PROVIDENCE, RI – Inclement weather earlier in the week turned Friday's Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball match with Pine Manor into a tri-match with Southern Vermont. The Wildcats had no problems picking up a pair of wins as they defeated the Mountaineers 3-0 (25-5, 25-11, 25-5) then topped the Gators 3-0 (25-7, 25-4, 25-5).
Johnson & Wales: 4-1
A Josh Pitzer kill in the first set started a 15-0 run that included eight Cameron Ponce aces. Johnson & Wales racked up 19 aces in the matches, its most since posting 22 aces against Lesley on February 20, 2017.
The third set started with the Wildcats hopping out to an 18-2 lead. Senior Matt McCarthy had two of his match-high eight kills during the run.
Johnson & Wales hit .558 while limiting the Mountaineers to a -.282 rate. The Wildcats also added nine blocks.
It was more of the same against the Gators. Michael Foglia's kill staked JWU to a 12-2 lead in the first set. He added two more winners during Jason Rhee's 12-point service run to start the second set.
Foglia led the way with 11 kills while rookie Paul Brodeur produced nine. Rhee handed out 28 assists.
The Wildcats produced a .589 hitting percentage while holding the Gators to -.390
The Wildcats are on the road Saturday to face Newbury at 5 p.m.