Blue Hawks slip past Wildcats

Ashlee Ruehs
Ashlee Ruehs

DENVER – The Wildcat Center was electric late Friday night during fifth and final match of the first day of the Mile High Challenge, culminating in a marathon fourth set between host Johnson & Wales University and visiting Dickinson State. 

The Wildcats and Blue Hawks traded blows back and forth as JWU Denver was trying to extend the match to a decisive fifth set while Dickinson State was aiming to close it out in four.

After erasing a 19-11 deficit and fighting off two set points, the Wildcats rallied and were within a point of extending the match three times before the Blue Hawks finally put the match away on a kill by Abby Moerkerke on secure the 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 32-30 victory to end the day 2-0.

Senior Brooke Paxton finished the match with 14 kills and 17 digs while freshman Hope Hines tallied 13 kills and 12 digs for JWU. Sophomore Jacquelyn Ortiz totaled 19 assists and senior Ashlee Ruehs had 16 for JWU Denver (0-2), which also got 21 digs from sophomore Kaitlin Jones

The Wildcats also served up seven aces, four by Paxton, two by Ortiz and one by Hines. JWU continues the Mile High Challenge on Saturday at noon against Friends.