NEW LONDON, CT – In its first match of the day, the Johnson & Wales volleyball team was able to come back from a 2-0 deficit versus the Coast Guard Academy. However, against Connecticut College the Wildcats couldn't repeat the feat. JWU beat the Bears 3-2 (22-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-9) then lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-15) to the Camels.
Johnson & Wales: 17-7
Coast Guard Academy: 18-8
Connecticut College: 15-6
Down two sets to the Coast Guard Academy, the Wildcats dug in to pull off the comeback. Up 24-21 in the third set, JWU almost gave the match away before kills from Emily Kalmink (Byron Center, Mich.) and Paula Cadavid (Pawtucket, RI) ended the set.
Leading the Wildcats offensively against the Coast Guard was Kalmink as she notched a season-high 20 kills. She also had four blocks and two aces. The 20 kills are the most by a Wildcat since Alyssa Drapeau recorded 20 against Emerson on October 5, 2013. Six of her kills came in the fifth set, including back-to-back winners that gave JWU a lead (4-2) it would not relinquish.
Middle Blocker Emily Kalmink: 20 Kills, 2 Aces, 4 Blocks vs. Coast Guard
Setter Kellen Tensen: 44 Assists, 6 Kills, 3 Blocks vs. Coast Guard
Outside Hitter Paula Cadavid: 14 Kills, 11 Digs, 3 Aces vs. Coast Guard
Libero Julianna Zaharais: 20 digs vs. Coast Guard
The Wildcats get back in the GNAC action when they play host to Suffolk on Tuesday at 7 p.m.