Pacific Falls In Three At BYU
Playing its second road match of the weekend, the Pacific women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 contest Saturday, Sept. 28, at Brigham Young University. The loss for the Tigers dropped their record to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in WCC play while the Cougars improved to 10-3 on the year and 3-0 in conference action.
Set scores were: 25-20, 25-9, 25-22.
Looking to get off to a strong start on the road, the Tigers found themselves in a battle in the opening set as both teams attempted to assert themselves at the net. Down 9-8, the Cougars were able to gain control of the first frame with a 4-0 run that put themselves ahead by three and gave them the edge they would need to win the first set. Pacific would close to within one late in the set, but BYU was able to again roll off four-straight points to put the Tigers away.
With the momentum of the first set, BYU ran away with the second set as the Cougars took complete control of the net with six blocks and .344 hitting to hand the Tigers' their worst set loss of the season. The block was led by Kathryn LeCheminant who posted six of her match-best 10 blocks in the frame while Alexa Gray posted six of her match-high 12 kills in the set.
After getting a breather in the lockerroom with the extended break, the Tigers came back out fighting as they turned the third set into a back-and-forth battle. In the set, the two teams traded the lead five different times while the set found itself evenly scored on 12 different occurrences. For Pacific, though, it was not to be as the Cougars closed the match on a 3-0 run after the Tigers had tied the set at 22-22.
Overall, senior Megan Birch posted a team-high seven kills while senior Jennifer Sanders tallied six kills. Sophomore Anne-Sophie Bauer made her presence felt in limited action as she posted six kills on .500 hitting in just 1.5 sets of action after entering the match midway through the second set.
The Cougars were led by Gray as the sophomore posted her 12 kills on .423 hitting. Tambre Haddock added 11 kills and 12 digs for the double-double while LeCheminant posted six kills on .333 hitting to go along with her 10 blocks.
The win for the Cougars was their 20th-straight win at home and sixth consecutive victory.
Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 5 as the team heads to Moraga, Calif. to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels. The match is scheduled for 1:00 pm at McKeon Pavilion.