Tough Washington road trip ends in two conference losses
Oregon Tech's Jennifer Saltenberger (15). (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KIRKLAND, Wash. – After coming off an emotional five set loss the night before, the Oregon Tech volleyball team could not bounce back, falling at Northwest University in four sets 15-25, 26-24, 16-25, 22-25.
After dropping two conference matches on the road, Oregon Tech is now 9-9 overall and falls to 1-5 in conference play.
Tonight against NU, Katelyn Louden and Mikayla Morgan tied with a team-high 10 kills each to lead the Owl offense. Christine Bansen and Mindy Rencher combined for 12 kills. Tech libero, Hannah Brewster, led the way for the Owls on the defensive side with 25 digs, while Sarah Svedin came up with 13 and Kayleigh Whelchel 11.
The first set saw NU jump out early, 11-2, as the Eagles would maintain their lead the entire set, increasing their lead to 17-7 after an OIT attack error and a service ace by NU's Alexa Brown. With the score 23-12, the team would trade scores to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Owls turned the tables in the second set jumping on the Eagles and leading 15-6. NU would slowly chip away at the OIT lead to tie the set at 21-21, and then take a 24-21 lead soon after. With a second straight set loss looming, the Owls would out score NU 5-0 to win the set, capped off by kills by Mindy Rencher and Katelyn Louden.
Oregon Tech started the third set clicking and would find a slim lead, 12-9. But it was the Eagles coming back to tie the set at 12-12, as the teams would battle back-and-forth to tie three more times. Northwest, however, would take the lead for good, 17-15, on three straight OIT errors, and eventually outscore the Owls 8-1 to win the set.
In the fourth and final set, OIT would once again take a lead, 11-7, but the Eagles would mount another comeback to tie the set at 12-12, after two OIT attack errors. More Tech miscues would help NU increase their lead to 19-14, but the Owls would not go away easily. Tech would eventually battle back to pull to within one, 20-19, but a NU kill and an Owl attack error would put NU up 22-20 and hold off Tech to win the set, 25-22, and the match.
On Friday versus The Evergreen State College, Megan Christensen and Kristen Walters tied for team-high honors in kills with 12 apiece, while Mikayla Morgan added 10 in the five set loss. Christine Bansen and Sarah Svedin came away with seven kills each and Mindy Rencher added five. Hannah Brewster once again led the Tech defense with 24 digs, followed by Svedin with 16 and Whelchel 11.
The Owls will look to rebound from a 1-2 record on the week with two home matches this coming weekend. Corban University will visit Danny Miles Court on Friday, while Northwest Christian University comes to town on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7:00 PM
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