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PLU Sweeps Aside Linfield, Improves to 3-0 in NWC

Haley Urdahl (5).
Haley Urdahl (5).

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Kelsey Pacolt had nine kills and hit .533 for the match Friday night as Pacific Lutheran defeated Linfield, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16, in Northwest Conference volleyball action at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Lutes, ranked 19th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll, improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while Linfield fell to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the NWC.

Pacolt, a senior outside hitter from Anchorage, Alaska, had only one error in 15 attacks and she tied Allison Wood for team-high honors with the nine kills. Joining the PLU atack were Haley Urdahl and Bethany Huston with seven kills apiece. Samantha North had 29 assists and four service aces, and Blair Bjorkman added four more aces, to help pace the PLU offense.

Defensively, Huston had two solo blocks and three blocks assists, and when the ball got past her Bjorkman was there to register 23 digs.

The first set was all PLU as the team built a 21-6 lead on the way to the easy victory. Linfield took an early 2-1 lead on a service ace in the second set, but Woods had two of her kills during a 6-0 Lutes run. The Wildcats clawed back to tie it at 18-18, but another kill by Wood broke that deadlock and propeled the visitors to the victory. The set ended when Huston and Pacolt combined on a block.

The third set was tied at 4-4 when PLU went on a 7-1 run, including a pair of service aces by Bjorkman, to break it open.

Pacific Lutheran returns to conference action at 7 p.m. Saturday when it plays the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Portland, Ore.

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