NEWBERG, Ore. – The Puget Sound volleyball team fell 25-14, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21 at George Fox on Friday night. The Bruins (10-14, 5-10 NWC) took the first two sets and held off a Logger comeback for the victory.
Brynn Blickenstaff led the Loggers (17-6, 11-6 NWC) with nine kills, ending the night just one kill shy of the 1,000 kill mark. Jaime Ecklund added eight kills for the Loggers and hit .316. Juliette Witous had a match-high 15 digs.
The Bruins came out of the gates on fire, hitting .432 in the first set while holding the Loggers to a .114 hitting percentage. With the score tied at 9-9, the Bruins scored seven straight points to take a commanding 16-9 lead and eventually the set.
The second set was much more competitive as the lead changed hands multiple times. However, the Bruins went on another late run to secure the victory in the set. This time the score was knotted at 17-17 and the Bruins went on another seven-point run to take 24-17 advantage. The Loggers fought back with three points before Erin Campbell's kill gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
Campbell had a match-high 14 kills while Stephanie Kerr added 13 kills for the Bruins.
In the third set, the Loggers hit .258 while holding the Bruins to a .036 hitting percentage to gain back a set. The Loggers held a lead the entire set and pulled away after the Bruins cut the lead down to 11-10 with a six-point run to take the 17-10 advantage.
The fourth set started as another back-and-forth affair. Down 8-6, the Bruins went retook the lead 10-9 and did not look back as they stayed in front the rest of the way to score the win in the set and put away the match.
The Loggers will wrap up their regular season tomorrow at 7 p.m. when they travel to Willamettte.