THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A four-set comeback win ended with the Puget Sound volleyball team's third NCAA Regional Championship. The Loggers (22-5) fell behind in the first set but regrouped to upset Cal Lutheran, the region's top seed, 14-25, 26-24, 25-21, 27-25.
The match fittingly ended with one of the 11 Logger blocks in the match. Freshman Emily Convery and junior Jenni Brehove stuffed the Regals (29-5) final attack to clinch the final set in extra points.
Convery had four total blocks in the match, including two solo blocks. Nicolette Reynaud led the effort at the net with six block assists.
Jackie Harvey, who was named the tournament MVP, led the Loggers with 16 kills while hitting .279. She also had one solo block. Chistina Chun and Convery also earned All-Tournament honors. Chun had 21 digs in the match.
The Regals jumped out to an early lead in the first set and cruised to a 25-14 win behind six kills from Kylie McLogan. McLogan had a match-high 24 kills for the regals.
After the Regals jumped out to another early lead, the Loggers came roaring back. Down by as many as seven points, the Loggers started to chip away at the lead and eventually went on a four-point run to tie up the match at 20-20. Brehove had two aces to key the run and tie up the set.
Cal Lutheran would score the next couple of points but an ace from Harvey tied the match back up at 23-23 and the Loggers never trailed again. The Regals made an attacking error to clinch the set for the Loggers.
The Regals again jumped out to an early lead, but a five-point run was capped by a kill from Reynaud to give the Logers a 10-7 lead. The Logger block seemed to set up a brick wall in front of the net in the third set as five of their 11 blocks came during the 25-21 win. Cal Lutheran hit just .047 in the set.
Neither team led by more than four points in the fourth set. McLogan gave the Regals an early lead, which they held for most of the set. The Loggers pulled within one when Marissa Florant pounded a kill at 22-21. A blocking error and an attacking error from the Regals gave the Loggers their first lead since leading 5-4. An ace from Karly Edwards then gave the Loggers championship point but the Regals fought back to avoid elimination and a final kill from McLogan tied the match at 25-25. A service error gave the Loggers match point again and this time the Loggers came through with the block to advance into the Elite Eight of the tournament.
The Loggers will face No. 1 Calvin in the NCAA Quarterfinals but the match time has not yet been set.