TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team is becoming very familiar with five-set matches. The Loggers picked up a conference win on the road Friday night when they beat Whitman, 3-2 (21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-12).
Friday marked Puget Sound's fourth consecutive five-set match, three of which have been Logger wins.
The Loggers (8-10, 7-2 NWC) trailed 2-0 but stormed back to claim their seventh win in eight games. Friday marks Puget Sound's second win of the season after trailing 2-0 (Oct. 4, at George Fox).
"We pulled off an improbable road win," said Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey. "We survived an unusual bas passing night, but we eventually got our offense in gear to take control at the end."
The Loggers trailed 4-2 early in the third set, but Andie Kenneally served Puget Sound to five straight points for a 7-4 advantage. Puget Sound never trailed for the rest of the set.
Whitman (8-10, 4-5 NWC) held a daunting 13-8 lead in the fourth set, but the Loggers battled back once again. Six consecutive points gave Puget Sound a 16-14 lead, and a kill by Maggie Van Weele sealed the fourth set, 25-17, for force a decisive fifth set.
The conference rivals were locked at 10-10 in the final set, but kills by Nicolette Reynaud and Shawna Smith gave Puget Sound a two-point edge. Smith's game-high 19th kill won the match for the Loggers.
Reynaud finished with 18 kills in the winning effort, and Kristen Lane came up with a game-high 24 digs.
The Loggers return to action at Whitworth on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m.