Volleyball goes 3-1 in Washington event

Volleyball goes 3-1 in Washington event

Tommie Volleyball won its final three matches this weekend in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Coach Thahn Pham's team handed previously-unbeaten Puget Sound a 3-0 defeat, and also won 3-0 against Edgewood (Wis.). The clinching set was a 36-34 win against Edgewood.

The Tommies (3-1) hit .234 in the 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 win over Puget. They were led by Julia Spacek's 14 kills; Whitney Lloyd's 11 kills; and Madie Kroehler's 17 digs, nine kills and three aces. Ellie Meyer added 18 digs.

In the defeat of Edgewood, UST got eight kills from Grace Bordson and seven kills each from Ellie Etzell, Brooke Reichart and Kroehler.

The 36 points in the deciding set vs. Edgewood broke the old Tommie school record for points since the 25-point format came into play 10 years ago. UST recorded 35 in a 37-35 set loss to St. Scholastica in 2011. The 36 ties for the second most by an MIAC team -- Concordia beat Bethel 38-36 in a set during a 2008 match. It also ties for the 12th most points scored by a Division III team in the 10 years of the current scoring format.

The Toms play four matches next weekend in the Augsburg Tournament.


Friday story

Tommie Volleyball went 1-1 on Friday in a season-opening competition in Tacoma, Wash. Coach Thahn Pham's team plays two more matches on Saturday, against host Puget Sound and against Edgewood (Wis.).

St. Thomas lost 3-0 to Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) in an afternoon contest, 25-18, 25-16 and 28-26. UST led late in the third and set 25-24 trying to stay alive, but Pac Lutheran surged to close out the victory, 28-26. UST's Julia Spacek had eight kills and four blocks; Ellie Meyer had 24 digs; and Madie Kroehler had two aces and 15 digs.

St. Thomas rebounded against Clarkson (N.Y.) -- an NCAA playoff qualifier last season -- in a 9 p.m. match and won 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-19), led by a .371 attack percentage. Ellie Etzell had 10  kills and three blocks; Whitney Lloyd added eight kills; Kroehler had eight kills and 15 digs; and Hannah Schwartz recorded two aces.