Volleyball battles back for 3-2 victory at George Fox

Volleyball battles back for 3-2 victory at George Fox

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team overcame a 2-0 deficit to rally for a 3-2 win (15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-13) at George Fox on Saturday night as the Loggers increased their win streak to five games and maintained their hold on first place in the Northwest Conference. 

Puget Sound (6-9, 5-1 NWC) found itself in a big hole after the Bruins (2-14, 1-5 NWC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Loggers stormed back to win the next two sets and force a decisive fifth set. A kill by Emily Convery in the fifth set gave the Loggers an 11-5 lead, but a 7-2 run by George Fox cut the lead to 13-12.

Clutch block-assists by Convery and Katie Rice followed by a kill from Nicolette Reynaud sealed the fifth set and the match for Puget Sound. 

"We really had out backs against the wall tonight," said Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey. "Battling back multiple times from difficult situations showed a lot of heart. It really can't be tougher than being down 0-2 on the road, and still pulling off the win. Freshman Maggie Van Weele returned from injury and really helped stabilize us with her excellent passing." 

The Bruins were more efficient on the attack than the Loggers, as George Fox finished with a .150 kill percentage compared to Puget Sound's .117 mark. However, the Loggers continued their strong play at the net with 24 total blocks.

Moira McVicar came away with her fifth consecutive double-double and ninth overall after she posted 37 assists and 12 digs. Rice and Reynaud tied for the team lead with 10 kills apiece, while Shawna Smith recorded a team-high 18 digs 

Puget Sound returns to Memorial Field House when it hosts crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.   

 

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