Puget Sound Premiere begins with fierce competition

Puget Sound Premiere begins with fierce competition

TACOMA, Washington – The first day of the Puget Sound Premiere in Memorial Fieldhouse was filled with excitement, and the hosting Logger volleyball team put a scare into nationally-ranked Millikin in front of the home crowd.

Puget Sound 1, No. 16 Millikin 3

The young Puget Sound team comprised of 12 freshmen was not intimidated by Millikin, which is ranked No. 16 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll. Competing in their second match of the day, the Loggers won the opening set, but then lost three straight frames (26-28, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21).

Millikin was up by four points, 12-8, in the first set, but a kill by Kristen Miguel sparked an 8-1 run for the Loggers. Despite the Loggers' 16-13 lead, Millikin jumped back ahead and remained poised to win the set when it had a 23-21 edge. 

However, a Millikin service error followed by a kill from Alli Reviglio tied the score, 23-23.

The score was even at 26 when Millikin committed another service error, and Miguel provided the exclamation point with the set-winning kill. 

Melanie Siacotos led the Loggers with 13 kills on 22 attempts (.545), and Sarah Blumenfield tallied 21 assists.


Puget Sound 0, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 3

The Loggers had trouble getting into a grove during their first match of the Puget Sound Premiere as they lost to UW-Oshkosh in three sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-15).

Puget Sound finished with a .045 attack percentage, but they kept pace with the Titans in several statistics. The Loggers narrowly lost the edge in digs (51-50), total blocks (9-7), and assists (29-28). 

The Puget Sound Premiere concludes Saturday, Sept. 1. The Loggers take on both Elizabethtown (1 p.m.) and Pacific Lutheran (5 p.m.).