Oregon Tech Sweeps Past William Jessup
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Marlee Smith and Kara Young combined for 19 kills, as the freshmen duo led Oregon Tech to a sweep over William Jessup University 3-0, (25-17, 25-23, 25-15) today in non-conference volleyball action.
Oregon Tech will take a 7-5 overall mark into Cascade Collegiate Conference action this Tuesday at Southern Oregon University.
A dig shy of a double-double, Marlee Smith led the Owls with 10 kills to go with 9 digs in sweep over William Jessup University. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Smith finished with 10 kills to go with 9 digs to lead the Owls in the offensive category, while Young added 9 kills and 7 digs in the win for Tech. Kayleigh Whelchel recorded a match-high 26 assists, Marie Baumann finished with a team-high 10 digs and Julie Pfeifer added a match-high five aces.
Hannah Baldwin led WJU with a match-high 12 kills with Charlotte McCarra coming up with 10 digs to lead the Warriors defensively.
The visitors kept set 1 close, as the Owls led by just four points midway through, 13-9. Three WJU hitting errors, along with a pair of Pfeifer aces helped Tech take control 18-9 during a 5-0 run for the Owls. The Owls would eventually move on for a 25-17 win in the opening set. Marlee Smith, Jennifer Saltenberger and Kristen Walters each had three kills in the opener as the Owls hit at a .333 clip to open the match.
Tech looked to open set 2 a little complacent as WJU would move out to a quick 6-2 advantage. Oregon Tech closed to within a single point on three different occasions before falling behind by their largest deficit at 14-20. A WJU hitting error, along with back-to-back Smith spikes spurred the Owls to an 8-0 run, and a 22-20 advantage, before the Warriors would bounce back to tie it up at 22-22. The Owls would take a two point lead, 24-22, before eventually eking out a 25-23 win.
Set 3 was all Tech as the home team strung together eight-straight points to take command 15-6. WJU closed to within six points, 16-10, but Oregon Tech never let it get closer winning 25-15.
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