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Lute Volleyball falls to Augsburg, eliminated from regional tournament

Photo credit: John Froschauer
Photo credit: John Froschauer

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Pacific Lutheran ended its 2013 volleyball season on Thursday evening as Augsburg College defeated the Lutes 3-1 in an opening round match of the Division III regional tournament hosted by the University of St. Thomas. The set scores were 16-25, 24-26, 25-19 and 18-25.

The Lutes completed their season with a 19-6 record. The Auggies improved to 29-4 and advanced to the semifinals to be held on Friday.

Senior outside hitter Allison Wood led the Lute attack with 13 kills while sophomore Lucy Capron tallied 12. Senior middle blocker Bethany Huston, named to the AVCA Division III All-West Region first team, added 10 kills to round out the offense.

Setter Samantha North, also named to the All-West Region first team, guided the offense with 49 assists.

With 13 digs, Amber Aguiar improved her season total to 589, breaking the PLU record for total season digs previously held by Rachelle Swondon (583 in 1993). Aguiar received an All-West Region honorable mention as did junior middle blocker Amy Wooten.

Auggies' right side hitter Ashley Peper showed why she ranks sixth in the nation in kills per set, as she posted a total of 21 kills with a .429 attack percentage. Senior outside hitter Colleen Ourada was impressive as well, adding 17 kills and hitting .361.

Pacific Lutheran struggled in the first set, posting a .057 team hitting percentage while Augsburg hit .500. The Auggies jumped out 6-2 to get things started and never relinquished the lead, finishing off the set 25-16.

The Lutes found their rhythm in the second and third sets, keeping it tightly contested along the way. The second set saw 14 tie scores while the third featured 13.

Momentum shifted in Augsburg's favor in the fourth and final set. The Lutes began with a 6-4 lead, but a five-point Auggie rally put the score in their favor. With an Auggie match-point advantage at 24-15, PLU continued to fight, posting three more points before Augsburg put it away 25-18 to take the match victory.