PROVIDENCE, RI – The 20th-ranked Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday. Johnson & Wales started the day by beating Lasell 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-13) then topped Albertus Magnus 3-0 (25-4, 25-11, 25-7).
Johnson & Wales: 19-0, 8-0 GNAC
Elizabeth Hamilton (JWU): 9 kills, 5 digs vs. LC
Kate Walker: 7 kills, .875 hitting % vs. LC /5 kills, 4 blocks .833 hitting % vs. AMC
Bella Oldham: 9 kills, 5 digs vs. AMC
Hannah Dolan: 9 kills, .727 hitting % vs. AMC
Johnson & Wales pushed its conference winning streak to 21 matches. The pair of sweeps extended the Wildcats consecutive sets streak to 51, making it the fourth-longest stretch in NCAA history.
While the top hitting team in the country did have a rate of .356 against Lasell, it was the Wildcats' defense that shut down the Lasers. Johnson & Wales had 39 digs and eight blocks, which limited LC to a -.133 hitting percentage, the lowest rate by a JWU opponent this year.
Four different players had five or more kills, topped by Elizabeth Hamilton's (Canton, Mass.), match-high nine winners. Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) was next with seven as those two had more kills (16) than the entire Lasell team (10). Walker, the NCAA leader in hitting percentage, hit .875.
Defense carried the Wildcats against Albertus Magnus. Led by Gianna Esposito's (Larkspur, Calif.) season-high 13 digs, JWU had 55 digs to go along with eight blocks. Walker had half of those blocks even though she only played one set.
Rookies Bella Oldham (Irvine, Calif.) and Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) tied for the match high with nine kills. Johnson & Wales hit .446 for its sixth match with a .400 hitting percentage or higher.
The Wildcats continue conference action on Wednesday when they host Regis at 7 p.m.