Pacific Picks Up Its Second Straight Sweep, This Time Over Nevada
Keeping their 2012 roll going on day two of the 34th Annual Community Bankers Classic, the Pacific women's volleyball team swept Nevada during the morning session on Saturday, September 1. The win for the Tigers moved their record to 5-0 on the year while the Wolf Pack fell to 1-4.
Set scores for the match were: 25-18, 25-21, 25-14.
Picking up where they left off from the night before, the Tigers roared out to a fast start behind their freshman on the right-side, Kat Schulz. Finding the offense that had eluded her in the first handful of matches, Schulz got into a groove early to finish the set a perfect 5-of-5. With Schulz leading the way, the Tigers put together one of their best sets of the season as the team hit .341 with 17 kills and just three errors on 41 swings.
In set two, it was Nevada that got off to the quick start behind the play of Tessa Lea'ea who scored four of the Wolf Pack's first seven points from the middle. She would grab 12 total kills for the match to lead all Wolf Pack hitters. With Lea'ea moving freely, the Wolf Pack built a quick four-point lead at 7-3 before the Tigers adjusted and went on a 7-3 run to knot the set at 10-10. Down two points midway through the set at 16-14, the Tigers used a 5-0 run to take control of the set and with it, the match. In the set, Pacific went back to its old stalwarts of juniors Megan Birch and Jennifer Sanders as the Tigers' top hitters posted 11 kills in the set on 16 swings with five coming as Pacific closed out the set.
Looking to close out the match in three, the Tigers wasted no time putting the Wolf Pack away as a two-point lead at 10-8 ballooned into an insurmountable 10-point advantage. As the Tigers ran away with the match using a 10-2 blitz, Schulz reasserted her dominance at the pin as the freshman picked up three of her set-high five kills during the stretch run. Additionally, it was the Tigers' smallest freshman, Maddy Call, who put some points on the board from behind the service line as she tallied a pair of aces while serving six of the 12 points.
Overall, Schulz led the way for the Tigers with 15 kills on 25 attacks while hitting .560. The young opposite grabbed her first career double-double as she added a match-high 14 digs. Right behind their freshman, Birch and Sanders each tallied double-digit kills as Birch posted 12 kills on .321 hitting while Sanders added 10 on .474 hitting. As a team, the Tigers posted their best hitting percentage of the season as the team hit .370 with 47 kills and seven errors on 108 attacks.The Tigers can capture the tournament title for the third-consecutive season with just one set one against Northern Illinois in the Bankers Classic finale later in the evening. Pacific and the Huskies are scheduled to take the court at 7:00 pm following the conclusion of the Nevada, Portland State match at 5:00 pm.