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PUGET SOUND 3, GEORGE FOX 1: Bruins Fall to No. 15 Loggers as Massey Gets 300th Win
TACOMA, Wash. – Despite a match-high 19 kills by Erin Campbell, the George Fox University Bruins were unable to prevent University of Puget Sound coach Mark Massey from getting his 300th win at the school as they fell 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-13) to the Loggers in Northwest Conference women’s volleyball Friday night here at Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Loggers, ranked 15th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll, jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first set behind a pair of kills each from Marissa Florant and the NWC’s kills leader, Jackie Harvey, and never trailed. The Bruins finally settled down and, led by three kills from Campbell and one from Cassie Irwin in a 4-1 outburst, climbed within three at 19-16. Winners by Harvey and Kristin Best and a block by Best and Jenni Brehove slowed the Bruin comeback, and the Loggers finished off the set with another spike by Harvey.
Kills by Lucy Capron and Irwin around a block by Irwin and Kylee Adderson enabled the Bruins to take a 3-1 lead in the second set, and they maintained a one-to-three-point lead for a majority of the time, though the Loggers managed to tie it four times before they went ahead. A kill by the Loggers’ Nicolette Reynaud and a service ace by Christina Chun tied it for the last time at 17-17, and the home team followed with four more unanswered points, including kills by Harvey and Florant, to take a 21-17 lead they would not relinquish. Florant hit the final winner.
After allowing the Loggers to hit over.300 in each of the first two sets, the George Fox defense tightened up in the third set and limited them to a .152 percentage. After ties on every number from one through six, the Bruins took the lead for good on a UPS attack error and a kill by Capron. A 10-2 run shortly thereafter, fueled by two kills apiece by Capron and Campbell, built the Bruin bulge to 20-11, and Campbell won three straight points on a kill and two service aces that made it 24-19. Jessie Vahalla had the final winning putdown for the Bruins.
The Bruins were still hopeful of sending the match to a fifth game after they rallied from an early 9-5 deficit in the fourth set, benefitting from three straight UPS attack errors, to get within one at 10-9. They were still within range at 15-13 following a Logger ball handling error, but that was the last time the Bruins scored. The Loggers gained the serve on a block by Reynaud and Danielle Westerman, and Karly Edwards served nine straight winning points to close out the match. Edwards had three aces in the run and Florant hit three winners, including the match’s final point.
Campbell led all hitters with a season-high 19 kills for the Bruins, while Capron chipped in with 14 and Irwin added 10. The Bruins hit .146 (47-22-171) for the match. Payton Shrum handed out 44 assists. Chelsea Wilson made a match-high 24 digs, with Campbell adding 19, Capron 16, and Irwin 11. Adderson had three block assists as the Bruins played without middle blocker Tiffany Burk, who is fourth in the conference in blocks and second in hitting percentage but was held out pending results of testing for a possible concussion received during a team practice
Florant paced Puget Sound with 18 kills and Harvey had 15, with Brehove contributing 45 assists. The Loggers hit .222 (55-17-171) as a team. Florant also led the Loggers with 18 digs, followed by Harvey with 17, Chun 15, Brehove 14, and Edwards 12. Brehove was in on five of the team’s eight blocks.
NEXT: George Fox (8-10, NWC 6-5) plays the second of four straight on the road Saturday as the Bruins visit Linfield College for a 7:00 p.m. conference match ... Puget Sound (14-5, NWC 8-3) hosts Pacific University Saturday in an NWC contest, also at 7:00 p.m.