ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A few plays down the stretch in each set was the difference in the season opener for the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team. Unfortunately, the key plays went against the Wildcats as they lost 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25) to Nazareth College on day one of the Cardinal Invitational.
Johnson & Wales: 0-1
A Sanjae Holloway kill pulled the Wildcats within 22-20 in the opening set, but JWU committed a pair of errors that gave the Golden Flyers the set. Set two was 19-18 in JWU's favor but the Wildcats produced a pair of blocks and two Nazareth errors.
Defense helped the Wildcats take the second set as they held Nazareth to a -.125 hitting percentage. The other three sets were offense heavy as JWU hit .325 for the match with the Golden Flyers a tick better at .333.
JWU had a strong presence at the net with nine blocks, but Nazareth countered with 18 service aces.
Johnson & Wales gets back on the court Saturday to face Wells and tournament host St. John Fisher.