STANDISH, Maine – The wins keep plying up for the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team. The Wildcats went to St. Joseph's (ME) for a Saturday GNAC tri match and came home with a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) over the host Monks as well as 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-8) against Mount Ida.
Johnson & Wales: 24-0, 8-0 GNAC
St. Joseph's (ME): 9-10, 4-3 GNAC
Mount Ida: 7-17, 1-6 GNAC
Kate Walker: 10 Kills, 500 Hitting % vs. MIC
Gianna Esposito: 13 Digs vs. MIC, 22 Digs vs. SJM
Emily Kalmink: 10 Kills, .600 Hitting % vs. SJM
Brylee Frank: 36 Assists, 7 Digs vs. SJM
The Wildcats set the tone right away against Mount Ida. JWU hit .560 in the opening set on its way to .362 clip for the match. Johnson & Wales produced 48 digs and seven blocks to hold the Mustangs to -.075 hitting.
Setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) did another great job distributing the ball with six different players recording at least four kills. Frank had 29 assists. Leading the way was freshman middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
The hosts were within a point, 17-16, in the opening set, but the Wildcats finished the first stanza on an 8-1 run to take the set. From there, JWU cruised past the Monks as they hit .293 for the match, compared to -.042 for SJM, and also had a 56-40 advantage in digs.
Frank had double the amount of assists (36-18) as the entire St. Josephs' team and added seven digs. JWU's middles were nearly unstoppable as Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) had 10 kills with a .600 hitting percentage and Walker added seven winners and hit .316.
Freshman libero Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) had a pair of good matches. She eclipsed the 20-dig mark for the third time this season with 22 against St. Joe's and added a baker's dozen versus Mount Ida.
JWU plays a pair of non-conference games against Eastern Connecticut State and Rhode Island College this week, before playing host to Simmons on October 22 for Senior Day.