PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Top-seeded Johnson & Wales University (29-1) defeated Saint Joseph's College (10-18), 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-20), in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night.
With the win, Johnson & Wales – ranked second in the nation in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll – will host Suffolk University in a semifinal match on Thursday at 7:30 PM. For the Monks, the loss signals the end of the 2018 season.
Junior Kelsey Bickford (Somersworth, N.H.) led the Monks with eight kills and a .316 hitting percentage while freshmen Sarah Quinn (Dover, N.H.) and Olivia Kent (Ellington, Conn.) chipped in with five kills apiece.
For Johnson & Wales Kate Walker delivered nine kills with a .500 hitting percentage, Brylee Frank dealt 34 assists, and Elyssa Nicolas added 16 digs.
The Wildcats have now won 56-straight home matches, the fifth-longest in Division III history. JWU also extended the longest active winning streak in the nation to 29 matches and has now won 76-consecutive sets against GNAC opponents.
Johnson & Wales came out blazing in the first set, hitting .448 while holding the Monks to a .029 rate. The defense was even better in the second set as SJC was limited to a -.115 rate.
The service line was a big factor as the Wildcats had 12 aces – their second-highest total of the year – and kept the Monks off balance all night. Senior Monica Cordova led all players with three aces.
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