PROVIDENCE, RI – The historic run for the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team continued on Saturday. The JWU Invitational hosts beat Gordon College 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-14) then topped Connecticut College 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 26-24) to stay undefeated at 7-0.
Johnson & Wales: 7-0
Connecticut College: 3-1
Emily Kalmink: 10 Kills vs. Gordon / 8 Kills, .400 Hitting % vs. Conn College.
Maria Coniglio: 12 Kills, 9 Digs vs. Conn College / 8 Kills, 6 Digs vs. Gordon
Brylee Frank: 30 Assists, 11 Digs vs. Gordon / 27 Assists, 7 Digs, 6 Kills vs. Conn College
Gianna Esposito: 12 Digs, 3 Aces vs. Gordon / 13 Aces vs. Conn College
Not only is Johnson & Wales undefeated in matches, it has not dropped a single set this year. That streak was in jeopardy twice on Saturday as Connecticut College was up 24-23 in the third set. The Wildcats got back-to-back kills from freshman Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) then Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) made a spectacular play running out of bounds to record the final point.
Coniglio continued her impressive start as she had 12 kills against Gordon in the opener and just missed a double-double with nine digs. She had eight more kills and six digs against the Camels in the final match. Coniglio is averaging 3.57 kills per set and hitting .335.
Up 23-22, Gordon threatened to take the first set, but Coniglio came up with a kill to tie the set. Following a GC error, sophomore Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) finished the set with one of her match-high 10 kills. She hit .400 and had eight more winners in the victory against Connecticut College.
The Wildcats offense is firing on all cylinders thanks to freshman setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) She had her second double-double with 30 assists and 11 digs against Gordon then came back to post 27 helpers versus the Camels. Thanks to Frank's distribution, four different players had seven or more kills against Gordon and three had seven or more against Connecticut College. Frank is an offensive threat herself as she recorded 11 kills between the two matches.
Rookie libero Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) continues to be a steady presence in the back row. She had 12 digs against the Fighting Scots and 13 more versus the Camels. Esposito leads the team with 3.76 digs per set and is second with nine aces after three versus Gordon.
Johnson & Wales starts conference action on Tuesday when it travels to Suffolk for a 7 p.m. tilt.
Maria Coniglio – Johnson & Wales
Gianna Esposito – Johnson & Wales
Mia Watsis – Amherst
Charlotte Duran - Amherst
Charleyne Panner – Bridgewater State
Hannah Maymon – Bridgewater State
Ella Johnson - Connecticut College
Alex McDevitt – Connecticut College
Maggie Risma – Gordon
Meghan Hokanson - Gordon