Logger volleyball battles adversity in 2017

Logger volleyball battles adversity in 2017

The 2017 Puget Sound volleyball team entered the season with high expectations, but an early-season injury changed the dynamics of the Logger squad.

Backed by seven senior student-athletes, including 2016 Northwest Conference Player of the Year Hannah Stinson, Puget Sound had a conference title, and possibly more, in its sites. However, Stinson suffered a season-ending injury in just the fourth match of the fall. As a result, many Loggers shifted into new positions and new roles. By the end of the season, the Loggers went 11-12 overall and 8-8 in the NWC.

Rita Dexter came up big in her senior season and was named to the All-NWC First Team. She led the Loggers in kills (243), hitting percentage (.269), and total blocks (75). She tallied at least 12 kills in eight different matches. Dexter put away a career-high 19 kills against both Whitman (Sept. 15) and Willamette (Oct. 27). She averaged 3.70 kills per set through the final five matches of the season.

Junior Kristen Miguel slid into a new position where she not only notched her first career double-double, but notched four double-doubles during the season. She tallied a career-high 28 digs to go along with 10 kills at Willamette (Sept. 29). Senior setter Moira McVicar led the Loggers with 10 double-doubles. She had a season-best 58 assists against East Texas Baptist (Sept. 8), and she recorded 57 assists at Linfield (Sept. 30).

Senior Libero Rachael Garrison ranked fourth in the NWC with 5.08 digs per set. Her season high of 33 digs happened in the last game of the season at Lewis & Clark (Nov. 4). Senior Erika Smith had the game of her collegiate at Linfield (Sept. 30), posting 15 kills and eight blocks for 19.5 points.

Freshman Melanie Siacotos' game really developed later in the season. She tallied at least 10 kills in four consecutive matches in late October, including 17 kills against Willamette (Oct. 27).

Despite its ups and downs through most of the season, Puget Sound finished strong by winning four of its last five contests.


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