Tigers claw their way past Wildcats

Tigers claw their way past Wildcats

Johnson & Wales returned home to the Wildcat Center after a weekend of matches in Missouri for a midweek match against #8 Colorado College.

The Tigers got on the board first but neither team had much offense early. After trading points back and forth, the 'Cats got the biggest lead of the game by going up two points on CC. The Tigers countered with a 6-1 run to lead 13-10 at the halfway point. Johnson & Wales chipped away but a late five point run by Colorado College allowed them to take the 25-17 win. The Tigers recorded 16 kills in set after they got their offense going.

In the second set, CC jumped out to a 6-3 lead before Johnson & Wales came back to tie the set 6-6. The Tigers had a scoring run that gave them a five point lead and then quickly followed it up with three straight points to lead 15-8. Johnson & Wales tried to make up ground but CC held them off for the 25-16 win.

The third set saw JWU take an early 6-3 lead. The 'Cats kept the momentum going as they extended their lead to 10-5. The Tigers started to string points together but Johnson & Wales continued to break up their scoring runs. The teams traded scoring opportunities with the Tigers rallying back to tie the set 18-18. Johnson & Wales went ahead 22-19 but the Tigers wouldn't go away and came back for the 25-23 win and the 3-0 match victory.

Kelley McLain (Simi Valley, Calif.) led all players with nine kills in the match. Erynn Keeney (Thornton, Colo.) had a team high .400 hitting percentage with five kills. Sierra Joyner (Oxnard, Calif.) had 14 digs for JWU and Hannah Christianson (Grass Valley, Calif.) added 13 digs.

McLain's nine kills gave her at least 300 kills for the third straight season (2016 - 300, 2015 - 494, 2014 - 313).

Johnson & Wales will host Adams State University on Thursday, October 6 at 5pm in the Wildcat Center.