Johnson & Wales hit the road for the first trip of the season, travelling to Peru, Nebraska for the 2016 Peru State Fall Classic.
In the opening match of the day, the 'Cats took on Stephens College and were immediately confronted with a tough fight. The two sides battled back and forth through each set with the 'Cats taking the opening set 25-23. The Stars took the second set 25-21 after outhitting JWU 0.303. The Wildcats regrouped in the third set to take the 25-21 win and notched 14 kills and just three attacking errors.
Stephens College made a late push in the fourth set to take the 25-23 win setting up a decisive fifth set. JWU found their momentum early in the fifth set and cruised to the 15-9 victory. Erin Sosnowchik (Omaha, Neb.) led the Wildcats with 16 kills in the match and hit 0.268 in the contest. Kelley McLain (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Brittney Mukhar (Lancaster, Calif.) also had double digit kills with 12 an 11 respectively. Mary Acord (Granby, Colo.) had 24 assists for Johnson & Wales.
After a short break, the Wildcats returned to the court to take on York College. The 'Cats maintained their rhythm from the first match and put together short scoring runs to push themselves to a 25-18 opening set win. In the first set, Johnson & Wales had 18 kills and hit .286 in the set. The Wildcats continued to push their offensive style and and put together a 25-14 win in the second set. The third set saw Johnson & Wales hit a season high .378 with 17 kills and just three attacking errors in their 25-15 win to take the 3-0 sweep.
McLain and Ashley Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) each had nine kills for Johnson & Wales with Ruehs hitting 0.412. Acord put together 19 assists for JWU and Sierra Joyner (Oxnard, Calif.) had 24 digs for Johnson & Wales.
The Wildcats will start early tomorrow morning, taking on Friends University at 9am MT. Live video is available here. JWU will wrap up the weekend against host Peru State immediately following the Friends University match.