PAXTON, Mass.—The Anna Maria College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday evening in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
With the win, the defending GNAC champions improve to 18-0 on the season and 5-0 in league play, while Anna Maria falls to 11-7 overall and 2-2 in GNAC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Wildcats doubled-up offensively on the AMCATS, totaling 51 kills to Anna Maria's 25. Johnson & Wales also scattered eight blocks throughout the three-set contest, and held a 69-49 advantage in digs over their hosts.
The first set was a close match as the AMCATS never let the Wildcats take more than a four-point lead, but the Wildcats outlasted Anna Maria at the end to take a 25-22 win. The visitors were dominant from there, claiming 25-13 and 25-15 wins in the second and third sets.
The AMCATS were led by junior Rebecca Foti (Bedford, N.H.) with nine kills. Sophomore Amari King (Lawrence, Mass.) was held to single-digit kills for the first time in seven matches as she clocked in with eight.
Johnson & Wales was led by Emily Kalmink with 17 kills on an impressive .519 hitting percentage. Kate Walker chipped inwith 11 kills, while Maria Coniglio finished with a double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs.
JWU setter Brylee Frank dished out 45 assists, while libero Gianna Esposito recorded a match-high 20 digs.
The AMCATS return to action on Thursday when they host Lesley in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m. Anna Maria then embarks on a five-match road streak before returning home on October 19th against Suffolk.