SALEM, Oregon – Rachael Garrison finished with a game-high 23 digs and Hannah Stinson finished with double-digit kills for the second time this season, but the Puget Sound volleyball team fell on the road against Willamette, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-19), on Saturday night.
The Bearcats (8-4, 4-0 NWC) entered the contest as the Northwest Conference's most efficient attacking team with a .197 kill percentage. Willamette posted a .234 kill percentage against the Loggers (5-7, 2-2 NWC), while Puget Sound finished at .092.
Willamette opened the match with a 5-0 run in the first set, but the Loggers were able to regroup after calling a timeout. Puget Sound evened the score with a 5-0 run of its own, including a service ace from Garrison. An attack error by the Bearcats allowed the Loggers their first lead, 7-6, and that lead grew to 19-15 following another Willamette error. From that point, however, the Bearcats went on a 10-1 run to win the first set.
The Loggers continued to battle in the second set as a kill from Stinson allowed for a 9-6 advantage for Puget Sound. Willamette battled back to claim a 10-9 edge and never trailed for the rest of the set. Puget Sound was able to tie the set, 23-23, following a Willamette error, but the Bearcats notched the next two points.
Puget Sound hits the road again when it takes on George Fox on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
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