POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team bounced back from an opening loss at the Vasser Invitational to finish the day with a victory. JWU swept Mt. St Vincent 3-0 (29-27, 25-13, 25-22). Facing its fifth ranked opponent in eight days, the Wildcats dropped a 3-0 (14-25, 16-25, 12-25) decision to the eighth-ranked host Brewers to start the tournament.
Johnson & Wales: 5-7
The Wildcats found themselves down 27-26 in the first set against Mt. St. Vincent. Rookie Zach Turner (Coventry, RI) came through with a block then Kyle MacKnight (East Northport, NY) ripped two aces to give the Wildcats the set. JWU had a .255-.149 hitting advantage, out-blocked the Dolphins, 4-0, and notched six aces.
Outside hitter Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.) was tops on the team with eight kills. Turner was next with seven winners and Matt Lavassuer (Salem, NH) added six. Setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) produced 29 assists and seven digs. Libero Alex Seda (San Juan, PR) notched a game-high 14 digs.
The Brewers' defense caused problems for the JWU offense all afternoon. Vasser had 10 blocks and 29 digs, which limited the Wildcats to -.029 hitting while VC hit .343. Making his first collegiate start, freshman Matt McCarthy (Millis, Mass.) led the team with four kills. Ponce added 13 assists and a team-high eight digs.
The Wildcats wrap up the tournament on Saturday when they take on Ramapo at 1 p.m.