Wildcats drop Friday match

Wildcats drop Friday match

Johnson & Wales hosted University of Dallas on Friday evening to open their last weekend of the season and celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Prior to first serve, JWU recognized their two outstanding seniors, Madi Fox (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Emmy Gazaway (Louisville, Colo.).

After a fairly even start to the opening set, University of Dallas put together a small scoring run to jump out to the 11-6 advantage. Johnson & Wales trailed 18-9 in the first set before the went on a 7-0 run to pull within two. The visiting Crusaders shook off their errors and closed out the set on a 7-1 run to grab the 25-17 win. In the second set, Johnson & Wales held the 11-6 lead over the Crusaders but UDallas came back to take the 16-15 lead. JWU regained a two point advantage but four straight from UD gave them the 20-18 advantage. The Wildcats held a late lead but the Crusaders captured the final 4-1 run to take the set 25-23.

In the third set the two teams went back and forth early with the set being tied 7-7. The two squads continued trading points until Dallas broke up an 11-11 draw to go up 14-13 on the Wildcats. A 6-0 run by University of Dallas extended their lead to 20-13. JWU grabbed a couple of late points but Dallas had the momentum to power their way to the 25-17 win.

Brea Chaney (Commerce City, Colo.) had five kills for Johnson & Wales and notched two solo blocks for the Wildcats. Kaitlyn Jones (LaSalle, Colo.) finished with 17 digs for the Wildcats.

Johnson & Wales will take on Mississippi University for Women on Saturday at 12pm and then close out their season at 4pm against Colorado College. Both games will be in the Wildcat Center.