THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Puget Sound defeated Colorado 27-25, 25-13, 14-25, 25-22 on Friday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Loggers (20-5) earned their first 20-win season since 2007, which was also the last year the Loggers advanced in the national tournament.
The Tigers (23-10) took control early, building an first-set lead. However, the Loggers fought their way back behind five kills from Danielle Westerman to overcome the slow start. Westerman ended the match with nine kills. Marissa Florant also had four of her match-high 14 kills in the opening set and the Loggers hit .382.
In the second set, the Loggers found a groove to quickly take the set easily. Florant again had four kills to lead the Loggers, who hit .400. The Loggers limited the Tiger hitters to just a .083 hitting percentage. The Loggers had three of their six blocks in the set, including two total blocks from Emily Convery.
Westerman had four blocks to lead the effort at the net and Christina Chun had 19 digs to lead the Loggers. Chun now ranks fifth for digs in a single season in school history.
The Tigers took control of the third set. They hit .312 average while limiting the Loggers to a .000 hitting percentage. Lauren Hahn had four of her seven kills in the set to lead the Tigers.
Kristen Liberty had 10 kills to lead the Tigers’ attack in the match.
The fourth set was a back and forth battle until the very end when the Loggers were able to pull away just enough to take the set and the match. Jackie Harvey led the attack with three kills in the fourth set. She ended the match with 12 kills and hit .289.
The service game played a big role in the match with the teams combining for 18 aces. The Tigers hit 11 aces in the match while recording seven service errors. Both Florant and Chun had three aces for the Loggers, who recorded seven as a team with just two service errors.
The Loggers will face Chapman in the second round tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.