Banana Slugs Sweep Weekend at Golden Flyer Invitational

Banana Slugs Sweep Weekend at Golden Flyer Invitational

ROCHESTER (2-3-4) – The Banana Slugs took part in the two day Golden Flyer Invitational as they took on Medaille College and Elmira College on Friday and on Saturday, the Banana Slugs took on #10(T) Nazareth College and #14 Rivier University. The Banana Slugs won 3-0 over both Medaille and Elmira on Friday and on Saturday, the Banana Slugs won 3-1 over Nazareth and swept Rivier 3-0.

Match #1: Medaille

In the first set, the Mavericks would gain their largest lead of the set at one on two occasions; the first occasion at 3-2 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 11-10, on a Mavericks' service error. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at eight, at set point, on a Raymond Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-17 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs would lead from the opening serve. The closest that the Mavericks would come would be to tie the set, at 7-7, on a Steven Ebert kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at six on five occasions; the fifth occasion at set point on a service ace. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-19 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Mavericks started the set with three consecutive points – two on kills by Calvin Crosby and one on a kill by Matt Buss. The Mavericks would gain their largest lead of the set at four on two occasions; the second occasion at 8-4 on a Sam Bloomberg kill. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 12-5 run, capped by a Mavericks' attack error, to take the lead for good at 16-13. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at nine, at match point, on a Ryan Manley kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-16 and won the match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Lake Merchen had a match high fifteen kills and for Medaille, Crosby had thirteen kills. Ryan McLaughlin had twenty assists for UC Santa Cruz and Matt Dempsey had a match high twenty six for Medaille. Cameron Bardeau and Kyle Donohue led the Banana Slugs with six digs and Joe DiGesare had a match high ten digs for the Mavericks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .313 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .455 while Medaille had a .207 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .304. The Banana Slugs had twelve fewer service errors (17-5) than did the Mavericks.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Match #2: Elmira College

In the first set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, for the first ten serves of the set. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 6-5, on a Lake Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs would take a double digit lead, at 17-7, on a Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at fifteen on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-10 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs started the set on a 10-1 run capped by a Justin Fortner kill. The Banana Slugs would gain a double digit lead, at 13-3, on a Raymond Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at fifteen on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on a Howard kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-10 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points for the first six serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 4-3 on a Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at ten, at match point, on a Shad Harris kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-15 and won their second consecutive match 3-0.

For UC Santa Cruz, Merchen had a match high thirteen kills and for Elmira, Mark Kawecki had seven kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high thirty eight assists for UC Santa Cruz and Jeremy Best had twelve for Elmira. Merchen led the Banana Slugs with a match high eight digs and Ryan Branigan had three digs for the Soaring Eagles.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .529 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the second set at .636 while Elmira had a .026 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .231. The Banana Slugs had twenty four more assists (42-18) than did the Soaring Eagles.

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Match #3: #10(t) Nazareth College

In the first set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, for the first eight serves of the set. The Banana Slugs would take the lead, at 5-4, on a service ace. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at three on two occasions; the second occasion at 17-14 on a Golden Flyers' attack error. The Golden Flyers would respond with an 8-1 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error, to gain the lead for good at 22-18. The Golden Flyers would gain their largest lead of the set at six, at set point, on a service ace. The Golden Flyers won the first set 25-19 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, the Banana Slugs would never trail in the set and started the set by scoring the first four points. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the game at ten on three different occasions; the third occasion at set point on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-15 and tied the match at 1-1.

In the third set, the two teams would trade points, and the lead, for the first twelve serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 7-6, on a Lake Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five on two different occasions; the second occasion at 23-18 on a Raymond Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-23 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the Banana Slugs would start the set on a 9-5 spurt capped by a Golden Flyers' attack error. The Golden Flyers would respond with a 6-1 run, capped by a Banana Slugs' bad set, to take the lead at 11-10. The Golden Flyers would gain their largest lead of the set at three, at 16-13, on a Tyler Farnung kill. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 6-0 run, capped by a Golden Flyers' attack error, to take the lead for good at 19-16. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at five, at 23-18, on a Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-21 and won the match 3-1 for their third consecutive victory.

For UC Santa Cruz, Merchen had a match high seventeen kills and for Nazareth, Zachary Gillard had eight kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high thirty seven assists for UC Santa Cruz and Kemp had thirty two for Nazareth. Cameron Bardeau and McLaughlin led the Banana Slugs had a match high twelve digs apiece and Luis Vazquez had ten digs for the Golden Flyers.

"We played a much better, complete match tonight," said head coach Paul Leon. "One of our points for this game was for the guys to more level-headed, especially when facing a rival program like Nazareth College. 

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .214 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .355 while Nazareth had a .103 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .212. The Banana Slugs had three more service aces (7-4) than did the Golden Flyers.

"At the start, when the opponent is loud and full of energy, one needs to keep their composure," Leon said. "I thought we kept our cool despite losing game 1. We made the smart plays and didn't try to over-do it, so it was more of a complete match for us, and we definitely got better."

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Match #4: #14 Rivier University

In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first twelve serves of the set. The Banana Slugs took the lead at 7-6 on a Raymond Cascio kill. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at thirteen, at 23-10, on a Kyle Donohue kill. The Banana Slugs would win the first set 25-14 and took a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set, as with the first set, the two teams would trade points to start the set. The Banana Slugs took the lead for good at 3-2 on a Jake Howard kill. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at eight on six different occasions; the sixth occasion at 23-15 on a Donohue kill. The Banana Slugs would win the second set 25-19 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the third set, the Raiders would start the set on a 7-3 spurt capped by a service ace. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 13-12 on a Shad Harris kill. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at four on three occasions; the third occasion at 23-19 on a Justin Fortner kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set 25-23 and won the match 3-0 for their fourth consecutive victory.

For UC Santa Cruz, Howard had ten kills and for Rivier, Grant Andler had eleven kills. Ryan McLaughlin had a match high thirty-nine assists for UC Santa Cruz and Matt Lasance had twenty-five for Nazareth. Jonathan Santos led the Banana Slugs had a match-high ten digs and Garrett Bucklin and Ian Wolski had six digs apiece for the Raiders.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .302 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the first set at .357 while Rivier had a .153 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the third set at .257. The Banana Slugs had two fewer service aces (5-3) than did the Raiders.

The Banana Slugs will have their next match on Saturday as they take on California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks at 4 pm.

Golden Flyer All-Tournament Team
Grant AndlerRivier
Brendan Baker, Johnson & Wales
Anthony Bonilla, New Paltz
Calvin Crosby, Medaille
Zachary Gillard, Nazareth
Ryan McLaughlin, UC Santa Cruz
Lake Merchen, UC Santa Cruz
Jake Roessler, New Paltz
Kyle Seeley, Juniata