Tigers Record Setting Performance Leads To A 3-0 Win Over St. Francis To Open 2013
Beginning the 2013 season at the Hokie Invitational, the Pacific women's volleyball started the year with a bang as the Tigers ran through St. Francis (PA), 3-0, on Friday, Aug. 30, in record-setting fashion. Dominating the Red Flash from start to finish, Pacific allowed just 31 combined points in the three set match to set a new program rally-score era record for points given up.
Set scores for the match were: 25-8, 25-9, 25-14.
Shaking off the rust of the offseason and the nerves that come with opening a new season, the Tigers came out firing and never looked back on their way to a lopsided victory over the Red Flash of St. Francis (PA). In what would go down as one of the most efficient hitting performances in program history, the Tigers finished their first match of the season with a .470 hitting percentage after tallying 38 kills on 66 attacks with just seven errors.
Even more impressively, the Tigers kept their offense in high gear without sacrifing any defense as Pacific held SFU to -.090 hitting (15 kills, 22 errors, 78 attacks). The play by the Tigers, along with the unforced mistakes by the Red Flash led the Tigers to their record performance that took just :52 minutes to complete.
In the first two sets in which Pacific gave up just 17 combined points, the Tigers used a a handful of big runs to bury the Red Flash. In set one it was a seven point run on the serve of freshman Alicja Wilk and the arm of sophomore Kat Schulz that broke the set wide open. Schulz tallied seven of her match high 13 kills in the opening frame to lead the attack as Pacific out hit the Red Flash .455 to -.261. The second set saw Pacific's nearly flawless attack bury St. Francis early when the Tigers went 11-of-14 with just one error to post a .714 hitting percentage while the Red Flash hit in the negative for the second consecutive set. The set was owned by senior Jennifer Sanders in the middle as she went 4-for-4 at the net while adding a single block for good measure.
With the match firmly in their control, the Tigers came back closer to earth as the Red Flash were able to contain Pacific early until a 10-4 run put the match away midway through the final set. The Tigers closed the match on a 5-0 run including picking up three aces out of sophomore captain Kimmy Whitson who finished her day with four aces in the opening match. When not serving, Whitson, along with freshman Jessica Diederich used an even distribution of balls to both the pins and the middle, to pick up 12 of their 14 kills in the set from Schulz, Sanders, and junior Gillian Howard who grabbed four kills and three blocks in the set. Howard, finished her afternoon with just six kills on only eight attacks but added a match-high five blocks in three rotations through the front. Sanders finished with 10 kills on 13 swings with no errors to post a team-best .714 hitting percentage from the middle.
The Tigers will be back in action later in the day as they take on the host Hokies of Virginia Tech in the night cap of the opening day of the Hokie Invitational. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST.