Loggers clinch first NWC win in 3-1 triumph over Whitworth

Loggers clinch first NWC win in 3-1 triumph over Whitworth

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team clinched its first Northwest Conference win of the year with a 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23) triumph over Whitworth at Memorial Field House on Saturday evening.

Katie Rice tied for a game-high in kills with 17, while Rachael Garrison also tied for a game-high in digs with 25.

The Loggers (2-9, 1-1 NWC) opened the match in a small 3-0 hole but they battled to take a 16-7 lead thanks in large part to six consecutive points with Moira McVicar serving. During that stretch, Puget Sound benefited from kills by Rice and Heather Sangster, an ace by McVicar, and a couple of errors by the Pirates (7-4, 0-2 NWC).

Emily Convery's ace early in the second set gave the Loggers a 3-2 edge, but Whitworth quickly regained the lead and held on to its advantage for the rest of the set.

Despite trailing for most of the second set, Puget Sound regained its poise. The Pirates grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the third set, but Convery served the Loggers to six consecutive points as Puget Sound took a commanding 6-1 lead en route to winning the set, 25-19. 

The Loggers never trailed in the fourth and final set, although Whitworth did make things interesting. The Pirates even the score, 10-10, but Rice accounted for three consecutive points, including a service ace, to give the Loggers a 13-10 edge.

Puget Sound finished the evening with a .224 kill percentage while its defense held Whitworth to just .150.

The Loggers continue their NWC schedule when they travel to Willamette on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.