Volleyball loses at Whitworth, 3-1

Volleyball loses at Whitworth, 3-1

TACOMA, WashingtonKristen Lane came away with a game-high 23 digs, but the Puget Sound volleyball team lost at Whitworth, 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-23), on Saturday evening.

The Loggers (8-11, 7-3 NWC) opened the match by winning the first set, 25-23, but the Pirates (15-5, 8-2) won the next three sets to hand Puget Sound only its third conference loss of the season.

Puget Sound appeared to be poised to win the second set when it led 24-23 following an attack error by the Pirates, but Whitworth tallied three-consecutive kills to when the set. The Pirates maintained momentum for the rest of the match.

Lane led the Loggers in digs for the second consecutive game, while Emily Convery and Shawna Smith tied for the lead with nine kills apiece.

Convery also added seven block-assists for Puget Sound as the Loggers finished with 15 blocks. The Logger held Whitworth to a lowly .099 kill-percentage, and Puget Sound has posted at least 10 blocks in each of its last three games.

"Injuries forced us to switch six of the 10 positions in our starting rotation this weekend," said Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey. "We knew going into the weekend that this would be the toughest road trip of the year, and we're stil battling for first place in the conference with our young team. I'm very proud of our team's resilience this weekend." 

The Loggers return to the court on Friday, Oct. 24, when they host Willamette at 7 p.m.