The Wildcats closed out the first weekend of September with a pair of matches on Saturday at the Menlo College Invitational.
Johnson & Wales opened the day against #7 Westmont College. In the first set, Westmont rattled off a seven point run to lead 12-3 early. The Wildcats broke up the scoring run but Westmont countered with another seven point run to power their way to a 25-10 victory. In the second set, the Wildcats regrouped and used small runs to keep themselves in with Westmont. The two sides traded scoring opportunities with the game ultimately tied at 24-24. The Warriors grabbed the final two points to take a 26-24 win. The late momentum from Westmont carried over into the third set as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead. The 'Cats had small scoring bursts but Westmont held off any kind of late run to take the 25-15 win.
In the second match of the day, the Wildcats took on San Diego Christian College. The two teams went back and forth with scoring runs to battle through the opening set. After trailing 14-19, the 'Cats went on a 5-0 run to tie the set at 19-19. A late push by San Diego Christian allowed them to take the 25-22 win. Errors plagued the Wildcats to start the second set as SDCC jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The early lead allowed the Hawks to forge their way to a 25-12 victory. In the third set the Hawks went on a 7-0 run midway through the set to build some distance. The Hawks added another seven point run late to stave off a Wildcat run and take the 25-14 win.
The Wildcats will be off next weekend before traveling to Texas in mid-September.