MONMOUTH — For the second-straight match, Western Oregon found itself in a five-set thriller.
And, for the second straight time, the Wolves came out on the short end of the outcome.
Western Oregon dropped a 25-17, 17-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11 decision to Saint Martin’s Saturday night. The loss was WOU’s first defeat to the Saints in 16 tries, and the first time during coach Brad Saindon’s tenure at Western.
The Wolves (2-11 overall, 0-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) struggled against the Saints, finishing with a .064 attack percentage while committing 29 attack errors and 16 service errors. Saint Martin’s committed 31 attack errors and 19 service errors despite earning the victory.
"I can’t remember the last time we’ve practiced serves," Saindon said. "We’ve been through a long stretch where we have been on the road and only had three days of practice in the last three weeks. It was a strange match.”
Hannah Deede recorded 10 kills to lead Western Oregon, while Jaryn Ramos had a match-high 24 digs.
The match marked the third time in their last four matches the Wolves lost a five-set match.
The Wolves hit the road to face Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday. WOU returns home to host Western Washington and Simon Fraser on Oct. 9 and Oct. 11.
WOU FOOTBALL FALLS TO HUMBOLDT STATE: Held to minus-22 yards on the ground, Western Oregon lost to Humboldt State 34-16 on Saturday. The Lumberjacks (4-0) snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wolves (2-2). A 60-yard touchdown pass from WOU quarterback Ryan Bergman to receiver Paul Revis in the third quarter brought the Wolves to within 17-16, but Humboldt State scored the final 17 points to pull away in the nonleague contest. Revis finished with 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns. WOU visits North Alabama on Saturday to close out its nonconference schedule. The Wolves host Dixie State on Oct. 11 to open Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.
WOLVES SOCCER DROPS PAIR: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team lost a pair of 1-0 road decisions, falling to Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday. Hailey Berg and Mariah Konyn had two shots each against Simon Fraser, while goalkeeper Amanda Johnson made two saves. Johnson made seven saves for the Wolves (3-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 GNAC) against Western Washington as the Vikings earned their 25th-straight home victory. Western Oregon hosts Saint Martin’s Thursday at 3 p.m. before visiting Central Washington on Saturday.