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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -Mackenzie Harris tallied 10 kills and 11 blocks, helping the Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team hand host Linfield College its first defeat of the Northwest Conference season, emerging from Ted Wilson Gymnasium with a 3-1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 25-17) victory.
The visiting Lutes (8-3, 2-1 NWC) stormed out to a 6-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back, leading wire-to-wire for the decisive 25-16 set win. In set two, the host Wildcats (8-2, 2-1 NWC) mounted a 13-3 run midway through to seize a commanding 19-11 lead. PLU methodically chipped away at the lead, knotting the score at 24. The score was tied again at 25 before Linfield scraped together consecutive points to net the 27-25 win to level the match.
A Harris kill cemented a 25-17 win in set three before the Lutes wrapped up the match with a 25-17 win in set four, closing the final set on a 15-7 run.
"We played some solid volleyball tonight," said Head Coach Kevin Aoki. "We controlled the net tonight with a 17-6 edge in blocks."
Harris was efficient with 10 kills on just 18 attacks along with her 11 blocks as the Lutes were a menace at the net, finishing with 17 total blocks. Chloe Epker collected nine kills and 15 digs while Kiana Calles tallied a match-high 37 assists along with 12 digs. Caylie Shiramizu led the Lutes with 22 digs while Gabrielle Alley added 11.
The Lutes continue their road swing tomorrow afternoon, facing Lewis & Clark College at 5 p.m. in Portland.