Men's Volleyball Takes Two in Tri-Match

Men's Volleyball Takes Two in Tri-Match

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Jon Roat (Macedon, N.Y,) had 16 kills and hit .400 while juniors Alex Potts (Niverville, N.Y.) and Jake Reed combined for 28 kills and a .500 attack percentage as the 14th-ranked Wentworth Institute of Technology men's volleyball team defeated Regis and New Jersey City, both by 3-0 scores. In the middle match New Jersey City defeated Regis, 3-0.

Sophomore Sean Mullen (Longwood, Fla.) paced the Leopards with 10 kills and three service aces and junior Alex Potts (Niverville, N.Y.) hit .636 (7-0-11) as Wentworth snapped a two-match losing streak.

A pair of junior Jake Reed (Arvada, Colo.) service aces in the early going broke the only tie of the set. Regis pulled with one at 4-3, however the Leopards rolled off six straight points and took a 10-3 lead after a Mullen kill. The Pride would score four of the next five points to make it 11-7 after a sophomore Marco Aguirre (Norwalk, Calif.) kill but would get no closer as a 9-2 Wentworth run made it 20-9 and the Black & Gold took the set 25-13. Potts had four kills in the set and Mullen had three aces.

Wentworth led from start to finish in the second set, winning 25-16, with Mullen recording six kills and an ace and Reed adding five on nine swings (5-1-9). The Leopards closed out the match with a 25-16 win in the third set as Potts had three kills and two blocks and Mullen and freshman Jake Brown (Howell, N.J.) added two of his own. The set was tied at 1-all before four straight Wentworth points gave the hosts the lead for good.

Reed had six kills (6-1-13), six digs, and a pair of blocks while sophomore Jon Roat (Macedon, N.Y.) had six kills, two aces, and two blocks. Sophomore Kevin McPeek (Bethlehem, Pa.) had 29 assists and six digs.

Regis was led by seven kills from junior Sean Bisnett (Oxnard, Calif.) and six kills from sophomore Marcos Aguirre (Norwalk, Calif.). Freshman Drew Beimel (Redondo Beach, Calif.) had three kills and four blocks, and junior Joel Hanrahan (Coventry, R.I.) had 16 assists.

Senior Daque Wilcox (Fredericksburg, Va.) paced the Gothic Knights with 13 kills while hitting .600 (13-1-20) and received six kills and 10 digs from Sheldon Coure (Redonodo Beach, Calif.) in the sweep of the Pride.

NJCU took the first set, which featured five ties and a pair of lead changes, 25-20. With the score tied at 14-all the Gothic Knights took the lead for good on a Regis serving error. The Pride would make it a 19-18 set on a Hanrahan kill, however NJCU scored six of the next eight points to close out the set. Wilcox hit .571 (4-0-7) and Coure hit .667 (2-0-3) in the set for NJCU while Regis was paced by Aguirre who had five kills on five swings.

The second set featured 11 ties and four lead changes with NJCU taking the lead for good at 19-18 after a Regis attack error. The Gothic Knights upped their lead to 23-19 and would take the set 25-21.Wilcox was a perfect 4-0-4 in the set and added a block while the Pride, which hit -.045 in the set, was led by three kills and two blocks from sophomore Brett Krahl (Santa Clarita, Calif.).

Regis held the lead in the early part of the third set and took a 12-8 lead on a junior Jon Fuentes (Downey, Calif.) kill. NJCU clawed back and tied the set at 17-all on a Wilcox kill. The Gothic Knights took a 24-23 lead on a bad set by Hanrahan, however gave the point back on a service error. Wilcox recorded a kill to make it 25-24 before Beimel responded with a kill of his own. The two teams traded points one more time before a pair of Regis attack errors gave the Gothic Knights a 28-26 win.

Senior Kendall Tribbett (Swedesboro, N.J.) added five kills, eight assists, and a block for NJCU, which hit .321 as a team for the match. Freshman Erick Nascimento (Miami, Fla.) had 22 assists and a pair of aces. Aguirre had 11 kills for Regis while Bisnett added six and Krahl five.

The Leopards received 10 kills from Roat and eight from Reed to lift them to their second straight win.

In the opening set both teams hits over .400, however Wentworth took a 25-15 win in the opening set behind three kills each from Roat, Reed, and Mullen and five aces from Potts. Tribbett recorded a kill to make it 13-10

After a Gothic Knight service error gave Wentworth a 3-2 lead, Potts stepped to the line and served five straight points, including three aces. NJCU cut the lead to 12-9 on a sophomore Jalen Sorrell (Edison, N.J.) kill, however the Leopards used a 7-3 run and took a 19-12 lead on a kill from McPeek before the Black & Gold prevailed, 25-15. Roat, Reed, and Mullen each had three kills while Potts had a pair of kills and five aces.

Wentworth wire-to-wire in the second set as the Leopards claimed a 25-13 win. Roat had three kills, Potts added two, and Mullen served a pair of aces. NJCU would hit on the negative side (.-200) for the set, committing nine attack errors.

The Leopards closed out the match with a 25-21 win in the third set, a set which saw Wentworth use a 4-1 spurt to turn a 7-6 deficit into a 10-7 lead after a Reed kill. The Gothic Knights came back within three on two occasions, however would get no closer. Reed and Roat had four kills apiece in the set.

In addition to Roat and Reed, Wentworth, which hit .424 for the match, received seven kills, five aces, and a block from Potts, six kills and four aces from Mullen, and 29 assists from McPeek.

NJCU, which entered the day leading Division III in attack percentage at a .404 clip, hit just .094 for the match. Wilcox and Coure had six kills each and Tribbett had five kills and three blocks for the Gothic Knights.

Wentworth hosts Lasell on Tuesday in a battle to the top two teams in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference pre-season poll.