CORVALLIS, Ore. – It was a tough day for the Tigers as they dropped two four-set matches to Kansas State and Oregon State to open 2017 play.
Sophomore outside hitter Skylar Wine recorded a career-best 22 kills against K-State to open tournament play for the Tigers.
After cruising through the first set, the Tigers were unable to take another set from the Wildcats and eventually dropped the match, 25-15, 26-28, 13-25, 29-31.
Wine, who hit a team-best .471, was one of four Pacific players to record double-digit kills -- Andie Shelton and Emily Baptista each had 16 kills, while Ashlyn Fleming collected 12 kills on the afternoon. Freshman setter Hanne De Schrijver dished out 61 assists, while senior Libero Katrin Gotterba totaled a team-high 24 digs.
Baptista and Wine led all players in the first set as the Tigers hit .419 as a team and held K-State to just six kills and a .074 hitting percentage.
Set two was much tighter of a match with no more than three points seperating the two teams throughout the set. The Tigers out-scored their opponent 20-16, but the Wildcats pulled out the 28-26 win with the help of eight Pacific errors.
After dropping set three by a 12 point margin the Tigers fought hard to force a fifth set, hitting .395 but falling short in another extra point (29-31) loss. Baptista and Wine were stellar once again leading the pack with seven kills and six kills, respectively.
In the nightcap the Tigers struggled against a Beaver defense that held them to a .099 hitting percentage. Leading Pacific in their offensive efforts was Ashlyn Fleming with 11 kills. Fleming hit .450, committing just two errors in 20 total swings. Janie Feldsher also had a strong night at the net with five kills and five blocks.
The Tigers (0-2) will close out tournament play against Idaho (0-1) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.