Sammons' 20 kills not enough as PLU downs Willamette, 3-1

SALEM — Pacific Lutheran (15-8, 9-6 NWC) dominated action early and late Friday night in defeating host Willamette (11-14, 7-8 NWC) in a Northwest Conference volleyball match 30-18, 33-35, 30-25, 30-14.

PLU controlled the first game by hitting .382 as a team and rode a hot serving streak by Julie Locke in the fourth to cruise past the Bearcats

Locke finished the match hitting .350, with 38 digs and four service aces. She had 15 kills and just one error in 40 attempts.

The Lutes’ Heather Johnson added 16 kills, 15 digs and a team-high three total blocks. Stephanie Turner added 11 kills and five aces.

Willamette was led by freshman Angie Sammons, who had 20 kills while hitting .264 and added a team-high 22 digs. Crystal DeMello added 11 kills, while Jenni Linden had nine kills, hit .241 and was credited with four total blocks. She had back-to-back solo blocks late in the second game that enabled WU to hold off PLU.

Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday. Pacific Lutheran is at George Fox, while Willamette hosts Puget Sound. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.