PROVIDENCE, RI – A balanced scoring attack led the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team to victory Wednesday night. The Wildcats remained undefeated as they topped visiting Colby-Sawyer College 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-11).
Johnson & Wales: 21-0
The Wildcats – who stayed atop the latest NEWVA rankings released on Wednesday and picked up eight more points in the AVCA National Division III poll – rank their winning streak to 21 games. Johnson & Wales is one of only three undefeated Division III teams in the country.
Rookie setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.), who recorded 32 assists, did a good job of distributing the ball as three different hitters had eight or more kills and the Wildcats had a .398 to -.013 hitting advantage. Outside hitter Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) led all players with a match-high 12 kills and hit .647.
Right behind Hamilton with eight kills each were freshmen classmates Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) and Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY). Walker hit .727 – her 10th game of a .500 hitting percentage or higher – while Coniglio posted a match-high 11 digs.
Johnson & Wales' serving kept the Chargers off balance the entire night. JWU had 10 aces, compared to just two by the visitors. The Wildcats were also on point defensively, out blocking Colby-Sawyer, 10-4, and holding a 40-28 margin in digs.
Courtney Murray led the Chargers with six kills while Micaela Cardozo had eight digs and setter Olivia Goodrich recorded 14 assists.
The Wildcats travel to Emmanuel on Thursday for a 7 p.m. affair.