The Wildcats are 4-6 now with losses to Willamette University and University of Puget Sound. The volleyball team played the Willamette Bearcats Sept. 14 in Salem, Ore., and Puget Sound Sept. 17 in Tacoma, Wash.
The match against Willamette began in the Wildcats’ favor as they claimed the first set, thanks to freshman Kailana Ritte-Camara who had four kills. The girls struggled to stay ahead in the second and third game but inched ahead in the fourth with a score of 25-21 to tie the match. Linfield began with a lead in the last set but stumbled and lost the entire match to Willamette. Freshman Victoria Thompson had 11 kills and Ritte-Camara had 13. Senior Samantha Lau contributed with a game high of 24 digs. All together the Wildcats only had 10 serving errors, and had five points scored by serves missed by the Loggers. Despite their efforts, the Wildcats could not match the Loggers’ seven points scored off serves.
“Our first two tournaments went really well, and I thought we did a great job of adapting to each other and working as a team,” Thompson said. “Our first game against Willamette was a great game, although we didn’t win. We worked well as a team and kept it intense.”
The undefeated UPS defeated the Wildcats on Sept. 17 in a three-game match. The Wildcats struggled to stay ahead as Ritte-Camara accomplished a team high of eight kills and freshman setter Audrey Frazier had 21 assists and seven digs. Lau kept the game going from the back row with 14 digs and two kills. The momentum wasn’t enough, however, and the Loggers pulled ahead in a 3-0 lead over the Wildcats.
“Our back row is probably where we are the strongest. They go after every single ball and have had some amazing digs,” Thompson said.
Keeping the team’s strong points in mind, the girls still focus on improvements that can be made.
“Personally, I can work on being louder and being a bigger block for our team,” Thompson said. “As a team, I think we can work on staying consistent throughout the season.”
The team experienced various disadvantages and challenges that they had to overcome.
“Being on the bus for a long time can drain our energy,” sophomore Stephanie Neuman said. “Also, we don’t have some court advantages like a crowd of fans to cheer us on. So we learned how much energy it takes to play at another gym.”
The Wildcats will continue the Northwest Conference and play at home Sept. 23 against Whitworth, Sept. 24 against Whitman, Sept. 28 against Northwest Christian and again Sept. 30 against Lewis & Clark.
Freshman Chelsea Siegner spikes the competition at a Junior Varisty Invitational at Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 10.
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