Oregon Tech Falls in Four at Evergreen
Marlee Smith (R) led the Owls with 17 kills with Marie Baumann (C) finishing with a match-high 23 digs. Kelsey Sampson (L) added seven kills on the night. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oregon Tech looked to comeback after dropping the first two sets to Evergreen State tonight in Cascade Collegiate volleyball action, but the Geoducks would take advantage of 13 Tech attack errors in set 4 and fall 3-1, (25-23, 26-24, 21-25, 25-14) at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The Geoducks (4-14, 3-10 CCC) got off to a big lead in the first set as Evergreen found themselves leading 13-5 following a 10-1 run. Oregon Tech (12-15, 5-8 CCC) battled back and pulled back within one at 16-15, eventually tying it up at 22-22, but the Geoducks would manage a 25-23 set one win.
Set two stayed tight the whole way with three lead changes with the Owls securing a 22-17 lead. Evergreen quickly gained the momentum picking up four quick points to pull within one and next tying the contest at 24-24. The Geoducks next recorded back-to-back solo blocks on two Tech attacks to give Evergreen a 2-0 lead after the 26-24 set two victory.
Oregon Tech reeled off the first five points in the third set and didn’t look back the rest of the way, as the Owls managed a 25-21 set 3 win. Tech looked to find their groove after an 18 kill effort and hitting at a .306 clip in the set but the Geoducks, however, would come out on top tonight.
After a tight start to the fourth set, the Geoducks blew it open with a six-point run that put Evergreen up 13-6. The differential continued to grow as Evergreen took advantage of 13 Oregon Tech attack errors to collect the 25-14 set four win to take the match.
Oregon Tech was led by 17 kills from Marlee Smith, followed by eight from Madisen Garlie. Mykala Rubey and Kelsey Sampson would add seven kills apiece. Kayleigh Whelchel finished with 26 assists while Tore Porter came in for 18 assists. Marie Baumann led all players with 23 digs on the night.
The Geoducks were led by 22 kills from junior Victoria Love with Molly King adding 11 kills in the win. Kelsey Delagrange tallied 40 assists on the night.
The Owls next travel to Kirkland, Wash. to take on Northwest University on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m.
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