Owls Tumble to Eastern in Three
Christine Bansen led Tech with a team-high 10 kills, including seven in the opening set. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The Oregon Tech volleyball team fell behind quickly in all three sets and never could recover, as the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers rolled to a three set win tonight over the Owls 25-19, 25-16, 25-14. Oregon Tech falls to 4-14 overall and 3-7 in league action. Eastern improves to 9-6 on the season and 7-3 in the conference standings.
Christine Bansen led the Owl offense with 10 kills, picking up seven in the first set alone. Both Megan Christensen and Joey Larsen tallied six kills on the night, while Mikayla Morgan followed with five. Larsen led the Owl defense with a match-high 13 digs. Jackie Polette and Sarah Svedin totaled 25 assists.
For EOU, Melanie Ceciliani finished with a match-high 13 kills and also gathered six digs. Jessica Lea filled the stat sheet with eight kills, seven digs and 20 assists. Haley McEnroe and Grace DeBoodt combined for 13 kills. Libero Kathy Duncan ended up with a team-high nine digs in the win.
The Owls found themselves in a 7-1 hole to begin set 1. Tech battled to cut the deficit to four points, 16-12. EOU then spun off three-straight to take control and win the opener 25-19.
The Owls fell behind again early 9-3 in set 2 before a timeout. EOU quickly turned it into a 10-point lead, 15-5. After an Owl point, EOU put together an 8-1 run to go up 23-7. The Owls finally found some consistency and would score nine of the next 10 points to make it 24-16, but Eastern would make good on their seventh set point to win 25-16.
It was all EOU in set 3, as the Mounties sped off to an 8-0 lead. The Owls would eventually fall behind by 12 points, 16-4. Tech would not rally this time, as Eastern rolled to a 25-15 win to take the set and match.
Oregon Tech hit at only a .067 clip, while the EOU offense clicked at a .320 hit percentage. The Mountaineers also tallied 9.0 blocks to Tech's 2.0.
The Owls will host #5 College of Idaho tomorrow at 7 pm.
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