TACOMA, Washington – Despite recording a season-high 16 blocks, the Puget Sound volleyball team fell to Whitworth in five sets at home Saturday night, 3-2 (26-28, 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10).
Hannah Stinson led the Loggers (4-6, 1-1 NWC) with a season-best six total blocks to go along with 15 kills for a team-high 21 points. Moira McVicar came away with a season-best 45 assists. A trio of Loggers posted more than 20 kills in the match: Rachael Garrison (29), Shawna Smith (26), and McVicar (21).
Puget Sound nearly got in an early hole after Whitworth (8-3, 2-0 NWC) led the first set, 25-24. However, a kill by Heather Sangster evened the score. The Pirates briefly led again by one point, but consecutive kills by Sangster and Stinson sealed the first set for the Loggers.
Whitworth won the next two sets, but Puget Sound was not deterred. The Loggers raced out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth set, and an attack error by the Pirates gave Puget Sound its largest lead of the set, 19-10. Whitworth pieced together a 7-2 run, but a block by Sansgter and Stinson provided the Loggers their winning point.
The Pirates held a 5-0 lead in the fifth and decisive set, but a late 5-0 run by Puget Sound allowed the Loggers to claim a 10-9 lead. From there, the Pirates excelled under pressure and tallied consecutive points to win the match.
Puget Sound returns to action when it plays at Linfield on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
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