Loggers show true potential in first day of Puget Sound Premiere

Photo by Dan McCormack
Photo by Dan McCormack

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team opened its 2016 season with a win and a loss during the Puget Sound Premiere in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday. Despite the split outcome in the first day of the season, the Loggers demonstrated their high potential as they look to turn more heads throughout the year.

Puget Sound 3, Vassar 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-13)

The Loggers opened the 2016 season in dominating fashion by posting a .279 kill percentage en route to shutting out Vassar in the first match of the Puget Sound Premiere. The Loggers attacked with better efficiency than in any game during the 2015 season.

Hannah Stinson led all players with 11 kills, and Kristen Lane followed with 10. Rachael Garrison had a game-high 21 digs, and Moira McVicar led both sides with 34 assists.

The Loggers never trailed in the first set, although Vassar kept it close in the early going. Puget Sound held an 8-7 lead when a kill by freshman Shari-Lynn Hayashi sparked a 10-2 run for the Loggers.

Vassar threatened to win the second set when it held an 18-14 lead. The Loggers called a timeout that promptly paid dividends. A kill by McVicar brought the Loggers to within 20-16, and it was the first point of a 7-0 run for Puget Sound.

Puget Sound 1, No. 16 Southwestern (Tex.) 3 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23)

After being outplayed by No. 16 Southwestern (Tex.) for the better part of the first two sets, the Loggers showcased their true potential in the third and fourth sets.

Puget Sound trailed for a majority of the third set and Southwestern appeared to have the match closed when it held a 19-16 edge. However, Hannah Stinson's kill started a 6-1 run that gave the Loggers a 22-20 lead. Southwestern briefly evened the score, 22-22, but a kill from Rita Dexter followed by a Southwestern error put an end to the third set.

The Loggers carried that momentum into the fourth set as they held a 6-2 lead. Southwestern fought back to even the score, 7-7. The rest of the set saw plenty of back-and-forth action, as neither side led by more than two points until Southwestern took a 23-20 lead and held on for the win.

Kristen Lane finished with a double-double, recording 13 kills and 19 digs. Rachael Garrison had a game-high 25 digs, and Moira McVicar led all players with 40 assists. Dexter and Stinson had 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

The Loggers close out the Puget Sound Premiere on Saturday, Sept. 3, when they take on No. 8 Carthage at 1 p.m., and Pacific Lutheran at 7 p.m.



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