OLYMPIA, Wash. – Evergreen junior Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College) destroyed the school record for kills in a match but it wasn’t enough to get the Geoducks the win as the visiting Corban Warriors earned the five-set victory in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Friday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The Geoducks (2-8, 1-4 CCC) came out ready to play in the first set as they took the initial lead and controlled most of the frame. The Warriors (3-13, 1-6 CCC) were ready to battle as well, holding the set tight early. Despite seven tie scores and two lead changes, the Geoducks used a 6-1 run to pull ahead and held on for the 25-20 set one win.
The second set belonged to Corban from the beginning as the Warriors pushed the lead to nine points and 17-8. Evergreen battled back, getting within three points but the gap was too much to overcome, allowing Corban to earn a 25-20 set two win and tie the match and one set apiece.
Coming out of the break, the third set proved to be the most competitive as each team looked for the advantage. With the scored tied at 14-14, the Warriors used a 5-2 run to build the lead and Corban kept the lead down the stretch to take the match advantage with a 25-21 set three win.
With their backs against the wall, the Geoducks came out ready to play in the fourth frame. A 6-0 run put Evergreen up by seven at 11-4 and the lead proved to be enough as the Geoducks had their best set hitting wise, connecting for 14 kills with four errors on 36 attacks for .278, to collect the 25-17 set four win.
Just one set was left to decide it all and Corban came sprinting out of the gate, building a 4-10 lead. Evergreen dug deep and got back within two at 11-9 but the home team could never get over the hump as Corban earned their first conference win of the year with a 15-12 set five win and the five-set match win.
Evergreen was led by a school-record 37 kills from Love, who also set a school record for total attacks with 81. Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC) added 11 kills in the loss. Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) put up 34 assists while Liza Domingo (Ka’a’awa, Hawai’i/Kahuku HS/Lower Columbia College) led all players with 29 digs.
Corban was led by 16 kills from Claire Bailey. Miah Smith finished with 12 kills while Olivia Shropshire put down 11 kills in the win. Haley Meili finished with 22 assists for the Warriors while Katherine Salness defended the back line with 19 digs on the night.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday night as Corban visits Northwest and Evergreen hosts Northwest Christian, beginning at 7 p.m.