Banana Slugs Win Battle of the Eights Against Soaring Eagles

Banana Slugs Win Battle of the Eights Against Soaring Eagles

HOBOKEN (3-6) – The T-#8 Banana Slugs played their first match of the day against T-#8 Elmira College. The Banana Slugs would win the match 3-1 over the Soaring Eagles.

This match was a rematch of a match that was played on February 20th in Thousand Oaks as the Soaring Eagles won that match 3-0. In their last match, the Banana Slugs won 3-0 over Emerson College on Friday in Boston while the Soaring Eagles lost 3-1 to NCAA Division III #5 Stevens Institute of Technology in Annandale-on-Hudson yesterday.

In the first set, the two teams would trade points through the entire set. The largest lead for the Banana Slugs was two on nine different occasions; the ninth occasion was at 17-15 on a Soaring Eagles' service error. The set would require extra serves to determine the winner. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 28-27 on a Jake Howard kill. The 28th point, unfortunately, would be their last of the set. The Soaring Eagles would score the final three points of the set to win the first 30-28 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Soaring Eagles would score the first two points of the set to take a 2-0 lead. The two-point lead was their largest of the set. From there, the Banana Slugs would go on a 6-0 run, capped by a Riley Rutan kill, to take the lead for good at 6-2. The Soaring Eagles would come as close as two, at 11-9, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at 22-15, on a Soaring Eagles' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-19 and tied the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points for the first six serves. The Banana Slugs would gain the lead for good at 4-3 on a Soaring Eagles' attack error. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five on two different occasions; the second occasion was at 14-9 on a Soaring Eagles' attack error. The Soaring Eagles would come as close as two on four different occasions; the fourth occasion as at 18-16 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-20 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the two teams traded points through the first fourteen serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 8-7 on a Rutan kill. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at eight on five different occasions; the fifth occasion was at match point on a Soaring Eagles' service error. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-17 and won the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Howard had a match high eighteen kills and for Elmira, Erik Griffin had sixteen kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high forty seven assists for UC Santa Cruz and Adam Dake had thirty six for Elmira. Cameron Bardeau led the Banana Slugs with a match high twelve digs and Griffin had seven digs for the Soaring Eagles.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .380 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .680 while Elmira had a .193 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .343. The Banana Slugs had thirteen more digs (38-25) than did the Soaring Eagles.

The next match is later today as they take on NCAA Division III #5 Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. The first serve is set for 10:30 am.