WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – In its first match as a ranked program, it was business as usual for the 20th-ranked Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team. The Wildcats went on the road Wednesday to topple Saint Joseph 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-18).
Saint Joseph: 4-10, 0-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 17-0, 6-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales ran its GNAC winning streak to 19 matches. The Wildcats consecutive sets won streak reached 45, which is eighth in NCAA history.
The Wildcats got out to fast starts in all three sets and never let up. Johnson & Wales' defense limited USJ to a -.012 hitting percentage while the top hitting team in the country had a rate of .303. JWU produced nine aces as well as five blocks.
It was a balanced offensive attack with six different JWU players recording five or more kills. Leading the way was sophomore Elizabeth Hamilton's (Canton, Mass.) match-high eight kills. She just missed a double-double with a team-high 10 digs. Setter Mikayla Arimura (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) notched a season-best 25 assists.
JWU is back at home on Saturday to take on Lasell (11 AM) and Albertus Magnus (3 PM).