The Wildcat volleyball team came up empty-handed in its last two matches.
The Wildcats faced off against 14th-ranked University of Puget Sound and Pacific University in the second to last week of conference play.
The Wildcats traveled to Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 27 to play nationally ranked Puget Sound. The Loggers started off strong, taking the first two sets 25-21 and 25-12.
The Wildcats responded after the intermission, keeping up with the Loggers, tying the set up at 23-23.
The ’Cats would take the next two points on a kill from junior Kelsey Ludin and a Logger error, winning the set 23-25.
“We won the third game because our offense really stepped up and made aggressive plays to score, rather than just waiting for the other team to make mistakes,” sophomore setter Audrey Frazier said.
The Loggers would not be denied their 11th conference win, taking the fourth, and final set 25-19.
The Loggers were especially dominant at the net, out-hitting the Wildcats .263 to .105 and winning the total block battle 7-1.
“We knew they were a strong hitting team and our defense adapted really well and picked up a lot of tough shots,” Frazier said.
Sophomore Kailana Ritte-Camara led the Wildcats with 13 kills, Frazier added 36 assists and six aces, and freshman Courtney Uyeda had 26 digs.
On Oct. 24, the Wildcats played the Pacific Boxers at home.
The ’Cats started out strong, jumping out to a 18-10 lead. The Wildcats would eventually take the first set 25-17.
The Boxers responded, taking the second set 20-25, hitting .211 during the set, the most efficient kill percentage out of either team all night.
The next two sets after the intermission were relatively similar. The Boxers took the third and fourth set with scores of 20-25 in both sets.
The Wildcats were inefficient with their hits, posting attack percentages of .078 and -.036.
The Wildcats once again had trouble at the net, posting an attack percentage of .068 and were out-blocked 11-5.5.
Sophomore Leimomi Hookano led the Wildcats with 14 kills, Frazier added 36 assists and Uyeda had 26 digs.
“We played really well against UPS, so I’m hoping we can carry that over to our last weekend,” Frazier said.
The Wildcats play their final two games of the season at home. The first game is Nov. 2 against Whitman and the final game is Nov. 3 against Whitworth. Both games are at 7 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
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Sophomore Kailana Ritte-Camara jumps for an attack during a match. The Wildcats still continue to have issues gaining an overall win. They have been able to gain individual game wins but not enough to win the entire match.