Pacific Women's Vollebyall: Tigers Stunned By Nevada In Three Game Sweep
With their second straight tournament championship at their finger tips, the Pacific women's volleyball team suffered a stunning three game sweep at the hands of the host Nevada Wolf Pack at the Wolf Pack Invitational on Saturday, September 11. The loss snapped a six match winning streak and dropped the Tigers to 6-2 on the year while the Wolf Pack improved to 6-3. The sweep netted the Wolf Pack the tournament championship as the Tigers, Wolf Pack and Wildcats from Nevada each finished the tournament 2-1.
Game scores for the match were: 26-24, 27-25, 25-21.
In what was supposed to be their continued push into the collective consciousness of the Division I volleyball world, the Tigers could not come up with the answers needed to pass the test that was given to them by the host Wolf Pack in the finale of the Wolf Pack Invitational. From the opening point until the final point of the match the Tigers never looked completely comfortable on their side of the net as Nevada was able to keep Pacific off balance en route to taking the match.
In the opening frame of what would become the championship match of the tournament, the Tigers were never able to get out in front of the Wolf Pack as they chased Nevada from the outset until finally running out of points in the game. Trailing by as much as five midway through the game at 14-9, the Tigers pushed back against the host Wolf Pack with a rally that eventually tied the game at 22-22. Senior Svenja Engelhardt (Sinsheim, Germany) netted a trio of kills late in the game, but in the end the Tigers were never able to get over the hump as the Wolf Pack closed out the game in extra points.
Recovering from their first game loss, the Tigers were in firm control of the second game of the afternoon as the roared out to a huge lead leading 22-14 with three points needed to tie the match. Early on in the game, freshmanJennifer Sanders (Katy, Texas) came on strong for the Tigers in the middle as the young hitter posted a solid effort at the net with five kills in eight swings, committing no errors. However, up eight points, the Tigers saw their once comfortable lead vanish behind the serve of Tatiana Santiago as the Wolf Pack forced Pacific into a slew of mistakes at the net to knot the game at 23-23. From there, the momentum was lost and the Wolf Pack was able to take the game in extra points for the second consecutive game. Janelle Batista and Erin Garvey did the most damage in the game for the Wolf Pack as they combined for 11 kills while tallying five in the final 10 points with Garvey tallying two in the final three points to win the game for Nevada.
Stunned by the game two loss, the Tigers did not show the shock early in the third game as they again stormed out to a big early lead posting a six point advantage on the scoreboard at 13-7. Again, the Wolf Pack would not be denied as they erased the six point Tiger lead with a 7-1 run stemmed by their front line defense with four blocks, three of which came off the hands of Batista and Garvey. With their lead gone, the Tigers could not overcome the energy and momentum won by Wolf Pack as Nevada closed out the game and the match on an 11-7 run. In the game the Wolf Pack posted 6.5 blocks with Batista posting four blocks in the game.
Overall, the Tigers got 15 kills from Engelhardt to lead all attackers, however, the senior also committed 11 errors on 44 swings to finish hitting just .091. Sanders posted 13 kills in the match, a season-high, on 20 attempts as she committed just one error to hit .600.
For the Wolf Pack, Garvey and Batista each finished with 10 kills to lead the team while the duo combined for 10 blocks. As a team the Wolf Pack outhit the Tigers .228-to-.183.
After the tournament Engelhardt and sophomore setter Hannah Clancy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) were named to the all-tournament team. The awards were their third straight honors of the year as each has been named team in each of the three tournaments in which the Tigers' have played in.
Pacific will be back in action on Friday, September 17 when they take on Utah in Tempe, Ariz. at the Arizona State Tournament. The game is scheduled for 5:00 pm.