Portland State Sweeps Sam Houston State
RENO, Nev. - Whitney Phillips registered her fourth double-double and Portland State hit a season-high .375 on its way to a 3-0 sweep of Sam Houston State at the Circus Circus Invitational Friday night.
Portland State got back on track after dropping two straight matches to ranked opponents and improved to 3-5. Set scores were 25-12, 25-14, 25-18.
As has been the case all season, Phillips was sensational. The junior transfer led all players with 18 kills, hit a season-best .556 (18-3-27) and also had a match-high 10 digs. She has now tallied at least 15 kills in six of the Viks' eight matches.
The Vikings trailed just once in the match against the Bearkats, who fell to 5-5.
PSU opened the night hot, hitting .409 in the first set. Marija Vojnovic served five straight points and a kill by Phillips gave the Vikings a 7-1 lead. They never let up and Phillips' seventh kill of set one gave them a 25-12 victory.
After Sam Houston State took its only lead at 4-3 in the second set, the Vikings closed on a 22-10 run and then never trailed in the final stanza.
While the Vikings were on fire all night, hitting .321 in set two and .409 again in set three, Sam Houston State never found a rhythm. The Bearkats hit -.058 and watched PSU tally 11 team blocks.
Erica Jepsen had five block assists for the Vikings, Christie Hamilton added four more, and Nique Fradella had a match-high 32 assists.
The Bearkats got six kills from Carli Kolbe and four block assists from Anna Ferguson.
Portland State plays two more matches tomorrow at the two-day tournament. The Vikings face UC Davis at 10 a.m., before closing with a 7 p.m. match against host Nevada.