PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After an emotional victory over 14th-ranked MIT the night before, the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team faced a scrappy Norwich squad. The Wildcats remained undefeated with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-17) victory on Saturday.
Norwich: 9-6, 1-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 16-0, 6-0 GNAC
The victory improved Johnson & Wales' conference winning streak to 19 matches. With the sweep, the Wildcats have won 42 consecutive sets, the 10th-best streak in NCAA history. JWU won its 29th-straight home match, which ranks 15th in NCAA lore.
The Wildcats got off to slow starts in all three sets before finding their groove. Sophomore Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) got three of her match-high 10 kills during a 6-1 run that pushed the lead to 12-5 in the opening set. A kill by Michele Zummo gave the Cadets an 8-7 third-set lead, but the Wildcats responded with a 7-0 run, including a pair of Jordan Amore (Coventry, R.I.) aces.
Junior Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) was next on the team with seven kills and five blocks. The Wildcats had a 6-3 advantage in blocks and controlled the match from the service line. Five players had multiple aces – led by Gianna Esposito's (Larkspur, Calif.) three winners – as part of a season-high 14 aces.
The Wildcats are on the road Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest at the University of Saint Joseph.