OLYMPIA, Wash. – Following a close start to the match, the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers put on the gas to sweep the Evergreen Geoducks, 25-18, 25-13, 25-15, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday evening at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
In the first set, Eastern Oregon (7-2, 1-0 CCC) and Evergreen (0-6, 0-1 CCC) kept it close as the Mounties only led by a pair midway through the set. EOU eventually pulled out ahead, using a 7-1 run to collect the 25-18 set one victory. The Mounties hit .367 in the first frame, connecting for 14 kills and three errors on 30 attacks. On the other side of the net, the Geoducks had their top hitting set of the match, putting down 12 kills with eight errors on 35 attacks for a clip of .114.
A run of nine straight points gave Eastern Oregon the early advantage in set two as the Geoducks couldn’t come back, allowing the Mounties to take a two-set lead with a 25-13 win. EOU hit .429 on the frame with 15 kills and three errors on 28 attacks. The Geoducks were in the negative, hitting -.036 with seven kills and eight errors on 28 total swings.
Another nine-point run put the Mounties in control of set three as the Geoducks had another poor-hitting frame. Evergreen hit just -.061 in the final set, putting down six kills with eight errors on 33 attacks. On the other side, EOU hit just .156 but their 11 kills and six errors on 32 attacks was enough to collect the 25-15 win and the match, three sets to none.
Evergreen was led by seven kills from Brittany Covert (Chino Hills, Calif./Northern Michigan Univ.). Merideth Gurr (Tacoma, Wash./Tacoma CC) led all players with 13 digs on the night while Sasha Nash (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS) led the Geoducks with nine assists on the match.
Eastern Oregon was led by a match-high 10 kills from Katie Keeney. Jessica Perron finished with 26 assists on the match while Alisha Crane had her hands in four blocks on the night. EOU outblocked the Geoducks six to four on the night.
Evergreen returns to the court on Saturday night when they play host to College of Idaho. Eastern Oregon continues their road trip as well on Saturday when they travel to Kirkland, Wash. to take on Northwest. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.