TACOMA, Wash.—The No. 19 Puget Sound volleyball squad rebounded from a lackluster showing last night, quickly dispatching Pacific University in three sets Saturday night at Memorial Fieldhouse in Tacoma, Wash.
The Loggers hit for .185 against the Boxers, but hit above .200 for the first two sets. In the first set they raced out to an 11-3 lead, tallying three service aces in the first 14 points. They built the lead out to 22-10 before Pacific rallied back, winning the next five points. However, one ace and a kill each from Jackie Harvey and Nicolette Reynaud ended Pacific's first set dreams, giving the Loggers the 25-17 game win.
Puget Sound started the second set even hotter, taking leads of 13-3 and 19-5. They hit .241 with nine kills in the second set, compared to Pacific's mark of .189 and 12 attack errors. Reynaud, Jordan Bird, and Maddie Goral all had two kills each in the set for the Loggers, while Harvey, Jenni Brehove, and Karly Edwards each added an ace. Puget Sound eased to a 25-8 victory heading into the intermission, thanks to a kill by Heather Sangster and two Pacific errors.
In the third and deciding set, the Loggers once again jumped out to a big lead, winning 14 of the first 17 points played. They stretched the lead out to 21-9 before Pacific made a run, winning nine of the next 12 points. It was too little too late for the Boxers, however, as their night ended with a service error, giving Puget Sound the sweep.
"I thought we were more ourselves tonight," said Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey. We're normally a very good serving and passing team, and we opened up the game tonight serving very tough and put them on their heels right away. I thought we rebounded well from where we were yesterday, and we also got almost our entire bench in the game tonight…I thought we did a very good job of focusing tonight and executing our game the way we wanted to."
Puget Sound didn't have a player with double-digit kills for the first time since a 3-0 win versus Linfield Sept. 20, but 11 different players did tally at least one kill. Pacific's Una Areta led all players with 10 kills, but the Loggers' Bird was just behind her with nine. The Boxers' Becky Sheller tallied 21 digs, while Harvey led the Loggers with 20, and she also led all players with five service aces. Two other Loggers, Brehove and Edwards, also scored three aces on the night.
Puget Sound (12-5, 7-2 Northwest Conference) has now won five straight matches. They begin the second half of conference play Friday, Oct. 18 when they travel to McMinnville, Ore., and take on Linfield. That match will start at 7:00 p.m.