PROVIDENCE, RI – For the first time in two weeks, the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team was tested. The No. 16 Wildcats passed with flying colors as they defeated Clark 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-8) on Friday.
Johnson & Wales: 21-0
Johnson & Wales ran its consecutive sets streak to 57, tying Wisconsin-Oshkosh for the third-best streak in NCAA history. JWU's home-court winning streak was extended to 33 matches.
After the Wildcats ran away with the opening set, the Cougars jumped out to a 5-1 lead in set two. JWU grabbed its first lead, 17-16, on a Clark error. The Cougars tied the set, 20-20, but a Gabbie Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) kill started a 5-1 run as JWU pulled out the second frame.
Scudder was one of three Wildcats with double-digit kills. Freshman Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) tied for the match-high with 11 kills and outside hitter Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.) produced 10 winners. Fellow outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) just missed another double-double with nine kills and nine digs.
Setter Brylee Frank's (Palm City, Fla.) 40 assists – her highest total in a three-set match this year – led the nation's top hitting team to a .333 rate. Libero Elyssa Nicolas (Brisbane, Calif.) had a team-high 10 digs as the Wildcats held a 52-38 advantage in that category. Dolan had four blocks to go along with three from Scudder and Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.). JWU out-blocked CU 7-3.
Leading the way for the Cougars was Marina Ramos as she tied Dolan with a match-high 11 kills. Libero Rayme Quiban produced a match-high 19 digs.
The Wildcats are back at home for a doubleheader on Saturday. JWU takes on Emmanuel at 10 a.m. followed by