Eastern Connecticut State: 14-9
Johnson & Wales: 25-0
The first two sets were close until about the midway point when the Wildcats pulled away. Set one was tied 8-8 before a 9-4 run – that featured kills from four different players – gave JWU a comfortable margin. Setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) went on a serving run at the start of set two as JWU jumped out to a 9-1 lead thanks to a pair of kills from GNAC Player of the Week Emily Kalmink (Byron City, Mich.) and Starsha Tunstall (East Providence, RI).
Tough serving and defense were they keys for the Wildcats. Johnson & Wales had 10 aces – the second time in three matches they've had 10 winners – and out dug the Warriors, 54-35. Kalmink had a career-high five aces. The Wildcats' tough serving also limited ECSU's offense as Warriors hit .085, their fourth-lowest rate of the year, compared to .330 by the number one hitting team in the country.
Frank recorded 32 assists and continued to do a masterful job distributing the ball as five different players had five or more kills. Freshman outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) had her fourth double-double of the year with a match-high 11 kills and 10 digs. Middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) hit .588 with 10 kills.
JWU's defense was just as equally diverse as its offense with five different Wildcats recording seven or more digs. Outside hitter Elizabeth Hamilton (Canton, Mass.) and defensive specialist Monica Cordova (Jersey City, NJ) were tied for the match high with 11 digs. Libero Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) added 10 for her 18th match with double-digit digs.
The Warriors were led by outside hitter Adrianna Mihalek who had a team-high nine kills. Leah Sopneski had 12 assists while Michelle Valliere recorded nine digs.
The Wildcats are on the road Thursday when they travel across town to take on Rhode Island College at 7 pm.