OLYMPIA, Wash. – It was a border war on Thursday afternoon at the 2012 Red Lion Evergreen Invitational as all three matches featured a Canadian team against an American team and it was the stars and stripes winning the day, winning two of three matches, as Northwest and Lewis & Clark both proved victoriously.
Northwest University took care of a fresh Columbia Bible team in straight sets in the opening match of the 2012 Red Lion Evergreen Invitational, winning 25-17, 25-16, 25-17.
Northwest was led by Olivia Vandlac who contributed nine kills and a .333 hitting percentage to go along with 11 digs in the match. Breanna Convey added eight kills. Ashton Arbuthnot finished the match with 25 assists. As a team Northwest hit .214 compared to just .072 by Columbia Baptist.
Columbia Baptist got a team-high seven kills each from April Van Wieren and Sadie Ball while Anna Cupido finished with five kills, eight digs and 20 assists. Jill Ratzlaff had a match-high 14 digs.
Simon Fraser used 10 aces and 10 blocks to sneak past host Evergreen in four sets, winning 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22.
The Clan were led by 16 kills and seven blocks from Amanda Renkema. Danielle Curtis added 10 kills while Victoria Senges recorded assists on 41 of 47 SFU kills.
Evergreen was led by eight kills from Brittany Covert (Chino Hills, Calif./Northern Michigan Univ.). Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.) led the Geoducks with 15 digs on the match while Sasha Nash (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline HS) put up 18 assists for the green and white.
Opening the match with a pair of outstanding hitting sets, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers picked up their third win of the season with a four-set win over Camuson, 25-17, 25-9, 20-25, 25-18.
Lewis & Clark was led by 12 kills from Jennifer Dowdy, the only Pioneer with double-digit kills. Kelsie Dorpat put up 19 assists with a pair of service aces and Daniela de Kervor dug out 11 balls to lead the Pios.
Camosun was paced by 10 kills from Carly Killiard. Kelsey Clarke finished with 26 assists while Kelsey Johns was the only Charger with double-digit digs, finishing with 11.
The 2012 Red Lion Evergreen Invitational continues on Friday morning with six matches, kicking off with Lewis & Clark and Northwest at 9 a.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.