Loggers Stay In Title Hunt With Sweep Of PLU
PARKLAND, Wash. – Three Loggers reached double digit kills and Jenni Brehove dished out 39 assists as the Puget Sound volleyball team swept Pacific Lutheran 31-29, 25-22, 25-22 on Wednesday night. The win keeps the Loggers (18-5, 12-3 NWC) hopes alive for an NWC title and a postseason berth.
Jackie Harvey was the primary beneficiary of Brehove's assists with 12 kills on the night to lead the Loggers. She also had 14 digs. Marissa Florant added 10 kills and 18 digs to the effort while Danielle Westerman hit .320 to pound down 10 kills. Westerman also led the effort at the net with four total blocks, including one solo block. Nicolette Reynaud tallied four block assists.
The Loggers had six team blocks on the night to counter the Lutes (19-5, 13-2 NWC) five team blocks. The Loggers also held PLU to .135 hitting.
The Lutes jumped out to a big lead to open the match, building a 19-13 lead in the first set. However, the Loggers rattled off five consecutive points to cut the lead to one and eventually tied the set at 20-20 on a Harvey kill.
The two teams continued to trade points and force each other to play extra points to decide the set. Finally, Harvey and freshman Emily Convery pounded down back-to-back kills to capture the lengthy set and the advantage in the match.
The second set remained the back-and-forth pattern that concluded the first set. With the teams tied at 22-22, a kill from Westerman, an ace from Brehove and a PLU attacking error gave the Loggers the 2-0 advantage.
The Lutes came out of the break on fire and built a 7-1 lead, highlighted by two of Chelsea Nelson's seven kills. The Loggers slowly chopped away at the lead until a Florant kill tied the set at 18-18. The Loggers would go on a 7-4 run after that to clinch the set and the match on another Westerman kill.
Haley Urdahl led the Lutes with 10 kills while Blair Bjorkman had a match-high 27 digs. She was one of five Lutes to tally at least 10 digs in the match.
The Lutes remain in the driver's seat for an outright NWC title and the automatic qualification into the NCAA Tournament. The Lutes can clinch both with a win this weekend when they visit George Fox. The Loggers head to Lewis & Clark and need a win and a Lute loss to clinch a share of the title. A Lute loss and a Logger win would give the Loggers the automatic qualifier via the NWC's tiebreaker procedures.