JWU spent Friday in pool play action at the 2016 A.I.I. Volleyball Championships in Point Lookout, Missouri.
The action got underway in the first match of the day as JWU took on Lincoln Christian University. The opening set saw the Wildcats hit .400 with 17 kills on their way to a 28-26 win over the Red Lions. In the second set, the 'Cats found a bit more breathing room as the powered their way to a 25-16 win to go up 2-0 on LCU. In the third set the two teams battled back and forth with the Red Lions ultimately taking the 29-27 win. The fourth set had Johnson & Wales notch 15 kills and .355 attacking on their way to a 25-15 win and the 3-1 victory.
In their second match of the day the Wildcats took on Haskell Indian Nations University for the third time this season. The two teams entered the match with an even 1-1 series in 2016. The two teams split the first four sets forcing a fifth deciding set. The Indians exerted their stamina and held off JWU in the fifth for the 15-4 win and the 3-2 match victory. McLain led JWU with 16 kills and Sierra Joyner (Oxnard, Calif.) had 29 digs for the 'Cats.
The final match of the day had Johnson & Wales taking on the hosts and top-seeded College of the Ozarks. The Wildcats came out firing in the final match of the day jumping out to an early 2-0 set lead against the hosts. The Bobcats battled back to take the final three sets and the 3-2 match victory. Brittney Mukhar (Lancaster, Calif.) had a match high 18 kills for Johnson & Wales and hit .311 in the contest. Joyner led five Wildcats in double-digit digs with 35 digs. Ruehs had 55 assits for Johnson & Wales in the loss.
After the tournament field was reseeding following pool play, the Wildcats will take on the now second seed Haskell Indian Nations University Indians at 2:30pm CST in the A.I.I. Semifinals on Saturday afternoon.