TACOMA, Wash. – Seven team blocks helped the Puget Sound volleyball team to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-23 sweep of Willamette. The win avenged the Loggers(16-5, 10-3 NWC) five-set loss earlier in the year at Willamette.
Jackie Harvey ended the match with a match-high 13 kills while also tallying 17 digs. Jenni Brehove and Nicolette Reynaud led the outstanding effort at the net with four total blocks each. Danielle Westermann added three block assists while Kristin Best had a pair of block assists. Christina Chun also added 22 digs in the effort.
The Bearcats (7-13, 5-8 NWC) started the match on an early run to put the Loggers in a hole out of the gates. However, the Loggers slowly clawed their way back and eventually took a 17-16 lead on one of Harvey's four kills in the first set. The lead change was part of a five-point run that swung momentum back to the Loggers.
The Bearcats continued to push the 14-ranked Loggers before a service ace eventually ended the set at 26-24.
The first set paced the rest of the match as Willamette constantly kept pressure on the Loggers and both teams took turns holding leads and momentum. In the end, the Loggers continued to find ways to create space late in the set and hold on for the win.
A big factor in the match came down to service on both sides of the net as Willamette had 10 service errors while the Loggers recorded six aces.
Elisa Ahern led the way for Willamette with 12 kills but Emily Compton had 37 assists as she would not let the Bearcats go down quietly. Five Bearcats also reached double digits in digs but Elizabeth Balding's count of 24 digs was a match-high.
The Loggers play in their home finale tomorrow as they host Linfield at 7 p.m.