TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound volleyball team opened its Northwest Conference schedule in convincing fashion as the Loggers topped Whitman, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) in Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday night.
The Loggers (4-5, 1-0 NWC)) played large at the net as they totaled 10 blocks, led by three from Hannah Stinson. The Missionaries (2-5, 0-1 NWC) managed just five blocks on the night.
Rachael Garrison recorded double-digit digs (18) for the seventh-consecutive game and eighth time overall this season. Moira McVicar tallied 34 assists in the win, marking the fourth time this year she has eclipsed 30 assists in a game.
Whitman opened the contest with an early 2-1 lead in the first set, but the Loggers went on a 7-0 run and never looked back. Puget Sound claimed its first double-digit lead, 22-12, following an attack error by the Missionaries.
The Loggers held a 5-3 lead in the second set when a kill by Kristen Lane sparked a 7-0 run. Puget Sound was aided by three Whitman attack errors during the run. The Logger lead grew to as large as 12-3, but the Missionaries stormed to even the score, 21-21. The teams remained tied at 22-all, but three consecutive Whitman errors handed the Loggers a victory in the second set.
The third set proved to be the most competitive. Puget Sound held a 12-10 lead, and from there neither side led by more than two points until the end. Whitman held a 22-21 edge, but a kill from Stinson was the first of four consecutive points as the Loggers sealed the match win.
Puget Sound looks to move to 2-0 in the NWC when it hosts Whitworth on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m.
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