Wildcats Halt Chargers 3-0

Wildcats Halt Chargers 3-0

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).

Records:
Colby-Sawyer: 5-18
Johnson & Wales: 21-0 

Statistical Leaders:
Elizabeth Hamilton: 12 kills, .647 Hitting %, 7 Digs
Kate Walker: 8 Kills, .727 Hitting %, 2 Blocks
Maria Coniglio: 8 Kills, .462 Hitting %, 11 Digs

Of Note:
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.

Next Game:
The Wildcats travel to Emmanuel on Thursday for a 7 p.m. affair.