The men's volleyball squad swept a non-conference tri-match at the Wildcat Center on Saturday, defeating Sage 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-18) in the opening match of the day. The second match of the day had Regis with the 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 31-29) victory. JWU wrapped up the tri-match with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-14) win over Regis.
In the win against Sage, Johnson & Wales was led by sophomore Brendan Baker (Providence, R.I.) with 10 kills and nine digs while senior Chris Espinola (Derry, N.H.) had nine kills, four digs and two blocks for the Wildcats. Junior Raheem Malone (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) notched 12 set assists in the victory for JWU. Freshman Ryan Guyton (Lockport, N.Y.) paced Sage with four kills while freshman Tyler Bastos (Ludlow, Mass.) had 11 set assists and two digs in the loss for the Gators.
Freshman Marcos Aguirre (Norwalk, Calif.) led the way for Regis in the win over Sage, notching 11 kills with four blocks and two digs. Freshman Ryan Husher (Camarillo, Calif.) notched 31 set assists, seven kills and three blocks in the win for the Pride. Freshman Bailey Cecchi (Agawam, Mass.) paced Sage with 12 kills and four digs while Bastos notched 20 set assists and five kills in the setback.
In the win over Regis, Baker paced JWU with 12 kills, four digs and six blocks while junior Ryan Kennedy (West Barnstable, Mass.) notched seven kills, seven digs and a block for the Wildcats. Senior J.J. Bessette (Coventry, R.I.) recorded 22 set assists, six digs and three blocks while senior Don Dias (Scituate, R.I.) had 10 digs and five kills in the victory. Freshman Josiah Rogue (Oxnard, Calif.) had five kills and three digs while Husher notched 18 set assists in the loss for the Pride.
With the two wins Johnson & Wales improves to 15-6 overall on the year. Regis is now 5-14 while Sage drops to 6-11 for the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, March 21st when they host Rivier and Lasell in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference tri-match starting at 11:00 a.m.