BROOKLYN – Pratt Institute men's volleyball improved to 10-4 on the season with its second win over Cooper Union, besting the Hawks 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17) Thursday night at the ARC.
Cannoneers freshman Dean Liaw led all players with 21 kills, and senior Ari Grant added seven, hitting a match-best .333. David Culter sent back a match-high eight total blocks, while Grant added seven in the win.
Back-to-back Liaw aces sent the hosts ahead 10-7 in the opening set. With the Hawks trailing 21-19, a kill from the freshman helped extend the lead to four as Pratt prevailed 25-20.
Samuel Cheng's kill handed Cooper a 4-2 lead, forcing a Jason Demas timeout early in Game 2. Another Liaw kill gave Pratt its first lead of the set at 8-7, but later trailing 13-12, a kill followed by an ace from Haven Gordon sparked a 4-0 run that distanced the Cannoneers for good, at 16-13. One of Uddhav Kedia's two kills on a feed from Cutler later closed out a second straight 25-20 Pratt victory.
Cutler's Cannoneers used a 13-7 run midway through the third to take a 19-15 lead, and a Liaw kill made it a 20-16 advantage. From that point on, Cooper Union scored nine of the set's final 10 points thanks to three Cannoneers attack errors and two Misha Luczkiw service aces as the Hawks came from behind for a 25-21 win.
Senior Andreas Haji-Georgi's kill tied the fourth set at 6-6, and Grant's solo block put the hosts on top a point later. A 5-0 Cannoneers run jolted by two Justin Tiglao services aces saw Pratt double up the Hawks at 12-6, and a Grant kill gave his team its first 10-point lead at 21-11 in a 25-17 triumph.
Cutler capped his double-double with a team-high 13 digs, while Kristopher Patton added 10 in the win.
Pratt hit .171 as a team, limiting Cooper Union to just .026 on the attack as it fell to 4-2.
The Cannoneers wrap up 2017 next Thursday at home at 7:30 p.m. on Senior Night against Webb Institute. The first 50 students in attendance receive a Cannoneers foam finger, and all Pratt students are invited to a free pregame tailgate starting at 6:30 on the ARC tennis courts.