Pacific Pulls Away to Defeat Willamette, 3-1

Reed, Leenstra each Earn 11 Kills to Lead Bearcats

By John Lind, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

FOREST GROVE, ORE. - Pacific University earned 56 total kills and hit .238 as a team, as the Boxers defeated Willamette University 3-1 in a Northwest Conference women's volleyball match on Friday, Nov. 4. With the win, the Boxers improve to 13-11 (7-8 NWC). The Bearcats fall to 8-16 (5-10 NWC). 

Pacific won the match, 25-15, 26-24, 19-25, 25-18. Four Boxers finished the match with double digit kills. Kelsy Takashima and Haley Bedell each earned 13 kills, while Mariah McHolland and Keahi Braginsky-Ahloo both recorded 11 kills. Pacific also played tight defensively, holding Willamette to a team hitting percentage of .157 and posting 14 block assists.

Willamette was once again led by Danica Reed (Jr., OH, Arvada, CO/Ralston Valley HS) and Madisyn Leenstra (Jr., MH/OH, Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS), who both notched 11 kills during the match. Emily Compton (So, S, Portola, CA/Portola HS/Boise State Univ.) led the Bearcats with 35 assists. Kathy Lee Glenn (Jr., LIB/DS, Murrieta, CA/Vista Murrieta HS) topped Willamette in digs with 18. Reed provided 13 digs for the Bearcats.

Pacific came out quickly, winning the first two sets of the match. The Boxers started set #1 on a 12-4 run and didn't look back, never letting Willamette within six points en route to a 25-15 victory.

Conversely, the second set never had more than a 3-point lead for either team. The Bearcats and Boxers traded the lead eight times throughout the set. Willamette earned a set point at 24-23 with a kill from Shannon Waltz (So., MH, Honolulu, HI/La Pietra High School) and an attacking error from Braginsky-Ahloo. However, Pacific scored the next three points on a Bearcat service error and two consecutive kills from Takashima to go up 2-0 in the match.

Facing a sweep, Willamette battled back in the third set. After leading 8-6, the Bearcats went on a 10-2 run, including seven straight serves from Reed. The Bearcats went on to win the game, 25-19.

With a chance to even the match score in the fourth set, Willamette kept at the Boxers' heels all the way to a 16-16 tie. Pacific scored the next six points to take a 22-16 lead, thanks in part to a service error, two attacking errors, and a blocking error by the Bearcats. Pacific won the set 25-18, sealing the victory, 3-1.

Willamette will now return home to play its season finale tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 5) against the University of Puget Sound. Match time is set for 7 p.m. (PDT).

BOX SCORE

Pacific University 3
Willamette University 1
Pacific won 25-15, 26-24, 19-25, 25-18 

Madisyn Leenstra achieved 11 kills against the Boxers.

Madisyn Leenstra achieved 11 kills against the Boxers.