PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three of the top four teams in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference standings battled at the Wildcat Center on Saturday afternon and the host Wildcats came away with two wins. JWU defeated the Saints in the opening match 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19) with Emmanuel dropping the middle match to Saint Joseph's of Maine 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20) before the Wildcats swept the Monks to finish the day. (25-20, 25-18, 25-21). The women's volleyball team honored seniors Kellen Tensen (New Canaan, Conn.), Marissa Bunnewith (Millbury, Mass.), Paula Cadavid (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Andrea DiPalma (North Tonawanda) prior to the opening match.
To begin the day, freshman Nastasia Kapustin (West Nyack, N.Y.) led all players with 19 kills while registering three block assists. Cadavid registered 13 kills with 18 digs and freshman Emily Kalmink (Byron Center, Mich.) rounded out the Wildcats in double digits with ten kills. Tensen collected 44 set assists in the opener. Kaitlyn Atkinson led the way for Emmanuel with 12 kills while Shannon Dudley had 29 set assists and 12 digs in the setback.
In the middle match, Victoria Huntley and Felicia Wachowiak had 14 and 13 kills, respectively while Huntley picked up 17 digs in the win. Angelica Czercowy had eight kills for the Saints while Atkinson had six kills.
Closing out the afternoon, Kapustin again led all players with 12 kills and Cadavid followed once more with ten. Tensen registered 39 set assists, totaling 85 for the day in her 100th career game in a Wildcat uniform. Wachowiak paced the Monks with 11 kills.
The Wildcats improves to 16-5 on the season, winning 11 of their last 12, and 7-0 in GNAC play. With the split, SJC is now 21-4 and 6-2 in conference play with Emmanuel drops to 6-14 and 4-2 in the GNAC. JWU is back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Rivier for a GNAC contest beginning at 7pm.