BOSTON – Senior middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) became the sixth member in Johnson & Wales women's volleyball (15-3, 5-0 GNAC) program history to register 1,000 career kills in a 3-0 victory over Suffolk (14-6, 5-1 GNAC) on Wednesday evening. Fellow senior Brylee Frank (Palm City, Fla.) joined the 4,000 assist club and is just the second Wildcat all-time to surpass that number. She needed 22 entering the contest and earned it late in the second set.
Maria Coniglio (JWU) – 11 Kills, 12 Digs, .333 Attack%
Kate Walker (JWU) – 6 Kills, .500 Attack%, 2 Total Blocks
Tiah Scott (JWU) – 6 Kills, .667 Attack%
Brylee Frank (JWU) – 29 Assists
Coming into tonight's match against the Rams Walker needed only five kills to join the premier 1,000 kill club. After taking the early 1-0 match advantage following a 25-11 win in the first set, the Wildcats opened second set with an 11-2 run, capped off by Walker's 1,000th career kill.
Johnson & Wales dominated the second set. Hitting .522 as a team, the Wildcats registered 13 kills on 23 attempts with just one attack error to take the set, 25-8.
Leading the match two games to zero, the Wildcat offense remained on point. Senior outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) ignited an 11-0 run to begin game three. During the stretch Coniglio registered a pair of aces, while sophomore middle blocker Amanda Koch (Tolland, Conn.) notched two kills. Junior outside hitter Bella Oldham (Irvine, Calif.) capped the run with a kill of her own as the Wildcats took game three and the match by a final score of 25-11.
No. 17 Johnson & Wales continues conference action hosting Albertus Magnus College next Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m.