Bearcats Roll By Pacific to Stay in First Place

SALEM, OR — Kristen Halleck had 14 kills and 14 digs, and Angie Sammons added 15 kills, as the Willamette University volleyball team swept by Pacific University in three games Saturday night in a Northwest Conference match. Game scores were 30-18, 30-27 and 30-28.

The Bearcats won twice at home over the weekend, keeping a hold of first place in the NWC with a conference record of 7-1 (1204 overall). Pacific slipped to 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the NWC.

In game one, the Bearcats went on a 10-2 run midway through the game behind three kills from Halleck to open up a 19-10 lead. Lauren Thompson finished off game one with one of her five kills.

In game two, the Boxers jumped out to an 11-4, led by Lexie Graham’s play at the net. But Sammons, and freshmen Julie Christine and Jordyn Smith, led the Bearcats back. The teams traded points until a kill by Sammons finally ended game two, 30-27.

Veronica Schneider served six straight points for Willamette to open game 3. But the Boxers rebounded to take an 11-10 lead on a service ace from Meghan Kennedy. The Bearcats responded with seven straight points on serves from Sammons and a pair of kills from Smith. The Boxers got back within one point at 26-25, but could get no closer as Thompson and setter Jessica Drumm (pictured above) combined on a block to end the game.

Drumm had 24 assists, playing in two of the three games. Jodi Zaffino notched 12 assists in game two. Smith finished with six kills for Willamette.

Hannah Gordon led the Boxers with nine kills. Graham and Megan Van Domelen each had eight. Lisa Twigg had ten assists to lead Pacific.

Jessica Drumm

Jessica Drumm