TACOMA, Wash. – The No. 15 Puget Sound volleyball team opened its Northwest Conference season on Friday night with a quick 25-14, 25-15, 25-17sweep of visiting Linfield. The Loggers (6-4, 1-0 NWC) had a night of strong hitting and even stronger serving to boost the team to the win.
The Loggers started hot and never let up as they hit over .350 in all three sets for a .371 hitting percentage for the match. They also totaled eight service aces with six coming in the second set alone.
"Actually I thought one of the keys for us tonight is that we did a really good job of serving tough," said head coach Mark Massey. "That's something that we take pride in and is a central part of our game plan. I thought we put a tremendous amount of heat on them with our serving."
With only three service errors on the night, the Loggers certainly proved to be on from behind the line. Jackie Harvey, Jenni Brehove and Jalene Toy all had a pair of aces to lead the tough serving night. Harvey also had nine kills, which tied for the team-high.
Kailan Ritte-Camara led the Wildcats (4-4, 0-1 NWC) with 14 kills on .231 hitting. Molly Taggart also had six kills and hit .333.
The match began with two straight points for Linfield until Harvey put away her first kill of the night. Linfield responded and built a 5-1 lead but the Loggers slowly chipped away with three and four-point runs to take the lead at 10-9. The lead continued to grow on the same pattern and the Loggers scored the final five points of the set for the 25-14 win.
It was all Puget Sound in the second set with six aces in the set and just one attacking error. Marissa Florant led the strong attack, hitting .643 on the night. She had nine kills on just 14 swings and did not commit an error. She also had a match-high 14 digs.
The third set was more of the same for the Loggers as they hit .371 in the set and limited the Wildcats to a .077 hitting percentage. The Loggers led 4-1 at the start and never looked back.
Jordan Bird also had a flawless night on the attack. She had five kills on 10 swings and did not commit an error. Brehove dished out 31 assists in the contest.
The Loggers are back at home tomorrow when they host George Fox at 7 p.m. in Memorial Fieldhouse.