MARCY, NY – Despite a pair of strong performances, the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team came up just short on the second day of the SUNY Poly Invitational. The Wildcats lost 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 15-25, 25-20, 16-18) to Wells College then dropped a 3-1 decision (21-25, 24-26, 25-22, 18-25) to #4 Vassar.
Johnson & Wales: 1-3
The Wildcats got out to a fast start against Wells then rallied to force a fifth set with a 25-20 fourth-set victory. The Express eked out the final set, 18-16.
Three different players had seven or more kills, led by outside hitter Sanjae Holloway's (East Harford, Conn.) team-high 14 kills. Kanila Chang (Orlando, Fla.) followed with eight winners. The Wildcats had 9.5 blocks, but committed 23 blocking errors.
Johnson & Wales fought tooth and nail with the fourth-ranked Brewers in the final match of the day. JWU narrowly lost the second set before winning the third set, 25-22. Vassar took advantage of its offensive opportunities with 45 kills compared to 19 for the Wildcats.
Setter Cameron Ponce (San Jose, Calif.) produced his second double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. JWU had a 40-33 advantage in digs. Holloway had seven digs and seven kills. The service line played a big part in the outcome as Vassar had 16 aces and JWU committed 18 service errors.
Johnson & Wales opens the home slate on Tuesday when it welcomes top-ranked and defending national champion Springfield at 6 p.m.