PROVIDENCE, RI – With the GNAC Tournament on the horizon, the 16th-ranked Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team is rounded into postseason form. JWU started Saturday with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-10) win over Emmanuel then took down UMass Boston 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-22).
Johnson & Wales: 23-0, 10-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales ran its consecutive sets streak to 63, tying Washington-St. Louis for the second-longest streak in NCAA history. JWU's home-court winning streak was extended to 35 matches, equaling Wisconsin-Oshkosh for the 10-longest streak in NCAA lore.
JWU had an 18-16 lead over UMass Boston in the third set, but the Beacons pulled ahead 19-18 on a JWU error. The Wildcats finished the match on a 7-3 run, including a pair of kills from outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.).
Coniglio was tied for the match-high with 11 kills to go along with seven digs. Liedhold followed with 10 kills as well as three blocks.
Topped by libero Elyssa Nicolas' (Brisbane, Calif.) match-high 21 digs, the Wildcats had a 51-41 advantage. Four different players had six or more digs.
Johnson & Wales' offensive firepower was too much for the Saints. The Wildcats – who lead the nation in hitting – posted a .413 rate and five different players had four or more kills. Freshman Kelly Delaney (Calais, Maine) led the way with seven kills and junior Nastasia Kapustin (West Nyack, N.Y.) followed with six kills.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Thursday to take on Wesleyan in a 7 p.m. showdown.