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Men’s Volleyball Edged by Nazareth in Season Opener 3-1

Men’s Volleyball Edged by Nazareth in Season Opener 3-1

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.

Nazareth: 1-0
Johnson & Wales: 0-1

Statistical Leaders:
Sanjae Holloway (JWU): 15 kills, 4 blocks
Jack Pincince (JWU): 10 kills

Of Note:
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.

Topping all players was Holloway with 15 kills while Jack Pincince was next at 10. Sophomore Ben Sandt dished out 19 assists while senior Endel Sanchez contributed 17.

Up Next:
Johnson & Wales gets back on the court Saturday to face Wells and tournament host St. John Fisher.