Pacific Advances in NIVC Tournament

Pacific Advances in NIVC Tournament

NIVC Bracket

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific women's volleyball team has moved on to round two of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship with its 3-0 win over Boise State on Tuesday night. 

The Tigers, who improve to 17-13 on the season secured a convincing with with scores of 25-15, 25-21, and 25-16. Boise State concludes its 2017 season with an overall record of 17-14. 

Pacific will take the court again tomorrow night, when it takes on UC Irvine at 7:00 pm. The Anteaters swept Sacramento State in their first round matchup Tuesday afternoon. 

Defense played a huge role in the Tigers' victory as they averaged nearly 20 digs a set and out-blocked the Broncos 4.5-3.0. Katrin Gotterba was stellar with a match-high 21 digs. Hanne De Schrijver had nine digs, while Emily Baptista and Maycie LaBass each totaled eight digs on the night. At the net, Janie Feldsher led with three block assists. Andie Shelton and Skylar Wine also had multiple block assists.

The Tigers took advantage of Boise State's struggles at the service line and in its receive, earning 14 points on the Broncos' six service errors and on eight Pacific service aces. Fleming led at the service line, totaling four service aces. De Schrijver had two service aces, while Katrin and Gotterba each had one ace.

As a team Pacific hit .274. Feldsher was flawless on offense, hitting .583 with seven kills in 12 total swings. Fleming had nine kills and just one error in 17 attempts for a .471 hitting percentage. De Schrijver and Baptisa had a team-leading 19 assists and 10 digs, respectively.

After taking the first set easily, the Broncos added some pressure to the Tigers' game in the second set. Boise State took an early lead and held the edge until the Tigers tied the set at 7-7 on a kill by Andie Shelton. The Broncos tied the game three more times (8-8, 9-9, 10-10), but Pacific began to pull away with a 3-0 runs at 11-10 and 14-11 to take a 16-12 lead . Boise State challanged back coming within two points on six more occasions, but at 23-21 a kill by Alex Holt and a service ace by De Schrijver secured the set vcitory.

The Third set belonged completely to the Tigers as they began with a 10-7 edge, followed by a 7-2 run that concluded with a service error by Broncos' Jaymee-Lee Bulda at 18-9. Pacific would allow Boise State just seven more points in the match.

Tomorrow night's games will be streamed live via Live stats and video streaming links for Wednesday's match can be found on the Pacific women's volleyball schedule page.