Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – On a rare, stand-alone Friday night match, the Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team took care of George Fox University in quick fashion, beating the Bruins 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13) in a Northwest Conference clash inside Olson gymnasium.
The first place Lutes (13-3, 7-1 NWC) were challenged by the Bruins (3-7, 2-5 NWC) in the early stages of the contest. PLU trailed 7-5 before squeaking out of the first set with the 25-23 win. The following sets belonged to the Lutes, as the team took home convincing wins 25-16 and 25-13.
"They are a very scrappy team, and they pass the ball well," head coach Kevin Aoki said about the Bruins. "It was a matter of us settling down and playing like we are capable of playing."
Caylie Shiramizu gave the Lutes a great effort defensively, scooping up 19 digs. Gabrielle Alley added eight digs, while Julia Hutchison had five. Kiana Calles was excellent, assisting 33 times, She matched the assist total from the Bruins by herself.
"Kiana is always so stable," Aoki said. "I thought Caylie had some great digs. The strength of our team is our blocking. We rank highly in the nation in team blocks. If we continue to play this way, we'll be in good shape."
The Lutes return to action next weekend as they travel to the east side of the state to take on Whitworth University on October 13 and Whitman College on October 14.