Late rally not enough for Wildcat volleyball

Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin Jones

DENVER -- The Johnson & Wales University volleyball team came up short against visiting Austin College on Friday night at the Wildcat Center. 

The Wildcats (2-8, 0-2) were competitive in each set -- including a thrilling 27-25 victory in No. 3 -- but the they ran into trouble late in the fourth as they were trying to extend the match. 

A service error by the Kangaroos gave the Wildcats a 19-18 lead in the set, but the visitors proceeded to win the final six points to end the night to secrure the 25-20, 25-19, 25-27, 25-18 win.

Freshman Hope Hines and senior Brooke Paxton led JWU with 11 kills each with the two combining for 29 digs. The Wildcats held their own up front, finishing with eight total blocks, their second highest total in a match this season. Freshmen Elyse Swensen led the effort at the net with five block assists while classmate Sierra Martin and Paxton finished with three each. 

Sophomore Jacquelyn Ortiz totaled 19 assists and 10 digs while classmate Kaitlin Jones had 15 digs. 

The Wildcats continue SCAC play Saturday vs. Trinity (2 p.m.) and St. Thomas (6 p.m.).