WESTON, Mass. -- For the second time this season, the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team came up just short against Rivier University. The Wildcats lost 3-1 (25-22, 13-25, 17-25, 22-25) to the Raiders, but bounced back to best Regis 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-19) on Saturday
Johnson & Wales: 17-9, 6-4 GNAC
JWU got out to a quick start against the Raiders, hitting .226 in the first set while limiting Rivier to .171. After dropping the second set, the Wildcats had a 14-12 lead in set three on a Jack Pincince kill. Unfortunately, the Raiders went on an 8-1 run.
A Rivier error in set four gave JWU an 18-17 margin, but the Raiders swung the set in their favor with a 4-0 run. A Sanjae Holloway kill pulled JWU within 22-23, but Rivier came through with two kills to win the match.
It was another fast start against the Pride as JWU hit .478 while limiting the host to a .478 rate. The Wildcats hit .414 for the match, their highest rate since February 9 against Bard.
JWU also had a 7-2 advantage in blocks and took advantage of 13 Regis serving errors.
Holloway topped all players with 14 kills while hitting .524. Ponce handed out 30 assists.
The Wildcats are back at home Tuesday to face Colby-Sawyer at 7 p.m.