Men's Volleyball drops two in Oakland

Men's Volleyball drops two in Oakland

The Wildcats closed out their trip to the Bay area with a pair of losses in Oakland. Johnson & Wales opened their day against NCAA Division II Holy Names University. The Hawks, a former NAIA conference mate, looked to pick up their first win of the 2014 season just like the 'Cats.

In the opening set, the host Hawks opened an early 7-3 lead over JWU. Johnson & Wales used a a string of errors by HNU to pull to 6-8. As the Wildcats pulled within striking distance, the Hawks got their act together to jump out to a 19-12 advantage. Johnson & Wales made a late run but HNU held on for the 25-19 win. In the second set, the two sides traded point early before Holy Names broke the 10-10 tie. After finding themselves down 12-15, the Wildcats changed their game plan. Trailing for much of the remainder of the set, an error by the Hawks gave JWU the 24-24 tie. JWU took their first lead since 3-2 with a kill by Josh Buted (Honolulu, Hawaii) to take a 27-26 advantage. Again the two sides traded points before Francis Berrios-Hernandez (Carolina, Puerto Rico) put the game away 31-29 with a big kill.

In the third set, the Hawks jumped out early and held a 15-10 advantage before the 'Cats rallied behind Berrios-Hernadez's serving to tie the set at 15. Holy Names again went out in front of JWU and held on for the 25-23 win. In the fourth set, the Wildcats opened on a 6-2 run to force the Hawks to call a timeout. Holy Names rallied to tie the contest at 11 before the Wildcats powered their way ahead to take the 25-18 win.

The deciding set had the Wildcats struggling with errors allowing the Hawks to jump out to a 10-4 lead in the shortened set. The fifth set was all about the Hawks as they quickly took the 15-8 win and the 3-2 victory. Ty Coutts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) hit .320 in the match with 10 kills and two errors on 25 attempts. Buted led the Wildcats with 16 kills and Berrios-Hernandez had 20 digs. Chase Squires (Clarence Center, N.Y.) had 36 assists for JWU. Kyle Cazares had 17 kills for the Hawks and Nelson Fisher had 54 assists.

In their second match of the day, Johnson & Wales faced #6 Hope International in a NAIA National Division match on the HNU court. The Royals held an early lead in the opening set as JWU trailed 7-3. The closest Johnson & Wales got in the first set was to pull themselves to within four before the Royals put up a 13-6 run to take the 25-14 win.

In the second set. Hope International used four consecutive errors by Johnson & Wales to take a 9-4 lead. JWU rallied to pull themselves into a 15-17 deficit but the Royals scored seven straight points to put the set out of reach on the way to the 25-16 win. The third set had the Wildcats with the lead through the opening part of the set as the held a 14-11 lead midway through the contest. The Royals again went on a 7-0 run to take back the 18-14 advantage. The 'Cats made short strides but HIU took the 25-21 win and three set victory.

Couts finished with six kills and a .417 attacking percentage while Squires put up 17 assists.