The South Puget Sound Community College volleyball team opened play in the school’s newly renovated Health & Wellness Center in impressive style as the Clippers swept visiting Green River, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) in Northwest Athletic Conference play on September 24.
“We’ve been on the road for about two months now. So, it definitely feels nice to finally be back at home,” said South Puget Sound coach Tusalava Kuaea, whose squad played its first 13 matches of the season on the road. “The chemistry on this team is looking good. I am really looking forward to see where we are at in a few weeks.”
South Puget Sound hit at a .371 clip while holding Green River to .159. Freshman Khalia Craig paced the Clippers with 11 kills on .304 hitting and Jahnessa Hill tallied 9 kills on .583 hitting and added 5 service aces. South Puget Sound also received 5 kills from Silke Constant and 4 kills from Emily Snider, who also registered 30 assists and 4 digs.
Additionally, South Puget Sound got three kills from Gracie Kaiser and eight digs from Jayde Grams.
The Clippers trailed 5-2 and 7-5 in the first set before eventually taking the lead for good at 8-7 on a Layne Martin kill. South Puget Sound closed out the first set on a 6-0 run, capped by a kill from Snider.
The Clippers used a 6-1 run in the second set to establish a 17-8 advantage which ballooned to 21-11 on following a kill by Hill.
South Puget Sound raced out to a quick lead in the third set (6-2) and led 22-14. Green River as able to get within four at 20-24 before a kill from Craig ended the contest.
The Clippers evened their West Region record at 1-1 with the victory. South Puget Sound will hit the road for its next three matches, beginning at Centralia on September 29 before playing at Highline (October 6) and at Tacoma (October 8). The team will play its next home match against Piece College on October 13.