Pratt drops four-setter to Purchase

Pratt drops four-setter to Purchase

BROOKLYN – The Pratt Institute Cannoneers saw their two-match win streak snapped when they fell in four sets to the Purchase Panthers (25-18, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18) on Thursday evening in the ARC.

In the loss, outside hitter Albi Marke paced the Cannoneers with 13 kills, while fellow sophomore Dean Liaw notched double-digit kills for the third-straight outing, finishing with 12.

Purchase (3-6) was led by Luke Kubish's 13 kill performance.

The Cannoneers (4-7) were unable to build off of last week's victory over Culinary, as the Panthers captured the opening set in comfortable fashion.

After an Albi Marke kills cut the Panther lead to three, 17-14, Purchase would benefit from five Pratt hitting errors as they closed out the first frame to take a 1-0 lead.

The second set saw the Cannoneers face an early 6-0 deficit following a trio of service aces by Purchase's Griffin Rapp. Pratt would tie the score at 7-7 following a pair of Marke aces. A slew of Pratt attacking errors gave momentum back to Purchase as they led 24-19, looking to go up 2-0 in the match. The Cannoneers would score the game's next five points – highlighted by Liaw's kill – to tie the score once again. Trailing 25-24, kills by both Marke and Liaw gave Louis Sepulveda's squad the set, 27-25, as the teams headed into frame number three.

With the third set tied 16-16, costly errors allowed the Panthers to increase their lead to three, 20-17. Liaw's kill closed the gap, but a pair of Kubisch kills sealed the game for Purchase, who led 2-1 heading into the fourth set.

After an Uddhav Kedia service ace gave Pratt a 6-4 advantage, Purchase would reel off six straight points and never look back, cruising to a 25-18 win in game number four.

UP NEXT – The Cannoneers return to Brooklyn on Thursday, March 22, when they welcome Webb Institute to the ARC. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.