CALDWELL, Idaho – Knowing that they would be facing a tough opponent, the Evergreen Geoducks managed to break yet another long streak but couldn’t get another win, falling to the College of Idaho Yotes, 3-1, in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday night at J.A,. Albertson Center in Caldwell, Idaho.
In the first set, the Geoducks kept it close as they only trailed by two at 8-6 but the Yotes used a 10-2 run to pull ahead by double-digits and the grey-clad Geoducks simply couldn’t battle back as C of I earned a 25-11 set one victory.
Things didn’t get any better for Evergreen in the second set as College of Idaho powered their way to a 15-2 lead. The Yotes didn’t let off the gas, taking the second frame by a final of 25-10.
The highlight of the night for the Geoducks came in the third set as Evergreen broke a 56-set losing streak to the Yotes. The visiting Geoducks held the lead for much of the frame but the Yotes managed to tie things up at 24. Evergreen dug deep and threw down the final two points to take the third set, 26-24.
Evergreens’ luck ran out in the final set as C of I held a 14-1 lead before the Geoducks could even blink. The Yotes continued to pile it on, clinching the match with a 25-9 set four win.
The Geoduck attack was led by seven kills from Natimia Barker-Doss (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Pierce College). Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) put up 21 assists in her season debut and Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’I/Kahuku HS/Lower Columbia College) collected 21 digs in the loss.
College of Idaho was led by 15 kills from Liz Myers, who also had six blocks on the night. Sofia Anxo added 12 kills while Kylee Nawahine added 10 kills on the match. Janel Porter had 23 digs for the Yotes while Sierra Porter added 33 assists. The Yotes threw down 50 kills on 129 attacks with just 19 errors for a .240 clip.
Evergreen returns to action on Saturday night when they visit 16th-ranked Eastern Oregon. First serve with the Mountaineers is set for 7 p.m. at Quinn Coliseum in La Grande, Ore.