PARKLAND, Wash. – Ten service aces for the Puget Sound volleyball team wasn't enough to overcome an off night on the attack as the Loggers fell 25-21, 19-25, 25-15, 26-24 at Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday. The 14th-ranked Loggers fell to 2-1 in conference and 7-5 overall. The 16th-ranked Lutes improved to 7-4 overall and remained perfect at 3-0 in NWC matches.
The Loggers hit just .090 on the night and were well into the negatives in the fourth set. Despite their off night, the Loggers managed to stay close in the fourth set behind a pair of service aces and five blocks. The Lutes hit just .018 in the deciding set – their lowest of the match – but blocked six Logger attacks.
I thought (Pacific Lutheran) played much more confidant at home then they had played at our place. We did a very poor job of converting our kill opportunities," said head coach Mark Massey. "When you get a good swing and the ball doesn't go down, you're probably going to pay a price for that. They're a good defensive team and did a better job of then taking those ball and getting kills out of them."
Jenni Brehove had 31 assists on the night and put up 25 digs for the double-double. She was also one of four Loggers with a pair of aces. Jackie Harvey had two aces to go along with a team-high 10 kill. Marissa Florant and Jalene Toy also had a pair of aces while Christin Chun had 20 digs.
The first set remained close all the way with 12 ties and seven different lead changes. The Loggers lead as late as 19-18 when Emily Convery and Jordan Bird put up a block at the net. However, the Lutes rattled off five of the last six points to take the set and the initial lead.
The second set went more of the Loggers way as they held the Lutes to .043 hitting. Harvey out down five of her six kills in the set and the Loggers never trailed in a 25-19 win. The tides turned in the third as the Lutes jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as they ran away with the 25-15 win.
The fourth set went back to the seesaw battle of the first set with neither team building a significant lead. The lead changed hands twice. Down 20-17, the Loggers built a run to tie the game at 22-22 when Convery and Harvey stuffed a Lute attack.
Convery ended the match with six block assists to lead the Loggers at the net.
The Lutes jumped back out in front but a Convery kill and another combo Convery, Bird block tied the set at 24-24. A quick sideout and a Lute kill put the match away, as they came away with the big win at home.
Four Lutes ended the match in double digits in kills, led by 12 from Amy Wooten. Samantha North had 46 assists and 10 digs fro the double-double. Lucy Capron went for 11 kills and 16 digs while Haley Urdahl had 10 and 21.
The Loggers are back in action on Friday when they travel down to Lewis & Clark for a 7 p.m. NWC match.