DAYTON, Tenn. (August 31, 2019) – The Johnson & Wales (Fla.) volleyball team (2-3) suffered a 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 25-23) loss to the Faulkner Eagles (3-4) on Saturday afternoon in the team's final game of the 2019 Bryan Bash Tournament.
The Wildcats were led offensively seniors Sharell Nairn and Vitoria Nicolau who both posted 15 kills in the contest. Nicolau hit a team-best .279 in the match, while Nairn corralled 21 digs for her second double-double of the year. Also reaching double-digit in kills was senior Sierra Mooney who recorded 11 kills on a .259 attack percentage.
Junior Bianca Torres led all Wildcats with 22 digs. Freshman Desiree Birriel also reached double-digits in digs, notching 13 versus the Eagles. The native of Apopka, Florida, registered a career-high 42 assists in the match – the fifth-most in school history and the second-most at JWU in a four-set match.
JWU finished the match with a .118 hitting percentage recording 49 kills on 186 total attempts and 27 errors. Faulkner posted a .196 attack percentage with totaling 52 kills, 163 attempts and 20 errors.
JWU fell behind, dropping the first two sets, 25-21, and 25-16, before rebounding in the third set, 25-23, to make the score, 2-1. The Eagles closed out the match with a 25-23 win in set four, to hand the Wildcats the 3-1 loss.
JWU will next take on Florida National on Wednesday, September 11, in Hialeah, Florida. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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