Volleyball Survive Warner Pacific For First Conference Win
Kristin Walters broke a 14-14 tie in the 5th set with a kill as Tech knocked off Warner Pacific (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Tech survived a five set marathon match versus Warner Pacific, coming away with a 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 22-25 16-14 win in CCC volleyball action tonight in C.C. Perry Gym.
Kristin Walters broke a 14-14 tie in the 5th set with a kill, and the visiting Owls forced a Knight hitting error to clinch the final set of a hotly contested match. The fifth and deciding set was a classic, as neither team would own a lead of more than two points.
OIT controlled set one by putting together two separate runs of 6 straight points to gain distance. A kill by the Knights’ Kristina Naff drew the hosts with 21-24, but a Megan Christensen spike ended the threat.
Set two was close throughout and saw 10 tie scores and 5 lead changes. WPC closed within 21-22 on a Emily Damschen kill, but tow kills from Christensen sandwiched around a Jennifer Saltenberg score gave the set to OIT.
Not giving up, WPC owned set three from the beginning and jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Four Knight service aces helped the cause, as did four kills from Sam Kolakowski as WPC won going away, 25-16.
Picking up where they left off Warner Pacific sprinted out to a 12-5 lead in set four, only to see OIT storm back behind the serving of Mikayla Morgan to tie the set 12-12. The Knights regrouped and forged a 23-20 lead, and claimed the frame 25-22 on a Rachel Warick kill.
Oregon Tech was led by Megan Christensen who had 17 kills in the match. Mikayla Morgan added 11 kills with Jennifer Saltenberger putting away 10 kills of her own.
Sarah Svedin led Tech with 44 set assists.
Oregon Tech improves to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in CCC play. Warner Pacific falls to 2-5 and 0-2.
The Lady Owls return home next weekend hosting College of Idaho (4-3, 2-0 CCC) on Friday night and Eastern Oregon (5-2, 2-0 CCC) on Saturday night. Both matches are scheduled for 7:00 pm starts at Danny Miles Court.
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