Tigers Split WCC / Pac-12 Showdown
The Pacific volleyball team sustained a .500 record last weekend, moving to 6-6 on the season by dominating Cal but falling to No. 12 Stanford in the WCC/Pac-12 showdown at the Spanos Center.
On Friday, the Tigers defended home court by sweeping three sets against the Cal Bears, trouncing the visitors 25-15, 25-17 and 25-14. The women’s team was led by Emily Baptista ’20 and Lexi Elman ’17 in the kill department, with the two putting up 10 and nine, respectively. Andie Shelton ‘18 also had a big night for Pacific, recording seven kills on eight attempts, 30 assists and six digs.The Bears were led by Jenelle Jordan, who had eight kills, two blocks and three digs for the match, and Bailee Huizenga, who had seven kills and one block.From the start of the first set, Pacific forced the Bears to play catch-up. Pacific ended up winning the set by that same margin, 25-15.
The Bears made things a little more interesting in the second set. The Tigers took the first two points, and the Bears answered right back with two points to even the score. The teams traded points to make it 4-4, then Cal took its first lead of the game, 5-4, on a Pacific error. The Tigers quickly retook the lead. After Cal tied it at eleven, Pacific finally began to pull away from the visitors. Kills by Ashlyn Fleming ’20, Baptista, and Elman helped build a 16- 12 lead for the Tigers, and the squad never looked back. The Bears would not get within three points the rest of the set, and the Tigers took it 25-17. Pacific finished off the game with a dominant third set. The women opened up a 10-4 lead, thanks in part to kills from Skylar Wine ’20, Janie Feldsher ’18, Shelton, and Elman. The Bears never seriously threatened Pacific’s commanding lead, and the Tigers took the final set 25- 14. The women hit .393 on the match, while holding the Bears to .131.Saturday saw the Tigers go for the weekend sweep against the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal, but the Tigers could not pull off the upset. Stanford took three sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17. In the match’s first set, the Cardinal jumped out to a 7-2 lead, after three attacking errors by the Tigers. Elman and Fleming helped Pacific fight back to make it 7-5, and the Tigers stayed within three points until three consecutive errors by Stanford tied the game at 13. Elman then gave the Tigers their first lead with a kill, assisted by Shelton. The women went back and forth, and the Tigers kept it close. The Cardinal won the set 25-21. The Tigers came out competitive in the second set as well, but Stanford kept a steady lead in the early goings. Pacific made a run late in the set, which began with Stanford up 20-15. Feldsher and Wine had kills to make it 20-17, and two consecutive kills from Baptista put the Tigers within one. A few plays later, Baptista had another kill to tie the set at 21, and she answered Inky Ajanaku’s kill with another to make it 22-22. Tigers lost the next set 25-22. The Cardinal began to pull away, though, and ended up taking the next set, 25-17, and the match. Tigers played a great match against the Cal Bears and competed admirably against a heavily-favored Stanford team. The team tries to push its record above .500 when it takes to the Alex Spanos Center tonight against Portland.
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