Banana Slugs Fall Twice in Wisconsin

Banana Slugs Fall Twice in Wisconsin

KENOSHA and MILWAUKEE (1-26) UC Santa Cruz finished up their road trip with matches against Carthage College and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Banana Slugs fell 3-2 to the Red Men and lost 3-1 to the Raiders.

Match #1 – vs. #2 Carthage

In the first set, the Banana Slugs started the set outscoring the Red Men 4-1. From that point, the Red Men would go on an 11-5 run to take the lead for good at 11-9. The Red Men won the first set 25-19. In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first twenty serves. The Banana Slugs would take the lead at 11-10 on a Kyle Donohoe kill. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at 21-17 on a Jacob Shapiro kill. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-23. In the third set, the Red Men would take their largest lead of the set at two at 7-5 on a Braeden Waumans kill. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 8-7. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the set at 20-14 on a Donohoe kill. The Banana Slugs won the third set. In the fourth set, the Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the set at three at 8-5 on a solo block by Raymond Cascio. From that point, the Red Men would go on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good at 10-8. The Red Men took their largest lead of the set at seven on two occasions; the second occasion at set point on an Evan Walsh kill. In the fifth set, the Red Men started the set outscoring the Banana Slugs 5-2. The closest the Banana Slugs would come would be one, at 7-6, on an assisted block by Donohue and Philip Grote. The Red Men won the fifth set 15-9 and the match 3-2.

For UC Santa Cruz, Donohoe had sixteen kills and for Carthage, Waumans had a match high nineteen kills.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .281 while Carthage had a .345 hitting percentage. The Red Men had twenty-seven more kills (84-57) than did the Banana Slugs.

Match #2 vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering

In the first set, the Raiders would start the set on a 11-6 run. The closest the Banana Slugs would come would be one at 11-10. The Raiders won the first set 25-16. In the second set, the two teams would trade points for the first sixteen serves. The Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the set at 16-12. The Raiders would go on an 8-1 run to take the lead at 20-17. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good at 24-23. The Banana Slugs won the second set 25-23. In the third set, the two teams would trade points for the first twenty two serves. The Raiders would take the lead for good at 12-11 on an attack error by the Banana Slugs. The Raiders would gain their largest lead of the set at five, at 22-17, on an assisted block by Jacob Sirny and Ben Pung. The Raiders won the third set 25-23 and took a 2-1 lead in the match. In the fourth set, the Raiders started the set outscoring the Banana Slugs 11-7. The closest the Banana Slugs would come would be two on three occasions; the third occasion at 15-13 on an Aaron Fox kill. The Raiders won the fourth set 25-20 and won the match 3-1.

For UC Santa Cruz, Cascio had a match high sixteen kills and for Milwaukee School of Engineering, Krisik had fourteen kills.

For the match, UC Santa Cruz had a .262 hitting percentage while Milwaukee School of Engineering had a .314 hitting percentage. The Raiders had ten more service aces (12-2) than did the Banana Slugs.

The next matches for the Banana Slugs will be Thursday as they take on NAIA members Benedictine University at Mesa at 4 pm and Menlo College at 7 pm. Both matches will take place at Kaiser Permanente Arena.