ROCHESTER, N.Y. – It was a clean sweep of the weekend for the Johnson & Wales University men's volleyball team at the Golden Flyer Invitational, hosted by Nazareth College. JWU rallied to beat Geneva, 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13) then stopped Medaille, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-18).
Johnson & Wales: 6-7, 1-0 GNAC
Jack Pincince (JWU): 28 kills vs. Geneva; 12 kills, 10 digs vs. Medaille
Sanjae Holloway (JWU): 24 kills vs. Geneva
Ben Sandt (JWU) 61 assists vs. Geneva; 43 assists, 7 digs vs. Medaille
The fifth set got off to a bleak start as the Wildcats committed five errors to give the Golden Tornados an 8-2 advantage. JWU worked its way back into the game thanks to its defense as the Wildcats had four blocks the rest of the set including a rejection by Sanjae Holloway and Pitzer on match-point.
Most of the JWU offense ran through outside hitters Pincince and Holloway who had 28 and 24 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Ben Sandt dished out a career-high 61 assists and added 10 digs.
JWU posted 15 blocks with Pitzer factoring into eight of them and Zach Turner adding six rejections.
The Mavericks tied set one, 18-18, but Pincince answered with a kill then a Sandt ace gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish.
Notching his third double-double of the weekend was Pincince with 12 kills and 10 digs.
Posting a season-high 15 kills was the rookie Naouai.
Johnson & Wales hit .254 while limiting Medaille to .062. JWU also posted 56 digs and 12 blocks.
The Wildcats get back into GNAC play on Tuesday when it travels to Regis for a 6 p.m. contest.