NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior setter Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) guided the No. 6 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (5-1) to a 3-1 victory over a gritty Brandeis University (1-4) played on the campus of Connecticut College Saturday morning.
Brylee Frank (JWU) – 40 assists, 12 digs, 4 aces,
Elyssa Nicolas (JWU) – 23 digs
Kate Walker (JWU) – 12 kills, .462 attack percentage
Maria Coniglio (JWU) – 14 kills, .333 attack percentage
Johnson & Wales controlled the match early, jumping out to the quick 2-0 advantage following a 25-11 win in game one and a 25-18 victory in game two. However, the Judges found a renewed energy edging out the Wildcats 25-20 in the third set to pull within one.
Brandeis' momentum continued into the fourth set. Taking advantage of Wildcat miscues the Judges jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but Johnson & Wales battled back, chipping away at the deficit.
Trailing by five, 18-13, midway through set, senior Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) ignited a 7-2 Wildcat run with a kill to tie the match at 20-20 and force Brandeis to call its first timeout. Coming out of the break, the Wildcats did not look back and sealed its fifth win of the season with a 25-21 set score.
From Head Coach Nancy Somera:
"The Brandeis team in the third and fourth sets was a completely different team than in the first two sets. They really stepped up their defense and made us earn our points. After breezing through the first two sets it caught us off guard and took us a while to adjust to them playing at a higher level."
Johnson & Wales opens up at home on Friday, Sept. 13 hosting Springfield College at 7 p.m.