NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Not only has the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team surpassed the best start in school history, the Wildcats have more than doubled the feat of the 1999 squad. Johnson & Wales went on the road and easily took down Norwich 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-12) to win its 10th match in a row.
Norwich: 1-7, 0-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-0, 2-0 GNAC
In addition to not dropping a match yet, Johnson & Wales has not lost a set either. Only three times have the Wildcats been extended past 25 points in the 30 sets they've won.
Norwich couldn't push the Wildcats either as freshman Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) went on a six-point serving run in the first set that turned a 5-3 game into an 11-3 advantage. In the second set it was classmate Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) who pushed a 7-3 lead into 12-4 margin. Monica Cordovia did the damage in the third set as she staked JWU to an 8-0 lead.
Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) led all players with a season-high 14 kills. It's her fifth match with double-digit kills. She was one of four players to record five or more digs (8) as the Wildcats held a 44-31 advantage in digs.
Walker had one of her best all-around games of the season, recording eight kills and three blocks while hitting .533. The top hitting team in country, Johnson & Wales hit .337 against the Cadets while Norwich was limited to -.080 in part to seven JWU blocks.
Running the Wildcats' offense was freshman setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) who had 21 assists even though she barely played in the third set. Sophomore libero Monica Cordova (Jersey City, NJ) had a team-high 12 digs.
The Wildcats are back at home on Wednesday to take on Rivier at 7 p.m. in their Big Game. Since 2007, either Johnson & Wales or Rivier has won seven of the nine GNAC Championships.