TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team opened the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational with wins over Texas Lutheran and Occidental Friday.
Puget Sound 3, Texas Lutheran 2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 24-22)
Despite dropping the first two sets, the Loggers (4-2) rallied to win the final three sets, including a dramatic 24-22 win in set five, against Texas Lutheran (3-3).
Puget Sound opened the fifth set with a 4-1 lead, but the Bulldogs battled back to even the score at 6-6. Kills by Samantha Johnson and Isabella Bean, along with a Texas Lutheran error, allowed Puget Sound reclaim a lead, 9-6.
The teams remained neck-and-neck through the rest of the set. A service ace by Chloe Akiona-Bannan put the Loggers on the brink of victory, 15-14. However, the Bulldogs answered back with consecutive kills.
Finally, another ace by Akiona-Bannan helped the Loggers clinch the victory down the stretch. She finished the game with six aces and 28 digs.
Puget Sound 3, Occidental 1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21)
The Loggers hit a season-high .237 during its 3-1 win over Occidental.
Akiona-Bannan added five more service aces to her day, while Katherine Carley led the Loggers with 10 kills.
The Loggers conclude the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational with a couple of tough opponents Saturday, Sept. 7. The Loggers take on No. 5 Claremont-M-S (3:45 p.m.) and Cal Lutheran (6 p.m.).