Pacific volleyball avenged a 2-week old loss to a conference opponent Tuesday.
The Lady Indians (12-11-3, 3-3) beat Owensville (9-13-4, 1-4) in straight sets, 25-19, 25-21, on the Dutchgirls’ home court. Pacific then lost at Sullivan (15-11-2, 5-1) 11-25, 25-23, 11-25 at home Thursday.
Pacific had previously lost to Owensville in the consolation round of the Hermann Tournament in three sets on Sept. 21. Pacific’s win in the rematch counted toward the conference standings. However, a loss by the Dutchgirls to Hermann (23-6-1, 6-0) Thursday mathematically eliminated Pacific from contention for the Four Rivers Conference Championship this season.
“I challenged the girls to make a statement in this league matchup as to what they are made of and where Pacific belongs in the conference (at or near the top),” Head Coach Steve Goff said Tuesday. “I think they did that tonight.”
Kate Taylor led the team in kills with eight on the night.
Grace Smiley added seven kills, seven assists and one block.
Demi Voyles had two kills and went 6-6 in the serve position with two aces and served out the final four points to close the second set.
Corynn Boyer and Cassidy Murray notched two kills apiece. Boyer added one block.
Maddie King posted 11 assists and one block.
Libero Genna Nickelson came up with 20 digs.
Pacific wrapped up its home schedule Thursday in less than ideal fashion with a three-set loss against Sullivan.
“We had a disappointing loss in our last game at home,” Goff said. “Our hitting was dismal with only 17 kills against 21 errors. That many unforced errors are hard to overcome. We also missed four serves and had no aces. Sullivan’s serve receive was very steady and our lack of effective serve receive made it difficult to run our offense in system which in turn caused our hitters to falter.”
Smiley had a team-high six kills on the night and five assists.
Goff said there were few bright spots in the contest.
“It was very nice to get senior co-captain and middle hitter Megan Doering back after a preseason injury sidelined her for the entire season,” he said.
Doering posted four blocks to go with three kills and two assists.
King led in assists with seven and recorded one block.
Voyles and Taylor each posted four kills.
Boyer blocked three.
Nickelson dug 17 and recorded one assist.