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Impressive Offense Carries PLU Past Whitman

Haley Urdahl (5)

PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran compiled an impressive .430 attack percentage and five different players had at least seven kills each as the Lutes defeated Whitman, 25-12, 25-17, 25-14, in a Northwest Conference volleyball match played Saturday on Olson Auditorium's Names Family Court.

With the win, the Lutes improve to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while Whitman falls to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the NWC.

The Lutes rolled up an outstanding 13-point win in the first set by hitting .368 on 16 kills and two errors in 38 attacks, and it got better from there. The second second showed 17 kills and two errors in 32 swings, and in the third set the Lutes had 14 kills and no errors in 30 attack attempts.

Kelsey Pacolt and Haley Urdahl both finished with nine kills, Pacolt hitting .615 and Urdahl finishing at .429. Allison Wood, Amy Wooten and Bethany Huston all added seven kills for the winners.

Samantha North ran the offense to perfection with 38 assists and five kills of her own on 11 attempts. Defensive, the Lutes had 12 digs apiece from Amber Aguiar and Blair Bjorkman.

Whitman's Jillian Davis led all player with 11 kills as the Missionaries finished wtith a .101 team attack percentage. Taylor Aschenbrenner had 19 assists and Hannah Linsenmayer led players from both teams with 14 digs. Whitman managed just one block in the three-set match.

In the opening set the teams were tied at 1-1, but that was as close at the Missionaries got as the Lutes gradually pulled away. Whitman had an early lead 3-2 lead in the second set following a PLU service error, and it tied the score at 8-8 on a kill by Olivia Nielson, but against the Lutes pulled away for the win. In the final set the Lutes scored the first five points on North's serve and they were never headed.

Pacific Lutheran returns to action on Friday, Sept. 21, when it faces the Linfield Wildcats in McMinnville, Ore.

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