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Pacific volleyball gets back on winning track

Pacific notched its first Northwest Conference volleyball win of the season last Friday, taking down Willamette in a three-game sweep.

The Boxers (4-9, 1-3) rode a .315 attack percentage to a 30-19, 30-17, 30-26 victory over Willamette. Pacific was dominant in the first two games, then allowed the Bearcats to build a narrow lead early in Game 3 before storming back to close out the match.

Sophomore Melissa Dunn led Pacific with 12 kills, while freshman Alyssa Finn registered 19 digs. Junior setter Anela Iseke had 38 assists in the winning effort. Jordyn Smith paced Willamette with eight kills in the losing effort.

Pacific followed up its win over Willamette with another strong performance on Saturday, but it was not enough to take down No. 7 Linfield.

The nationally-ranked Wildcats took the first two games but had to earn every point against a scrappy Pacific club. The Boxers claimed Game 3 behind a huge attack, smashing 21 kills to just one attack error. Unfortunately, Linfield was simply too much, and the Wildcats walked away with a 30-23, 30-19, 25-30, 30-18 triumph.

'At times, I saw the best volleyball that I have seen a Pacific team play,' said head coach Chris Stanley. 'We were their equal in every area except for unforced errors. Unfortunately, that is almost always the deciding factor in a volleyball match.'

Pacific led 6-3 in the early stages of Game 4 and it appeared as if the Boxers might force a decisive Game 5, but Linfield rallied to lead by as many as seven points to put the match away.

Junior Jill Peacock led the way for Pacific with 17 kills, while Megan Van Domelen and Dunn each had 10. Katelyn Baker led Linfield with 17 kills of her own.

Pacific will have a chance to pick up two wins this week against struggling clubs. The Boxers face Lewis and Clark (4-10, 2-2) at home on Friday night, then travel to George Fox (3-11, 0-4) on Saturday.