Wildcats Volleyball Splits With Coast Guard & Connecticut College

Wildcats Volleyball Splits With Coast Guard & Connecticut College

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.

Records:       
Johnson & Wales: 17-7
Coast Guard Academy: 18-8
Connecticut College: 15-6

The Lead
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.

Of Note:

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.

Also notching double-digit kills was Cadavid with a season-high 14 winners. It's her highest total since getting 16 kills in back-to-back matches versus Simmons and Rhode Island College last season. The senior outside hitter also had 11 digs for her second double-double of the year.
 
Defensively, JWU was led by libero Julianna Zaharias (Long Beach, NY) with a match-high 20 kills. It was her third match of the season with 20 or more digs. Setter Kellen Tensen (New Canaan, Conn.) ran the offense well with 44 assists, her second-highest total of the year and the fourth time this season she's had 40 or more assists.
The Wildcats' serving was a big factor in the match as JWU held a 12-4 advantage in aces. Cadavid and Monica Cordova (Jersey City, NJ) led the team with a three apiece.
 
The five-setter may have taken all of the Wildcats energy as they posted season-lows against Connecticut College for kills (23) and digs (24). JWU also committed nine services errors while giving up 10 aces on defense.
 
JWU Statistical Leaders:    
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

Up Next:
The Wildcats get back in the GNAC action when they play host to Suffolk on Tuesday at 7 p.m.