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Pilots Take First Set, but Lose at Pacific

Nov. 28, 2008

STOCKTON, Calif. --- The Portland women's volleyball team took the opening set, but the host Pacific Tigers won the next three by narrow margins to hold on for a 3-1 victory Friday evening at the Pacific Community Bankers Classic. The Tigers won by scores of 23-25, 28-26, 25-21 and 27-25. Portland will conclude the tournament, as well as the 2008 season, when they face Nevada on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the consolation final.

Portland's senior trio of K.C. Fox, Ashley Grayson and Jennifer Sheedy combined for 43 kills in the match. Fox had 16, one off of her career high which was set earlier this season. Grayson finished with 14 kills and seven digs, while Sheedy contributed 13 kills and two blocks.

Mallori Gibson led all players with 19 kills for Pacific (12-15), while Alexa Anderson and Svenja Engelhardt added 18 and 17 kills, respectively.

Fox and the Pilots (7-24) hit .324 during the first set, paced by the senior's six kills in nine attempts. Portland also racked up three blocks to none for the Tigers, but had to overcome an early 10-4 deficit. Trailing 21-15, the Pilots scored six straight points to even the score. Junior Maria Clemens had a big service ace to give UP a 23-22 lead and Fox hammered the set point down to end the comeback.

The second set followed a similar pattern as Pacific led a majority of the early-going before the Pilots took a late lead. Kills by Grayson and Clemens, followed by an attack error on the Tigers, gave Portland a 19-18 lead. The Pilots had a set point wasted on a kill by Anderson and then fought off two Pacific set points before finally dropping the 28-26 decision. Anderson led the way with seven kills in the set.

The roles were reversed in the next set, as Portland staked claim to the early lead before Pacific fought back and eventually pulled away at the end. Four Tigers had three or more kills in the frame, while Fox kept Portland close with six kills.

Pacific put the match away in the fourth, fending off two set points by the Pilots to pull out the four-set victory. The Tigers hit .359 in the fourth set.

Pacific hit .291 for the match compared to Portland at .283. The Pilots had a 6-4 edge in blocks, but Pacific had six service aces to Portland's two.

Sophomore libero Danielle Dupar had 15 digs for Portland.