MCMINVILLE, Ore.—The Puget Sound volleyball team won its sixth match in a row, sweeping Linfield in three games Friday. With the win, the Loggers advance to 8-1 in the Northwest Conference.
Puget Sound raced out to a couple of big leads in the first game, forcing Linfield to take timeouts with UPS up 6-2 and 14-8. Strong serving by Jackie Harvey and Jalene Toy helped pace the Loggers early as they took a 14-7 lead halfway through the first game. The Loggers then took control of game one on the serve of Christina Chun. She served for six of the final seven points, tallying one ace in the process. Also, Linfield errors helped Puget Sound take such large leads as Wildcat errors contributed 13 points to the Loggers' cause in the opening frame. The Wildcats hit just -.118 in the first game compared to the Loggers' .069. Puget Sound took the first game 25-14.
The Loggers came out even hotter in the second game, taking leads of 12-3 and 18-6. Linfield won the next seven points, however, cutting the Logger lead to 18-13. A Wildcat attack error snapped the point streak, though, and the teams split points for the rest of the game. The Loggers saw their best attacking period of the match in the second, hitting .205 with 15 kills. Harvey had five of those kills, leading the Loggers in the set, and Emily Convery had three.
In the third game, both teams essentially traded points until Linfield put together five in a row, taking a 13-16 lead. The Wildcat lead was extended to 15-18, but Harvey ended the streak with a kill. From there, Puget Sound scored seven of the next eight points, taking the game lead 21-19. Linfield tied it up at 21-21, but the Loggers rattled off three points to go onto the cusp of sweeping the match. Linfield took one point, but then Kailana Ritte-Camara ended the match with a service error, giving the Loggers the three-game victory.
Ritte-Camara led all players with 12 kills, while Harvey's seven paced the Loggers. Linfield's Quin Takashima dug out 12 balls, most of any player, while Harvey once again paced Puget Sound with 10. In all, 10 players tallied digs for the Loggers, and eight players all tallied at least two kills.
There's no rest time to rest for the Loggers (13-5, 8-1 NWC) as they take the court again Saturday, Oct. 19, at George Fox. That match will start at 7:00 p.m. in Newberg, Ore.