OLYMPIA, Wash. – Putting down a total of 10 blocks, the Concordia Cavaliers swept past the Evergreen Geoducks, 25-12, 27-25, 25-9, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday evening at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
In the first set, Concordia used a number of runs to pick up the early advantage. A six-point run put them ahead 15-5 and then a 5-1 stretch was enough to clinch the frame at 25-12 as the Cavs committed just two attack errors in the first set en route to a .346 hitting percentage.
The Geoducks came to play in the second set, staying right with the Cavaliers the whole frame. CU attempted to pull away with a five-point swing that put them up 23-20 but Evergreen quickly tied it up as the two teams had to go extra. Concordia finally wrapped up the set on a kill by Jackie Stein as they slipped by with a 27-25 win.
Concordia came out ready to close out the match in the third set and they were successful, sprinting past the Geoducks, 25-9, to clinch the match. The Cavs had just six kills in the final frame but Evergreen struggled on the attack, posting 13 attack errors to allow CU to earn the sweep.
Evergreen was led by a solid match from junior Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.), who finished with 13 kills and 12 digs on the night. Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) put up 26 assists on the night while Meredith Gurr (Tacoma, Wash./Tacoma CC) dug out 14 balls to lead the team.
Concordia was led by eight kills from Melanie Miller. Lindsay Mangan added 29 assists for the Cavs while libero Kelsey Kai recorded 13 digs. The Cavs had 31 kills with just nine errors on 97 attacks for a .227 hitting percentage.
The Geoducks remain at home on Saturday evening when they play host to Warner Pacific. Concordia continues the road trip, traveling to Northwest to take on the Eagles. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.