Puget Sound splits first day of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational

Photo by Dan McCormack
Photo by Dan McCormack

THOUSAND OAKS, California – The Puget Sound volleyball team split a pair of matches in the first day of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational on Friday. The Loggers lost to the hosts, No. 1 Cal Lutheran, but bounced back to blank Pomona-Pitzer.

Puget Sound 0, No. 1 Cal Lutheran 3 (25-12, 25-16, 25-13)

The Loggers opened their four-game weekend against the top-ranked team in the country, and the No. 1 Regals came out on top, 3-0. Cal Lutheran is the third American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top-20 team Puget Sound has played through the first five games of the season. The Loggers squared off against No. 8 Carthage and No. 16 Southwestern (Tex.) in last week's Puget Sound Premiere.

The Loggers competed well in the early going of the second set, as an ace by Kristen Lane brought the Loggers to within one point, 11-10. However, the Regals closed out the set with a 7-0 run.

Puget Sound finished with a season-low .070 attack percentage, while Cal Lutheran attacked at a .373 clip. Both sides committed 12 errors, but the Regals tallied 59 digs while the Loggers posted 35.

Puget Sound 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20)

Puget Sound quickly brushed off off its loss to No. 1 Cal Lutheran and handedly beat Pomona-Pitzer, 3-0. Hannah Stinson led all players with 13 kills and attacked at a .407 clip. Kristen Lane finished with 12 kills and nine digs, and Riley Lawrence came away with 10 digs.


Puget Sound rounds out the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational with matches against La Verne and UC Santa Cruz on Saturday, Sept. 10. Live stats are not available on Saturday.​



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