Loggers Stun Bearcats in Five Games

TACOMA, Wash. - The University of Puget Sound volleyball team played inspiring volleyball in its last home match of the season, stunning the visiting Bearcats of Willamette three games to two by scores of 30-24, 31-29, 29-31, 17-30 and 15-12.

Nikki Esposito had 20 kills and 19 digs, and Tera Anderson added 11 kills and a match-high 32 digs, to lead the Loggers.

The Bearcats had three hitters with double digits kills; Angie Sammons with 20, Kristin Halleck with 15 and Lauren Thompson with 13.

The Loggers took a commanding two game lead with the Bearcats hitting just .045% to the Puget Sound's .136%.

Game three was taken by the Bearcats with no more than two points separating the two teams throughout the contest. The game consisted of 15 ties and 12 lead changes. It was Sammons and Halleck pushing the Bearcats to victory in the pivotal game three, 31-29.

Game four was all Willamette as the Bearcats jumped out to a convincing 20-12 lead and never looked back. The Loggers committed five errors in a row giving the Bearcats the insurmountable 26-15 lead. Sammons again pushed her team on to the victory, collecting five kills.

Game five had the Loggers scoring the first two points on a kill by Alena Bennett and a hitting error by Willamette. Another kill by Bennett of UPS and a Bearcats' error gave the Loggers an 8-5 lead.

Puget Sound went up 11-8, before the Bearcats rallied to just one point down 13-12. Puget Sound came out of its' timeout and ran a set piece to Esposito for a kill. A block by Tera Anderson on the final point gave the Loggers game five 15-12 and the match three games to two.

Emily Sabelhaus had 39 assists for the Loggers and Jodi Zaffino had 37 for Willamette.

The Loggers move to 7-16 overall and 6-9 in the NWC. The Bearcats are 12-3 in the NWC and 18-6 overall and maintain second place in the NWC.