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Wildcats split final day of season

Wildcats split final day of season

Johnson & Wales wrapped up their 2018 season on Saturday afternoon with a pair of matches.

In the first match of the day the Wildcats took on the Owls of Mississippi University for Women. The two squads traded points to begin the first set with Johnson & Wales using a 6-0 run to build a 10-5 advantage. The Owls rattled off four straight points before the Wildcats countered with their own 4-0 run. The teams traded small scoring runs with Johnson & Wales ultimately grabbing the 25-23 victory. In the second set the Wildcats came out strong with the early 11-4 advantage. The visitors chipped away and grabbed a few late points but Johnson & Wales was able to hold on for the 25-18 win. In the third set the Wildcats came out to a 6-2 lead but the Owls quickly countered and went ahead 8-6. Both teams had a couple of small runs with MUW holding the 16-14 advantage. Johnson & Wales shut down the Owl's offense and went on a 10-0 run to power their way to a 25-18 win and the three set victory.

Brooke Paxton (Greeley, Colo.) led the Wildcats with a game high 17 kills and Kaitlin Jones (LaSalle, Colo.) had 18 digs.

In the second match of the day the Wildcats took on #4 Colorado College.

Johnson & Wales had a good start to the first set, matching the Tigers with their own early scoring run. After breaking up the 8-8 tie, Colorado College went up 12-8 on JWU but the Wildcats kept chipping away. JWU battled but the Tigers ultimately grabbed the final few points and the 25-19 win. In the second set JWU again had a good start, holding the 10-9 lead midway through the set. Colorado College put together a 8-0 run to push their lead to 17-10. JWU added a few more points but the mid-set run was enough for the Tigers to take the 25-13 win. In the third set, JWU saw themselves trailing 9-3 early as the Tigers asserted their game in the opening minutes. After the early run the two squads exchanged scoring opportunities but the early lead gave CC the 25-15 win.

Paxton led Johnson & Wales with 10 kills and Emmy Gazaway (Louisville, Colo.) had 17 assists. Alyssa Christiansen (Turner, Ore.) had a match high 19 digs.

The Wildcats will head into the offseason preparing for a spring conditioning and then will look to rebound in their second year in the SCAC.