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Wildcats compete at UDallas tournament

Wildcats compete at UDallas tournament

The Wildcats continued their Texas roadtrip on Friday with a pair of matches at the University of Dallas tournament.

In the first match of the day, the Wildcats took on LeTourneau University. The 'Cats had an opening run that allowed them to lead 12-7 early. LeTourneau cut the deficit to a single point before putting together a scoring run on their way to a 25-19 set win. In the second set, Johnson & Wales used small scoring runs to build some separation on their way to the 25-22 win. The third set saw LeTourneau use the same method and used small runs to push their way to a 25-18 win. The fourth set had the two teams trade off points with the set pushing to a 24-24 tie. LeTourneau grabbed the final two points to take the fourth set 26-24 and the match 3-1.

Katie Malachinski (Stevensville, Mont.) led all players with 17 kills and Erin Sosnowchik (Omaha, Neb.) added 12 more kills. Brooke Paxton (Greeley, Colo.) had 21 digs for Johnson & Wales.

In the second match of the day, the 'Cats took on Endicott College. After a back and forth start, Endicott used a scoring run midway through the set to push their way to a 25-18 win. The second set had the Gulls use the same formula to take the set 25-15. In the third set, the Wildcats found themselves up early before the Gulls rallied to go up 13-12 on JWU. Johnson & Wales put together a seven point run to lead 19-13. Endicott wouldn't go away though and rallied to tie the set 19-19. Back and forth play continued with Johnson & Wales ultimately capturing the 26-24 win. The fourth set saw Johnson & Wales use scoring runs to make up ground but the Gulls were able to find the late momentum to take the 25-21 victory.

Malachinski had a game high 15 kills for Johnson & Wales and both Erynn Keeney (Thornton, Colo.) and Sosnowchik both added 10 kills. Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 36 assists for Johnson & Wales.

The 'Cats will close out the weekend on Saturday with a match against host University of Dallas.