Oregon Tech's Madisen Garlie.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Tech, playing in their first postseason in five years, saw their season end at Concordia, as the Owls fell in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-18) tonight at Cavalier Gymnasium in Portland.
Oregon Tech finished the season with a 15-18 overall mark and pushed their way into the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs with an 8-10 mark in conference play.
Oregon Tech looked poised to capture a win in the opening set, taking a 13-11 lead before the two teams battled their way to ties on seven occasions from 13-13 to 19-19. CU moved up 20-19 and followed with a combined block and a kill to help the home team to a three-point lead (22-19). The Owls eventually dropped the opener 25-21.
The Owls earned the initial point in the second set off a Madisen Garlie kill but would soon find themselves facing a significant deficit as the Cavs went on to produce a 10-3 lead. Oregon Tech managed to pull within four points (16-12) on a block from Garlie and Mykala Rubey, but the Cavs put together a 9-3 run to finish the set and take the commanding 2-0 overall lead.
Maintaining its momentum, Concordia generated a 12-6 lead. The teams played fairly even the rest of the way as CU would close out the contest with the seven-point win.
Madisen Garlie notched a team-high nine kills with Marlee Smith recording six and Kelsey Sampson five kills in the loss. Tori Porter and Kayleigh Whelchel combined for 23 assists with Marie Baumann, Smith and Sampson recording 14 digs each.