BOSTON, Mass. –Sophomore Alex Potts (Niverville, N.Y.) recorded 13 kills, three blocks, and hit .667, as the Wentworth Institute of Technology men’s volleyball team opened Great Northeast Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 win over Albertus Magnus.
With the win the Leopards improve to 5-1 on the season while the Falcons fall to 1-2 (0-1).
After Albertus Magnus opened the first set with three points, Wentworth responded with five straight, including a pair of kills from freshman Sean Mullen (Longwood, Fla.) to lead 5-3. The Falcons capitalized on Leopard errors to take the 7-6 lead, but Potts had four kills and a service ace in the first to help give the Black and Gold the first set, 25-18.
Both teams were in it during the second set, as the teams were tied at 14-all. Potts once again recorded four kills in the set, and sophomore Jake Reed (Arvada, Colo.) added a pair. Sophomore Mike Hansen’s (Rochester, N.Y.) three service aces helped lift Wentworth to the 25-17 second set victory.
Reed continued on the offensive for Wentworth, as he had six kills in the final set, including back to back kills to put the Leopards up 20-13. Sophomore Paul Cooke (Ridgefield, Conn.) had back to back service aces to make the score 23-14 for Wentworth, as the Leopards would go on to win 25-16 and take the match.
In addition to Potts’13 kills, Reed had 10 kills and a pair of blocks, Hansen had four aces, and sophomore Collin Ritter (Feeding Hills, Mass.) had 32 assists and two blocks.
Senior Glenn Johnson (Newington, Conn.) led Albertus Magnus with 10 kills and four digs while junior Justin Tharau (Burlington, Conn.) had 12 assists, two aces, and two blocks.
Wentworth hits the road for a Saturday afternoon tri-match at MIT where the Leopards will play Regis at Noon and the No. 13 Engineers at 2:00. Albertus Magnus returns home on Sunday, February 8 to host conference foe Johnson & Wales at Noon.