PROVIDENCE, RI – The 16th-ranked Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team overcame a slow start to post its 20th victory of the year. The Wildcats took down Regis, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-14), on Wednesday.
Regis: 9-13, 5-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 20-0, 9-0 GNAC
The victory improved the Wildcats' home court winning streak to 32 matches, the 12th-longest streak in NCAA history. JWU hasn't lost a home match since October 2, 2015. JWU's consecutive sets streak improved to 54.
Johnson & Wales found itself down 11-8 in the first set with nine of the 11 Regis points coming off JWU errors. The Wildcats righted the ship and went on a 7-0 run to take a 15-11 lead on an Elyssa Nicolas (Brisbane, Calif.) ace. A block by Rachel Bartels and MacKenzie Emco pulled the Pride within 17-14, but the Wildcats finished the set on an 8-1 run.
Game two the Wildcats were firing on all cylinders as they hit .579 on their way to a .383 rate for the match. Middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.), who leads the country in hitting, had a match-high 11 kills while hitting .917.
Johnson & Wales had a 42-23 advantage in digs plus five blocks, which held Regis to a .051 hitting percentage. Katryna Veasey had eight kills for the Pride. Regis notched six blocks with three coming from Bartles.
Outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) just missed out on a double-double with nine kills and nine digs. Fellow outside Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.) followed with eight kills and eight blocks. Setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) handed out 35 assists and had three aces. JWU recorded 10 aces while the visitors had none.
Johnson & Wales is back on the court Friday to take on Clark at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.