Hosts Split on Day One of JWU Invitational

Hosts Split on Day One of JWU Invitational

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball opened the JWU Invitational by splitting its first two matches. JWU started the day by dropping a 3-1 (23-25, 30-28, 21-25, 23-25) decision to Endicott. The Wildcats rallied to win the second bout 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) against Bard.

Records:
Johnson & Wales: 1-2 

Statistical Leaders:
Brendan Baker (JWU): 9 kills, 9 digs vs. EC / 9 kills vs. BC
Cameron Ponce (JWU): 33 assists, 13 digs vs. EC / 21 assists, 6 digs vs. BC

Of Note:  
JWU had a 17-10 lead in set one on a pair of Endicott attack errors, but the Gulls fought back and won the set 25-23 on a Bryn Lipton kill. The two teams traded service errors to make it 28-28 in the second set. The Wildcats took the set thanks to back-to-back Endicott attack errors. JWU had a 21-19 lead in the fourth set, but three Wildcat errors and four EC kills gave the Gulls the match.

Setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the year with a match-high 33 assists and a team-best 13 digs. Brendan Baker (Providence, RI) just missed the double dip with nine kills and nine digs as well as a match-high five blocks.

The Wildcats spotted the Raptors a 12-8 lead to start the nightcap before going on a 12-5 run on their way to the first set. JWU got off to a fast 5-1 start in the second set and extended the lead to 18-10 as it took a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-1 advantage as they put away the match with a third-set victory.

Once again Ponce and Baker led the Wildcats' offense. Ponce notched 21 assists to go along with six digs. Baker recorded a match-high nine kills. Kyle MacKnight (East Northport, NY) added seven kills and Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.) produced five kills and seven digs.

Up Next:
Day two of the JWU Invitational starts with the Wildcats taking on Regis at 9 a.m. then MIT at 1 p.m.  

 

Hosts Split on Day One of JWU Invitational
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball opened the JWU Invitational by splitting its first two matches. JWU started the day by dropping a 3-1 (23-25, 30-28, 21-25, 23-25) decision to Endicott. The Wildcats rallied to win the second bout 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) against Bard.

Records:
Johnson & Wales: 1-2

Statistical Leaders:
Brendan Baker (JWU): 9 kills, 9 digs vs. EC / 9 kills vs. BC
Cameron  Ponce (JWU): 33 assists, 13 digs vs. EC / 21 assists, 6 digs

Of Note:  
JWU had a 17-10 lead in set one on a pair of Endicott attack errors, but the Gulls fought back and won the set 25-23 on a Bryn Lipton kill. The two teams traded service errors to make it 28-28 in the second set. The Wildcats took the set thanks to back-to-back Endicott attack errors. JWU had a 21-19 lead in the fourth set, but three Wildcat errors and four EC kills gave the Gulls the match.

Setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the year with a match-high 33 assists and a team-best 13 digs. Brendan Baker (Providence, RI) just missed the double dip with nine kills and nine digs as well as a match-high five blocks.

The Wildcats spotted the Raptors a 12-8 lead to start the nightcap before going on a 12-5 run on their way to the first set. JWU got off to a fast 5-1 start in the second set and extended the lead to 18-10 as it took a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-1 advantage as they put away the match with a third-set victory.

Once again Ponce and Baker led the Wildcats' offense. Ponce notched 21 assists to go along with six digs. Baker recorded a match-high nine kills. Kyle Macknight (East Northport, NY) added seven kills and Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.) produced five kills and seven digs.

Up Next:
Day two of the JWU Invitational starts with the Wildcats take on Regis at 9 a.m. then MIT at 1 p.m.