Loggers Open Season With Two Big Wins

Loggers Open Season With Two Big Wins

TACOMA, Wash. – Seniors Jackie Harvey and Marissa Florant led the ninth-ranked Puget Sound volleyball team to a pair of wins on its opening day. The Loggers (2-0) made quick work of Whitman with a sweep to open the day and outlasted No. 15 Wartburg in four sets in the late match.

"Early in the season most teams are just trying to figure themselves out," commented head coach Mark Massey. "The key thing about today was to get our base systems in place. It makes us feel more confident about what we're doing. I thought the second match really showed who we are as a team. We were happy to come away with a win against such a talented team in Wartburg."

Match 1 vs. Whitman (W, 3-0)

The season started strong for the Loggers with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 sweep of visiting Whitman on Friday morning. All-American Jackie Harvey started her season off strong with a match-high 15 kills to lead the Loggers. 

Nicolette Reynaud also had a strong season-opener with nine kills while hitting .529 in the sweep to go along with four total blocks. Amanda Harvey also had 35 assists in her first collegiate start at setter.

Whitman (0-1) came out strong in the first set and led through most of it. Franny Gardner and Jillian Davis each had two kills in the set to lead the Missionaries out to an early lead. After a Logger attacking error, the Missionaries had their largest lead at 15-10. 

However, the Loggers rattled off four points in a row to climb back into the set. Back to back Missionary attacking errors gave the Loggers a 17-16 lead, which they would not give back. The Loggers continued to run away behind kills from Harvey, Reynaud and Kristin Best. At set point, a Missionary pass drifted over the net and Harvey pounded it home to clinch a 1-0 Logger lead.

The rest of the match was largely controlled by the home team with Harvey pounding eight kills in the second set and the Loggers posting a .304 team hitting  percentage. In the third set, both teams struggled on the attack but the Loggers continued to cruise. 

They held the Missionaries to a -.054 hitting percentage in the final set and a .062 hitting percentage in the match. Davis led the Missionaries with nine kills and a match-high 18 digs.

Marissa Florant and Kelsey Edwards each tallied 14 digs for the Loggers while Christina Chun had 13 digs. 

Match 2 vs. No. 15 Wartburg (W, 3-1)      

The Loggers came out on fire in their second match of the day and came out on top over No. 15 Wartburg in four sets – 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15. The Loggers hit .248 in the match while limiting Wartburg to just .102 hitting.

Marissa Florant led the attack in the late match with 18 kills on .486 hitting while Jackie Harvey added 13 kills and a match-high 19 digs. Jenni Brehove had 43 assists in her first match of her senior season. 

The Loggers hit .345 in the first set and stayed hot with a .290 hitting percentage in the second set as they jumped out to a 25-14, 25-20 lead. Kelly Niemann and Maddie Forsyth led Wartburg in the third set to take a set back from the hosts.

Wartburg jumped out to a 7-3 lead and led the majority of the way.  The Knights recorded three of their seven blocks in the set to limit the Loggers to just .111 hitting while they had their best hitting percentage of the night at .182. 

The Loggers would fight back to tie the game at 24-24 on a kill from Kristen Lane but the Knights captured the final two points when a Logger attack went wide.

The Loggers came back to life in the fourth set, hitting .312 and running away with the match. The Knights went back to hitting just .083 as the Logger lead continued to grow throughout the set. 

The Loggers tallied six service aces in the match with Harvey serving up four through the match.

Another tough test awaits the Loggers tomorrow with a noon match against No. 2 Calvin and 6 p.m. match against crosstown rivals Pacific Lutheran.