Second half leads to comeback for ’Cats

Freshman Victoria Thompson and sophomore Kailana Ritte-Camara block the ball set by the Bruins on Oct. 8 in Newberg, Ore. Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor

The Linfield volleyball team had a split weekend, losing its first match but coming back to the top with a win on the second match.

The Wildcats lost to Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 7 in Tacoma, Wash. They beat George Fox University on their home court Oct. 8 in Newberg, Ore.

The win improved the Wildcats to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference standings.

Pacific Lutheran, with a nine-win streak under its belt, beat the Wildcats on Friday 25-17, 25-19 and 25-14.

The Lutes and Wildcats played a back and forth game to fight for the lead. The game started with a 4-4 tie but the Lutes pulled ahead again to a 12-6 lead.

Linfield came back with six points in a row, but the Lutes came back for the win.

In the second game, the Wildcats started strong with a five point lead. Freshman Victoria Thompson and senior Tara Hill spurred the quick start with kills.

The women struggled for the lead, but PLU pulled ahead in the end after tying the score again.

The third set remained close, but the Lutes delivered 12 out of the last 14 points of the game, taking the Wildcats out early.

Senior libero Samantha Lau performed well with 16 digs, freshman Audrey Frazier contributed 17 assists and freshman Kailana Ritte-Camara had eight kills.

In five sets, the Wildcats beat the Bruins 19-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19 and 15-8 on their homecoming weekend.

Benefitting from the moves of Ritte-Camara, Thompson and sophomore Kelsey Ludin, the frontline had 17 kills, 10 kills and three assists, and 10 kills and six assists, respectively.

Defensively, the Wildcats impressed as Lau dug 23 balls, freshman Courtney Wanamaker had 13 digs, and Frazier dealt out a whopping 43 assists, as well as four block assists.

“This weekend’s matches showed how well we can work hard and push through,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “Although we weren’t successful Friday night, we tried even harder Saturday to be the team we know we can be. By working together, having energy and having fun, we pulled through Saturday night and won in five sets. I think it really shows how much character we have. We will not give up until the game is over.”

The Wildcats are back at home Oct. 12 and 15 facing off against Willamette University and Puget Sound University.

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Kelsey Sutton/Copy chief
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.

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