PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team convincingly moved in the opening round of the GNAC Tournament. The Wildcats topped Emmerson College, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-19) on Tuesday.
Of Note: Johnson & Wales moves on to the semifinals where it will face Wentworth at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Wildcats and Leopards split this year.
With the victory, the Wildcats set the program's single-season win mark. Three previous JWU squads had reached the 20-win mark.
A Mark Piorkowski kill got the Lions within 10-9 in the first set, but the Wildcats used an 8-2 run to pull away. JWU would find itself down, 10-4, but rallied to take an 18-17 lead on a Ben Sandt kill. JWU finished the set on a 21-10 run.
Emerson could not keep up with the Wildcats' offense. Johnson & Wales hit .337 while the visitors were held to a .067 rate.