The Linfield volleyball team ended the season positively with a loss and a final win. The Wildcats lost to Pacific Lutheran University in three sets Nov. 4 and took home a win against George Fox University on Nov. 5.
Pacific Lutheran stepped up its blocking, with 15 blocks from the opposing side. The strong energy from PLU’s side caused 34 attack errors and 8 service errors from the Wildcats. PLU quickly gained its lead in the first match with a score of 14-3, and then 22-7. The Lutes worked together to win the first set with a score of 25-9.
The momentum was sustained in the second set for the Lutes as they jumped to the lead early in the game.
Senior Samantha Lau, however, had 5 digs, and freshman Leimomi Hookano had two kills. The Lutes took the second set 25-16.
The Wildcats were able to keep things closer in the third match but were unable to hold out for a win. Freshman Audrey Frazier contributed with 12 assists, while freshman Kailana Ritte-Camara had five digs and five kills. Pacific Lutheran won the match with a final game score of 25-17.
Facing off against George Fox University again, the Wildcats came away with another winning score.
Hookano started out the first set with five kills and Frazier had 12 assists, out of her match-high of 36. The Wildcats won the first set with a score of 25-23.
Both teams stayed within two points of each other throughout the whole second set until the Bruins sprang ahead, earning a 19-9 lead and winning the game 25-16. The Bruins and the Wildcats continued to keep it close in the third set. The Bruins charged ahead once again and took the set 22-25.
Linfield came back in the fourth and fifth sets. The Bruins committed a few errors, giving the Wildcats the momentum they needed to win the match.
“Although we lost two sets in a row, we regained a lot of momentum after the third set and ended up with a win,” Hookano said.
Sophomore Kelsey Ludin had 12 kills. Freshman Victoria Thompson had six kills along with Hookano, who had nine kills and eight digs.
The volleyball team ended its season with a record of 11-14 and 6-10 in the Northwest Conference.
“Our team ended the season on a high note. We had a lot of energy that night and everyone was on the same page,” Hookano said.
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