PROVIDENCE, RI – The season-opening winning streak continues for the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team. The Wildcats swept two matches on Saturday, beating Regis 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-10) then taking down Connecticut College, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-16) to run their winning streak to 13 games. JWU is one of just six undefeated NCAA Division III teams in the country.
Connecticut College: 6-3
Johnson & Wales: 13-0
Maria Coniglio (JWU): 12 Kills, 9 Digs vs. RC / 9 Kills, 17 Digs vs. CC
Brylee Frank (JWU): 36 Assists, 9 Digs vs. RC / 27 Assists, 9 Digs vs. CC
Emily Kalmink (JWU): 11 Kills .625 Hitting % vs. RC / 5 Kills, 3 Aces, 4 Blocks vs. CC
Elizabeth Hamilton (JWU): 14 Digs, 4 Aces, 2 Blocks vs. RC / 5 Kills, 13 Digs vs. CC
Johnson & Wales was in control from the start against the Pride, getting out to quick starts in the first and second sets. The Wildcats had a decided advantage in both phases of the game, outhitting Regis .405-.011 while also having a 52-31 dig margin and 6-1 lead in blocks. It was the second time this season JWU has hit over .400.
Pacing the offense was freshman outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) as she recorded a match-high 12 kills against the Pride to go along with nine digs. Also getting double-digit kills was sophomore middle blocker Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) as she had 11 kills and hit a season-high .625.
Leading the defense with a season-high 14 digs was freshman Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.). She also had a season-high four aces as JWU posted 10 for the match. Rookie setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) notched 36 assists and nine digs.
It was a similar path to the second victory over Connecticut College for the second time this season. The closest the Camels got was within five points during the second set. JWU's defense was impressive again, holding the Camels to a .031 hitting percentage, while hitting .267 themselves, with margins of 10-2 in blocks and 67-57 for digs.
Frank did a nice job diversifying the offense as five different players had five or more kills, led by nine from Coniglio. She was also tops on the squad with a season-high 17 digs. Walker was next with eight winners.
Libero Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) ran he streak of double-digit digs to nine with 10 against Regis and 14 more versus CC. Hamilton had 13 digs in the nightcap against the Camels as she has 10 or more digs in her last three contests.
Johnson & Wales gets back into conference action when it plays host to Simmons at 7 p.m. Wednesday.