The Wildcats continued their run of playing well against the top teams but came up short in an 0-3 loss to #4 Missouri Baptist University on Thursday night.
After a slow start, the Wildcats clawed their way back into a 7-7 tie in the opening game. The 'Cats continued to battle and took their first lead off a kill by Josh Buted (Honolulu, Hawaii). The Spartans countered with a short scoring run to tie the game at 17 and kept the momentum going to take the 25-20 win. MBU closed out the opening set with a 4-1 run to take the game. Both teams hit well in the first with MBU hitting .474 while JWU recorded 11 kills.
In the second the teams started fairly even before the Spartans went on a 6-0 scoring run to take an 11-6 lead. Both teams traded points for much of the remaining set before MBU collected the 25-18 win. The two sides struggled with their attach as their percentage went down but the Spartans recorded 15 kills to the Wildcat's six.
The third set JWU held a small lead early but MBU kept themselves within two or three points. Missouri Baptist tied and then took a 14-13 lead after a pair of service aces. Their short scoring run swung the momentum in their favor. Depsite their best efforts late the Wildcats couldn't make up the difference as MBU took the 25-20 win.
Johnson & Wales will host several teams on Friday and Saturday at the Colorado Convention Center during the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier. The Wildcats will take on #2 Grand View at 2:30pm and Cincinnati Christian at 5:00pm on Friday. JWU returns the Wildcat Center on Sunday when the host UC Merced at 1pm.