Hosts Start JWU Invitational with 3-0 Win Over Scranton

Hosts Start JWU Invitational with 3-0 Win Over Scranton

PROVIDENCE, RI. – The No. 4 Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team got pushed early, but came out on top in the opening match of the 2018 JWU Invitational. The Wildcats ran their winning streak to 11 matches by beating Scranton, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20), on Friday.

Records:
Scranton 8-6
#4 Johnson & Wales: 11-1

Statistical Leaders:
Katie Leidhold (JWU): 11 kills, 11 digs
Hannah Dolan (JWU): 10 kills, .412 hitting %
Kelly Delaney (JWU): 10 kills, .350 hitting %

Of Note:
The Royals pulled within 18-14 on a Jillian Graham kill, but the Wildcats responded with a 7-3 run to finish the first set. JWU was aided by a trio of US errors. Middle blocker Hannah Dolan had four of her 10 kills during an 8-0 run that broke open the second set. Scranton gave JWU five points worth of errors that opened a 13-3 lead in the third set.

Producing her fourth double-double was outside hitter Katie Leidhold with a match-high 11 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Kelly Delaney recorded a career-high 10 kills.

In addition to her 10 kills, Dolan hit .412 as part of JWU's .295 team rate. The Wildcats limited Scranton to a .114 hitting percentage.

Johnson & Wales had a 51-40 advantage in digs that was led by Elyssa Nicolas' match-high 17.

Up Next:
The Johnson & Wales Invitational wraps up Saturday with the Wildcats taking on Tufts at 1 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match with Bowdoin