Pacific drops two and falls to fifth place in WCC
Women’s volleyball suffered two tough losses this past weekend against conference foes. The Tigers hosted No. 10 BYU on Thursday and San Diego on Friday. Despite taking the first set against the Cougars, Pacific fell, 3-1. The following day, San Diego came from behind to run away with the final set.
The Tigers came out firing in the start of Thursday’s matchup; however, BYU quickly laid down the hammer and took the three remaining sets, giving Pacific their fourth loss of the season. The Cougars improved to 6-0 in the West Coast Conference and remain the conference leader.
Opposite Kat Schulz ’16 led the Tigers with 16 kills and 12 digs, and outside hitter Lexi Elman ’17 followed suit with 12 kills and 14 digs. Schulz achieved her sixth double-double of the season, while Elman posted her seventh. Also notably, Elman tallied two aces. Libero Katrin Gotterba ’18 rounded out the defense with 16 digs on the evening.
Pacific faced off against the reigning WCC champions the following day. Even with a strong start, the Tigers were unable to hold on until the finish, dropping their third loss at home.
The matchup was a cat-and-mouse game, as both teams continued to go back and forth throughout. Pacific took the first two sets by a two-point margin and dropped the last remaining sets, giving San Diego their fifth win in conference.
Elman led once again with 17 kills and 18 digs. Gotterba tallied 23 digs. Pacific had 15 total blocks and a .185 hitting percentage.
The Tigers hit the road for Gonzaga and Portland. Gonzaga is currently in fourth place in WCC, just one game ahead of Pacific. Portland is 0-6 in Conference and tied for last place with Saint Mary’s. The Tigers return home on Thursday, Oct. 23 to host San Francisco at 7 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
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