SPOKANE, Wash. – Three tight sets all went the way of Montana State-Northern as the Evergreen Geoducks fell to the MSUN Lights, 3-0, on Friday night at the Red Lion Cascade/Frontier Challenge in Spokane, Wash.
In the first set, the Geoducks kept pace with the Lights but MSUN went on a run midway through the set. Evergreen battled back to tie the frame at 20-20 but a 5-1 run gave the Lights the set one win, 25-21.
In the second set, it was a similar start as the teams played close early before the Lights pulled ahead. Unlike the first set, the Geoducks couldn’t find a way back into it as MSUN pulled ahead by two with the 25-18 set two victory.
The Geoducks kept things close again in the third , tying the match up at 17-17 but an 8-3 run clinched the match for Northern as the Geoducks couldn’t get the win.
Evergreen was led by nine kills from junior Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC). Natimia Barker-Doss (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Pierce College) had 24 assist while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuka HS/Lower Columbia College) finished with 15 digs. The Geoducks held a slight lead in blocks at 7 to 6.
MSU-Northern was led by 15 kills from Kelsey Williams and 12 from Abby Nicholas. Joni Nagy put up 35 assists while Holly Cartwright led the Lights with 15 digs.
The Geoducks will look to leave Spokane with a win on Saturday when they face off against Montana Western, beginning at 2 p.m.