Pincince Named Rookie of the Year, JWU Places Five on All-GNAC Teams

Pincince Named Rookie of the Year, JWU Places Five on All-GNAC Teams

 

WINTHROP, Mass. -- Another run to the GNAC Tournament semifinals translated into a host of postseason awards for the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team. The Wildcats had five members of the GNAC All-Conference teams, including Jack Pincince earning Rookie of the Year.

Setter Cameron Ponce was named First-Team All-GNAC. Pincince was joined on the Second-Team All-GNAC by fellow outside hitter Sanjae Holloway. Middle blockers Donovan Kelley and Josh Pitzer were Third-Team selections.

Pincince joins Ponce – the 2016 Rookie of the Year - as the only other JWU player to earn a GNAC specialty award. A native of South Kingstown, RI, he was one of the top offensive players in the league during his rookie campaign. Pincince averaged 2.96 kills per game - the most by a freshman - to rate sixth in the league. Named GNAC Rookie of the Week on March 11 and April 8, he had a season-high 19 kills against Emmanuel as well as a 17-kill, 14-dig double-double versus nationally ranked St. John Fisher.

Ponce became the program's first four-time All-GNAC selection as well as a back-to-back First-Team honoree. A jack of all trades this season, he started as one of the team's primary attackers before returning to his traditional setter role. The San Jose, Calif. native finished his career as the program's all-time leader in digs as well as fourth in assists and fifth in blocks. Ponce produced one of the few triple-doubles in the NCAA this year with 10 kills, 16 assists and 11 digs against Rivier. He was top 10 in the GNAC for assists, digs, aces and blocks.

A Third-Team All-GNAC pick last season, Holloway became one of the top attackers in the league in 2019, averaging 2.97 kills per set to rank fourth. His 297 total kills is the ninth most on the JWU single-season charts. A native of East Hartford, Conn., he had 17 matches with 10 or more kills and four double-doubles, topped by career-highs of 25 kills and 13 digs at Wentworth in the GNAC Tournament.

Kelley will go down as one of the top blockers in school history. Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week on March 11, he finished the year ranked 28th in the NCAA, second in the GNAC, at 0.96 blocks per set. A Third-Team All-GNAC selection a year ago, he was also second in the league at 85 total blocks, which is tied for eighth on the JWU single-season charts. The Encinitas, Calif. native will end his career sixth at JWU with 239 total blocks and eighth at 0.80 bps.

A native of North Kingstown, RI, Pitzer flourished in 2019 after earning the other starting middle blocker role. He picked up GNAC Defensive Player of the Week on April 8 and finished the season ranked fourth in the league for total blocks (74) and blocks per set (0.86). Pitzer was also a big contributor on offense, ranking second in the GNAC with a .402 hitting percentage to go along with 1.98 kps.

Head coach Scott Reslow should have another contender in 2020 as he returns four starters, including Holloway, Pincince and Pitzer.