STOCKTON — Kaitlyn Lines could have tensed up, missed her attacks, and hampered the Pacific volleyball team’s chance at a victory on homecoming.

But the sophomore outside hitter welcomes nerve-wracking moments. So Lines hammered home a match-high 21 kills, including the clincher in Game 5, as Pacific survived 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 15-8 in a West Coast Conference match against Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at Spanos Center.

Pacific snapped a four-match losing streak, to the delight of several former players in the crowd including Gillian Howard, Kimmy Whitson and Katrin Gotterba.

The Tigers (7-12, 2-6 WCC) pulled away from the Bulldogs with an 11-4 run to cap Game 5. Lines, a sophomore from Arizona, earned three of Pacific’s final four points with powerful kills.

“A true competitor is someone who wants the ball every point, who wants to get that point. I want the pressure on me, because I feel like I do better,” said Lines, who added seven digs and an ace.

“It’s better to be really aggressive on those.”

Lines was the closer for Pacific, but freshmen outside hitters Riley Ramsey (15 kills) and Riley Patterson (14 kills) guided the Tigers early.

Ramsey’s kill ended Game 1, and the 6-foot-2 Marin Catholic product had a match-high 14 digs.

“We had the momentum,” in Game 5, Ramsey, said, “even though we lost (two in a row). They were so tight. We were playing every point like it was game point.”

Ramsey is one of six freshmen on the Tigers’ 10-player roster – and they’re all true freshmen. Three of them – Ramsey, Patterson and libero Jadyn Tubbs – are starters. The trio has been thrown into the fire quickly, in large part because Pacific saw four prominent players transfer in the offseason.

“They’re doing really well. They came in starting off at a really good point,” Lines said.

Said Ramsey: “We’re just all competitors. No matter how old you are, it doesn’t really matter – if you can play. As we move on through the years, we will have bonded.”

Pacific continues WCC play Thursday at Santa Clara. Before Saturday, Santa Clara was the only WCC team Pacific had beaten.

Kennedy Croft and Sarah Penner paced Gonzaga (6-13, 3-5) with 18 kills apiece.

Tigers coach Greg Gibbons believes the stressful experiences and tight matches his team has taken part in will help down the stretch. After all, Pacific has played in seven matches that have gone five games – four losses and three wins.

“We can’t teach this in practice,” Gibbons said. “What they’re learning this season, through the matches and the sets we’ve played, is what the difference was.”