PROVIDENCE, RI – Looking to build momentum going into next week's GNAC playoffs, the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team swept a pair of conference matches on the final day of the regular season. On Saturday, the second-ranked Wildcats upended Suffolk, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-12), then downed Saint Joseph's of Maine, 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-10).
#2 Johnson & Wales: 28-1, 12-0
Kate Walker (JWU): 13 kills, .722 hitting % vs. SJC
Hannah Dolan (JWU): 9 kills vs. SUF
Brylee Frank (JWU): 35 assists, 7 digs vs. SJC
Katie Leidhold (JWU): 8 kills, 12 digs vs. SUF
The sweep clinches the regular season GNAC championship and gives JWU the number one seed for next week's GNAC tournament.
The Wildcats won their 55th-straight home match, passing Bates for the number five spot in Division III history.
Johnson & Wales won its 37th conference match in a row, dating back to the 2015 season. JWU has won 73-consecutive sets against GNAC opponents, 97 in a row during the regular season.
The Wildcats extended the longest active winning streak in the nation to 28 matches.
JWU was on its game offensively, hitting .344 while holding the Rams to a .012 rate. The Wildcats hit .542 with only one error in the second set.
Hannah Dolan had a match-high nine kills while Leidhold was one back.
Johnson & Wales got off to a slow start against the Monks, falling behind 8-5, before finishing the set on a 20-3 run. Monica Cordova keyed a similar run in the second set with six-straight points off her serve.
The Wildcats were dominant in all facets of the game, holding the advantage in hitting percentage (.449 to -.026), digs (46-21) and blocks (3-1).
Leading all players was Kate Walker with 13 kills and a .722 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats will host a quarterfinal match on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. Opponent is TBA.