The Wildcats traveled south to Colorado Springs for a cross divisional day at Colorado College.
The first match of the afternono saw the Wildcats taking on Austin College. Johnson & Wales jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the opening set to establish themselves early. The 'Roos chipped away at the Wildcats lead until they took the 14-13 advantage. JWU scored three straight to go back up 16-14 but Austin rattled off three points of their own to lead 17-16. JWU trailed 24-20 before another three point run brought them within one. Austin College got the final point to take the 25-23 win. In the second set, the two sides battled with Johnson & Wales holding the 10-7 advantage. Austin rallied to go up 14-13 but a run by the Wildcats allowed them to lead 20-16. The 'Roos battled back to tie the set 20-20 but JWU held off Austin College to take the 26-24 win.
IN the third set the Wildcats again came out strong and battled through the early runs from Austin College. Austin broke up a three point deficit with a 7-0 run to lead 19-15. The Wildcats came back to again trail by one points, 24-23, but the 'Roos grabbed the final point again to take the 25-23 win. The 'Roos had the early lead in the fourth but Johnson & Wales came back from an 14-11 deficit to lead 18-14. Austin College found some late momentum to propel their way to the 25-23 win.
Johnson & Wales had double-digit kill sin all four sets and Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) had 19 kills for JWU and hit .357 in the match. Alyssa Christiansen (Turner, Ore.) had 20 digs for the Wildcats.
In the second match of the day, JWU faced off against Southwestern University.
The opening set had the Wildcats trailing by two points in the early minutes but a seven point run by Southwestern allowed them to push their lead up to 15-6. The Wildcats grabbed a couple points late but Southwestern held them off for the 25-15 win. The second set had the two squads trade points early with JWU down just a point, 9-8. SU had a small scoring run that allowed them to extend their lead to 16-10. JWU again made up some late ground but Southwestern won 25-18. In the third set, Southwestern led 4-0 as the Wildcats looked to get their offense going. Southwestern used their early run to power their way to the 25-14 win.
The Wildcats will take on Centenary College on Saturday at 10:00 am MT in Reid Arena at Colorado College.