PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team completed the final hurdle standing in the way of its fourth-straight trip to the GNAC Championship match. The 10th-ranked Wildcats downed Lasell, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-10), on Thursday.
Johnson & Wales: 31-0
Johnson & Wales improved the tenth-best home court winning streak in NCAA history to 38 matches. JWU is two shy of tying Bowdoin for the number nine spot. The Wildcats are 64-1 over the last two seasons.
Lasell hung with the Wildcats in the first set, pulling within three (11-8), but the Wildcats put the set out of reach with a 14-3 run. The JWU margin was two, 11-9, in the second set off a Michele Canestro kill. However, JWU took control thanks to a 14-4 stretch.
Johnson & Wales had it going in all phases of the game, hitting .461 while limiting the Lasers to .025. JWU had a 41-26 advantage in digs - libero Elyssa Nicolas (Brisbane, Calif.) produced a match-high 14 - to go along with 10 aces, 50 percent of which came from Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.).
Leading all players was Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, NY) with 16 kills as well as seven digs. Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) chipped in nine kills and Leidhold had seven. Setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) handed out 33 assists.
Mickayla Shelburn and Meredith Eagan topped Lasell with five kills each. Setter Taylor Tiezzi produced 14 assists and eight digs.
Johnson & Wales will host Simmons in the GNAC championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. JWU defeated the Sharks, 3-0, on September 26.