TACOMA, Wash. – The Puget Sound volleyball came out of the gates hot and set up a 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 win over visiting St. Olaf to open the 2012 seaosn. Jackie Harvey picked up right where she left off in 2011 with 12 kills and 10 digs to lead the Loggers (1-0) to the win.
The Loggers also used an effective serve to dominate early. As a team, the Loggers put down 12 service aces, led by five from Marissa Florant. Jenni Brehove added three more aces and 11 digs in addition to her 24 assists.
Harvey's 12 kills led the attack with Florant adding seven. The Loggers hit .219 as a team while limiting St. Olaf to just .041 hitting on the day.
If there were any questions about how the Loggers would adjust to losing five senior starters, those questions were answered early. The Loggers had a match-high .237 hitting percentage in the first set and sprinted to the 25-11 win, rattling off several long scoring streaks.
Game 2 (W, 3-2)
The Loggers found themselves in a back and forth match with UC Santa Cruz in the late game of day one at the Puget Sound premier. The Loggers (2-0) used 14 blocks and nine more services aces to key the 25-12, 17-25, 25-18, 25-27, 16-14 win.
Jordan Bird tallied al four of her kills in the first set and the Loggers hit .273 as a team to sprint out to the early lead. However, the tide changed in the second set as the Banana Slugs (1-1) hit .224 as a team to cruise to a set win and tie the match up at 2-2.
The Loggers came back in the third set with another outstanding hitting performance at a .268 clip. The Slugs would not go quietly as they forced the Loggers to play a little extra in the fourth set. The Loggers had set point at 24-23 but the Slugs were able to erase the deficit and come away with the 27-25 win to force the fifth set.
As expected, the fifth set was a battle as each team had its eye on gritting out a win. However, the Loggers had three blocks in the short set and forced the Slugs to hit -.059 to get the win.
Nicolette Reynaud led the effort at the net with four total blocks. Jackie Harvey turned in another double-double 16 kills and 23 digs. Jenni Brehove also had a double-double with 40 assists and 12 digs. Marissa Florant added 12 kills and Christina Chun had a match-high 30 digs.
The Loggers will face a tough schedule tomorrow when they host No. 19 Southwestern at 11 a.m. and No. 25 Pacific Lutheran at 5 p.m.