Bearcats Lose To UPS in Three

TACOMA, WA — The University of Puget Sound team defeated visiting Willamette University in Northwest Conference volleyball action at Memorial Fieldhouse three games to none by the scores of 30-25, 30-28 and 30-21.

The Loggers collected 46 kills in the match while Willamette had 35 total team kills led by Jessica McGraw (Gaston, Ore) with 11. Jessica Drumm (Salem, Ore) had 25 assists for the Bearcats.

Willamette took the early lead in game one behind the hitting of Jessica McGraw and Jessica Durham as Puget Sound was down by three, four and five points throughout the game. The Loggers tied it up 20-20 on an Eggers kill and never trailed again in the game. Groves and Eggers collected five and four kills respectively.

The Loggers never trailed in game two taking leads of 10-5, 15-12 and 21-17 before the Bearcats made a push behind McGraw's four kills. The Bearcats got within one point down 23-22 but a Logger kill by Egger and Bearcat hitting error and the lead was back to three points. Again Willamette closed the gap 28-27 on a Logger hitting error and kill by Durham. The Bearcats committed a service error and hitting error and game two went to Puget Sound 30-28

Puget Sound jumped out to a 15-2 lead on the serving of Rachel Gross and the kills of Groves and Eggers, eventually taking the game 30-21.

Puget Sound finished the night with a .162 hitting percentage and Willamette at .109 percent for the match. Nikki Esposito had a match high 16 digs for the Loggers and Eggers collected 13 and Jessica McPhee-Hayes (Portland, Ore) had 10 digs and 30 assists.

Willamette drops to 1-12 overall and 1-8 in the NWC. With the win the Loggers maintain a hold on second place in the NWC standings with a 7-2 NWC mark and 10-3 overall record.