PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 23 Johnson & Wales women's volleyball team (24-4, 12-0 GNAC) closed out the 2019 regular season with a pair of 3-0 sweeps of Colby-Sawyer (17-17, 7-5 GNAC) and Norwich (15-11, 7-5 GNAC) Saturday afternoon.
Statistical Leaders vs. Colby-Sawyer
Kate Walker (JWU) – 15 Kills, .609 Att.%, 3 Total Blocks
Maria Coniglio (JWU) – 8 Kills, 5 Digs
Brylee Frank (JWU) – 31 Assists, 2 Aces
Kelly Delaney (JWU) – 4 Aces
Johnson & Wales set the tone early. With the match all square at 3-3, junior outside hitter Kelly Delaney (Calais, Maine) sparked a 6-0 run with a pair of aces to take a 9-3 lead and force Colby-Sawyer to call its first time out. The Wildcats never looked back, taking the first set, 25-13.
The Wildcat offense remained hot, jumping out to a 6-1 lead at the start of the second set behind solid serving by senior defensive specialist Mikayla Arimura (San Clemente, Calif.). Senior middle blocker Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.) led the way notching three kills on five attempts with three total blocks to help the Wildcats claim the second set, 25-16 and take a two-match advantage.
In the third and final set, Walker posted a .538 attack percentage tallying eight kills on 13 attempts with one error in a 25-16 win. Coniglio chipped in with three kills on 12 attempts, while first year Emily Corbett (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) contributed with eight digs.
Against Norwich in Johnson & Wales second match of the day, the Wildcats once again opened strong. Coniglio was nearly perfect from the floor registering seven kills on nine attempts with one block assist to guide the Wildcats to a 25-15 win.
There was no slowing down Johnson & Wales heading into the second set against the Cadets. Notching four kills on 11 attempts, Delaney led the Wildcats to 25-13 victory and take a commanding 2-0 match lead.
Hitting .323 as a team in the third set, the Wildcats slammed the door on the Wildcats in the third and final set. Taking advantage of early miscues by Norwich, sophomore outside hitter Tiah Scott (Medford, Mass.) capped a 7-0 run to open the set. The Wildcats did not look back and cruised to the 25-8 win to seal the match.
No. 23 Johnson & Wales waits until tonight to see who it will face in the opening round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on Tuesday, November 5.