Canton, NY - The Lady Wildcats wrapped up play in the 2012 USCAA National Championship Volleyball Tournament with a quarterfinal loss to #1 seed Daemen College. The loss wrapped up the most successful season in the three year history of the program. JWU went 1-3 in Pool B, before advancing to the quarterfinal round. Below are summaries for each match of the tournament. The summaries were provided by the SUNY-Canton sports information staff in conjunction with the USCAA.
11/2/12, 11:45 AM - Penn State Fayette def. Johnson & Wales (NC), 2-0 (25-23, 25-12)
Penn State Fayette opened up their pool play action with a straight sets win over Johnson & Wales (NC). The Penn State University Athletic Conference regular season champion held off a Wildcats comeback in the first set before cruising to a 25-12 second set win to move to 1-0 in pool play. Johnson & Wales drops their first match to fall to 0-1 in the pool play round.
Fayette was led by Samantha Helmantoler with seven kills, while Second Team All-American Emily Konter found five different teammates for a total of 21 assists. All-American Leah Ambrosini added four kills and a game-high 12 digs for the Roaring Lions.
Johnson & Wales was led by Second Team All-American Moriah Hughes, who had a team-high six kills and 3 blocks. Shanna Stewart had a game-high tying 12 digs, while Honorable Mention setter Kaitlin Kuntz had 14 assists.
11/2/12, 3:00 PM - Johnson & Wales (NC) def. NHTI, 2-1 (25-23, 22-25, 15-4)
After Johnson & Wales captured set one 25-23, NHTI won a close second set at 25-22 tying up the match. Johnson & Wales was able to secure the win after opening up a big lead in the third set, finally knocking off the Lynx, 15-4. Johnson & Wales improves to 1-1 in pool play, while NHTI drops to 0-2.
Johnson & Wales was led by Moriah Hughes with nine kills, while Kaitlin Kuntz handed out 20 assists to her teammates. On the defensive side, three Wildcats players recorded double digit digs, including Chelsi Gallagher with 12, and Emily Kirchner and Kuntz with 11 apiece.
NHTI was led by Alesha Niswander with 12 kills and two service aces. Amber Rodney added 19 assists, including several to Kaitlin Taylor who ended with five kills. Victoria Spencer had a current tournament high four service aces to lead NHTI.
11/3/12, 10:00 AM - Florida College def. Johnson & Wales (NC), 2-0 (25-16, 25-6)
Florida College cruised to their third win in Pool B, coming back in set one before handling Johnson & Wales (NC) easily in the second set for a sweep. The Falcons sit at 3-0 and have earned their place in the elimination round as the number one seed in Pool B, with one match remaining against NHTI. Johnson & Wales (NC) sits at 1-2, and will play Rochester College at 1:00 p.m.
The Falcons were led by Savannah Gormon with nine kills, followed by Kerri Taylor with seven. Jenny Moorer dished out 20 assists, while Olivia Luallen recorded eight digs and three service aces. Devyn Jackson added a game-high four aces and also notched seven digs for Florida.
11/3/12, 1:00PM - Rochester College def. Johnson & Wales (NC), 2-0 (25-6, 25-20)
Rochester College improved to 3-1 in Pool B, grabbing the second seed out of pool play after downing Johnson & Wales (NC). The Warriors are set to face the third seed from Pool A, Cincinnati-Clermont, in the quarterfinals. Despite the loss, Johnson & Wales advances to pool play as the fourth seed from Pool B, and will face Pool A first seed Daemen College in the quarterfinals.
The Warriors received a game-high five kills from Niki McKerracher, as well as four kills from Chelsea Potter. Sara Hayes recorded 19 assists and four digs, while Emily Serrano had a game-high eight digs.
11/3/12, 5:30 PM - Daemen College (Pool A #1) def. Johnson & Wales (NC) (Pool B #4), 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-20)
Daemen College remained unbeaten in the 2012 USCAA Volleyball Championship, defeating Johnson & Wales in straight sets in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats advance to face Rochester College in the second semifinal match on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Daemen dominated the first two sets, as a balanced attack led to two straight 25-5 wins. Johnson & Wales battled back and forth in the third set in a battle of the Wildcats, but was unable to muster a comeback against the overall number one seed.
Daemen received 10 kills from Lindsey Nowak, while teammates Jenn Karan and Joanna Fretthold added seven and six kills, respectively. Brittany Anthony and Ye Wang each contributed five kills for the Wildcats in their fifth win of the tournament. Chelsea Turcer distributed most of the assists for Daemen, finishing with 16, while teammate Kaley Vazquez added 14 dishes.