Banana Slugs Fall in Five to Defending Champions

Banana Slugs Fall in Five to Defending Champions

HOBOKEN (3-6) – The T-#8 Banana Slugs played their second match of the day as they took on the defending NCAA Division III National Champions and current #5 Stevens Institute of Technology. The match was tight throughout but, in the end, the Ducks won 3-2.

In their last match, the Banana Slugs won 3-1 over Elmira College earlier today in Hoboken while the Ducks won 3-0 over Bard College in Hoboken yesterday.

Just like the first set of their first match of the day, the two teams would trade points through the entire set. The largest lead of the set for the Ducks was three on three different occasions; the third occasion was at 6-3 on a Russell Scott kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead at two on two separate occasions; the second occasion at set point on a bad set by the Ducks. The Banana Slugs won the first set 26-24 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs would jump out on a 5-2 run capped by a service ace. The three-point lead would be the Banana Slugs' largest of the set. The Ducks would get back into the set and would take the lead for good, at 11-10, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at six on two different occasions; the second occasion was at set point on a Gabe Shankweiler kill. The Ducks won the second set 25-19 and tied the match at 1-1.

The Ducks started the third set with a 3-1 lead after a service ace. From that point, the Banana Slugs would go on a 7-2 run, capped by a Jorge Reyes kill, to make the score 8-5. The three point lead was their largest of the set. The Ducks would gain the lead for good, at 12-11, on a Tim Ferriter kill. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at four on three different occasions; the fourth occasion was at set on a Chris Vaughan kill. The Ducks won the third set 25-21 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

For the second consecutive set, the Ducks would start the set with a 3-1 lead; this time it was after a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 6-0 run, capped by a Ducks' attack error, to take a 7-3 lead. The Ducks would tie the set on two different occasions; the second occasion was at 11-11 on a Ferriter kill, but that was as close as they would come. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at six, at 18-12, on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs would win the fourth set 25-22 and tied the match at 2-2.

In the fifth and deciding set, the two teams would trade points through the first four serves. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at one, at 3-2, on a Howard kill. The Ducks would get back into the set and would take the lead for good, at 4-3, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Ducks would take their largest lead of the set at five, at 10-5, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would come as close as one on four different occasions; the fourth occasion was at 14-13 on a Howard kill. The Ducks would win the fifth set 15-13 and won the match 3-2.

For UC Santa Cruz, Riley Rutan had twenty kills and for Stevens Tech, Ferriter had a match high twenty one kills. Ryan McLaughlin had forty nine assists for UC Santa Cruz and Scott Russell had a match high fifty four for Stevens Tech. Cameron Bardeau led the Banana Slugs with twelve digs and Shankweiler had a match high thirteen digs for the Ducks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .204 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .464 while Stevens Tech had a .297 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .419. The Ducks had two more service aces (4-2) than did the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs will have their next three matches at home. The next match for the Banana Slugs is Friday as they take on NCAA Division III #6 Nazareth College.  The first serve is set for 7 pm.