Pacific WVB: Tigers Close Out 2011 With A Bang, Winning 3-0 Over Seattle
Closing out their 2011 season at home on Friday, November 25, the Pacific women's volleyball team went out with a bang as they swept Seattle University to finish 18-12 on the year. The Tigers were led by their senior and First Team All-Big West honoree Samantha Misa, who tallied a match-high 12 kills while hitting .333 as Pacific finished their season with a win for the second-straight season.
Game scores for the match were: 25-13, 29-27, 25-12.
Looking to get off to a quick start in their final match of the season, the Tigers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as Pacific pounded the Redhawks on the offensive side of the net while holding Seattle at bay defensively. Balancing their attack throughout all of their hitters, the Tigers were able to post a .438 hitting percentage in game one, tallying 17 kills and just three errors in 32 attacks to steadily build their lead and pull away from Seattle. Leading the way in the game was All-Big West honoree Jennifer Sanders who posted six kills on nine attacks. In addition to their offensive onslaught, Pacific stifled the Redhawk attack, holding Seattle to just six kills in the opening frame as Pacific picked up 20 digs along the backline with Misa tallying seven of the 20.
After opening the match on fire, the Tigers found their attack cooled and the Redhawks energized to get back into the match. Despite jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead, the Tigers could not pull away from Seattle as they did in game one as Pacific's attack errors mounted and Seattle climbed back into the game. Up 21-17 late in game two, the Tigers saw the Redhawks rally back to take a 23-22 lead eventually forcing a game-point that would spur a back-and-forth battle between the two teams resulting in nine extra points in the game. Overall in the game, the Tigers fought off a pair of game points while the Redhawks forced Pacific finally put Seattle away on its third attempt on a kill by Misa. Misa ended the game with seven kills to lead the Tigers, picking up three of her kills in the final five points of the game.
With the match well in hand, the Tigers made short work of the visiting Redhawks in game three as Pacific ran out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. In the game, seven different Tigers recorded kills with sophomoreMegan Birch posting four kills to lead the way. To end the match, the Tigers looked to their senior Rebekah Torres to put a finishing touch on the match and the season as Pacific's jack-of-all-trades pounded down the final kill of the season ending her career in the Orange and Black while sending the Tigers out on yet another victory. In addition to their restored offensive attack in the third and final game, Pacific once again put a lid on the Redhawk attack, forcing Seattle into seven errors while recording just six kills in 30 attacks.
In her final match of her storied career, Misa led the Tigers with her 14th double-double of the year as she added 13 digs to go along with her 12 kills. The senior also posted three of the Tigers' seven aces as the Tigers' outaced the Redhawks 7-to-1 in the match. Behind Misa, Sanders tallied 11 kills on 20 swings while Birch finished her sophomore season with 10 kills on 27 attacks. Junior Hannah Clancy posted 36 assists and 11 digs to close out her season with her team-high 15th double-double. For Torres, the senior ended her career with six digs on the night to give her 1,108 total digs in four years, 10th most among all Tigers in program history. Sophomore Koala Matsuoka posted a season-high 17 digs in the match to lead Pacific's defensive efforts.
For the Redhawks, Kaytlyn Dill tallied a team-high eight digs, but hit just .062 at the net as Seattle hit just .072 in the match against Pacific's defense.