Loggers battle for road victory over Whitman, 3-1

Loggers battle for road victory over Whitman, 3-1

TACOMA, Washington – Freshman Renee Kenneally finished with a career-best 25 assists as the Puget Sound volleyball team improved to over .500 in the Northwest Conference with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23) victory at Whitman on Friday night.

The Loggers (8-9) are 5-4 in the NWC and have won four of their five road games against conference opponents.

The Missionaries (4-11, 2-7 NWC) looked to be in control late in the first set with a 21-18 lead. Two service aces by Kenneally and four attack errors by Whitman allowed the Loggers to take a 24-21 lead. Whitman notched one more kill before Emily Convery's kill clinched the set for Puget Sound.

The second set was tied, 10-10, before the Loggers went on a 4-0 run and never relinquished the lead. Kenneally, Convery, and Shawna Smith came away with kills during the pivotal run while the Missionaries committed one of their 26 errors on the night.

The Loggers swiftly bounced back from dropping a 25-18 decision in the third set. The Loggers raced out to 4-0 edge in the first set, and they continued to hold a four-point lead at 14-10. Whitman rallied for a 6-1 run to claim a 16-15 lead, and it held its largest advantage of the set at 23-21. However, a kill by Smith and a Whitman error evened the score. Kenneally tallied one more kill, and Erika Smith provided the exclamation point with a game-winning service ace.

Shawna Smith and Convery tied for the team-lead with 10 kills apiece, and Kristen Lane finished with a team-best 14 digs.

The Loggers stay on the road for a 6 p.m. game at Whitworth on Saturday, Oct. 17.



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