PROVIDENCE, RI – Another great season for the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team came to an end on Sunday. The Wildcats lost 3-1 (23-25, 14-25, 25-22, 12-25) to Wesleyan University in the finals of the NCAA Tournament Providence Regional.
#2 Johnson & Wales: 33-2
Wesleyan advances to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Game time and opponent will be announced on Monday.
The loss ended Johnson & Wales' 60-game home court winning streak, the third-longest in NCAA Division III history.
A kill by Maria Coniglio staked the Wildcats to a 15-13 first-set lead. Wesleyan responded with a 5-0 run to take the lead on its way to winning the first set. Wesleyan jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set with the Wildcats only closing the margin to 12-8.
The Cardinals grab control of the fourth set, racing out to a 13-6 lead on their way to closing out the final set.
JWU should be poised for another deep run in 2019 as head coach Nancy Somera only loses two seniors off this year's team.
NCAA Providence Regional All-Tournament Team
Nicole Hilton, Wesleyan MVP
Kaira Muraoka-Roberts, Wesleyan
Stasie Litinsky, Wesleyan
Brylee Frank, Johnson & Wales
Kate Walker, Johnson & Wales
Jennifer Donnelly, Springfield
Meredith Dignan, SUNY New Paltz