The Linfield volleyball team continued on in the Northwest Conference this week, winning two matches and losing one, leaving Linfield 7-8 and 2-4 in the conference standings. The Wildcats played Northwest Christian University Sept. 28, Lewis & Clark College Sept. 30 and Pacific University Oct. 1.
“The season has been good, sophomore Kelsey Ludin said. “We have a lot of new girls on the team, so it has been fun getting to know them and play with them.”
“I’m looking forward to growing and improving as team.”
The Wildcats played the Northwest Christian Beacons in a close four-game match Sept. 28. The first set featured 11 kills from Linfield, shaking Northwest Christian and winning the game 25-23. The Beacons came back in the second set, tying the match early with a score of 25-23. The Wildcats came back quickly in the third game when they got eight points up on the board before Northwest Christian was even able to score. Linfield swept the game 25-13.
Both teams struggled for the lead in the fourth and final match, but the ‘Cats ended the match with a score of 26-24 when freshman Kailana Ritte-Camara smashed a spike over the net.
The match against Lewis & Clark started out strong for the Wildcats Sept. 30 as the girls controlled the first set 25-17. The Pioneers quickly gained the lead in the second set. Linfield struggled to catch up and eventually surrendered the set to Lewis & Clark, losing 25-15. Linfield stole the third set with a score of 25-22. The Wildcats took the fourth and final set after a back and forth struggle with the Pioneers, winning 25-17. Among many stars of the night, Ritte-Camara had 18 kills, and senior libero Samantha Lau had 19 digs.
“Our offense has stepped up a lot, and we have started making the other team earn their points rather than just giving the points up,” freshman Audrey Frazier said. “I think we have really come together as a team and that will show in our future games.”
The girls fought for the lead in the match against Pacific on Oct. 1 but faltered, losing 25-21, 25-14 and 25-21.
The Wildcats stay strong and positive as they focus on further improving and sweeping the conference.
“I am really looking forward to the second half of the season and meeting the teams that we have already played again,” Frazier said. “We have already improved so much since our first conference match and I can’t wait to come back and play those teams after we have reached our full potential.”
Next up, the ‘Cats will go up against Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 7 and George Fox University in Newberg on Oct. 8.
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