TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound volleyball seniors led the Loggers (16-4, 8-4 NWC) to a convincing 25-13, 25-16, 25-20 win over visiting Pacific on Friday. The Loggers celebrated Senior Day before the match with six seniors playing for their final time in Memorial Fieldhouse.
Erika Greene had a big night for the Loggers as she dished out 29 assists, tallied nine digs and recorded five service aces. Three of those aces came on consecutive points in the third set.
Another senior Juliette Witous tallied a match-high 10 digs while senior Brynn Blickenstaff had a match-high nine kills. Bre Boyce had three blocks while Stephanie O'Connor contributed eight digs in the sweep. Jaime Ecklund also had seven kills with all coming in the first two sets.
The Boxers (12-8, 6-5 NWC) were led by Mariah McHolland and Kelsy Takashima with eight kills a piece. McHolland hit .389 to lead the team.
The Loggers net play came back into form on Friday as they limited the Boxers to .061 team hitting percentage. The Loggers also had 12 service aces as a team. Greene contributed five and Witous added four to lead the Loggers in the category.
The Loggers sprinted out to a quick lead in the first set, scoring the first five points of the match. They continued to pull away and built an 11-3 lead before eventually taking the set 25-13.
The second set was much of the same story as an enthusiastic Logger team quickly built a 7-2 The Boxers narrowed the gap to 8-5 before the Loggers started to pull away and eventually take the 2-0 lead in the match with another commanding 25-16 victory.
The Boxers took their first lead in the match with the first two points of the third set. They held the Loggers to just .061 hitting in the set but it proved to be not enough to avoid the sweep. The Loggers bounced back to take a 4-3 and would not trail again until the Boxers went up 18-17 on a McHolland kill. However, the Loggers scored the next four points to regain the lead and sprinted away to a 25-20 win and the sweep.
The Loggers will host Whitman and Whitworth next week at Stadium High School in Tacoma. Whitworth will come in for a 7 p.m. match on Friday and Whitman will square off with the Loggers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.