BOSTON – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team split a pair of conference matches on Saturday. JWU ran its winning streak to nine games with a 3-0 victory (25-9, 25-14, 25-18) over Mount Ida, but were defeated 3-0 by defending league champion Wentworth, 3-0 (17-25, 21-25, 21-25).
Johnson & Wales: 14-13, 6-4 GNAC
The nine-straight wins are a school record. The 2000 edition started the year by winning its first eight contests.
Johnson & Wales made quick work of Mount Ida in the first game. JWU's defense was the key as the Wildcats limited the Mustangs to a -.115 hitting percentage. The Wildcats had seven blocks, including four from setter Cameron Ponce.
Ponce was on the verge of his second triple-double of the week as he added a team-best nine kills to go along with 13 assists. Kanila Chang and Matthew McCarthy were next with five kills each.
Wentworth turned the defensive tables on the Wildcats, limiting Johnson & Wales to a .060 hitting percentage that's its lowest in a month. The Leopards had 42 digs and benefited from 22 JWU hitting errors.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Tuesday to take on Rivier at 7 p.m.