ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team cruised to one victory and had to work for another on day one of the Golden Flyer Invitational, hosted by Nazareth College. The Wildcats beat D'Youville, 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-21) then held off Thiel, 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 15-6).
Johnson & Wales: 5-7, 1-0 GNAC
JWU got stronger as the match went on against D'Youville. The Wildcats held the Spartans to a -.192 hitting percentage while winning set two. The Wildcats wrapped up the match by hitting .400 in the third set.
Four different Wildcats had six or more kills, topped by Jack Pincince's 10-kill, 11-dig double-double.
The Wildcats had 10 blocks, including five from Zach Turner.
JWU took the first two sets off the Tomcats and pulled ahead 24-23 in the third set on a Thiel service error. Thiel rallied to win the third set then won the final three points of the fourth set to force a fifth set.
The Tomcats committed six errors in the first seven points of the fifth set as the Wildcats jumped out to an 8-1 lead.
Nearly half of JWU's kills and digs came from Pincince and Sanjae Holloway. Pincince notched his second-straight double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs. Holloway chipped in with eight kills and 11 digs.
JWU wraps up the tournament on Saturday with Geneva at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. contest with Medaille.