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Wildcats split Saturday matches

Wildcats split Saturday matches

The Wildcats wrapped up the weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday against University of Saint Francis and #25 Peru State College.

In the first match of the day, Johnson & Wales took on University of Saint Francis. The 'Cats opened the first set leading 8-5 but the Cougars fought back and tied the set 16-16.  Johnson & Wales went back up by three but the Cougars rallied to retake the 20-19 lead. The Wildcats closed out the set on a 6-0 run to take the 25-20 win.

In the second set the Cougars held a small lead but the 'Cats came back to tie the set 13-13. The two teams went back and forth never letting the other side build much of a lead. Johnson & Wales held off a late push by USF to take the second set 25-23. In the third set the Wildcats broke up a 7-7 tie to take the 11-7 lead. A small push by the Cougars cut the lead to two but the 'Cats went back up 16-10. JWU felt the momentum as they took the 25-16 win.

Kelley McLain (Simi Valley, Calif.) had 10 kills for Johnson & Wales and Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished with 27 assists.

In the second match of the day, the 'Cats took on #25 Peru State College to close out the weekend. In the opening set, the teams traded points before Johnson & Wales took the slight 11-10 lead. The 'Cats offense sparked and they led 18-15 midway through. The 'Cats powered their way through a late run by PSC to take the 25-22 win.

In the second set, the Bobacats began with a 9-3 run to set the tone. The Wildcats rallied to tie the set 12-12 forcing Peru State to call a timeout. After the timeout, PSC regrouped and went up by three. JWU made some headway but the Bobcats held on for the 25-19 win. The third set again had the Bobcats start strong, leading 10-4 early. JWU battled back to come within a point before the Bobcats surged to a 20-13 lead. The Bobcats finished off the set with the 25-17 win.

In the fourth set the Widlcats stayed within reach of the Bobcats, coming within two as PSC led 15-13. The 'Cats couldn't pull off the rally though, falling 18-25 in the final set.

McLain led Johnson & Wales with 13 kills and Danielle Giannini (Morrison, Colo.) hit .286 with seven kills. Sierra Joyner (Oxnard, Calif.) had 23 digs for JWU and Ruehs finished with 33 assists.

The Wildcats head to Billings, Montana next weekend for a tournament at Rocky Mountain College.