POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Strong play down the stretch was the key to victory on Saturday for the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team. The Wildcats wrapped up the Vasser Invitational with a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-21) win over Ramapo.
Johnson & Wales: 6-7
Johnson & Wales was down 20-19 in the first set, but went on a four-point run to take a 23-20 lead and went on to win the set thanks to a pair of Brendan Baker (Providence, RI) kills and one from Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.). Baker came through again in the second set, putting the Wildcats ahead 25-24 with a kill then a Roadrunner error gave JWU the set.
The match appeared to be over when setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) rattled off six-straight points in the third set with his serve. Ramapo tied the set at 19-19, but the Wildcats got a pair of kills from Baker and Kyle MacKnight (East Northport, NY) to seal the victory.
Baker led all players with 20 kills while Chang was next at seven. Ponce contributed 29 assists and libero Alex Seda (San Juan, PR) led the way with 11 digs. JWU dominated at the net on defense, holding an 11-2 advantage in blocks. Six players had two or more blocks with Matt LaVasseur (Salem, NH) posting a match-high six rejections. The Wildcats also hit a season-high .359.
Johnson & Wales is home to face Albertus Magnus at 7:30 p.m. on Monday