WESTON, Mass. – The Regis College men's volleyball team lost to the Wentworth Leopards, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16), Tuesday night in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest at Higgins Court.
Matt Ferrara (Haverhill, Mass.) led the Pride with nine kills, a .375 hitting percentage, three service aces, and four digs.
Wentworth (12-8, 6-2 GNAC) took control of the first set with an 11-1 scoring run, led by Ryan Engel with four service aces and one kill. Regis fought back later in the set with four straight points, including a kill by Jayson Vega (Ponce, Puerto Rico) and a service ace from Brendan Lam (Rockville, Md.), but the two teams basically traded points down the stretch, with the Leopards clinching the opening set on a kill by Engel.
The Leopards once again put together a significant run in the second set, outscoring the Pride 12-3 to pull ahead 14-5, capped by two kills from Xhuljo Zyba. Ferrara scored three straight points by himself with a kill and two service aces, but Wentworth responded with a kill from David Marsh and consecutive service aces by Drew Hesse. The Leopards clinched the second set thanks to consecutive kills by Scott Skarzynski.
As in the first two sets, an early run allowed Wentworth to take control, as the Leopards put together an 8-2 scoring stretch, led by Marsh with two kills and a service ace. Wentworth extended its advantage with a 9-1 scoring run, and then the Leopards finished off the set and the match on a kill by Sean Spencer.
Engel was 8-for-9 in attack attempts, plus he led everyone with six service aces as Wentworth finished with 13 aces as a team. The setting duties were split between Augusto Rodriguez-Guerrios (16 assists) and Connor Adams (11 assists), and Peter Klembczyk led the defensive backline with seven digs.
Regis College (7-10, 1-6 GNAC) hosts Dean College Thursday, March 21, starting at 7 p.m. at Higgins Court. Wentworth heads to Providence, R.I., for a tri-match Saturday, March 23, against Johnson & Wales and Medgar Evers.