PROVIDENCE, RI – Strong serving by the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team propelled the Wildcats to victory on Saturday. The Wildcats ran their winning streak to 27 games with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-15) triumph against St. Joseph (CT).
St. Joseph (CT): 10-14, 4-5 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 27-0, 9-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales had 12 aces, its third match in a row with double-digit aces, and kept the Blue Jays out of system the entire day. The Wildcats were dominant in all phases of the game, holding a .322 to -.014 advantage in hitting percentage as well as a 40-30 margin in digs.
A pair of Wildcats reached double-digit kills, topped by freshman outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) at 12 kills. Not to be outdone, sophomore middle blocker Emily Kalmink (Byron Center, Mich.) added 11 kills while hitting .786.
The offense was humming under the direction of setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.). She recorded 33 assists to go along with seven digs and four aces. Rookie libero Gianna Esposito (Larkspur, Calif.) recorded 14 digs and fellow rookie Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) added nine kills and a pair of blocks.
JWU set the tone early, getting out to a 10-1 lead in set one on its way to victory. St. Joseph pulled to within 13-8 in the second set before Frank went on a service run to extend the lead to 20-8. The third set was tied 12-12 then Kalmink came up with a kill then went on a 5-0 service run to put the match out of reach.
Setter Brenna Miller led the USJ offense with 10 assists. Amber Langlois and Demetria Eiger were tied with a team-high seven digs. Three players had three kills.
The Wildcats play their final home regular season game on Thursday when they play Slave Regina at 7 p.m.