PROVIDENCE, RI – On Tuesday, the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team took one step closer to winning its third-straight GNAC Championship. The Wildcats – who moved up to No. 10 in the AVCA national poll – defeated the Mustangs 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-9).
Mount Ida: 20-13
Johnson & Wales: 30-0
Johnson & Wales improved the tenth-best home court winning streak in NCAA history to 37 matches.
After the Wildcats breezed to a first-set victory, the Mustangs put some pressure on JWU. Mount Ida pulled even, 13-13, on a Mary Kate Reidy kill, but the Wildcats finished the set on a 12-4 run. The Wildcats made sure the third set wasn't in doubt, running out to an 11-4 lead before going on to win the match.
JWU was dominant on both sides of the net, hitting .411 while limiting the Mustangs to a .043 rate. Leading the way was freshman Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) she hit a perfect 1.000 – tying the NCAA single-game record - with 10 kills on 10 attempts.
Just behind Dolan was middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) and outside hitter Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.) with nine kills each. Walker and Kelly Delaney (Calais, Maine) had three blocks as JWU had a 7-1 blocking advantage.
Mount Ida was led by the senior Reidy with seven kills to go along with eight digs.
The Wildcats will take on Lasell at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the GNAC semifinals. JWU defeated the Lasers, 3-0, during the regular season.