TACOMA, Washington – A lot has changed since Pacific Lutheran swept Puget Sound in August. That change has been for the better for the Logger volleyball team.
The Loggers outlasted the Lutes, 3-2 (25-20, 25-19, 13-25, 20-25, 15-10), in a Northwest Conference game in Memorial Fieldhouse Wednesday night. It was the Loggers' fourth consecutive five-set match. Puget Sound (10-9, 5-2 NWC) has now won four of its last five contests.
Pacific Lutheran previously beat the Loggers, 3-0, during the Puget Sound Premiere (Aug. 31).
A key difference Wednesday night was the Loggers' 10 total blocks, while Pacific Lutheran (11-8, 4-3 NWC) managed eight. The Lutes entered the game as the NWC's leader in blocks per set.
The Loggers held PLU to a .135 hitting percentage, while Puget Sound posted a .161 mark. Both teams finished with 11 service aces.
PLU opened the fifth set with a 3-1 lead, but a service error followed by two kills from Sadie Alloway tied the score. Those three consecutive points were the start an 8-2 run by Puget Sound.
The Lutes never got closer than a two-point deficit for the rest of the fifth set, which ended with a Katherine Carley service ace.
Puget Sound returns to Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Loggers host Linfield for a 6 p.m. NWC bout.