Pacific volleyball gets sweep of Willamette
Pacific came from behind to win Game 1, then cruised through the next two sets to take a three-game win from Willamette - 31-29, 30-22, 30-15 in Northwest Conference volleyball action Friday at the Pacific Athletic Center.
The Boxers (7-14, 4-7) trailed by six points with Willamette at game point before winning the final seven points off Megan Van Domelen's serve to steal game one. That set the momentum as the Boxers decisively took care of business in the second and third games for the sweep.
Melissa Dunn put together one of her best hitting efforts of the season to lead the Boxers with 12 kills, a .267 attack percentage and 13 digs. Jill Peacock registered nine kills and Anela Iseke made 40 assists.
Julie Stutzman led Willamette (4-17, 0-11) with 11 kills as the Bearcats hit .068 for the match. Alona Lyamin finished with 13 digs and Jessica Drumm had 26 assists.
After trading points with the Boxers to open the game, the Bearcats appeared to have control in game one thanks to a .200 attack percentage. The Bearcats had game point at 29-23 before a kill by Van Domelen gave Pacific the serve back. A pair of kills from Peacock and Joanna Delanty brought the Boxers to a 29-29 tie, and Peacock's fifth kill of the game gave the Boxers the lead. Van Domelen finished off with an ace, allowing Pacific to escape with the 31-29 win.
Pacific took early control in game two, building a 15-7 lead on a Willamette attack error. Pacific led by as much as nine late thanks to their match high .263 attack percentage in the set. With the lead at 29-19, Willamette put together a short-lived comeback of their own with three straight winners, including two on kills by Stutzman, before Dunn put an end to it at 30-22.
Willamette held as much as a three-point lead early in game three before the Boxers all but shut the Bearcats down. Pacific tied the game at 10-10 on a block by Delanty and Caitlin Gollehon, then proceeded to allow Willamette only one more point off of their own serve. Jamie Furutani put things well out of reach with eight straight winners, which included three Van Domelen kills, for a 25-12 Pacific lead. Dunn closed out the match with a pair of aces.
Pacific will now turn its attention to a challenge in No. 15 Linfield, who visits the Pacific Athletic Center on Saturday. Willamette returns home to Salem where they will take on league-leading Pacific Lutheran.