PORTLAND STATE 3, PACIFIC 2 (26-28, 25-15, 25-12, 23-25, 15-7)
OGDEN, UTAH – Portland State’s volleyball team advanced to the second round of the 2021 NIVC with a 5-set victory over Pacific on Friday afternoon.
The Vikings dropped the first set, 28-26, after leading 14-5 in the first set, but didn’t let that carry over to the next two sets. In Sets 2 and 3, Portland State beat Pacific, 25-15 and 25-12, respectively, and held Pacific to a negative hitting percentage in both frames.
In Set 4, however, Pacific once again showed its resolve in a back-and-forth affair. The Tigers racked up 16 kills in the set and held on to a 25-23 victory to forth a deciding fifth set.
The fifth set belonged to Portland State once again, though. The Vikings raced out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 15-7 victory in the final set. With the win, Portland State advances to the second round of the 2021 NIVC and will play the winner of Weber State and CSU Bakersfield on Saturday.
The Vikings were led by Parker Webb, who had 15 kills on .480 hitting, and Makayla Lewis, who added 14 kills and 12 digs. Ellie Snook had two service aces in the match, setting a new single-season school record with 48. For the match, Portland State registered 17 aces, which was just one shy of a single-match team record.