PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 18 Johnson & Wales women's volleyball team (15-3, 6-0 GNAC) downs Albertus Magnus College (7-16, 0-6 GNAC) in three sets, 3-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Tuesday evening.
Johnson & Wales wasted little energy coming out of the gate strong, jumping out to a 9-2 run before Albertus Magnus called its first time out. Senior middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Cali.) and senior outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) combined for six of the Wildcats nine points during the stretch.
The Wildcats did not back down, building upon is lead to go out in front, 19-4, to force the Falcons to call its second timeout of the set. Coming out of the break, sophomore outside hitter Tiah Scott (Medford, Mass.) sparked a 5-1 run to take the first set, 25-5.
Scott helped the Wildcats jump out to an early 10-5 lead in set two, registering three kills. Johnson & Wales built on its lead to 17-4 which forced an Albertus Magnus timeout, but the Wildcat offense was far too potent. Scott notched four kills on six attempts to help the Wildcats take set two, 25-13.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Delaney (Calais, Maine) helped the Wildcats build a 9-3 lead to begin the third set, but the Falcons clawed its way back, pulling to within three points. However, Wildcat sophomore middle blocker Amanda Koch (Tolland, Conn.) ignited a 5-0 run with a kill to take a 14-6 lead. The Wildcats never looked back, sealing the match with a third set score of 25-13.
No. 18 Johnson & Wales breaks from conference play when it travels to Middletown, Connecticut for the Wesleyan Invitational, to play Trinity College on Friday, October 18 at 4 p.m.