Winning Streak Reaches 20 for JWU Volleyball

Winning Streak Reaches 20 for JWU Volleyball
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A pair of non-conference victories stretched the winning streak for the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team to 20 games. The Wildcats defeated UMass Dartmouth 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-13) in a neutral site game then took down host Western New England 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-23).


Johnson & Wales: 20-0 

Statistical Leaders:
Maria Coniglio: 13 Kills, 11 Digs vs UMD / 10 Kills, 19 Digs vs. WNE
Brylee Frank: 30 Assists vs. UMD / 28 Assists, 21 Digs vs. WNE
Emily Kalmink: 10 Kills, .360 Hitting %, 6 Blocks vs. WNE

Of Note:
The Wildcats made short work of UMass Dartmouth with a dominating performance on both sides of the net. The top hitting team in the country, Johnson & Wales had a .333 to -.039 hitting advantage as well as 52-41 margin in digs. JWU also had eight aces.

The Golden Bears almost became the second team to take a set off JWU this year. WNE led 19-17 in the third set, but committed four errors down the stretch, including match point. The Wildcats have won 60 of 61 sets played this year.

Freshman Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) had two impressive performances. She started the day with her third double-double of the year, posting 13 kills and 11 digs against the Corsairs. In the second match, she set a season-high with 19 digs while adding 10 kills.

Nearly a third of the Wildcats' 68 digs in the WNE match came from freshman setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) as she posted a season-high 21 digs to go along with 28 assists. Frank added 30 assists against UMass Dartmouth in the opener with four Wildcats posting six or more kills.

JWU had a 9-2 blocking advantage against the Golden Bears with sophomore Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) factoring into six of them. The middle blocker added 10 kills while hitting .360. Rookie Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) was next with eight kills.

Next Game:
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Wednesday when it takes on Colby-Sawyer at 7 p.m.