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Wildcats fall to Howard Payne

Wildcats fall to Howard Payne

The Wildats returned to action on Friday at Colorado College's Spike It Up tournament as they took on Howard Payne University.

In the opening set the the Wildcats held a 14-10 advantage but the Yellow Jackets rallied back to lead. HPU used a late run to pull away to the 25-20 win. In the second set the the Yellow Jackets took an 8-3 lead. The 'Cats chipped away to tie the set 10-10. The two teams went back and forth with the Wildcats holding the 18-14 lead. The Yellow Jackets put together a scoring run to tie the set 19-19. The back and forth continued with HPU ultimately taking the 27-25 win. The third set saw the Yellow Jackets come out firing with a 9-1 advantage. The momentum stayed in Howard Payne's favor as they led 21-10. The 'Cats had a late push to go on a 7-1 run to cut the gap to 22-17. The Yellow Jackets found the final points to secure the 25-18 win. 

Katie Malachinski (Stevensville, Mont.) led the Wildcats with 11 kills and hit .348 in the match. Brooke Paxton (Greeley, Colo.) had 14 digs and Erin Sosnowchik (Omaha, Neb.) added another 10.

The Wildcats will take on #2 Colorado College and (RV) Cornell College on Saturday afternoon.