HYDE PARK, NY – Led by outside hitter Dean Liaw, the Pratt Institute volleyball team topped the Culinary Institute of America 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 26-28, 25-21) on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to his 12 kills, Liaw racked up 11 digs and three aces in the match. As a team, the Cannoneers compiled 15 aces and six blocks – their highest output of the season.
After taking the first set with relative ease, the Cannoneers (3-6) found themselves trailing the Steels 22-19 late in the second. Following a Culinary attacking error, Pratt would score the next five points to capture the set 25-22. Over the course of that run, Graham Rose's kill got Pratt to match point, while Liaw served three of his four match aces.
In the tightly contested third set, with the score tied 13-13, a Hamza Hamdeh ace, coupled with a Liaw kill, gave the Cannoneers a 16-13 advantage. The Steels (0-2) would rally to score the game's next seven points – including six aces from Logan Gates – to regain the lead. Behind two Uddhav Kedia service aces, the Cannoneers would score seven of the next eight points to get to match point, 24-21. However, Gates and the Steels would rally to take a 25-24 lead, eventually closing out the fourth set 28-26.
Trailing 4-2 early in the fourth set, a pair of Dean Liaw kills bookended an 8-1 Pratt run, giving them a lead they would not relinquish. The Cannoneers would win the set and match, snapping their three-game losing streak.
Kristopher Patton ran an effective offense, recording 20 assists – his fifth game with 20+ assists this season. Uddhav Kedia had one of his best games for Pratt, notching a career-best four kills while adding four aces and 11 digs. Graham Rose's three blocks led the defense.
UP NEXT – The Cannoneers return to Brooklyn on Saturday, March 3, for a rematch with the Culinary Institute Steels. First serve is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.