Banana Slugs Upset #1 Ducks

Banana Slugs Upset #1 Ducks

KENOSHA, WI -- UC Santa Cruz showed little wear from their sweep of Lakeland as they played their second match of the day as they took on #1 Stevens Institute of Technology. The #7 Banana Slugs upset the #1 Ducks 3-1. 

The Banana Slugs were coming off a 3-0 win over Lakeland College earlier today in Kenosha while the Ducks were coming off a 3-0 win over State University of New York-New Paltz on Wednesday in Hoboken.

In the first set, the two teams would trade points for the first eight serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 5-4 on a Jake Landel kill. The Ducks would take their largest lead at one, at 15-14, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 17-16 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at six, at 25-19, on a Ducks' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the first set 25-19 and led the match 1-0.

In the second set, the two teams would play back and forth volleyball. The Ducks' largest lead of the set was at three on two occasions; the second occasion at 8-5 after a Tim Ferriter kill. The Banana Slugs would fight back and would take the lead at 12-11 on a service ace. The Banana Slugs would hold the Ducks at arms' length but could not gain a larger lead than two. The Ducks would take the lead at 20-19 on a Banana Slugs' attack error. The Banana Slugs and the Ducks would be tied at 23-23, but the Banana Slugs would score the last two points of the set on a Ducks' attack error and a Lake Merchen kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-23 and led the match 2-0.

In the third set, the Ducks would lead from the first serve of the set. The Ducks started the set on a 5-1 run capped by a Banana Slugs' attack error. The closest that the Banana Slugs would come was three, at 5-2, on a Brandon Torado kill. The Ducks would gain their largest lead of the set at nine on two occasions; the second occasion coming at set point on a Ferriter kill. The Ducks won the third set 25-16 and the Banana Slugs led the match 2-1. 

In the fourth set, the Banana Slugs led from the first serve. The Banana Slugs expanded their lead to four, at 10-6, on a Landel kill. The closest that the Ducks came was one, at 11-10, on a Banana Slugs' attack error. From there, the Banana Slugs would go on a 7-2 run, capped by a Ducks' service ace, to make the score 18-12. The largest lead of the set for the Banana Slugs was nine, at 25-16, at match point on a Ducks' attack error. The Banana Slugs won the fourth set 25-16 and the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Merchen had a match high eighteen kills and for Stevens Institute of Technology, Ryan Seifert had ten kills. Evan Kittle had a match high forty one assists for UC Santa Cruz and Kevin Aeckerle had twenty eight for Stevens Institute of Technology. Jake Hurwitz led the Banana Slugs with eleven digs and Dylan Schlosser had a match high thirteen digs for the Ducks.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .173 hitting percentage with the best percentage coming in the fourth set at .407 while Stevens Institute of Tech had a .232 hitting percentage with the third set having the best percentage at .417. The Banana Slugs had eight more service aces (8-0) than did the Ducks.  

The Banana Slugs will have the final match of their weekend trip tomorrow as they take on Dominican University of Illinois in River Forest. The first serve is set for 10 am.