STANDISH, Maine – Senior outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) registered her 10th and 11th double-doubles of the year as No. 21 Johnson & Wales women's volleyball (19-4, 8-0 GNAC) knocked off Lasell University (8-20, 5-7 GNAC) and Saint Joseph's (ME) (8-19, 5-5 GNAC) late Saturday afternoon.
STATISTICAL LEADERS vs. Saint Joseph's (ME)
Maria Coniglio (JWU) – 12 Kills, .310 Att.%, 21 Digs, 1 BS
Kate Walker (JWU) – 12 Kills, .706 Att.%, 4 BS
Mikayla Arimura (JWU) – 36 Assists, 11 Digs
Elyssa Nicolas (JWU) – 14 Digs
Johnson & Wales set the tone in its first set against Lasell, hitting .548 as a team with one miscue to take a 1-0 match advantage. The Wildcat offense carried its momentum into the second set, posting a .433 attack percentage with 16 kills to edge out the Lasers, 25-17 in game two.
Lasell closed the gap in the third set, but by then the deficit was too great. Senior outside hitter Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) capped off a 5-2 run with a pair of kills, sealing the match with a 25-20 set score.
Notching her team-leading 11th double-double of the season, senior outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) surpassed her previous career single-game best in digs against Saint Joseph's (ME). In addition to a 12-kill performance, the New York native tallied 21 defensive digs. It was one more than her previous single- game high when she recorded 20 against Wesleyan in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Fellow senior, middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) was flawless from the floor, registering 12 kills on 17 attempts for an outstanding .706 attack percentage. Senior defensive specialist Mikayla Arimura (San Clemente, Calif.) paced the offense against the Monks, with 36 assists and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season.
Coach Somera Says:
"I was happy with the execution of our serving strategy that helped set up good defense. Mikayla Arimura did a great job setting for us today and called a smart offensive game plan."
No. 21 Johnson & Wales hosts Regis College on Thursday, October 31 at 7 p.m.