PORTLAND, Ore. –The 20th-ranked Concordia Cavaliers used a number of runs to pull away from the Evergreen Geoducks as the Cavs earned the three-set sweep in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday night in Portland, Ore.
The Cavaliers (18-4, 11-2 CCC) put the first five points on the board as the Geoducks (3-14, 2-10 CCC) found themselves behind from the very start. Another seven-point run put Concordia ahead 17-4 as Evergreen simply couldn’t close the gap as they fell in set one, 25-11.
Set two was a bit more competitive as Evergreen held an early 9-8 lead but 10 straight Cavalier points put CU up, 18-9 and the Geoducks again couldn’t overcome the large deficit, falling 25-17 in set number two.
While Concordia never pulled off a large run in the third set, a number of small runs slowly but surely built a CU lead. Throwing down a match-high 15 kills, the Cavaliers earned a 25-16 set three win to clinch the match in straight sets.
Evergreen was led by 11 kills from Victoria Love (Seaside, Calif./Seaside HS/Hartnell College). Kelsey Delagrange (Longview, Wash./Kelso HS/Mt. Hood CC) put up 25 assists on 26 Evergreen kills while also recording a team-high 10 digs on the night.
Concordia was led by 11 kills from Melanie Miller and Brenna Huwe. Lindsay Mangan added 33 assists to her totals while Leslie Hanks finished with 10 digs to lead the Cavs. As a team, Concordia hit .360 on the night with 42 kills and 10 errors on 89 total swings.
The Geoducks return to Olympia next weekend, playing host to Oregon Tech on Friday night. First serve with the Hustlin’ Owls is set for 7 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium.