PORTLAND, Ore. – Despite putting together a solid effort, the Evergreen Geoducks found themselves swept by the host Warner Pacific Knights in a Cascade Conference volleyball match on Saturday evening at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland, Ore.
In the first set, the Knights (3-13, 2-13 CCC) got off to a quick lead, holding a 10-3 advantage over the Geoducks (0-15, 0-14 CCC) early on. Evergreen didn’t give up and slowly began to tighten the gap, tying things up at 21-21. The frame remained tied at 25-25 before WPC picked up two points to clinch the set one win, 27-25.
The second frame started out tight before Warner Pacific began to pull away, eventually taking the frame 25-15. The Knights came ready to place in the second set, putting down 16 kills with just three errors on 31 attacks for a .419 hitting percentage. On the other side of the net, the Geoducks had five kills with five errors on 28 attacks for a .000 hitting percentage.
The third set went much like the second as the Geoducks were able to keep it close early but the Knights eventually wore down Evergreen, who played the entire match with just six players. The Geoducks had their best hitting set of the match, putting down 10 kills with six errors on 25 attacks for a .160 clip but the Knights hit nearly .375 on the frame to clinch the match, 25-16.
Evergreen was led by 15 kills from senior Jasmine Horton (Seattle, Wash./Foster HS). Erin Mitchell (Santa Cruz, Calif./Mt. Madonna School) put up 21 assists while freshman Taylor Asao (Kaneohe, Hawai’i/Saint Francis School) led the Geoducks with eight digs. As a team, the green and white hit .079 on the night, putting down 23 kills with 16 errors on 89 total attacks.
Warner Pacific was led by 11 kills each from Kim Mulka and Carly Barker. Kelsey Kurtz put up 39 assists while Jacalyn Chew-Dorsey led all players with 14 digs. The Knights hit .319 on the night, putting down 43 kills with 13 errors on 94 total attacks.
The Geoducks return home on Friday night to take on Southern Oregon. Match time with the Raiders is set for 7:00 pm at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.