SPOKANE, Wash. – The Puget Sound volleyball team climbed back into the match but couldn't hold off Whitworth in the fifth set as the Pirates (7-10, 3-7 NWC) scored the 25-18, 27-25, 23-25, 19-25, 15-7 upset over the 13th-ranked Loggers (13-5, 7-3 NWC). Nicolette Reynaud had 16 kills on .268 hitting to lead the Loggers.
The Pirates came out of the gates hot and upset-minded, hitting .350 in the first set while holding the Loggers to a .098 hitting percentage. The Loggers hit .078 in the second set to give Whitworth the 2-0 advantage.
However, the Loggers refused to be swept in Spokane as they boosted their hitting average to .140 in the third set and again to .250 in the fourth set to even things up at 2-2.
In the fifth set, the Loggers couldn't find the same rhythm of the previous two sets as Whitworth came from an early two-point deficit to an 11-5 lead and held on for the upset. The Loggers hit -.040 in the final set.
Whitworth rode the arm of Jalana White to the upset as White pounded down 22 kills. Maddye Dinsmore dished 54 assists while Nicole Leonard, Kristine Kardell and Abi Hedlund each contributed double digit kills.
The Loggers return home for a four-match homestand over the next two weeks, starting with a 7 p.m. match with George Fox next Friday.