Slugs Sweep Posada Royale Invitational

Slugs Sweep Posada Royale Invitational

Game #1 – Lakeland College (January 22nd)

In the first set, the Banana Slugs would eke out a tight victory as they only had four more kills (14-10) than did their opponents. The Banana Slugs would win the first set 25-23 and took a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second set, the Banana Slugs defense held the Muskies to a .000 hitting percentage as the Banana Slugs cruised. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-15 and took a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, it was the Banana Slugs' offense that shined. The Banana Slugs had four more kills (12-8) than their opponent and had one fewer error (3-2) than the Muskies. The Banana Slugs won the set 25-15 and won the match 3-0. 

For UC Santa Cruz, Jake Howard had a match high fourteen kills and for Lakeland, Kyle Krogstad had seven kills. Evan Kittle had a match high thirty-six assists for UC Santa Cruz and Addison Mertler had fifteen for Lakeland. Lake Merchen led the Banana Slugs with a match high five digs and three players – Casey Bolda, Christian Frahm and Matt Stolz - had four digs for the Muskies.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .400 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .588 while Lakeland had a .149 hitting percentage with the third set having the best percentage at .250. The Banana Slugs had seventeen more assists (39-22) than did the Muskies.

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Game #2 – at California Lutheran (January 23rd)

In the first set, the Banana Slugs started the set on a 5-0 run capped by a Kingsmen error. The Kingsmen would come as close as one, at 6-5, on a Robert Rutecki kill. The Banana Slugs would stretch their lead and would gain their largest lead at nine, at 24-15, on a Kingsmen error. The Banana Slugs would win the first set 25-16 and led the match 1-0.

For the first six serves of the second set, the two teams would trade points back and forth. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 4-3 on a Kingsmen attack error. The closest that the Kingsmen would come the rest of the set would be three on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 10-7 on a Banana Slugs service error. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits, at 25-15, on a Riley Rutan kill. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-15 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Banana Slugs would jump out to a 5-2 lead capped by a Kingsmen attack error. The Kingsmen would work their way into the set and would take the lead for good on a Banana Slugs' attack error to make the score 9-8. After the Kingsmen expanded their lead to five, at 14-9, the Banana Slugs would get back into the set and would come as close as one, at 14-13, on a Kingsmen attack error. The Kingsmen would expand their lead to seven, at match point, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Regals won the third set 25-18 and trimmed the Banana Slugs' match lead to 2-1.

In the fourth set, the Kingsmen would gain their largest lead of the set at four, at 6-2, on a Robert Rutecki service ace. The Banana Slugs would crawl their way back into the set and would tie the set at 8-8 on a Kingsmen attack error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead, at 18-17, on a Jorge Reyes service ace. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at four, at 25-21, on a Kingsmen attack error. After the Kingsmen closed the lead to 25-24 on a block error by the Banana Slugs, the Kingsmen committed an error winning the match for the Banana Slugs. The Banana Slugs would win the fourth set 26-24 and win the match 3-1.  

For UC Santa Cruz, Lake Merchen had eight kills and for California Lutheran, Hunter Horn and Rutecki both had a match high ten kills. Evan Kittle had thirty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Keaton Arutian had a match high thirty-three for California Lutheran. Evan Kittle led the Banana Slugs with a match high eight digs and Horn also had a match high eight digs for the Kingsmen.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .204 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .556 while California Lutheran had a .033 hitting percentage with the second set having the best percentage at .167. The Banana Slugs had thirteen fewer errors (33-20) than did the Kingsmen.

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Game #3 – New York University (1-23)

In the first set, the Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the set at one on two occasions; the second occasion was at 3-2 on a Ryan McLaughlin kill. The Violets would take the lead for good, at 4-3, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Violets would continue to stretch their lead out and would take their lead of the set at eight on two occasions; the second occasion coming at match point on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Violets would win the first set 25-17 and lead the match 1-0.

In the second set, the Violets would take their largest lead of the set, at 1-0, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. From there, the Banana Slugs would go on a 15-2 run, capped by a Violets' attack error, to make the score 15-3. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at thirteen, at 17-4, on a service ace. The Violets would chip into the lead and would come as close as four on four opportunities; the fourth coming at 24-20 on a Banana Slugs' service error. The Banana Slugs would go on to win the set 25-20 and tie the match at 1-1.

For the first eight serves of the third set, the two teams would trade points back and forth. The Violets would gain the lead for good at 5-4 on a Nick Benson kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as two, at 15-13, on a Jake Howard kill. The Violets would gain their largest lead of the set, at 23-17, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Violets won the third set 25-20 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the two teams traded points for the first six serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 4-3 on a Jorge Reyes kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of set at four on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 10-6 on a Violets' attack error. The Violets would work their way back into the set and tie the set on three occasions; the third occasion coming at 16-16 on a Nick Benson kill. The Violets would gain the lead on a service lead, at 17-16, and then gain their largest lead of the set at two, at 18-16, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would get back into the set and take the lead back at 19-18 on a Violets' attack error. The two teams would trade points back and forth for the rest of the set. After Phil Bueno scored a kill for the Violets to give them a 25-24 lead, the Banana Slugs would tie the set on a Lake Merchen kill and then force the Violets into two attack errors. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 27-25 and tied the match at 2-2.

The Violets would start the fifth set on a 5-1 run capped by a service ace. The Banana Slugs would methodically work their way back into the set. The Banana Slugs would tie the set at 10-10 on a Howard kill and would take the lead for good at 11-10 on a Violets' attack error. The Banana Slugs would go on to win the fifth set 15-11 and win the match 3-2.

For UC Santa Cruz, Jake Howard had a match high twenty-two kills and for New York University, Benson and Chase Klein both had thirteen kills. Evan Kittle had a match high fifty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Derrick Chiu had thirty-six for New York University. McLaughlin led the Banana Slugs with a match high thirteen digs and Chiu also had a match high thirteen digs for the Violets.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .137 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .242 while New York University had a .106 hitting percentage with the first set having the best percentage at .341. The Banana Slugs had eleven fewer errors (53-42) than did the Violets.

The Banana Slugs will have their next match twelve days from now as they take on Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The first serve is set for 5 pm.