PORTLAND, Ore. – After a rough first set, the Evergreen Geoducks fought back in sets two and three but it was the Concordia Cavaliers who earned the straight-set victory, 25-12, 25-22, 25-22, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday evening at Cavalier Court in Portland, Ore.
Concordia jumped out to the big lead in set one as the Cavs picked up the first eight points of the match before the Geoducks could get on the board. The Cavs used a few smaller runs to continue to pull away as they earned the 25-12 win.
The second frame proved to be a lot more competitive as neither team managed to gain much of an advantage with the score tied six times and the teams exchanging leads three times. The Geoducks found themselves up 22-21 late following an attack error by Melanie Miller but four-straight CU points gave the Cavs the 25-22 win.
Evergreen got off to the quick start in set three, picking up the first four points, but Concordia answered back with a five-point run that put them back on top. The teams continued to battle as the score would be tied 11 times during the frame but kills by Jackie Stein and Miller were the nail in the coffin as the Cavs won set three, 25-22, to take the match, three sets to none.
The Geoducks were led by 10 kills from junior Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.). Senior Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) picked up 19 assists while Sonja Arrasi-Nash (Sandy, Utah/Westminster College) defended the back row with 18 digs on the night.
Concordia was led by eight kills each from Miller and Stein. Lindsay Mangan put up 28 assists while Kelsey Kai led the Cavaliers with 13 digs on the night. As a team, CU hit .138 with 34 kills and 18 errors on 116 total attacks.
The Geoducks continue their road trip next week as they make the trip North to Kirkland, Wash. to take on Northwest University on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. in NU Pavilion.