WESTON, Mass. – Following a first-set loss, the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team rallied to win its fifth-straight match. The Wildcats improved their record to .500 as they beat Regis, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21) on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 11-11
Down 18-16 in the second set, the Wildcats won four-straight points to take a 19-18 lead on a Brendan Baker (Providence, RI) kill. Two kills by middle blocker Rakeem Malone (St. Thomas, USVI) staked JWU to a 20-13 lead in the third set, but Pride pulled within 23-22. A Malone block and ace by junior Jackson Steigerwald (Penfield, NY) ended the set. Five-straight points off Alex Seda's (San Juan, PR) serve gave JWU a fourth-set lead it would not relinquish.
Leading the team with 12 kills was Baker, his 10th game of the season with double-digit kills. It's the second time in three games that he's recorded a dozen winners. He led the JWU defensive attack with a game-high five blocks as well as six digs.
Continuing his improved offensive play of late was Seda. He was second on the squad behind Baker with 11 kills and just missed a double-double with eight digs. The rookie is averaging 12 kills over his last four matches. Malone was next on the team with eight kills.
Running the Wildcat offense was freshman setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) as he recorded 34 assists, his highest total in six matches. Johnson & Wales out-hit Regis .180-.126 and had a 12-8 advantage in blocks.
Johnson & Wales is back on the road Friday when it takes on Mount Ida at 6 p.m. The game is rescheduled from February 22.