Tigers Split On Final Day of Utah State Tournament

Tigers Split On Final Day of Utah State Tournament

LOGAN, Utah – The Tigers' women's volleyball team went 1-1 on the final day of the Utah State Tournament, defeating UC Santa Barbara on Saturday morning and falling to Montana State later in the afternoon. 

Emily Baptista and Ashlyn Fleming were nothing short of outstanding in the Tigers four-set (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 25-14) victory over UC Santa Barbara. Baptista hit a career-best .450 and a career-high 23 kills. Defensively, Baptista had four blocks and nine digs.

Fleming, for just the second time in her collegiate career, hit over .700 in a match. She hit .727 (17-1-22) against the Gauchos, falling just shy of her career-best hitting percentage of .800 (16-0-20), which was against BYU on October 8, 2016. In addition, Fleming tallied six blocks in the match. 

On defense the Tigers held a 52-38 edge, led by senior Libero Katrin Gotterba with 17 digs. Andie Shelton had 10 digs in the match. 

For the second-straight match the Tigers claimed the first set by just two points. Fleming, Shelton, and Skylar Wine hit a combined .764 (13-0-17), contributing to a Tigers team hitting percentage of .433. 

After claiming the second set by a larger margin, 25-17, Pacific hit just .122 as a team, allowing the Gauchos to take the third set by a score of 25-19. 

In the fourth set the Tigers jumped right back into action, taking an early 7-1 lead. UCSB never came within five points in the deciding set and after offering the Tigers the final six points dropped the set 25-14.

The nightcap called for another extremely tight match as neither team claimed wins in consecutive sets. The Tigers fell short in its second five-set match in two days by scores of 24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, and 11-15.

Offensively, Pacific struggled for nearly the entire match, collecting 40 attack errors and hitting .141. Regardless, Baptista topped her career kill total that she set earlier in the day with 25 kills against the Bobcats. 

Janie Feldsher was stellar in the match as the only player on either team to not commit an error. Feldsher smashed eight kill in 13 swings for a game-high .615 hitting percentage.

Shelton dished out a whopping 64 assists as she took over as setter against MSU. Gotterba added 21 digs to her total on the day, while Maycie LaBass picked up 17 digs.

The Tigers (3-4) will hit the road again Sept. 8-9 for the San Diego State-hosted JLABS Challenge.