'Cats come up short on Saturday

'Cats come up short on Saturday

Johnson & Wales closed out the 2016 Chick-fil-a Classic hosted by College of the Ozarks on Saturday with two matches.

The first match saw the 'Cats take on Haskell Indian Nations University for the second time this season in a conference contest. In the first set against Haskell, the 'Cats led 7-3 early but the Indians regrouped to lead 10-9. Johnson & Wales chipped away but Haskell rattled off a 9-3 run to put the set out of reach of JWU. HINU took the opening set 25-21. In the second set, the Indians opened with an 11-4 lead. The 'Cats rallied to come back within two but another run by HINU allowed them to stretch the set to a 20-16 advantage. JWU made a late push but fell 25-20.

In the third set, the Indians started strong but the Wildcats rallied to tie the set 10-10. The two sides traded points through much of the half but the Indians ultimately put together the late run on their way to a 25-21 victory.

Kelley McLain (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Erin Sosnowchik (Omaha, Neb.) each had seven kills for Johnson & Wales. Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with 19 assists.

In the second match of the day, the Wildcats took on Evangel University. The Crusaders opened on a 7-0 run to begin the first set. Johnson & Wales made a small scoring run to come within four but the Crusaders kept their lead in the 25-18 win. 

In the second set the Crusaders broke up a back and forth start to lead 9-5. The Wildcats came back within two but Evangel went back up on their way to the 25-17 set win. In the third set the two teams traded points nearly the entire set. Johnson & Wales used a short scoring run to go up 19-15 but Evangel rallied to take the 25-22 win.

McLain finished with eight kills for Johnson & Wales and both Hannah Christianson (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Brittney Mukhar (Oxnard, Calif.) had 20 digs each.

The Wildcats will host Colorado College on Wednesday night at 6pm at the Wildcat Center.