FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Marie Rewick’s two kills in the fifth and deciding set sealed a topsy-turvy Northwest Conference volleyball match in Pacific’s favor as the host Boxers downed Linfield 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12 Wednesday night at Stoller Center.
Rewick finished with a match-high 17 kills, Mariah McHolland had 16 kills and Alexa Block added 11 for the Boxers. Pacific was only slightly more efficient at the net, hitting .199 to Linfield’s .146.
The suddenly reeling Wildcats (7-5, 2-3 NWC) dropped their third consecutive contest after a four-match win streak. Pacific (4-8, 4-1 NWC) won for the fourth time in its last five outings after a 0-7 start to the season.
Linfield all-star Kailana Ritte-Camara (Sr., Molokai, Hawaii) notched a team-high 13 kills to go along with 18 digs while adding two of the Wildcats’ 11 service aces. Shayli Coppock had 10 kills and five block assists while Kelsey Ludin contributed eight kills, five block assists and a match-best four aces. Victoria Thompson (Sr., Newberg, Ore.) had a hand in seven kills, four block assists and a pair of aces.
Wildcats setter Audrey Frazier piled up 43 assists while adding a dozen digs. Libero Courtney Wanamaker (Sr., West Linn, Ore.) dug 18 balls while also contributing three assists.
Pacific took a 1-0 and 2-1 advantage in sets but Linfield battled back each time. The taut match featured 17 ties and five lead changes.
The teams were neck-and-neck in the first set. The Boxers finally broke free from a slim one-point lead late, getting consecutive kills by Block and a Wildcats attack error to take the upper hand.
Linfield controlled the second set throughout, building leads of 11-6 and 23-14 before a kill by Frazier and an ace from Ludin evened the match at one point apiece.
The third set proved pivotal. The Boxers withstood a tight stanza that saw the lead swing back and fourth three times. Tied at 15, Pacific rode the arms of McHolland and Rewick to a five-point victory.
The Wildcats fought back once more, scoring the first seven points of the fourth frame. Eventually, Pacific squared things at 11-all, but the Wildcats refused to surrender the lead on the way to a 25-19 decision.
The frenzied fifth set saw the Boxers score four of the final five points to snatch the home court victory. Pacific hit .391 in the set, commiting just one error in 23 attempts.
AHEAD: The Wildcats return home to Ted Wilson Gym to battle a pair of Top 25 opponents. Friday night, Linfield squares off with 17th-ranked Colorado College, then hosts No. 10 Puget Sound Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Live webcast coverage gets underway at approximately 6:55.