First place in the NWC is on the line this weekend

Photo by Dan McCormack.
Photo by Dan McCormack.

TACOMA, Washington – With first place in the Northwest Conference on the line, the Puget Sound volleyball team hosts two conference matches against Willamette and Pacific this weekend.

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. Willamette 
 WHEN   Friday, Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. 
 WHERE   Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. Pacific 
 WHEN   Saturday, Oct. 6 | 5 p.m. 
 WHERE   Memorial Fieldhouse | Tacoma, Wash. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

A tie at the top

Three teams are tied for first place in the NWC: Puget Sound, Whitworth, and Pacific Lutheran. All three are 5-1 in the conference.

 

Saving the best for conference

Puget Sound posted a 3-5 record in non-conference action, including three matches against nationally-ranked opponents. The challenging early-season schedule helped prepare the Loggers to win five of their first six NWC contests.

 

Down the block

Puget Sound's success this season can be largely attributed to its play at the net, as the Loggers' 107 total blocks rank second in the NWC. Sophomore Melanie Siacotos ranks fourth in the NWC with 0.88 blocks per set, senior Marcelle Rutherfurd ranks sixth (0.81), and freshman Sadie Alloway ranks seventh (0.80).

 

Swiss army Reviglio

Versatile sophomore Alli Reviglio leads Puget Sound in several statistics. She's the team-leader in kills (109), ranks second in digs (137), and third in blocks (24).

 

Two to assist 

Freshmen Aliah Ayau and Sarah Blumenfeld and neck-and-neck for the team lead in assists. Ayau has 219 assists, and Blumenfeld has 208.

 

Scouting Willamette (6-9, 3-3 NWC)

The Bearcats have alternated wins and losses through their first six NWC matches. Their most recent contest was a 3-1 loss against Pacific. Willamette's 10.57 kills per set rank second-to-last in the NWC, as does its 1.44 blocks per set. Natalie Klotz leads the team's attack with 2.65 kills per set.

 

Scouting Pacific (10-5, 4-2 NWC)

Following the three 5-1 NWC teams, the Boxers have the second-best league record at 4-2. Pacific has won three of its last four matches, with wins coming against Whitman, Willamette, and Linfield. The loss was against Whitworth. Pacific is last in the NWC for blocks per set (1.28), but it ranks first in digs per set (16.81). Four Boxers have more than 100 kills this season, led by Karlee Duncan's 157.