Banana Slugs Split Second Day at Golden Dome Invitational

Banana Slugs Split Second Day at Golden Dome Invitational

NEWARK (1-21) – The Banana Slugs took on NCAA Division III #3 Stevens Institute of Technology and #15(T) Juniata College in the Banana Slugs' second day at the Golden Dome Invitational hosted by Rutgers University-Newark. The Banana Slugs defeated Juniata 3-1 in the morning match and fell 3-0 to Stevens Tech in the afternoon match.

In their last match, the Banana Slugs won 3-1 over the host and NCAA Division III #11 Rutgers University-Newark in Newark yesterday. The Eagles were coming off a 3-0 win over Elmira College earlier today in Newark while the Ducks also won their match 3-0 earlier today against Rutgers University in Newark.

Match #1: #15(T) Juniata College

In the first set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, for the first six serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, in the set, at 4-3 on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs would take their lead of the set at twelve, at set point, on an Eagles' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-13 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first fourteen serves. After a Howard kill that tied the set at 7-7, the Banana Slugs would go on an 11-1 run, capped by a Lake Merchen kill, to take the lead at 18-8. The ten-point lead would occur two other times; the second time was at 20-10 on a Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Banana Slugs would jump out the gates on a 4-1 spurt, capped by an Eagles' attack error. The three-point lead, the Banana Slugs' largest of the set, would occur three other times with the last time coming at 10-7 on a Howard kill. The Eagles would then go on an 11-4 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error, to take their largest lead at four at 18-14. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 7-0 run, capped by an ace, to take a 21-18 lead. The Eagles would take the lead for good, at 22-21, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would tie the set on three occasions; the third occasion at 25-25 on a Raymond Cascio kill. The Eagles would score the final two points of set and would win the third set 27-25 and would trim the Banana Slugs lead in the match to 2-1.

In the fourth set, the Eagles would start the set on a 5-1 spurt, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 10-5 run, capped by an Eagles' attack error, to take the lead for good in the set at 11-10. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at six, at 21-15, on a Kyle Donohue kill. The Eagles would come as close as two, at 22-20, on a service ace. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-22 and won the match 3-1. The win was the Banana Slugs' second in a row and third of the season over ranked opponents this season.

For UC Santa Cruz, Howard had seventeen kills and for Juniata, Quinn Peterson had a match high twenty kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high fifty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Michael Young had thirty-six for Juniata. Howard led the Banana Slugs with a match high eleven digs and Young had nine digs for the Eagles.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .285 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .542 while Juniata had a .195 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .381. The Banana Slugs had six more service aces (7-1) than did the Eagles.

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Match #2: #3 Stevens Institute of Technology

In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first four serves. The Ducks would take the lead for good, in the set, at 3-2, on a Dylan DeBoer kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as one on three occasions; the third occasion at 8-7 on a Jake Howard kill. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at seven, at 23-16, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Ducks would win the first set 25-19 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the two teams would trade the lead back and forth for the first twenty serves. The Ducks would take the lead for good at 11-10 on a bad set by the Banana Slugs. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at six on two occasions; the second occasion at 19-13 on a Gabe Shankweiler kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as three, at 21-18, on a Merchen kill. The Ducks would win the second set 25-20 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Banana Slugs would score the first point of the set on a Ducks' attack error. The one point lead was the largest of the set for the Banana Slugs. The Ducks would take the lead for good, at 3-2, on a David Lehman kill. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at seven on two occasions; the second occasion at 21-14 on a Shankweiler kill. The Banana Slugs would come as close as three, at 24-21, on a Ducks' attack error. The Ducks won the third set 25-21 and won the match 3-0. The loss ended the Banana Slugs' two match winning streak.

For UC Santa Cruz, Howard had eleven kills and for Stevens Tech, DeBoer and Shankweiler both had a match high twelve kills. Ryan McLaughlin had thirty-one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jacob Patterson had a match high forty for Stevens Tech. Cameron Bardeau led the Banana Slugs with a match high seven digs and DeBoer also had seven digs for the Ducks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .161 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .286 while Stevens Tech had a .307 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .375. The Ducks had six fewer errors (21-15) than did the Banana Slugs.

The next match for the Banana Slugs is later today as they take on NCAA Division I member New Jersey Institute of Technology at 4 pm in Newark.