Wildcats Drop Conference Opener to Webber, 3-1

Wildcats Drop Conference Opener to Webber, 3-1

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (September 14, 2019)
– The Johnson & Wales (Fla.) volleyball team (2-5, 0-1 TSC) dropped its Sun Conference opener to Webber International (4-4, 1-1 TSC), 3-1 (25-13, 17-25, 28-26, 25-21), on Saturday afternoon from the Wildcat Center.

JWU was led by senior Vitoria Nicolau, who registered a career-high 19 kills with a team-high .326 attack percentage. The native Sao Paolo, Brazil, also collected 16 digs for her third double-double of the year. Senior Sierra Mooney reached double-digits in kills, posting 10 versus the Warriors. Sophomore Vanessa Orozco notched 34 assists to increase her career total to 829. Senior Sharell Nairn led JWU with a game-high 21 digs and was one of four Wildcats to reach double-digits in digs versus WIU (Nicolau – 16, Bianca Torres – 12, Desiree Birriel – 12).

WIU jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking set one, 25-13. The Wildcats rebounded from a poor-hitting first set (.040) and won the second set 25-17 to knot the match up a 1-1. Set three was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Warriors edge the Wildcats, 28-26, for the 2-1 lead. Unable to draw even again, JWU dropped the fourth set (25-21) and the match (3-1) for the team's first conference loss of the season.

JWU ended the afternoon with 42 kills on 151 total attacks with 23 errors and a .126 hitting percentage. The Warriors recorded 58 kills and 22 errors on 164 total attacks for an attack percentage of .220. WIU held a slight edge in total digs, 79-78, and a 4.0-3.0 advantage in total team blocks.

The Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday, September 18, when they take on Sun Conference foe Florida Memorial. First serve is set for 7:00 PM.

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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)

About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.


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