Volleyball Team's Third Trip to Finals Closes With Loss to Top-Ranked Calvin
November 15, 2012
Watch the post-match press conference: Puget Sound v Calvin, NCAA Quarterfinals
HOLLAND, Mich. – The 12th-ranked Puget Sound volleyball team bowed out in the NCAA Quarterfinal match on Thursday with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-10 to No. 1 Calvin. Jackie Harvey and Marissa Florant each had 10 kills to lead the Loggers (22-6).
The Loggers made their third trip in school history to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Finals, but saw the same result as the previous two trips with an exit in the quarterfinal match. The postseason still exceeded expectations for the young Logger team with no seniors as it emerged from the Cal Lutheran Regional as the No. 3 seed.
"I was very proud of our team tonight. We competed strongly with one of best teams in the nation for two sets," said head coach Mark Massey. "Overall, I thought it was an outstanding season and I thought we were a great representative of the West Coast."
The Loggers came out of the gates going toe-to-toe with top-ranked team in the nation. Over the first 20 points, neither team led by more than two points as they continued to trade blows. Finally, the Knights (32-2) were able to create a little separation with a 14-10 lead. Division III Player of the Year Lizzie Kamp led the charge with five of her match-high 18 kills in the first set.
Calvin kept its slight lead through the rest of the set. Jenni Brehove brought the Loggers back within two with a service ace, but Maggie Kamp came away with the kill on the next rally to take the set 25-22 for the Knights.
In a familiar position, the Loggers came out almost unfazed in the second set and immediately took a 2-0 lead on an ace from Jackie Harvey. Calvin made a run to take an 8-4 lead but Nicolette Reynaud fueled a Logger run to regain the lead. Reynaud had four blocks in the set, including one solo block, to go along with three of her nine kills in the match. All four of Reynaud's blocks and two kills helped the Loggers jump out to a 15-8 lead. Kelsey Lee also had an ace and Harvey ended the run with a kill.
Calvin was able to slowly chip away at the lead with Lizzie Kamp going off for seven kills and the Knights also stuffing four Logger attacks in the set. The Knights looked to extend the set as they cut the lead to 24-23. However, Florant pounded down her fourth kill of the set on the next rally to tie up the match at one set a piece.
"One of the keys to our success throughout the postseason was our passing and serving, and being one of the best teams in the regional at those two things is what helped us through," added Massey. "We did that really well tonight for two sets."
The third and fourth sets belonged to Calvin as they built comfortable leads early in both sets and kept the pressure on for the wins. After taking the third set 25-15, the Knights scored the first six points of the fourth set to take command early.
Brehove had 38 assists and 10 digs for the Loggers and Christina Chun had a match-high 16 digs despite having to leave the match early in the fourth set with an injury. Harvey had 10 kills and eight digs while Florant had 10 kills and nine digs. Reynaud finished with seven total blocks and nine kills while freshman Emily Convery had eight kills.
Lizzie Kamp finished with a double-double of 18 kills an 14 digs to lead Calvin. Emily Crowe had 11 kills while Rebecca Ratkov had eight total blocks.
The Loggers season comes to a close with the four-set loss. The team will remain completely intact next year as the Loggers had no seniors on this year's squad.