Pacific Lutheran takes sole possession of first place in NWC with victory over Willamette

TACOMA, WA: The Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team took sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference tonight with a 33-31, 30-24, 33-31 victory over Willamette University in Olson Auditorium.

The Lutes won their eighth straight match to improve to 9-1 in the conference, 10-6 overall. Willamette now stands at 8-2 in the conference, 14-5 overall.

In a back-and-forth first game which included 20 ties, the Lutes took a 32-31 lead on Meghan Fagerberg's kill then won the game on Fagerberg's ace serve.

The Lutes carried the momentum into the second game, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. PLU led the rest of the way with Stephanie Turner's kill providing the game-winning point.

Willamette took an 8-5 lead in the third game on Julie Christine's kill and two ace serves by Angela Sammons. The Lutes rallied with seven straight points for an 18-17 lead. Willamette called timeout to regroup and the Bearcats built a 23-19 lead.

Kills by Kati McGinn and Turner and a Willamette attack error pulled the Lutes into a 25-25 tie. After six more ties, the Lutes won the game and the match on back-to-back kills by Turner.

Sammons had 22 kills and 20 digs, and Kristin Halleck had 21 kills for Willamette. Jessica Drumm tallied 40 assists.

Turner had 20 kills and Lina Peloli 11 kills for the Lutes. Gina DiMaggio recorded 40 assists and Megan Kosel hed the team with 17 digs and 3 ace serves.

Willamette hosts Whitworth on Friday, also at 7:00 p.m.