3-0 in the early match and topped the Wildcats 3-0 in the evening match.

Match #2 – vs. Adrian

In the first set, the Bulldogs started the set on a 10-5 run capped by a service ace. The five point lead was the largest lead of the set for the Bulldogs. The Banana Slugs would go on a 14-9 run, capped by a Raymond Cascio kill, to tie the set at 19-19. After the Bulldogs took the lead, at 24-23, on a Tedrick Gula kill, the Banana Slugs would score the final three points of the set to win the first set 26-24. The Banana Slugs took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Bulldogs started the set on a 7-3 spurt capped by a service ace. The Banana Slugs would go on an 9-4 run, capped by a Phillip Grote kill, to take the lead for good at 12-11. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five, at set point, on a service ace by Matthew Nealon. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-20 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 5-4 on an Ian Pizzuti kill. The Bulldogs would then go on a 7-4 spurt, capped by a Noah Marcinkowski, to take the lead at 11-9. The two point lead was the largest of the set for the Bulldogs. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 6-3 spurt, capped by a Cascio kill, to take the lead for good at 15-14. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five on three occasions; the third occasion at 24-19 on a Grote kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-21 and the match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Cascio had a match high seventeen kills and for Adrian, Gula had ten kills. Nealon had a match high thirty eight assists for UC Santa Cruz and Joseph Campana had twenty eight for Adrian. Nealon led the Banana Slugs with eleven digs and Kevin Curley had a match high fifteen digs for the Bulldogs.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .290 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .444 while Adrian had a .157 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .200. The Banana Slugs had seven fewer errors (22-15) than did the Bulldogs.

Match #2 vs. Johnson and Wales University (RI)

In the first set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, over the first twelve serves. The Wildcats would score the next three points to take their largest lead of the set, at three, at 9-6. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on an 11-2 run, capped by a Pizzuti kill, to take the lead for good at 17-11. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at 19-12, on a Grote kill. The Banana Slugs would win the first set 25-18 and would take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 5-4, on a Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs would gain a double digit lead, at 20-10, on a Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs gain their largest lead of the set at thirteen on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on a Tennessee Fulks kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-12 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points for the first twelve serves. The Banana Slugs would go on a 7-1 run, capped by an attack error by the Wildcats, to take the lead for good at 13-7. The Banana Slugs would gain a double digit lead, at 24-14, on an attack error by the Wildcats. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-16 and won the match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Cascio had a match high twelve kills and for Johnson and Wales (RI), Donovan Kelley had eight kills. Nealon had a match high twenty three assists for UC Santa Cruz and Cameron Ponce had fourteen for Johnson and Wales (RI). Pizzuti led the Banana Slugs with a match high fourteen digs and Jack Pincince had six digs for the Wildcats.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .434 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .583 while Johnson and Wales (RI) had a .169 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .242. The Banana Slugs had six more service aces (7-1) than did the Wildcats.

The next match for the Banana Slugs will be Thursday as they take on Emmanuel College at 7 pm in Thousand Oaks.