Johnson & Wales opened their California roadtrip with a conference match at Holy Names University on Wednesday night in Oakland. The Hawks had picked up both wins in Denver but the 'Cats looked to take a win on Holy Names' court. From the start, the two sides looked to match one another with each possession. The Hawks went on a quick run but a 'Cats rally shut that down. Johnson & Wales took a 20-16 lead but Holy Names came back thanks to a series of Johnson & Wales errors taking the first set 25-23.
The second set began with Johnson & Wales down big early. After a timeout, Johnson & Wales still struggled and managed just one point before the Hawks went up 8-3. The Wildcats started to find some weaknesses in Holy Names defense and added a few points before turning possession back to Holy Names. Another rally put JWU back into the contest and tied the match at 14. HNU would find a small scoring surge that was enough to put them ahead and take the set 25-22.
The final set was much like the first with both teams staying competitive for each point. Desperation on each side kept the game within reach of one another with Holy Names finally being able to find a scoring run late in the contest and taking the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
The two sides will face each other again on Thursday at 4:00 PM PST before Johnson & Wales travels south to Fullerton to take on Hope International.