Banana Slugs open roadtrip with loss at #6 Carthage

Banana Slugs open roadtrip with loss at #6 Carthage

KENOSHA, WI - The fourth-ranked UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs saw their five-game winning streak broken with a 3-0 loss at sixth-ranked Carthage College (19-25, 24-26, 19-25).

The Red Men improve to 6-1. The sweep avenged a 3-0 loss to UCSC 11 1/2 months ago in Tarble Arena.

The match started off with the home team on fire. Carthage capitalized on four UCSC attack errors and a service error to build a 16-10 lead before a Slug timeout. The Slugs fought back and a Lake Merchen kill brought them towithin four points (21-17) before Carthage finished the set with a 4-2 run.

The second set was back-and-forth with six ties. The hosts were up by six (17-11) before the Slugs used six kills and an ace and fought back with a 13-5 run to get to set point. The hosts however rallied with four straight points to comeback and take the set 26-24.

The third set saw UCSC jump ahead 5-3 before the hosts rallied again to tie it 5-5. The final set featured six more ties, the last one at 16-16 before Carthage was able to put the match away.

Carthage hit .303, led by Griffin Shields's 12 kills. He added three solo blocks on defense. Will Craft had three service aces for the Red Men to go with 8 kills.

Merchen led UCSC with 14 kills while Jorge Reyes and Ryan Mclaughlin each had 6. Evan Kittle had 33 assists and two of UCSC's four aces. 

UCSC looks to get on the winning track again with a Friday match at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.