UC Santa Cruz Sweeps Nazareth in Molten Championship Semifinals


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Carthage College is playing host to the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship on Friday-Saturday, April 16-17 at Tarble Arena in Kenosha, Wis.  The semifinals got underway on Friday with top-seeded and No. 3 the University of California Santa Cruz (15-6) sweeping fourth-seeded Nazareth College (19-15), 3-0.  The Banana Slugs' winning set scores over the Golden Flyers were 30-25, 30-27 and 30-25.  Third seeded and No. 15 Carthage (20-11) takes on second-seeded and No. 2 Springfield College (17-10) at 8 p.m. in the other semifinal contest.   Nazareth will play the Carthage-Springfield loser in the Saturday consolation match at 5 p.m. CDT, with UC-Santa Cruz playing the Carthage-Springfield winner at 8 p.m. in the championship match.
UC Santa Cruz broke a 4-4 tie in the first set and never trailed.  Nazareth was behind by only a point, 15-14, before the Banana Slugs used an 8-2 run to go up 23-16.  UC-Santa Cruz went on to win by five, 30-25.  In the second set, the Golden Flyers had leads of 24-21 and 25-24 slip away, as UC Santa Cruz tied things up at 25-25 before taking the lead, to stay, 26-25, and going on to win by three, 30-27.  In the third and final set, Nazareth had an early 10-9 lead, and the set was tied at 22-22.   The Banana Slugs took the lead, to stay, 23-22, and went on to win 30-25.

American Volleyball Coaches Association fist-team All-American Justin Lam led UC Santa Cruz with 17 kills and hit. 464 (17-4-28).  Eric Rowell had 11 kills and hit .250 (11-4-28) with three block assists, while AVCA second-team All-American Salvatore La Cavera had 10 kills and hit .444 (10-2-18).  Hans Schroeder topped Nazareth with 10 kills and a .292 attack percentage (10-3-24), while Ellis Walsh had nine kills and hit .400 (9-1-20).

courtesy Carthage athletics

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