Loggers Overcome Slow Start to Down Willamette 3-1

Loggers Overcome Slow Start to Down Willamette 3-1

TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound volleyball squad tallied another conference victory Friday, taking down Willamette University three sets to one. The 19th-ranked Loggers advance to 6-1 in conference play and won their fourth match in a row.

The Loggers and Bearcats traded sets to open the match with Puget Sound winning the first set 25-19 and the Bearcats taking the second by the same score. In the first set, Jackie Harvey and Nicolette Reynaud tallied five kills apiece en route to the set victory. The Loggers hit .190 in the first set, but just .057 in the second, by far their worst attacking set of the match.  

In a streaky third set, the Loggers steamed out to a 5-1 lead, but after a couple of service errors and three straight Shannon Waltz kills, found themselves tied nine all. They fought back, however and rattled off seven straight points, taking a commanding 16-9 lead in the set. The Bearcats didn't back down, however, and took seven of the next 10 points to cut the Puget Sound to three. The Loggers came back with a 6-2 run of their own, however, and took the third set 25-18. They hit .357 in the third set, tallying 12 kills on just 28 attacks for an attack percentage of .357, by far their best of the night.

The deciding fourth set started out as a back-and-fourth affair, with each team essentially trading points until the Loggers found themselves with an 8-7 lead. They took five of the next six points, but Willamette answered back, cutting the lead to 15-12. Puget Sound then started their final run of the night, taking a commanding 22-13 set lead thanks in part to three kills by Reynaud and two from Heather Sangster. Willamette tried to answer again, but the deficit was too much to overcome and the Loggers took the final set 25-18.

"We started out slow in the service and passing parts of our game tonight," said Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey. "Once we got those aspects working a little better, we played better overall. Honestly it was still an up-and-down focusing effort for us tonight."

Harvey led all players with 17 kills and 21 digs, tallying up another double-double. Florant had 19 digs, second-best of the match, and 11 kills for double-double as well. Jalene Toy and Harvey both added four service aces with three of Toy's four coming in the third set, and Jenni Brehove assisted with 46 kills on the night.  

The Loggers return to action Saturday, Oct. 12 with a home contest against Pacific. That match will start at 7:00 p.m., again in Memorial Fieldhouse.