Linfield volleyball comes up short against Willamette

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Nathan Herde

Linfield vs. Willamette

Serrina Cabral, Staff Writer

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The Linfield women’s volleyball team lost in last night’s match in four sets to Willamette University in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium on Wednesday night by scores of 15-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-21. Willamette improves their record to 5-4 in conference. Linfield drops to 0-8 on the season.

The first set was close from the start. The Bearcats scored a quick two points, but the Wildcats responded on the other side of the net. Linfield and Willamette went back and forth the whole set, making it a one-point game. Within the last couple points, Willamette had made multiple errors which gave Linfield the momentum to take the first set 15-25.

Starting the second set the Wildcats came out sharp, scoring three quick points. The Bearcats than responded, bringing the set to a tie at seven. The Bearcats keep putting pressure on the Wildcats, which caused Linfield some errors and Willamette took the lead, taking the match 25-22.

In the third set the Bearcats came out strong, scoring six quick points, which gave them a four-point lead—the biggest lead of the night. The Wildcats came back to bring it to a tie at 19. The Bearcats than kept fighting and took set three 25-21.

The Bearcats had another great start in the fourth set. They score eight points to create a dominant lead and the biggest of the night. The Wildcats then started to gain some momentum on there side, forcing the Bearcats to make multiple errors down the stretch until the Bearcats answered back by scoring multiple points in a row. This dominant start for the Bearcats ultimately bought them the win for that set, 25-22, and the entire game.

Linfield Junior Raelynn Hammock had 15 kills in last night’s match up, the most kills of the night, bringing the Cats to a total of 40 kills. Linfield Junior Maya Nakasone added 22 digs to the night.

Up next, the Wildcats will be back at home to play against Puget Sound University at 6 p.m. on Saturday.