PARKLAND, Wash. – Connecting on season-low hitting percentage of .033 against a nationally ranked opponent spelled trouble for the Linfield Wildcats, who were swept in three sets by the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Saturday on Names Family Court. PLU, ranked 18th in the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association, dealt Linfield a 25-12, 25-19, 25-21 defeat.
The victory upped PLU’s record to 6-4 and kept the Lutes on pace in the Northwest Conference at 2-0. Linfield dropped a three-set matchup against a Top 25 club for the second straight night, dropping the ‘Cats below .500 at 4-5 and putting them in a 0-2 hole to start conference play.
Kailana Ritte-Camara (Jr., Molokai, Hawaii) and Victoria Thompson (Jr., Newberg, Ore.) combined for 15 kills and Sam Hammons (Fr., Estacada, Ore.) and four kills of her own to highlight the Linfield ledger. Audrey Frazier (Jr., Albany, Ore.) distributed 13 assists while Case Gaza had seven more. Libero Courtney Uyeda (Soph., Honolulu, Hawaii) picked up 14 digs from the back row. Ritte-Camara got a hand on four block assists while Suzanne Dahl (Fr., Bellevue, Wash.) had two more.
Amy Wooten totaled 10 kills, Samantha North had 29 assists and Amber Aguiar was everywhere on defense with 26 digs. Bethany Huston recorded a match-high five block assists.
Though PLU’s hitting percentage of .153 won’t be recorded as its finest of the season to date, the Lutes did all the other things necessary to score the win. They outblocked the ‘Cats 9-4, and outdug their visiting counterparts 68-55. PLU’s spotted nine service aces to Linfield’s three.
COMING UP: Linfield returns to Ted Wilson Gym for its NWC home opener Friday night. The Wildcats oppose Willamette that night starting at 7 o’clock before hosting Lewis & Clark Saturday at 7.
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