GNAC Powerhouse: Women’s Volleyball Wins Fourth Consecutive Title; Three Awards


A dominant season on the court earned JWU women’s volleyball a number of postseason awards, as well as the GNAC (Great Northeast American Conference) championship title against Rivier on November 3. Saturday’s win marked the team’s

  • 4th consecutive GNAC championship title

  • 58th consecutive home win — the 5th-longest stretch in DIII history

  • longest nationwide winning streak of 31 matches

  • 82 consecutive set wins against GNAC opponents

The Wildcats are one win behind Central and Eastern for the third-longest streak in NCAA history.

The GNAC title gives the Wildcats an automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Tournament. For the second year in a row, JWU earned the right to host the NCAA Division III women's volleyball eight-team regional. The JWU-hosted schedule for Friday, November 9, at the Wildcat Center is as follows:

  • 12:30 pm - Springfield vs. Maine Maritime

  • 3 pm - Wesleyan vs. Kean

  • 5:30 pm: Franklin & Marshall vs. SUNY New Paltz

  • 8 pm: JWU vs. ECSU

Postseason Awards

Congratulations to Head Coach Nany Somera who was named GNAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. Under Somera’s direction, the Wildcats have continued to reach new heights. JWU goes into the NCAA regional tournament ranked second in the country – the highest ranking in program history.

Brylee Frank ’20 was named Player of the Year. Frank is the first Wildcat to earn this recognition since newly minted JWU Hall of Famer Cathy Bravo '12 in 2010. The Palm City, Florida, native was named AVCA National Player of the Week after recording the first triple-double in program history against No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. A two-time GNAC Player of the Week, Frank is eighth in the NCAA at 11.09 assists per game. She runs the top-ranked hitting team in the country and JWU is third at 14.16 kills per set.

Teammate Elyssa Nicolas ’21 claimed Libero of the Year. A five-time GNAC Libero of the Week, Nicolas produced 4.81 digs per set overall and 5.43 dps versus regionally ranked teams. A native of San Francisco, California, Nicolas has 10 matches with 20 or more digs, topped by 27 against La Verne. Nicolas matches Giselle Cram '14 as the only back-to-back Libero of the Year winners in program history.