Men’s Volleyball Beats Regis, Falls to Rivier

Men’s Volleyball Beats Regis, Falls to Rivier

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

Statistical Leaders:
Jack Pincince (JWU): 14 kills vs. Rivier
Sanjae Holloway (JWU): 14 kills, 4 digs vs. Regis
Cameron Ponce (JWU): 20 assists, 14 digs vs. Rivier; 30 assists, 8 digs vs. Regis

Of Note:
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.

For the second match in a row, Pincince led the way with a match-high 14 kills. JWU got double-doubles out of setters Cameron Ponce (20 assists, 14 digs) and Ben Sandt (11 assists, 10 digs).

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.

Up Next:
The Wildcats are back at home Tuesday to face Colby-Sawyer at 7 p.m.