Loggers Firing On All Cylinders To Advance To Regional Championship
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Jackie Harvey's 14 kills and nine team blocks led the No. 12 Puget Sound volleyball past No. 21 Chapman in straight sets on Saturday at the Gilbert Center. With the win, the Loggers (21-5) advance to tomorrow's regional championship match against the winner of the Cal Lutheran/La Verne match.
The Loggers started hot as they built an early 6-1 lead. The Panthers (24-7) fought back to take a 10-8 lead. However, the Loggers made another run to take control of the set and eventually took the set 25-18 on a kill from Nicolette Reynaud.
The second set came with much more drama as the teams needed extra points to decide a winner. Chapman jumped out to a 12-5 lead but Reynaud later tied the set at 12-12 with another one of her seven kills. From then on, it was a back and forth battle with the Loggers mainly playing one point behind the second-seeded Panthers.
The Loggers took their first lead of the set on a service ace from Christina Chun, who had four service aces to go along with her 20 digs. Chapman quickly reclaimed the lead and led by as much as three. However, the Loggers refused to go away. Facing set point and down two points Harvey slammed down a kill and assisted Kristin Best on a block to tie the match at 24-24. The teams then traded blows until Marissa Florant pounded back-to-back kills to take the set 28-26 for the Loggers. Florant had five of her nine kills in the set.
A pair of Chun aces early in the third set keyed a 6-4 Logger lead but Chapman refused to go down quietly while facing elimination. The Panthers tied the set up at 8-8 and then 9-9 before the Loggers used back-to-back blocks from Emily Convery and Brehove to take a 12-9 lead.
Kate Ferrin gave Chapman their first and only lead of the set with one of her 13 kills at 14-13 in the final set. Ashleigh Gideon also had 13 kills for the Panthers. However, the Loggers quickly tied the match at 15-15 and never trailed again. They slowly pulled away late in the match with a 24-20 lead. Chapman slammed down one more kill before a serve into the net, ended the match and boosted the Loggers into the regional championship match.
Seven different Loggers had at least one block assist to tally nine team blocks. Harvey and Reynaud led the effort with four. Harvey also added 16 digs in the effort. The Loggers also had 10 service aces in the sweep as a team while recording just three serving errors.
Chapman was led by Gordon and Ferrin on the attack with 13 kills each. Corrine Ostrovsky dished out 37 assists in the well-fought battle.
The Loggers will play for the regional championship tomorrow at noon against either Cal Lutheran or La Verne. The winner of the regional continues on to the national tournament in Holland, Mich. next weekend.