OLYMPIA, Wash. – Evergreen senior Stephanie Peshlakai-John (Kirtland, N.M./West Texas College) was honored before the match but the Northwest Christian Beacons picked up the straight set win over the Evergreen Geoducks, 25-15, 25-22, 25-20, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday evening at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The Beacons were bright early as NCU quickly built a 12-2 lead. The Geoducks finally settled down and got the differential back into singled digits but NCU easily earned the 25-15 set one win.
The second set was a lot tighter as Evergreen looked hungry for a win. The Geoducks held the lead early but a five-point swing put the Beacons back on top and the blue and gold held off the Geoducks for the 25-22 win.
Northwest Christian tried to blast past Evergreen in the final frame but the Geoducks weren’t going to go down without a fight, pulling within four points late at 17-13. The Beacons eventually proved to be too much, picking up the 25-20 win to sweep the match.
Evergreen was led by nine kills from Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Trevecca Nazarene Univ.). Sasha Nash (Sandy, Utah/Skyline HS) finished with 12 assists while Hapa Patcho (Waipahu, Hawai’i/Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Anuenue) finished with 11 assists on the night. As a team, the Geoducks had 28 kills with 14 errors on 90 total swings for a .156 clip.
Northwest Christian was led by 11 kills from Tami Brown. Maren Mansfield added 10 of her own in the win. Cori Wallace finished with 21 assists while Alyssa Dorr added 17 to here season total. The Beacons threw down 44 kills with just 17 errors on 103 total attacks.
Evergreen ends the season winless with a record of 0-27 overall and 0-18 in CCC play. Northwest Christian ends the regular season with a record of 17-11 and 10-8 overall, good enough for the fifth seed in next week’s CCC Volleyball Championship. They will open up the postseason on Tuesday at Concordia.