Underclassmen make presence known in 2018

Underclassmen make presence known in 2018

TACOMA, Washington – Although more than 80 percent of its roster was comprised of freshmen and sophomores, the Puget Sound volleyball team battled its way to a 12-12 overall record in 2018.

With 18 underclassmen and only four seniors, the Loggers appeared to be heading for a long season when they lost three of their first four matches of the year in the Puget Sound Premiere (Aug. 31 – Sept. 1).

It didn't take long for Puget Sound to show signs of improvement. Just one week after the Puget Sound Premiere, the Loggers won two out of four matches in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational hosted by Cal Lutheran (Sept. 7-8). The Loggers' victories included a 3-0 sweep over Pomona-Pitzer and a 3-2 victory over Whittier.

The positive trip to southern California launched the Loggers into a blistering start to the Northwest Conference season. Puget Sound won eight of its first nine NWC matches, including road wins at Whitworth and Whitman. The Loggers were the first team to hand Whitworth its first NWC loss in five matches.

The second time through the NWC schedule, however, wasn't as favorable. Puget Sound closed the year with five losses in its last six contests.

Shortly after the end of the season, sophomore Melanie Siacotos was named to the All-NWC Second Team. Siacotos led the Loggers in total blocks with 68, and she ranked fourth in the conference with 0.94 blocks per set. Her .238 attack percentage led all Loggers (min. 10 matches) and ranked 10th overall in the NWC. She notched a career-high 13 kills against both Millikin (Aug. 31) and Linfield (Sept. 14). Siacotos also totaled a career-best 10 blocks at Whitman (Sept. 29). Siacotos totaled at least 10 points in 11 different matches during the 2018 season. 

Siacotos, of course, wasn't the only Logger underclassman to make big impact in 2018. Sophomore Alli Reviglio led the team in kills (174), ranked second in digs (225), and third in total blocks (33). Sophomore Sydney Voss finished the year with a team-high 308 digs, while freshman duo Aliah Ayau (378) and Sarah Blumenfeld (373) were tops on the team for total assists.

The Loggers proved to be the best serving team in the NWC by posting a conference-high 2.17 service aces per set. Reviglio and freshman Jordan Holman tied for second in the NWC with 0.51 service aces per set, and Blumenfeld ranked fifth with 0.42.

Often playing up front with Siacotos was freshman Sadie Alloway. She ranked ninth overall in the NWC for blocks per set (0.72).