The Wildcats closed out the weekend on Saturday with a pair of matches at the SCAC Crossover at the University of Dallas.
The first match had Johnson & Wales taking on #13 Trinity University. Trinity opened the match on a 7-1 run to build some early momentum. The Tigers pushed their lead up to 13-3 as they continued to push the momentum. Johnson & Wales chipped away at the lead but TU took the 25-9 opening set win. JWU had a better start to the second set, tying the contest 7-7 off an ace from Kaitlin Jones (LaSalle, Colo.). The Tigers put together a 5-0 run to start to build some distance from the Wildcats. The Wildcats continued to make small strides but Trinity had built enough distance to take the 25-18 win.
In the third the Tigers got an early lead and didn't look back as they powered their way to a 25-7 win and the three set sweep. Ashlee Ruehs (Phoenix, Ariz.) had seven kills for Johnson & Wales and hit .429 in the match. Skylar Raineri (Murrieta, Calif.) had a game high 12 digs for Johnson & Wales.
The second match featured JWU taking on weekend host University of Dallas.
The Wildcats came out with some momentum, opening the set with a 9-5 advantage. The Crusaders fought back to to tie the set 17-17. JWU tried to shut down the run but UD held them off to get the 25-22 win. In the second, JWU again had the early scoring with a 7-1 lead. After leading 9-4, the Crusaders put together a 12 point run to lead JWU 16-9. The Wildcats picked up a couple more points but the big run by Dallas allowed them to take the 25-15 win. The third set saw the two sides trade small scoring runs with Dallas leading 14-12 midway through the set. University of Dallas had a five point run to again pull away from Johnson & Wales. The small scoring run was enough to swing the momentum to UD as they grabbed the 25-19 win.
Johnson & Wales (1-16, 1-7 SCAC) are off next weekend before heading to Colorado Springs on October 12 to face Austin College and Southwestern University. On October 13, they'll take on Centenary College.