TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team split its final two matches in the Puget Sound Premiere Saturday afternoon, beating Elizabethtown, 3-1, before falling to No. 22 Pacific Lutheran, 3-0.
Puget Sound 3, Elizabethtown 1
Alli Reviglio and Sarah Blumenfeld both notched their first double-double of the season as the Loggers (1-3) picked up their first win of the year with a 3-1 triumph (25-13, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15) over Elizabethtown.
Reviglio, a sophomore, finished with a game-high 13 kills, and she led Puget Sound in digs with 16. Blumenfeld, a freshman, totaled 18 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Hannah Wright matched Blumenfeld's 13 digs, and freshman Aliah Ayau led the Loggers in assists with 23.
Puget Sound head coach Mark Massey wasn't shy to showcase his underclassmen, often employing lineups with four freshmen and two sophomores on the floor at the same time.
In addition to hitting a weekend-best .291, the Loggers played well at the net by totaling 11 blocks.
Puget Sound 0, No. 22 Pacific Lutheran 3
The Loggers found a late groove against the Lutes, who are ranked No. 22 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, but Pacific Lutheran was still able to secure a 3-0 win.
Down 21-13 in the third set, Puget Sound remained undeterred. A couple of kills by Alli Reviglio and a PLU service error started to slowly close the gap. A kill by Sadie Alloway and consecutive service aces by Reviglio brought the Loggers to within 23-19, and a bad set by the Lutes gave Puget Sound another point. However, the three-point margin is as close as Puget Sound would get.
Reviglio and Blumenfeld were both named to the All Puget Sound Premiere Team, as voted on by the five head coaches.
Puget Sound travels south for the Cal Lu Fornia Tournament hosted by Cal Lutheran, starting Friday, Sept. 7. During the two-day event, the Loggers will play Pomona-Pitzer, Cal Lutheran, Whittier, and Chapman.