PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time since 2010, the Evergreen Geoducks collected a Cascade Conference season sweep, dispatching the Warner Pacific Knights in four sets in a CCC volleyball match on Friday night at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.
The two squads kept things tight all night and the first set wasn’t any different. With the Knights up 19-17 late, the Geoducks rallied to collect the 25-23 set one win.
Warner Pacific headed into the second set determined to get off to a quick start and it looked early like the Knights might be able to do just that. Evergreen battled back to tie the set at 12-12 and the teams remained tight the rest of the way.
The Geoducks found themselves sitting at set point at 24-22 but WPC picked up a pair of quick points to tie the frame at 24-24. After an Evergreen timeout, the gray-clad Geoducks forced a pair of WPC attack errors to take the 2-0 lead with a 26-24 set two win.
Early in the third set, it looked like the Geoducks would be headed towards their first sweep since 2008 but the Knight had other plans. After Evergreen pushed the lead to 5-1, WPC battled back and the two squads played it tight, finding themselves tied at 18-18 late. The Knights, determined to prevent the sweep, went on a 7-1 run to end the frame and earn the 25-19 set three win.
The fourth set looked a lot like the second set as Warner Pacific held the advantage early but the Geoducks were determined not to let victory slip away. Down by a point a 14-13, the Geoducks went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 19-14. The Knights weren’t ready to lay down quite yet as a 10-3 run put them up by two at 24-22 but the Geoducks rattled off four straight points to earn the 26-24 win to clinch the match, three sets to one.
Evergreen was led by 13 kills each from Cassidy Watkins (Tucson, Ariz./Mountain View HS/Trevecca Nazarene Univ.) and Molly King (Centralia, Wash./Centralia HS/Tacoma CC). CCC kills leader Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College) finished with 12 kills on the night while Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) put up 44 assists on 51 total Evergreen kills.
Warner Pacific was led by 25 kills from Julia Toscano. Mikaela Lisoski added 11 kills while Marchelle Bostic collected 53 assists on 58 WPC kills. Brandy Velasquez led all players with 19 digs on the night.
The Geoducks will look to make it two in a row on Saturday night when they travel to 20th-ranked Concordia. First serve with the Cavaliers is set for 7 p.m. in Portland, Ore.