HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The day started with an upset as the Puget Sound volleyball team split a pair of matches against top-10 teams. The Loggers (5-2) defeated the hosts, No. 9 Juniata, in four sets but fell by the same count to No. 5 Wittenberg.
FIRST MATCH (W, 3-1)
Marissa Florant had a career match to lead the Loggers to a 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24 win over ninth-ranked Juniata. Florant tallied a match-high 15 kills and had a match-high 19 digs to lead the Loggers.
Kristin Best also had a big match with 10 kills and two total blocks while hitting .304. Best was one of the key members of the Loggers front line that tallied 11 total blocks to limit Juniata to a .123 hitting percentage. Nicolette Reynaud, Jordan Bird and Jenni Brehove also had four block assists. Brehove added a solo block while dishing out 38 assists.
Catherine Scholl led Juniata with 15 killswhile Kelsey Fuller had a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs.
All four sets were very tightly contested throughout but in the end, the Loggers were able to fend off the hosts for the upset victory.
SECOND MATCH (L, 1-3)
Jackie Harvey got back on track with another double-double in the Logger late match, but the Loggers fell 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-18 to fifth-ranked Wittenberg.
Harvey had 15 kills and 16 digs in the match to go along with three block assists. Brehove had 44 assists and nine digs while Florant added 10 more kills and nine digs.
The Loggers managed to record six blocks in the match but Wittenberg stayed unbeaten with a .231 hitting percentage while holding the Loggers to a .169 clip. Kara Seidenstricker and Jessica Batanian each put down 14 kills for Wittenberg with Seidenstricker also adding a match-high 23 digs.
The Loggers hit just .154 and .11 in sets one and two, respectively, but found a groove in set three with a .323 hitting percentage that led to their one set win.
The Loggers are back home next week to open up NWC play against Whitman on Friday at 7 p.m. and Whitworth on Saturday at 5 p.m.