PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team picked quite the match to get its first victory of the season. The host Wildcats wrapped up day one of the JWU Tip-Off Tournament by beating #14 UC Santa Cruz, 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8) on Friday. JWU drop its opener, 3-1 (27-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22) to Baruch College.
Johnson & Wales: 1-4
Jack Pincince (JWU): 12 kills, 21 digs vs. UC Santa Cruz; 21 kills, 12 digs vs. Baruch
Sanjae Holloway (JWU): 22 kills vs. UC Santa Cruz; 19 kills, 6 digs vs. Baruch
Ben Sandt (JWU) 55 assists vs. UC Santa Cruz, 51 assists vs. Baruch
A Pincince kill gave the Wildcats a 23-22 lead in the third set after they trailed 18-12. A pair of Banana Slug errors allowed JWU to take a 2-1 advantage. JWU only committed two hitting errors in that set on their way to a .435 clip.
The fourth set was tightly contested. The Banana Slugs won a long rally on a kill from Maxwell Mednick and UCSC had a trio of blocks down the stretch. JWU committed nearly as many hitting errors in the third set (9) as it did in the first three sets (11).
Two Holloway kills gave JWU a 7-3 lead in the fifth set and the Wildcats never looked back.
Three Wildcats posted double-digit kills, led by Holloway's match-high 22. Johnny Trail notched a career-high 12 kills. Pincince had his second double-double in a row with 12 kills and a game-high 21 digs. Setter Ben Sandt dished out a career-high 55 assists, breaking his previous career-best of 51 assists in match one versus Baruch.
JWU had a .248-to-.206 hitting advantage and a 14-8 margin in blocks.
The Wildcats had their chances to take the match from the Bearcats. Pincince's kill gave JWU a 25-24 advantage in the first set. Two JWU attack errors and a Baruch kill gave the visitors the set.
JWU staved off set point in the third set with another Pincince's kill. Artem Zinkin answered for the Bearcats then another JWU hitting error gave BC a 2-1 advantage. Pitzer's kill tied the fourth set at 21-21, but Baruch went on a 4-1 run to end the match.
Leading all players was Pincince's with a career-high 21 kills and 12 digs for the double-double. Holloway followed with 19 winners.
JWU had a 55-38 advantage in digs.
Day two of the JWU Tip Off Tournament starts with Keuka College at 11 am then a date with #3 Stevens at 3 pm.