The women's volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 27-25) decision against Connecticut College in a non-conference contest at the Wildcat Center on Tuesday evening.
Johnson & Wales was led by senior Alyssa Drapeau (Biddeford, Maine) with eight kills, 13 digs and two blocks while junior Paula Cadavid (Pawtucket, R.I.) had six kills and 11 digs for the Wildcats. Senior Kaitlin Kuntz (Boone, Iowa) tallied a match-high 20 digs in the setback while junior Kellen Tensen (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded 22 set assists, six digs and four kills for JWU.
Freshman Sam Hunter (Palos Verdes, Calif.) paced Connecticut College with 13 kills and seven digs while junior Caroline Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.) notched a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs in the victory. Sophomore Emily Arterbury (Austin, Texas) had 26 set assists for the Camels while junior Cailyn Straubel (Dallas, Texas) had 17 digs on the evening.
In the first set, JWU controlled the action early and held the 16-11 advantage after a Connecticut College hitting error. Connecticut College responded, however and tied the set at 17-17 on a kill by Martin. The score was tied 21-21 before the visiting Camels closed out the set with four straight points to take the 1-0 lead in the match.
The second set saw a back and forth battle early the score tied 11-11. Connecticut College then used a 7-1 run, capped by a JWU hitting error to make the score 18-12, the largest lead of the set for the Camels. Connecticut College held on for the 25-23 win and the 2-0 advantage for the match.
Johnson & Wales had control of the third set in the early stages, leading 15-10 after a kill by Drapeau. A 19-3 run by the visiting Camels gave the squad a 19-18 lead on a kill by Arterbury. The two teams battled back and forth down the stretch with the score knotted at 25. Hunter closed out the set with a kill to give Connecticut College the 27-25 win in the set and the 3-0 match victory.
With the loss Johnson & Wales falls to 10-13 on the year while Connecticut College improves to 10-7. JWU will return to action on Saturday, October 18th when they host Rivier in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest at the Wildcat Center at 11:00 a.m.