PORTLAND, Ore. – Taking advantage of playing at home, the Warner Pacific Knights swept past the Evergreen Geoducks, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.
The Knights took the early lead by using four service errors to take the first six points of the match. Warner Pacific continued to maintain the lead for the rest of the frame as they earned the 25-16 win to take the early advantage.
Evergreen started set two much stronger as the Geoducks held an early 4-2 lead. The Knight eventually took back the advantage as WPC snuck past the Geoducks for the 25-19 set two win as they extended their lead to 2-0.
It was Warner Pacific again taking the early lead in the final frame as the Geoducks found themselves down 24-13 but Evergreen dug deep and reeled off eight straight points before the Knights put down the match winner to take the third set, 25-20.
Evergreen was led by 11 kills from Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.). Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) returned from injury to put up 24 assists while Sonja Arrasi-Nash (Sandy, Utah/Westminster College) added 13 digs in the losing effort.
Warner Pacific was led by 13 kills from Rylie Engelson and 10 from Devan Belshe. Marchelle Bostic put up 23 assists in the win while Samantha Bryan defended the back row with 16 digs.
The Geoducks remain in the Rose City as they make the short trip to Concordia for their next match, set for tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Cavalier Gym in Portland, Ore.