Opponent and Series
|Seattle Pacific and Central Washington are
knotted at 22-all in the series following the Wildcats' sweeps
the past two seasons. Central, after an 0-7 start, has won five
of six and the 'Cats have hit .258 in GNAC play...SPU has
generally had its way with Saint Martin's, winning 25 of 30
meetings, including a sweep a year ago. The Saints have lost
three matches in a row entering the week without winning a
The streak stops here. Seeking some
much-needed momentum in this second month of the season, the
Seattle Pacific University women's volleyball team hosts a pair of
Great Northwest Athletic Conference matches this weekend. The
Falcons (2-4/9-4), who lost twice last week on the road, face
Central Washington (4-1/5-8) Friday night (Oct. 3) before Saint
Martin's (0-5/05-11) visits Saturday night (Oct. 4). A season-long
string of three consecutive road matches begins next week at No.
5-ranked Western Washington.
Brougham-o-seltzer. Whereas SPU has yet
to score its first conference road kill, the home court has proven
to be a haven. The Falcons are 5-0 overall this season at Brougham
Pavilion, with a win streak of six matches dating back to last
year. They are hitting a healthy .239 as a team on the attack on
their home floor, with Jessica Bauder (Jr., Kennewick,
Wa./Kennewick-Columbia Basin CC) averaging 5.0 kills per game.
Dump the slump. The numbers were no so
hefty this past week, when Seattle Pacific dropped road matches at
Seattle University and Northwest Nazarene. The attack was
comparatively anemic, sinking below .200 in both matches. In fact,
over the last five outings the team is hitting just .163.
Meanwhile, Northwest Nazarene was blazing away (hitting an
opponent season-best of .305) in becoming the first team to sweep
SPU. Still, the Falcons had their chances. They led 29-27 in the
first game and once again were in front midway through game two.
The Crusaders reeled off a pair of runs-13-2 and 11-2-and then
rode that momentum to a win in game three. In the first eight
matches the Falcons had hit .251.
Last week's results:
Seattle University def. Seattle Pacific 30-24, 27-30, 30-22, 30-25
Northwest Nazarene def. Seattle Pacific 36-34, 30-28, 30-22
Ms. consistency. One bright spot of
late in the offense has been the consistent play of middle Katie
Ralph (So., Port Orchard, Wa./South Kitsap-East Tennessee St.).
The transfer has the highest hitting percentage (.288) of any
Falcon on the front line and ranks eighth in the conference. She's
also scoring on defense, with an average of 1.02 blocks to rate
fourth in the GNAC. Ralph hit 10 kills and .444 overall at NNU.
She has averaged 1.16 blocks over the last six matches, and has
hit .300 or higher in six contests.
Serve's up. With attacks not finding
their intended targets often enough of late, the Falcons' ability
to score on the serve is more important than ever. They are second
in the conference in aces at 2.18 per game with Bauder and setter
Jenna Von Moos (Fr., Stanwood, Wa) standing fourth and fifth,
respectively. As a team, the Falcons have reached double-digits in
aces in three of the last four matches. Chelsey Myers (So.,
Minden, Nv./Douglas) hit three at Nampa while Bauder served a
season-high five at Seattle U.
Quik sets. Bauder posted a pair of
double-doubles last week but her hitting was marred by a total of
23 errors in 106 attempts. She had 21 kills and 12 digs at Seattle
U., and 18 and 14 at NNU...Myers has hit double figures in digs 11
times and kills 10 times in 13 matches...Andra Taylor (Sr., Camas,
Wa./Mt. Hood CC) scored two stuff blocks at NNU...Tiffany Butac
(Fr., Pearl City, Hi./Hawaii Baptist) dug out 12 balls in the
three games at Northwest Nazarene...Seattle Pacific remains No. 3
in GNAC team hitting (.213) and digs (18.67)...Individually,
Bauder is third in kills average (4.10) and Von Moos is seventh in