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Another 3-1 Tournament Record for Lutes Volleyball

Samantha North (16)
Samantha North (16)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the second consecutive weekend, Pacific Lutheran finished a volleyball invitational with three wins and one loss.

The Lutes, ranked No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Top 25, split a pair of matches on Saturday. They beat Texas-Dallas 25-20, 25-20, 25-27, 18-25, 15-8 before losing to No. 15-ranked and tournament host Colorado College, 12-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.

PLU opens its Northwest Conference schedule - and plays its first home match of the season - when defending NWC champion Whitworth comes to Olson Auditorium next Friday, with the event slated to start at 7 p.m.

PLU 3, Texas-Dallas 2

Junior middle blocker Bethany Huston finished with 19 kills and a .548 attack percentage, and sophomore setter Samantha North added 11 kills and a .458 percentage, in the win over Texas-Dallas. Amy Wooten contributed eight kills, two solo blocks and three block assists for the Lutes, who finished with 12.5 blocks during the match. Allison Wood had 11 kills, five aces and four block assists to aid the cause. The back row defense was led by Blair Bjorkman, who finished with 29 digs.

Colorado College 3, PLU 1

The Lutes took apart the 15th-ranked team in the first set, limiting the hosts to a .000 attack percentage while record 15 kills and only three errors for a .353 mark. By the time the match ended PLU still had a better team attack percentage - .176 to .171 - but Colorado College dominated at the net, a part of the game that the Lutes usually own. The Tigers had 13 team blocks, including six solo, comared to a total of six team blocks for the Lutes.

Huston led the team with 12 kills while hitting .258, while Wood chipped in 11 kills and 18 digs. North finished the match with 40 assists, five kills and 20 digs. Bjorkman paced PLU with 22 digs.

In addition to its second consecutive 3-1 finish at a tournament, PLU had both Bethany Huston and Samantha North named to the all-tournament team.

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