The Wildcats returned to Reid Arena at Colorado College for a Saturday morning contest against Centenary College.
The two sides looked evenly matched to start the contest with Johnson & Wales holding the 5-4 lead early. Centenary capitalized on a few Wildcat errors to extend their lead to 11-7 and start to build some distance. JWU was able to cut the deficit to 15-13, but Centenary closed out the set with a 10-0 run to take the 25-13 win. In the second set, the two teams traded leads early with the Wildcats breaking up a 10-10 tie with a three point run to start to find some momentum. Another three point run by JWU allowed them to take the 16-11 lead and force a Centenary timeout. The Wildcats held off a small surge from Centenary tand grabbed the 25-17 win. In the third, Centenary rattled off seven straight points to lead 12-5 and build some distance from JWU. The Wildcats were able to stop the Ladies run and cut the 20-11 deficit down to a 20-18 Centenary lead.
The two squads traded points with Centenary holding off the resurgent Wildcats to get the 25-22 win. Johnson & Wales came out firing in the fourth set, jumping out to an 8-2 advantage and forcing a Centenary timeout. The early scoring run proved to be helpful as the Centenary Ladies chipped away at JWU's lead coming within two points late but the Wildcats held on and took a 25-23 win and forced the deciding set.
The Wildcats looked strong out of the gate with some early points and held athe 8-6 lead as the two squads switched sides. Centenary used the break in game play to shake off their slow start and went up 11-10 on JWU. The Wildcats were only able to add one more point as Centenary got the 15-11 win and the 3-2 victory.
Brooke Paxton (Greeley, Colo.) had 21 kills for Johnson & Wales and hit .210 in the match while Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) put up 17 kills. Paxton led five Wildcats with double digit digs, notching 23 in the contest. Emmy Gazaway (Louisville, Colo.) had 47 assists for Johnson & Wale in the loss and Brea Chaney (Commerce City, Colo.) finished with two solo blocks.
The Wildcats head to Trinity University next weekend for matches against Texas Lutheran, Schreiner and host Trinity.