Bearcats Fall in Five Games to Pacific

FOREST GROVE - After giving up a two game lead Friday night, Pacific posted a miraculous comeback in game five to win their 2005 home finale over Willamette, 30-27, 30-25, 26-30, 25-30, 15-13, in Northwest Conference volleyball action at the Pacific Athletic Center.

Pacific trailed the Bearcats 11-4 in the deciding game before Hannah Gordon, playing in her final home match, served five winners, fueled by four Willamette errors, to tie it at 11-11. The game was tied 13-13 when a ball-handling error by the Bearcats and a kill by Jill Peacock sealed the come-from-behind victory.

Jessica McGraw led Willamette (1-16, 1-12 NWC) with 21 kills as Willamette was outhit by the Boxers .209 to .195. Jessica Durham finished with 16 kills and Mary Butler had 15. Jessica Drumm connected for 54 assists and Veronica Schneider had 22 digs.

After losing the first two games and falling behind 11-6 in game 3, The Bearcats charged back to tie the game at 15-all on a Pacific attack error. Neither team found themselves able to break away until kills by Butler and Durham put Willamette ahead 28-25. Butler added one more kill and a service ace to give the Bearcats the 30-26 game.

After taking a 6-3 early in game four on Peacock's service ace, the Boxers watched Veronica Schneider hit nine straight service winners, thanks in part to four Pacific ball handling errors. Willamette led 13-6 at that point. The Boxers close to within three points on a number occasions and finally came within 24-22 on a Willamette attack error, but two kills each from Marci Bird and McGraw forced game five with a 30-25 Bearcats' win.

Willamette returns home Saturday to face nationally-ranked Linfield.