@JWUVBallNM Unable to Hold off Florida Memorial, 3-2

@JWUVBallNM Unable to Hold off Florida Memorial, 3-2

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2018)
– Despite winning the first two sets, the Johnson & Wales volleyball team (5-8, 0-4 TSC) could not hold off Florida Memorial (6-4, 1-2 TSC), falling to the Lions, 3-2 (17-25, 26-28, 29-27, 15-13, 15-12), on Wednesday evening from the Wildcat Center.

JWU jumped out to 1-0 lead with a 25-17 win, taking advantage of eight hitting error by FMU. The Wildcats took set two, 28-26, with their best hitting percentage of the match, recording a clip of .233 with 15 total kills. The tide turned in set three as the third stanza went back-and-forth. The Lions ultimately took the set, 29-27, to cut the JWU lead, 2-1. The Lions hit .545 in the fourth set compared to a -.043 attack percentage for the Wildcats as the match drew even, 2-2. Set five was much like set number three with neither team letting up. Ultimately, FMU closed out the match, winning the set, 15-12.

Three Wildcats ended the night in double-figures in kills. Junior Sharell Nairn tied her season-high in kills with 17 versus the Lions. She also collected 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. With one assisted block, the Miami native has now totaled 99 blocks for her career. Sophomore Savannah Swenson added 11 kills in the contest and notched a season-high 20 digs for her fifth double-double of the year. Junior Sierra Mooney registered 11 kills on the night to go along with six total blocks (two solo). The native of Middleburg, Florida, currently leads the team with 36 blocks this season. Freshman Vanessa Orozco tied her career-high in assists with 39 and recorded 16 digs for the fourth double-double of her career. Junior Vitoria Nicolau set personal-best with 24 digs on the night. Sophomore Bianca Torres contributed 16 digs as JWU posted 92 total digs in the contest (second-most this season).

For the match, JWU hit .068 to FMU's .166. The Lions held a slight edge in total blocks 9.0 to 7.0 while JWU committed seven less service errors than Florida Memorial (16-9).

The Wildcats will travel to Kissimmee, Florida, to take on Johnson (FL) on Friday, September 21. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.