OLYMPIA, Wash. – After starting slow in the first set, the Evergreen Geoducks played the visiting Corban Warriors tight for the final two frames but weren’t able to prevent the sweep as Corban earned a straight-set victory over Evergreen in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday night at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash.
The two teams traded points to over the match but five quick points put Corban (8-6, 2-4 CCC) in the drivers’ seat early. The Geoducks (0-6, 0-5 CCC) managed to get back within two but a series of runs allowed the Warriors to cruise to victory in the first frame, 25-8. Corban hit .321 on the frame with 12 kills and three errors on 28 attacks while Evergreen struggled, posting just four kills with nine errors to open the match.
The second set was a completely different story as the two teams exchanged small leads. The Geoducks used a five-point run to pull ahead late but the Warriors fought their way back into the set, using a six-point swing to pull ahead by one and Corban never trailed as they took the 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-23 set victory.
The third set played out much like the second half as either team was able to build much of a lead early. The two squads continued to battle, see-sawing back and forth on the scoreboard, but the visiting Warriors were just a bit better as they hit 25 first to collect the straight-set win with a 25-22 set three win.
Evergreen was led by nine kills from Stephanie Peshlakai-John (Kirtland, N.M./West Texas College). Erin Mitchell (Santa Cruz, Calif./Mt. Madonna School) put up a match-high 19 assists while Sonja Arassi (Sandy, Utah/Westminster College) and Taylor Good (Dupont, Wash./Steilacoom HS) each had 14 digs on the night.
Corban was led by 9 kills from Claire Bailey. Katherine Salness had 17 assists for the Warrirors while libero Bethany Durre had a match-high 26 digs on the night. Corban hit .176 on the night, putting down 40 kills with 18 errors on 125 total attacks.
The Geoducks hit the road next weekend, traveling down to Oregon Tech on Friday night while Corban travels down I-5 to Eugene on Friday to take on Northwest Christian. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.