Johnson & Wales traveled to Point Lookout, Missouri to take part in the Chick-fil-a Classic hosted by College of the Ozarks. The tournament will allow Johnson & Wales to get a look at some A.I.I. competitors as well as get a feel for the court where the conference championships will be held in November.
In the first match of the day, the Wildcats took on Central Methodist University. In the opening set the two teams traded points early with Central Methodist holding the 12-10 advantage. A three point run by JWU put them up 13-12 midway through the set. The Eagles put together another run to lead 20-15 but it was short-lived as the 'Cats rallied to come within one point. The Eagles held off the push by JWU to take the set 25-22.
In the second set te Wildcats led 11-7 and held some early momentum. The 'Cats offense stalled as they led 17-11. The Eagles put together a 8-1 run to take the 20-18 lead. JWU tried to rally but came up short int he 25-21 loss. In the third set, the Eagles created some early momentum to take the 17-10 lead. Johnson & Wales couldn't make up the ground, falling 12-25 in the final set.
Kelley McLain (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Erin Sosnowchik (Omaha, Neb.) each had eight kills for Johnson & Wales and Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 24 assists. Brittney Mukhar (Oxnard, Calif.) had 12 digs for JWU in the loss.
The second match of the day saw JWU take on A.I.I. foe College of the Ozarks. After a back to back start to the contest, neither team was able to build much of a lead before the other side stormed back. Four straight points by the Bobcats broke up a 16-17 deficit for CofO and game them some late momentum. The Bobcats surged ahead to the 25-21 set win.
The second set went much like the first with back and forth action. The Bobcats started to find some momentum as they built a small lead. After leading by two, CofO stretched their lead to 20-15. Johnson & Wales made small in-roads but the Bobcats held them off for the 25-18 win.
In the third set the Bobcats came out of the gate firing looking for the sweep. College of the Ozarks jumped out to a 9-3 lead to open the set. The Wildcats rallied to trail 11-13 at the halfway point. Johnson & Wales chipped away but ultimately came up short as the Bobcats got the 25-19 win.
McLain had a match high 14 kills for Johnson & Wales. She hit .220 in the contest and also had three digs. Ruehs finished with 32 assists and 10 digs for the Wildcats. Hannah Christianson (Grass Valley, Calif.) had a game high 18 digs.
Johnson & Wales will continue play on Saturday as they take on Haskell Indian Nations University and Evangel University.