#2 Wildcats Top Suffolk 3-0 for Spot in GNAC Championship

#2 Wildcats Top Suffolk 3-0 for Spot in GNAC Championship

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team moved one step closer to its fourth-straight GNAC championship on Thursday night. The second-ranked Wildcats defeated Suffolk 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-13) in the semifinals of the conference tournament. 

Records:
Suffolk: 12-17
#2 Johnson & Wales: 30-1

Statistical Leaders:
Kate Walker (JWU): 9 kills, .471 hitting %
Katie Leidhold (JWU): 7 kills
Elyssa Nicolas (JWU): 16 digs

Of Note:
The Wildcats will host the GNAC Championship match on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Rivier. JWU and Rivier have won seven of the last eight league titles.

The Wildcats won their 57th-straight home match, the fifth-longest in Division III history. They also extended the longest active winning streak in the nation to 30 matches.

JWU has won 79-consecutive sets against GNAC opponents.

Suffolk hung in during the early parts of each set, only to see the Wildcats pull away for the victory.

Strong defense by the Wildcats limited the Rams' offense. Suffolk hit .032 while the Wildcats were at .252 rate.

JWU had eight blocks, its second-highest total of the year.

The Wildcats had a 51-46 advantage in digs thanks to a match-high 16 from Elyssa Nicolas. Maria Coniglio chipped in 12.

For the second game in row, middle blocker Kate Walker pounded out nine kills with a .471 hitting percentage and five blocks.