Mens Volleyball

UC Santa Cruz 3, Menlo 0

Date of competition: Friday, January 5, 2018

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Menlo College Men’s Volleyball played its first ever match on Friday evening in Santa Cruz as part of the Redwood Invitational tournament. The Oaks squared off with the host UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs and were never able to establish efficiency on the offensive end, dropping the match in straight sets 13-25,20-25,19-25.

A young Menlo squad saw five freshman start the match and play significant roles in the team’s first trial of the year. The Banana Slugs went on a 5-2 run to start the match, benefiting from three Menlo errors during that stretch. They would never look back from there, winning a lopsided 25-13 set. Menlo hit -.032 in that first set while Santa Cruz had its best offensive output of the match, hitting .442.

Menlo bounced back in the second set and played its most efficient and competitive set of the match. Neither team led by more than three points for the majority of that second set, that was until the Banana Slugs managed to go on a 5-1 run down the stretch to secure the 25-20 victory. The Oaks hit a match-best .217 in that second set and committed just four attacking errors. Collin Jordan led the Oaks with three kills in the set followed by Akash Dhothar with a pair.

The Oaks jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set, then the Banana Slugs rallied back to earn a 13-8 lead. That wouldn’t last for long as Menlo went on a 5-1 run to tie the match up at 13-13. The slugs then returned the favor with a 6-1 run of their own to make it 19-14 and they never looked back en route to the sweep with a 25-19 win in the third.

Akash Dhothar led the way with 13 kills on 31 total attempts. Collin Jordan was next with six followed by Tyler O’Reily with four. Six different Oaks tallied kills in the first ever Menlo men’s volleyball match. Trey Lake led the team in assists with 26 while Pedro Almeida set the pace in digs with seven. Lake, Dhothar and Collin Jordan were all close behind with five digs a piece.

will conclude play in the Redwood Invitational Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against St. Katherine and a 4 p.m. match against Ottawa University.

--Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 5, 2018 at 10:30 pm

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