THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Back on the court for the first time in two weeks, the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team traveled to the West Coast for the Cal-Lu-Fornia Classic, hosted by Cal Lutheran. The Wildcats opened with a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 30-28) win over St. John Fisher. JWU lost its second match, 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-16) to UC Santa Cruz.
Johnson & Wales: 11-4
Johnson & Wales was stout at the net in the opening match, recording 16 blocks. That limited the Cardinals – who are receiving votes in the AVCA national poll - to a .168 hitting percentage.
The JWU offense ran through outside hitters Jack Pincince and Sanjae Holloway. Pincince had a team-high 17 kills, including one at 28-28 in the fourth set to give JWU the lead. Keiron Jeremiah and Cameron Ponce ended the match with a block.
The Banana Slugs were tough offensively, hitting .434 with a 34-27 advantage in digs.
Back in his home state, Kelly led the way offensively against UCSC, hitting .500 with eight kills.
Day two of the Cal-Lu-Fornia Classic wraps up Saturday with the Wildcats taking on the host Cal Lutheran and Adrian.