Oregon Tech Downs Geoducks in Three
Oregon Tech, wearing pink for their 2nd Annual Volley for a Cure event, Swept Evergreen State to move to 4-5 in CCC play. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech used double digit kills from Marlee Smith and Kelsey Sampson to sweep by Evergreen State College 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 31-29) in Cascade Conference volleyball action Saturday at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech improved their overall mark to 11-12 and 4-5 in the conference standings. Evergreen State, meanwhile, fell to 2-11 overall and 1-7 in CCC play.
Tied at 10-10 in the opening set, Tech used a Joelle Swanson kill, a service ace by Kayleigh Whelchel and back-to-back spikes from Marlee Smith to give the Owls some momentum.
The Geoducks closed to within two points on two occasions, the last at 17-15, before the Owls closed out set 1 on an 8-3 run to win 25-18.
The teams would exchange points until midway through set 2 before Evergreen would hold a 15-13 lead. The Owls, however, would next reel off 12 in a row, including a pair of kills from Smith and Kylie Kitzmiller, with the Geoducks contributing their fair share, with seven miscues in the stretch, as Tech took set 2 by a 25-15 final.
Evergreen moved out to an early 8-4 advantage before the home team bounced back to take a 9-8 lead in set 3. Tech, holding on to a 17-15 advantage, watched as the Geoducks notched four in a row and lead 19-17. Madisen Garlie recorded a kill and when Evergreen’s next attempt was long the set was tied at 19-19.
Even at 21-21, the Geoducks pushed their way to a 24-21 lead, looking to extend the match. The Owls had other thoughts, eventually tying it at 24-24 behind Smith and Kitzmiller spikes.
The teams then went back-and-forth with the Geoducks holding set-point on five occasions, the last at 29-28. Tech would then score the next three in the extended session and win 31-29.
Marlee Smith tallied a match-high 12 kills, followed by 11 from Kelsey Sampson. Sampson recorded a double-double after gathering 13 digs in the win for the Owls. Kayleigh Whelchel and Tori Porter notched 15 assists each with Marie Baumann adding 15 digs for Tech.
Victoria Love and Molly King would get eight kills apiece for Evergreen with setter Kelsey Delagrange recording a match-high 20 assists in the loss. Liza Domingo led the Geoducks with 15 digs followed by 10 form Cassidy Watkins.
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