Oregon Tech secures sweep over Beacons
Setter Sarah Svedin sets up Mikayla Morgan (14) and Christine Bansen during tonight's sweep over Northwest Christian University. Svedin tallied 22 assists, while Morgan added six kills and Bansen four. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Megan Christensen came away with a match-high 13 kills, in just 19 attempts, to help the Oregon Tech volleyball team to a sweep over Northwest Christian University (27-25, 25-19, 25-21) tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech pushed their overall mark to 10-10 and 2-5 in the Cascade Conference standings. NCU drops to 4-9 on the season and 1-6 in conference play.
The Beacons jumped out to an 11-6 lead before Tech’s Katelyn Louden answered with a kill, and when Kristen Walters would hold serve for the next seven points, the Owls were up 14-11.
The teams traded points until the Owls held a 23-21 lead. NCU answered with three in a row to take it to set point, but the Owls battled back to take a 25-24 lead. NCU tied it at 25-25, but once again Tech came away with back-to-back points and eventually win set 1, 27-25.
In set 2 the visitors took their only lead at 2-1. The Owls then gained a 15-9 advantage, their largest lead of the set, before the Beacons would battle back to trail by only one point, 15-14. Three in a row by Tech would gain back the momentum, as the Owls would move on for a 25-19 win.
After a 13-13 tie in set 3, Tech would put together five straight points to take an 18-13 lead. The Beacons rallied to pull it to 23-21, but that was as close as it would get, as kills from Mindy Rencher and Mikayla Morgan would end the match at 25-21 and give the Owls a much needed conference win.
Christensen assisted on three blocks to go with her 13 kills, finishing the evening with an impressive .632 attack percentage. Mindy Rencher tallied 9 kills, followed by Kristen Walters with 8. Mikayla Morgan and Katelyn Louden combined for 11 kills and 6 block assists in the victory. Bridget Harrison came up with a match-high 18 digs, while setters Sarah Svedin and Kayleigh Whelchel totaled 42 assists.
For NCU, setter Cori Wallace led the team with 11 kills to go with 25 assists and 5 digs. Maren Mansfield just missed a double-double, ending the night with 8 kills and 9 digs. Janel Fetters added 10 digs to go with six kills, while libero Bridget Marasigan tallied 11 digs in the loss for the Beacons.
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