September 21, 2011

No. 16 Loggers Roll To Sweep At No. 19 PLU

PARKLAND, Wash. – The 16th-ranked Puget Sound volleyball team continued its hot start with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 sweep at 19th-ranked Pacific Lutheran on Wednesday. The Loggers (11-0, 3-0 NWC) tallied 14 teams blocks and limited the Lutes (9-2, 2-1 NWC) to a .057 hitting percentage in the match.

Nicolette Reynaud paced the Loggers sweep with seven kills, a .455 hitting percentage and nine block assists in the match. Reynaud and the Loggers front row seemed to be a brick wall at the net.

"We did an awesome job blocking tonight," said head coach Mark Massey. "We knew we needed to control the middle of the net and we thought we did a great job of that tonight. Our individual blockers made great decisions."

Brynn Blickenstaff and Erika Greene each tallied five block assists and Jaime Ecklund had four block assists. Blickenstaff hit .353 with seven kills while Greene added 25 assists.

The Lutes came out on a roll as they built an early lead in the first set. Kelsie Moore had six of her match-high 11 kills in the first set to pace the Lutes. However, the Loggers came roaring back to capture the set 25-18, hitting. 308 in the set.

The second set was a tight battle with Lutes leading the whole way until the Loggers took an 18-17. The lead went back-and-forth until the Lutes tied the set at 22-22. A kill from Reynaud gave the Loggers a 23-22 lead and they went on to score the next two consecutive points to capture the set.

The Loggers hit .281 in the third set to control most of the third set and sprint away for the sweep.

The Loggers will look to continue their undefeated ways when they travel to Pacific on Friday for a 7 p.m. match.

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