Oregon Tech Hangs on for Win at Corban
Joey Parnell (L) led Tech with 12 kills, followed by 11 kills from Mindy Nalder (R). Krystie Vea (C) anchored the Tech defense with 24 digs. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech’s Joey Parnell scored a match-high 12 kills to help the Owls to a four set Cascade Conference road victory, 3-1 (27-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15), Friday inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.
The first set was closely contested through the first 29 points, as OIT held a 15-14 lead. The Hustlin' Owls responded with a quick 3-0 run to push the lead up to four, before the Warriors came up with a 10-5 run to take a 24-23 lead. Corban was unable to convert set point, and Oregon Tech captured the first frame with a closing 4-1 run fueled by two service aces for a 27-25 final margin.
The following set belonged to the visitors, as the Hustlin' Owls crafted a 7-1 run early in the second set to move ahead by six points (13-7). The Warriors responded with a 7-3 surge of their own, but momentum would swing back in Oregon Tech's favor. Corban could come no closer than three points to the Hustlin' Owl lead the rest of the way as OIT finished Set 2 with a five-point victory (25-20).
Corban came alive in the third set, building a three-point lead over the first 21 points (12-9) before unleashing a 7-0 run. Oregon Tech would not buckle, cutting the Warrior lead down to three points (24-21), before Corban closed out the victory (25-21) on a Hustlin' Owl attack error.
Set 4 again belonged to Oregon Tech early, as Sarah Svedin fired three of her match-high five service aces during a set-opening 13-3 run favoring the Hustlin' Owls. The double digit lead proved too much to overcome for Corban. The Warriors moved within seven points of the lead, but could come no closer, as Oregon Tech closed out the set and the match with a ten-point triumph (25-15).
Two Hustlin' Owls reached double digits in kills, as Parnell garnered a match-high 12 kills to go with 11 kills for Mindy Nalder. Svedin tallied a match-high 31 assists in addition to her match-high five service aces, while libero Krystie Vea anchored the Oregon Tech defense with a match-high 24 digs.
Oregon Tech improves to 9-6 overall and 3-5 in league action and will visit Northwest Christian University Saturday in Eugene.
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