Women’s Volleyball Swept in Season Finale Tri-Match at Hunter

NEW YORK, N.Y. (10/26/18)- Jesse Larkin totaled 18 kills and a .395 hitting percentage over two matches as the Kean University women's volleyball team dropped their regular season finale at Hunter College on Friday evening.

#2 Johnson & Wales 3, Kean 1 (25-20, 15-25, 16-25, 16-25)

The nationally-ranked Wildcats (26-1) extended their winning streak to 26 matches with the 3-1 defeat of the Cougars. Despite the loss, Kean (16-14) handed JWU their first set loss in 12 matches as the Wildcats last set loss came in a 3-1 victory over Bowdoin on Sept. 22nd.

The Cougars took advantage after three straight attacking errors propelled them to the16-13 lead. Kean never surrendered the lead and took the 25-20 victory with a .312 hitting percentage.

JWU answered by sweeping the next three sets, which included no more than five errors and a .500 hitting percentage in the fourth set.

Larkin finished with 11 kills, while Zoe Strozewski totaled 10. Vikki Stec added nine kills, while Brianna Calvano handed out 23 assists and Kortnee Nelson collected 13 digs.

Kate Walker collected 16 kills and a .432 hitting percentage for JWU.

Hunter 3, Kean 0 (17-25, 15-25, 16-25)

The Hawks (22-8) dominated wire-to-wire in the straight sets sweep of Kean (16-15), 3-0. Hunter hit .341 as a team with 37 kills and just nine errors. Larkin totaled a team-high seven kills with a .412 hitting percentage, while Brett Harper totaled six kills and five digs. Amanda DeLio collected seven digs for the Cougars. 

Marlena Budna finished with 11 kills and a .667 hitting percentage.

Head Coach Don Perkins and the Cougars will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 30th, hosting the Pioneers of William Paterson University at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the NJAC Tournament.