FOREST GROVE, Oregon – The Puget Sound volleyball team got off to a quick start by winning the first set, but the Loggers dropped three consecutive sets as Pacific prevailed, 3-1 (18-15, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23) on Saturday night.
The Loggers raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first set, thanks to a trio of Boxer errors and kills by Emily Convery and Shawna Smith. Pacific rallied to even the score, 6-6. Both sides remained neck-and-neck until a Stinson kill gave the Loggers a three-point lead, 16-13. Puget Sound never relinquished that lead, and Katie Rice's kill sealed the first-set victory.
The fourth set was the most closely contested of the night, and a kill by Renee Kenneally gave Puget Sound a 6-5 edge. However, the Boxers (10-14, 7-9 NWC) went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-6 lead. A kill by Smith evened the score, 12-12, but the Loggers were never able to regain the lead.
Puget Sound came within one point several times down the stretch, including another kill by Smith that made the deficit 24-23, but Pacific was able to put away the next point to win the match.
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