SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The No. 12 Marymount University men's volleyball team opened the Jim Coleman Invitational on Friday night, falling to No. 9 University of California, Santa Cruz, 3-1, at Wittenberg University.
The Saints took the first set of the match, 25-22, after opening the match on a 20-11 run.
The Banana Slugs came back strong, cutting the Marymount lead to only two with an 11-4 run, however, the Saints were able to hold on for the 1-0 lead.
Wiles tallied five kills, in all, in the first set, as he finished with nine in the match.
UC Santa Cruz returned the favor, opening the second set on a 16-6 run. After grabbing control of the set, the Banana Slugs didn't look back, tying the match, 1-1.
They again started hot in the third set with an 11-5 run and, eventually, pushed the lead to seven, 17-10.
The Saints got back to within five points, but the Banana Slugs were able to grab the lead in the match, 2-1.
The fourth set played closer, as a kill and service ace by junior Sam Safley helped the Saints grab an early 7-3 lead.
That would be the biggest lead by either team in the frame, as the Banana Slugs continued to keep the set close. With the score tied, 20-20, UC Santa Cruz was able to take the match with a 5-2 run.
Safley finished with a match-high 14 kills, while Shahan added 11. Junior Joseph Zanelotti posted 42 assists and two service aces, while freshmen Kyle Marcolla-Gattasse and Miles Olson paced the defense with 14 and 10 digs, respectively.
The Saints will be back in action on Saturday, January 19 to continue the tournament, squaring off with the Milwaukee School of Engineering at 11 a.m.