TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound volleyball team fell in straight sets to No. 17 Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday in a key Northwest Conference matchup. The visiting Lutes (13-2, 7-0 NWC) pulled the upset over the 10th-ranked Loggers (11-4, 5-2 NWC) 25-20, 25-22, 25-23.
Jackie Harvey had a match-high 13 kills and Marissa Florant added 12 more but it wasn't quite enough to overcome a solid effort from the Lutes. Bethany Huston and Allison Wood each recorded 11 kills in the match.
The Lutes came out on fire to take the first set and capture momentum in the match. They hit .351 in the first set while holding the Loggers to .130 hitting. In the match, the Loggers had a season-low .077 hitting percentage.
The second set showed more promise for the Loggers as they never trailed by more than three points until late in the set. However, the Lutes were able to pull away late and build a 23-18 lead before eventually taking the set.
The Loggers came out of the break looking to extend the match at least one more set. The Lutes had other ideas as they built a quick 6-1 lead after a service ace from Samantha North. However, a couple aces from Kelsey Lee and a kill from Nicolette Reynaud had the Loggers and Lutes knotted at 6-6.
The teams traded blows over a large portion of the set with neither trailing by more than two points. After a Logger attacking error knotted the set again at 15-15, the Loggers went on a 6-1 run and took a commanding 21-16 lead on another Reynaud kill.
The Lutes rattled off three quick points to pull back within two points. Harvey's final kill of the evening looked to have given the Loggers the upper hand with a 23-20 lead. A kill by Amy Wooten kept the Lutes hopes of a sweep alive and three consecutive Logger errors had the momentum and the lead switched late in the set. Haley Urdahl put down the final kill of the match to finish off the sweep.
The Lutes take a commanding two game lead in the Northwest Conference standings with just nine left to play in the season. The Loggers will look to rebound when they finish out the first round of the NWC schedule with a 7 p.m. match against Lewis & Clark in Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday.