Johnson & Wales headed to Colorado Springs on Friday for a pair of matches at Colorado College as part of the 2018 Pikes Peak Challenge.
The first match of the day featured the Wildcats taking on host #2 Colorado College in an SCAC match. JWU battled through the first set with the Tigers through the opening points. The Tigers used a 5-0 run to begin to pull away from JWU on their way to a 25-14 win. In the second set, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead using the momentum from late in the first set. JWU chipped away to grab a couple of points but CC held them off for a 25-10 win. The third set had the Tigers put together a 6-0 run late to power their way to the 25-12 victory.
Brooke Paxton (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills for Johnson & Wales and had 10 digs.
In the second set, JWU took on Coventant College. Covenant started out the set on a streak to jump out to the 10-3 advantage. The early momentum helped them earn the 25-13 victory. In the second set, the Wildcats came out to a 4-1 lead. Covenant came back to tie the game 5-5. JWU battled for each point putting together small runs on their way to the 25-22 win. In the third, Covenant began the set with a 7-1 lead. The Scots continued to put together the points and grabbed the 25-13 win. In the fourth, Johnson & Wales fought for each point in the fourth but Covenant put together a late run to capture the 25-20 win and the 3-1 victory.
Johnson & Wales will head to Georgetown, Texas next weekend where they'll face host Southwestern University, Centenary College and Austin College in a trio of SCAC matches.