LA GRANDE, Ore. – Junior Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College) threw down 11 kills with just one error to show she is among the elite attackers in the Cascade Conference but it was the 16th-ranked Eastern Oregon Mountaineers earning the straight set victory over the Evergreen Geoducks in a CCC volleyball match on Saturday night in La Grande, Ore.
After action was tight in the early stages of the first set, Eastern went on a 12-1 run that put the nationally-ranked Mounties ahead by a comfortable margin. A 5-0 run ended the frame, giving EOU the 25-12 set one win.
The second set started similar to the first but the Geoducks dug deep and kept with the CCC-leading Mountaineers. After Evergreen pulled within two points at 19-17, Eastern Oregon turned up the juice and powered their way to a 25-20 set two win to extend the match lead.
Evergreen looked like they might grab a win in the third set as the Geoducks led for the first half. EOU tied the match up at 17-17 and a 6-0 run clinched the match for the Mountaineers at 25-19.
Love led the way for the Geoducks, finished with 11 kills and one errors on 24 attacks for a .417 clip. Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) picked up 27 assists on the night while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuka HS/Lower Columbia College) added 12 digs to her season totals.
EOU was led by 15 kills from Stefani Sorensen and 10 from Casey Loper. Karly Stack led the Mounties with 25 assist while Jessalyn Smith finished with a match-high 15 digs. The Mountaineers hit .324 on the night, connecting for 47 kills and 11 errors on 111 total attacks.
Following a pair of scrimmages on Tuesday afternoon in Bremerton, Wash., the Geoducks will play at Northwest on Friday night. First serve with the Eagles is set for 7 p.m. at NU Pavilion in Kirkland, Wash.