Score: Johnson & Wales 3, Clark University 0
Records: Clark University (12-9), Johnson & Wales (21-0)
Location: Providence, R.I.
The Lead: The Clark University women's volleyball team fell to the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University (JWU), 3-0, on Friday evening in non-conference action. For the first time in two weeks, the Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball team was tested. The No. 16 Wildcats passed with flying colors as they defeated Clark by scores of 25-14, 25-21, 25-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After the Wildcats ran away with the opening set, the Cougars jumped out to a 5-1 lead in set two. JWU grabbed its first lead, 17-16, on a Clark error. The Cougars tied the set, 20-20, but a Gabbie Scudder (Ashburn, Va.) kill started a 5-1 run as JWU pulled out the second frame.
-Scudder was one of three Wildcats with double-digit kills. Freshman Hannah Dolan (San Clemente, Calif.) tied for the match-high with 11 kills and outside hitter Katie Leidhold (Acushnet, Mass.) produced 10 winners. Fellow outside hitter Maria Coniglio (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) just missed another double-double with nine kills and nine digs.
-Setter Brylee Frank's (Palm City, Fla.) 40 assists – her highest total in a three-set match this year – led the nation's top hitting team to a .333 rate. Libero Elyssa Nicolas (Brisbane, Calif.) had a team-high 10 digs as the Wildcats held a 52-38 advantage in that category. Dolan had four blocks to go along with three from Scudder and Kate Walker (Oakland, Calif.). JWU out-blocked CU 7-3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Johnson & Wales ran its consecutive sets streak to 57, tying Wisconsin-Oshkosh for the third-best streak in NCAA history. JWU's home-court winning streak was extended to 33 matches.
-Dolan led the Wildcats with 11 kills, three blocks and a .625 hitting percentage. Leihold checked in with 10 kills and eight digs for the home team.
-The Cougars are back at JWU tomorrow for a 10:00 a.m. match-up with the University of Massachusetts Boston.
-The Wildcats host a doubleheader on Saturday. JWU takes on Emmanuel at 10 a.m. followed by a 12 p.m. contest with UMass Boston.