BROOKLYN -- Pratt Institute ended its 2017 season with a fifth straight win, besting Webb Institute 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-17) on Senior Night at the ARC.
After his graduating class was honored in a pre-match ceremony, setter David Cutler dished out match-highs of 15 assists and three aces, while middle hitter Ari Grant closed out his career with match-bests of two solo blocks and a .400 attack percentage, hammering five kills with only one error on 10 swings. Fellow senior Andreas Haji-Georgi scooped up five digs to go with three kills in his final match at a Cannoneer.
Pratt took its first 10-point lead on a Grant kill and Webbies attack error at 17-7, with Webb service and attack errors closing out the hosts 25-12 victory. Service aces from Grant and Cutler carried the Cannoneers to a 7-2 lead in the second, and a Haven Gordon kill upped the lead to 19-12 in Pratt's 25-14 Game 2 win.
One of freshman Dean Liaw's match-high seven kills gave the Black and Gold a 7-2 lead in the third. Webb's Ian Cho forced a Jason Demas timeout with the advantage cut to 14-11, but freshman Justin Tiglao fired two straight service aces in upping the margin to 23-16 before Cutler capped the win with his program-record 773rd career kill, closing a 25-17 triumph.
Liaw added seven digs in the win, while Kristopher Patton added a team-high eight as Pratt closes its season with a fifth straight win and at 11-4 (.733) overall.
In addition to compiling the most kills in Pratt history, Cutler's 4.05 kills per set and .235 attack percentage are also Cannoneers records. The program leader in matches played (54), Cutler led Pratt to a 36-18 (.667) record in his four years in Brooklyn.