WINTHROP, Mass. - In the second week of the season, the Johnson & Wales women's volleyball team has pulled in more honors from the conference honors. Brylee Frank, GNAC Player of the Week, and Elyssa Nicolas, GNAC Libero of the Week, follow up Kate Walker's nod in the weekly honors column.
Frank paced the #6 Wildcats to a 2-0 week, averaging 9.27 assists, 2.14 digs and 1.00 blocks per set. Frank was the difference maker in Saturday's 3-1 win over Brandeis. In addition to notching her third double-double of the season (12 digs, 40 assists) with four aces, Frank spearheaded a fourth-set rally when the Wildcats were trailing by seven early to come back and seal the match with a 25-21 set score. The previous night against Coast Guard at the Connecticut College/Coast Guard Invitational, she paced the Wildcats to a convincing 3-0 shutout with 25 assists, while dominating the net tallying five block assists.
Nicolas was integral in helping Johnson & Wales to a 2-0 week, which included a 3-1 win over a gritty Brandeis squad. After the Judges picked up a third-set win Saturday morning to cut the match to 2-1, Nicolas was instrumental in a fourth set come back after trailing by seven early. She finished the 3-1 win over Brandeis with 23 digs and a pair of aces. For the week, she averaged 4.43 digs and 0.57 service aces per set.
Johnson & Wales returns to the hardwood on Friday for their home opener against Springfield College beginning at 7:00 PM. On Saturday, JWU will host four games beginning at 11:00 AM, while they battle Stevens at 1:00 PM and Roger Williams at 5:30 PM.