Harvey's 15 Kills Lead No. 19 Loggers To Sweep of Willamette

Harvey's 15 Kills Lead No. 19 Loggers To Sweep of Willamette

TACOMA, Wash. – Jackie Harvey had 15 kills and hit .538 to lead the Puget Sound volleyball team to a 26-24, 25-18, 25-10 sweep of Willamette on Saturday. The Loggers (14-2, 6-2 NWC) won for the 15th consecutive time at home.

Harvey's monster night led the Loggers to a .297 team hitting percentage in the sweep. She had just one error in 26 attempts. Brynn Blickenstaff added 12 kills for the Loggers and hit .242.

Juliette Witous tallied a match-high 13 digs and Erika Greene dished out 23 assists in the sweep.

The Loggers also received excellent serving with 12 service aces on the night. Marissa Florant led the way with four aces while Stephanie O'Connor added three aces.

"We made some corrections in our blocking decisions between games two and three," said head coach Mark Massey. "Melissa had an amazing string of serves which you don't see very often in the college game."

Danica Reed led the Bearcats (6-11, 3-5 NWC) with 10 kills and three of the team's five aces on the night. The Bearcats hit .138 as a team.

In the first set, the Bearcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead, leaving the Loggers in a big hole. The Bearcats led the whole way and had set point at 24-22. However, a kill by Blickenstaff extended the set and an ace from O'Connor knotted things at 24-24. The Loggerswent on to score the next two points, totaling four straight points to capture the first set.

The Loggers never trailed in the second set and scored 12 consecutive points in the third set to build a 14-3 lead and cruise to the victory. The Loggers hit .480 as a team to key the third set victory.

The Loggers hit the road next week to face Lewis & Clark on Friday and Linfield on Saturday.