Charlotte, N.C. - The USCAA #5 Johnson & Wales volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday at the Wildcat Center, defeating Rockingham County Community College in four sets before losing a five-set affair to Wake Tech Community College.
The Wildcats (10-9) saw off Rockingham in the opener, winning 25-23, 25-9, 22-25, 25-8.
Wake Tech managed to outlast Johnson & Wales in a back-and-forth contest later that afternoon, defeating the Wildcats 27-25, 15-25, 23-25, 34-32, 15-11.
"We've been playing high-energy and high-emotion volleyball for two weeks now, and I think it just caught up with us today," said Wildcats head coach Callie Phillips. "Wake Tech is always a good opponent, and we fought hard in this match. We just didn't have the energy for the final push we needed to seal Game 4 and into Game 5. We still made a lot of plays and played well as a team, so I'm certain we'll learn from this and keep rolling."
Johnson & Wales will resume play on Oct. 3 when it hosts Davidson County Community College at the Wildcat Center. Play is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.