Loggers drop tough five-set match at Pacific to close regular season

Loggers drop tough five-set match at Pacific to close regular season

FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The Puget Sound volleyball team closed out its 2013 regular season campaign Saturday with a thrilling match at Pacific, falling 3-2 in five sets in Forest Grove, Ore.

The Boxers took the first set by a score of 25-22. Despite never having the lead in the set, the Loggers stayed alive, always keeping Pacific within six points in the set. They hit .150 in the first, tallying 12 kills while making six errors. The Boxers, meanwhile, hit .234, killing 15 balls while making just four attack errors in the period.

Puget Sound evened the match back up with a 25-14 second set victory. The Loggers won eight of nine points in the early portion of the period to take a commanding 13-5 lead. They then extended it to 17-7 and 20-8. Pacific won six points in the final portion of the period, but it wasn't enough as Puget Sound breezed to the set victory. The Loggers hit .154 in the set, greatly benefiting from Pacific's 11 attack errors. They Boxers only made 10 kills in the set as well, giving the hosts a -.022 hitting percentage.

In the third game, Puget Sound saw its best hitting of the night, tallying 13 kills over just four errors. The Loggers took a 4-3 set lead and never fell behind, only becoming tied momentarily at 7-7. A stretch in the middle of the set where they took six of eight points and a 16-11 lead set them up perfectly to be able to trade points with the Boxers en route to the 25-19 set win.

The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair as Pacific took a 6-1 lead, but Puget Sound won six straight points to take the lead 7-6.The teams went back and forth from there on out, drawing even 14 times throughout the set. Down 22-19, Puget Sound won four straight to take a 23-22 lead. Pacific drew even again and the teams traded points to 25-25. Pacific won the final two points, however, and came back to win the set.

The comeback to win the fourth set energized the home team as the Boxers took a 7-3 lead, forcing the Loggers to call timeout. The teams traded the next seven points, but the Boxers had an 11-6 lead at that point. Puget Sound won two of the next here points, but Pacific ended the match with three straight points, clinching the 5th set 15-8.

Nicolette Reynaud led the Loggers with nine kills, hitting .192 on the night. Heather Sangster was just behind Reynaud with eight kills, while Danielle Westerman hit for the best average of .316. Christina Chun dug up 26 balls, tallying her 1,000th career dig just one night after Marissa Florant reached the milestone.

With the loss, Puget Sound falls to 17-8 on the year, 12-4 in conference play and second place in the Northwest Conference. The Loggers will learn their postseason fate Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:00 a.m. when NCAA.com broadcasts the Division III women's volleyball selection show.