PARKLAND, Wash. – For the second time this season the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes, ranked 23rd in the latest AVCA / NCAA Division III national poll, displayed an all-around game and swept the George Fox University Bruins 3-0 in a Northwest Conference volleyball match Saturday night here at Olson Auditorium.
With their 25-15, 25-13, 25-19 win, the Lutes completed a season sweep of the Bruins while improving their overall record to 17-4 and their NWC mark to 9-3. George Fox, now 7-14 overall and 2-10 in the conference, suffered its sixth successive setback.
PLU carried the momentum from Wednesday's conference win over the 21st-ranked University of Puget Sound into the first set of the George Fox match, hitting .345 and outscoring the Bruins 15-6 down the stretch. Early in the contest, Stephanie Kerr's kill pulled the Bruins into a 4-4 tie, and Erin Campbell later added a kill that whittled PLU's lead to 10-9. The Lutes ran off four straight points, the last one on a double block by Bethany Huston and Kelsey Pacolt, to regain the momentum, and they cruised in from there. Kills by Kelsie Moore, Erin Bremond, and Huston closed out the set.
In the second set, the Lutes raced to a 5-0 lead, only to see the Bruins rally with six straight points, five on Betsy Wilhelm's serve. Two of the points came on George Fox combo blocks, the first by Kerr and Tiffany Burk and the second by Burk and Campbell. A Bruin attack error following a PLU timeout tied the score, Moore followed with a kill, and Bremond joined Amy Wooten on a block to give the momentum back to the home team. The Bruins cut the deficit to 10-8 on Campbell's kill, but they never got closer than that. PLU's final five points featured a pair of aces by Blair Bjorkman and three kills by Bremond.
George Fox took an early lead in the final set, eventually surging ahead 7-3 on Kylee Adderson's kill. A service error stopped the momentum, and PLU soon had the lead at 9-8 on back-to-back aces by Moore. The Lutes stayed on top the rest of the way, though the Bruins did cut the deficit to 16-15 on Chelsea Wilson's service ace. PLU pulled away after that and finished the set when Wooten and Huston combined on a block.
Campbell led George Fox and all players with 10 kills, and also contributed nine digs. Mackenzie Teigen led the visitors with 10 assists and 11 digs, while Wilson had nine assists and 10 digs. The Bruins had five blocks, including three block assists by Adderson. However, the Bruin offense never got untracked, hitting only .020, with 25 kills but 23 errors
Moore and Huston both had nine kills and Bremond eight to lead the PLU offense, which hit .200 with 34 kills and only 13 errors. Samantha North had 30 assists and the Lutes also had success serving with 10 aces, including four by Bjorkman and three by Moore. Defensively, Bjorkman led the back row with 20 digs. PLU also finished with nine team blocks, led by Bremond with five block assists, Huston with one solo and three block assists, and Wooten with four block assists.
NEXT: George Fox goes on the road again Wednesday to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for a 7:00 p.m. match ... Pacific Lutheran plays its final non-conference match Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. when it travels to Lacey, Wash., to face Saint Martin's University.