PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team faced early resistance from visiting Mount Ida College but JWU responded to take down the Mustangs in straight sets. The Wildcats prevailed 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-16) on Wednesday.
Mount Ida: 6-6, 0-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-9, 2-3 GNAC
The Mustangs pulled within 10-8 in the first set, but rookie Zach Turner (Coventry, RI) came up with a kill then rattled off six points with his serve as the Wildcats took the first set, 25-16. Mount Ida had a 10-8 lead in the third set but the Wildcats went on an 11-3 run on their way to winning the set and the match.
Leading the Wildcats' attack was outside hitter Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.) with 13 kills. Donovan Kelley (Encinitas, Calif.) was next with six kills and two blocks. Setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) handed out 21 assists. Libero Alex Seda (San Juan, PR) had eight digs.
Pacing the Mustangs was Brett Southworth with nine kills while Tyler Shinkle was next at eight. Peter Griffenkranz notched eight digs and Nathan Sprengle produced a game-high 25 assists.
The Wildcats continued the trend of strong offense, hitting .382 while holding the Mustangs to .071. JWU also had the advantage for digs (31-26) and blocks (7-2).
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday when they travel to top-ranked Springfield to take on the Pride as well as Sage.