TACOMA, Washington – Down, but never out. After dropping the first set to Willamette, the Puget Sound volleyball team rallied to win three consecutive sets for a 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20) victory over the Bearcats in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.
The win allows Puget Sound to keep pace with Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran, as the three teams are tied for first place in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers pushed their winning streak to four matches.
Puget Sound (9-6, 6-1 NWC) lost the first set to Willamette (6-10, 3-4 NWC), 25-23. However, the Loggers opened the second set with authority. Melanie Siacotos put away three consecutive kills early in the second set, giving the Loggers an 8-1 lead. Puget Sound took a double-digit lead, 17-7, following a Willamette ace, and the Loggers won the set by a score of 25-13.
The third set was more closely contested. Neither side led by more than three points until a Bearcats error gave Puget Sound a 23-19 edge. The Loggers put away the next two points.
A 7-1 run by Puget Sound gave the Loggers a 12-6 lead in the fourth and final set, and they never looked back.
Alli Reviglio led all players with 13 kills, and Siacotos followed with 12. Sydney Voss finished with a game-high 27 digs. Aliah Ayau (23 assists) and Sarah Blumenfeld (22 assists) helped the Loggers hit .182 for the night.
Puget Sound returns home Saturday, Oct. 6, to host Pacific at 5 p.m.