WALLA WALLA — Whitman defeated No. 16 Puget Sound 25-18 Saturday in the first set of a Northwest Conference volleyball match. That proved to be the highlight, as the Loggers regrouped to sweep the next three sets, 25-19, 25-20, and 25-19 to claim a 3-1 win over the Missionaries.
The loss, coupled with Friday’s 3-0 loss to Pacific Lutheran, drops the Missionaries to 3-3 in NWC play and 5-14 overall.
In the first set, Whitman trailed early but pulled even at 10-10. The Missionaries took control of the set with leads of 17-12 and 21-15 before closing out the first set with a 25-18 win.
In the next three sets, the Loggers used a variety of shots, including multiple dinks and dumps to upset the Missionaries’ rhythm and find holes in Whitman’s defense.
In the second set, Whitman had it tied at 18-18, but the Loggers went on a 7-1 run to close out the 25-19 win. Whitman got within 24-21 in set three before the Loggers ended it. Whitman never got closer than four after a UPS 9-2 run to open the fourth and final set as the Loggers got the 25-19 win to take the match 3-1.
UPS had three players with double-figure kills. Marissa Florant had 13 to go along with 23 digs. Jackie Harvey had 11 kills and 19 digs, and Nicolette Reynaud added 10 kills.
Whitman was led by Jillian Davis with a match-high 17 kills and 15 digs. Shae Kanakaole provided 11 kills along with 24 digs.
In Friday’s action, No. 15 ranked Pacific Lutheran used a well-balanced attack and excellent shot making to defeat Whitman in three sets.
Whitman was led by Davis who tallied a match-high 14 kills and had eight digs. Setter Rachel Cline added nine kills to go along with her 12 assists and six digs.
The Missionaries took the Lutes to extra time in the first set before succumbing 26-24.
The second set saw PLU take control of the match at 15-9 and coast home with a 25-15 win. Whitman closed to within 24-23 in the deciding third set before the Lutes earned set and match point to take a 25-23 win.
Whitman travels to Whitworth in Spokane Wednesday.