PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In its first match in 10 days, the No. 5 Johnson & Wales women's volleyball team (9-1) picked up a 3-0 win over non-conference MIT (12-3) to extend its win-streak to eight games on Tuesday evening. Senior outside hitter Maria Coniglio notched her fourth double-double of the season tallying 11 kills and 11 digs.
Coniglio and sophomore Tiah Scott concluded a back-and-forth first set against MIT with back-to-back kills to take the first set, 26-24.
The high-paced match continued into the second set. Coniglio and the Wildcat offense opened the set, taking an 8-3 lead and forced Engineer head coach Paul Dill to call his first timeout. MIT battled back with a mini, 4-1 run to pull within two-points of Johnson & Wales. With the set tied at 12, junior outside hitter Kelly Delaney ignited a 4-0 run to take a 16-12 lead and the Wildcats never looked back, taking the second set, 25-21.
The offense was firing on all cylinders entering the third set. Hitting an impressive. 341 as a team, the Wildcats opened the final frame with an 8-4 lead on a kill by junior Hannah Dolan before the Engineers were forced to call a timeout.
Despite trailing by as many as seven points midway through game three, MIT pulled itself back to within four points, 19-15. But the Engineers appeared to run out of steam. Following back-to-back attack errors by the Engineers, the Wildcats sealed the match with a 6-3 run to take the final set, 25-18.
No. 5 Johnson & Wales opened conference action on Friday, September 27 with a tri-match against Anna Maria and Emmanuel at 3 p.m. in Paxton, Massachusetts.