Puget Sound ekes past Willamette, 3-1

SALEM — The hitting of Puget Sound’s Adriane Ougendal and Karen Elmgren was just a little too much for Willamette Saturday night as the visiting Loggers beat the Bearcats 32-30, 32-34, 30-27, 30-28 in the final Northwest Conference volleyball match of the season for both teams.

With the win, Puget Sound improved to 21-7 overall and 12-4 in the NWC, while Willamette ended the year at 11-15 overall and 7-9 in the conference. The Loggers still hold out hopes of a national tournament bid.

Ougendal finished a match-high 22 kills on the night and hit .236. She also had 16 digs. Elmgren added 16 kills, 13 digs and 3 1/2 total blocks.

Willamette actually out-hit the Loggers .197-.181 and out-blocked them 12-8. However, UPS had five more service aces and 21 more digs (84-63).

The Bearcats had four players with double-figures in kills. Jenni Linden led the way with 18, followed by Annie Klug (13), Crystal DeMello (12) and Angie Sammons (12). Klug hit .440 on the night and Linden had 4 1/2 total blocks.