PROVIDENCE, RI – Hosting its annual home tournament, the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team split its first two contests. JWU started the day by recorded a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) win over the College of Mount St. Vincent. The Wildcats lost a close contest in the nightcap to Hunter College 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25).
Johnson & Wales: 2-5
The Dolphins pulled within 9-7 in the first set before the Wildcats went on an 8-1 to put the set out of reach. A JWU blocking error evened the third set, 16-16, but Johnson & Wales ended the match with a 9-3 stretch.
Johnson & Wales out-hit Mount St. Vincent, .364-.090, while also having a 37-26 advantage in digs.
After Hunter won the opening set, JWU broke a 15-15 deadlock with a 4-0 run that included a block and kill from Sanjae Holloway. The Wildcats had a 22-21 lead in the third set, but committed a trio of errors down the stretch.
Hunter had a 56-47 advantage in digs, which gave the visitors a slight .216-.203 margin for hitting percentage.
Two Wildcats reached double-digit kills, topped by Holloway's team-high 15 winners and he led the way with seven blocks. Jonny Trail was next at 10. Sanchez had a 35-assist, 11-dig double-double, the first of his collegiate career. Seda was tops with 16 digs.
The JWU Invitational concludes on Saturday when the Wildcats take on Baruch at 11:30 a.m.