TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team sets out to prove that its first half of the Northwest Conference season was no fluke when the Loggers travel to Oregon for matches at Linfield and George Fox this weekend.
|WHO||Puget Sound at Linfield|
|WHEN||Friday, Oct. 12 | 7 p.m.|
|WHERE||Ted Wilson Gym | McMinnville, Ore.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
|WHO||Puget Sound at George Fox|
|WHEN||Saturday, Oct. 13 | 5 p.m.|
|WHERE||Wheeler Sports Center | Newberg, Ore.|
|LINKS||Stats | Video|
The Loggers enter this weekend with a five-match winning streak, and they have won seven of their first eight NWC matches. The streak includes a comeback win at Whitworth (Sept. 28), when the Loggers prevailed after dropping the first two sets.
Around the NWC
Puget Sound enters the weekend in a three-way tie for first place in the NWC. The Loggers, along with Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth, hold a 7-1 conference record. Pacific isn't too far behind with a 6-3 NWC record.
The first time around
Puget Sound beat both Linfield (3-1, Sept. 14) and George Fox (3-2, Sept. 15) at home earlier this season. The Loggers and Bruins alternated set wins, and Puget Sound narrowly pulled off a 17-15 victory in the decisive fifth season. Melanie Siacotos totaled 24 kills against Linfield and George Fox, while Kristen Miguel came away with 20 through the two matches.
At your service
The Loggers are the best-serving team in the NWC, as Puget Sound leads the conference in service aces with 136. Freshman Jordan Holman leads the conference in aces per set (0.63). Freshman Sarah Blumenfeld and sophomore Alli Reviglio are tied for seventh in the conference with 0.44 service aces per set.
Making the most of opportunities
Although the Loggers do not have a player ranked in the NWC's top 10 for kills, Puget Sound's overall success is due in large part to a balanced attack. As a team, the Loggers have committed the second-fewest errors (310) in the NWC.
Scouting Linfield (6-10, 1-7 NWC)
The Wildcats' most recent match was a 3-1 victory over Whitman (Oct. 6), which snapped a seven-match losing streak. Linfield is tied with George Fox for the lowest hitting percentage in the NW (.143). Regan Dean is the team-leader in kills per set (2.22), and Taylor Souza averages 4.78 digs per set (4.78).
Scouting George Fox (7-10, 1-8 NWC)
After starting the season with a 6-2 non-conference record, the Bruins are 1-8 against NWC opponents. George Fox enters the weekend with four consecutive losses – its last win was against Linfield (Sept. 28). Sophia Lawrence leads the NWC in digs per set (5.02), and the Bruins rank third as a team for the statistic (16.43).