Tigers suffer second and third straight loss
Women’s volleyball suffered a tough weekend, losing two games and stretching their losing streak to three games. Pacific faced off against No. 15 BYU on Thursday, and despite a stellar effort at the start of the game, the Cougars ultimately took advantage for a come-from-behind win. Aired live on ESPN U, both teams put up a nail-biter game.
The Tigers came out firing on Thursday, taking the ranked BYU by complete surprise. In the first and second set, they dominated the Cougars. But in the second half, Pacific appeared to be drained and could not keep up with the 2014 NCAA National runner-up.
With the help of middle blocker Alicja Wilk ’17, Lexi Elman ‘17 posted 12 of the 16 kills in the first set. Nevertheless, BYU would not go down without a fight, proving their current NCAA ranking. The Cougars were able to take the lead at one point during the first set, but the Tigers took back control, going on a 6-1 run. Pacific took the first set, 25-20.
The Tigers dominated once again in the second set, winning 25-18. After the extraordinary two-set performance, the game appeared to be a wrap going into the halftime break.
In the third set, the Cougars came out with more fire, putting more pressure on Pacific. Both teams were neck and neck until BYU broke free, going on a 12-5 run to take the third set, 25-16.
It seemed BYU figured out the Tigers’ game plan, even using all mistakes to their advantage. The remaining two sets would fall into the hands of the Cougars. Ultimately, Pacific fell in a heartbreaker matchup. They do, however, get one more opportunity to face them this season at BYU.
Outside hitter Elman led the squad with 23 kills on the evening, while libero Katrin Gotterba ’18 tallied 25 digs. Pacific put in good work on defense, posting more digs than BYU, but the Cougars put up a better hitting percentage as well as blocks, which turned out to be their season best at 19.
On Saturday, Pacific hosted San Diego in another conference matchup. The Toreros put up a three-and-out performance, despite a valiant effort from the Tigers. Pacific falls to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in West Coast Conference play.
The Tigers get back to action this coming Saturday when they take on conference foe Saint Mary’s. The matchup will begin at 7 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Center.
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