WESTON, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team looked like the three-time defending GNAC champions on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Wildcats started the day by toppling Simmons, 3-0 (25-6, 25-11, 25-18), before beating host Regis, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-15).
#4 Johnson & Wales: 16-1, 6-0 GNAC
Katie Leidhold (JWU): 10 kills vs. Simmons; 8 kills, 12 digs vs. Regis
Hannah Dolan (JWU): 8 kills, .571 hitting % vs. Simmons; 12 kills, .647 hitting % vs. Regis
Kate Walker (JWU): 7 kills, 5 blocks, .429 hitting % vs. Simmons
Johnson & Wales won its 32nd conference game in a row, dating back to the 2015 season.
JWU set the tone in the first set against Simmons, hitting .409 while limiting the Sharks to -.200. For the match, the Wildcats hit .389 while Simmons was held to .021.
The Wildcats' defense was stout in the opener, producing 51 digs and seven blocks, compared to 34 and three for Simmons.
The defense was just as good versus the Pride as they were limited to a .055 hitting percentage thanks to 50 JWU digs. Leidhold had a match-high 12 digs and was one of four players with nine or more.
Dolan had another strong match with a season-high 12 kills and .647 hitting percentage as part of JWU's .374 team rate.
The Wildcats have a pair of home games this week, starting Wednesday with Emmanuel at 6 p.m. followed by Wellesley the next day at 7 p.m.