PROVIDENCE, RI – Three days after meeting in the regular season finale, the Johnson & Wales University and Saint Joseph's of Maine women's volleyball teams played again in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Tournament. The Wildcats defeated the Saints again on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-20) decision.
Saint Joseph's of Maine: 10-18
#2 Johnson & Wales: 29-1
JWU moves on to face Suffolk in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament. The Wildcats will host that game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Wildcats won their 56th-straight home match, the fifth-longest in Division III history. They also extended the longest active winning streak in the nation to 29 matches.
JWU has won 76-consecutive sets against GNAC opponents.
Johnson & Wales came out blazing in the first set, hitting .448 while holding the Monks to a .029 rate. The defense was even better in the second set as SJC was limited to a -.115 rate.
The service line was a big factor as the Wildcats had 12 aces – their second-highest total of the year – and kept the Monks off balance all night. Senior Monica Cordova led all player with three aces.
Leading the way offensively was Kate Walker with nine kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
Kelsey Bickford paced Saint Joseph's with eight winners.