September 2, 2001
Tough Friday for Clams - How is this for a Friday afternoon - face the No. 8 ranked team in the nation at 1 p.m., then face the No. 26 ranked team immediately after. Not the brightest picture for Evergreen's volleyball team, but the Geoducks ran the gauntlet, and although they dropped a pair of 3-0 matches, the light at the end of the tunnel looks brighter for head coach Bill Lash. "We played really well in the first and third games of both matches," the chief said. "Believe it or not, we controlled the net in both matches, and that is something remarkable for a short team."
Concordia opens CCC play with win - The average fan would have seen defending Cascade Conference champion Concordia facing a first-year Evergreen program and quickly have their eyes shut. Instead, the Geoducks fought hard, taking leads midway through both the first and third games, but eventually lost to the Cavs 30-27, 30-19, 30-24. Anna Murray (Olympia, Wash. / Saint Martin's) led the Clams with 11 kills and seven digs, drawing praise from her coach. "I was really pleased with Anna's play. We talked during the week about cutting down on her errors, and she did so against Concordia."
At the net - For a short team, it is astounding to see that Evergreen had more blocks than the much taller Cavaliers. The Geoducks had 7.5 team blocks to Concordia's 4.0.
Westmont stymies Evergreen - The Geoducks hit the brick wall in its second match of the day, falling to Westmont of California 30-28, 30-12, 30-24. Despite playing some solid defense, the attack percentage again showed its evil head, as the good guys struggled to a .045 percentage in the first game, and a .029 percentage in game two. "When things clicked, we looked awesome," said Lash. "However we need to become more consistent, especially against teams that have so many weapons offensively." Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Spokane Falls CC) led the team with nine kills. "Stephanie played very well against Westmont," Lash remarked. "The only problem we had was running out of gas in the second game.
More on the games - "The two teams played a strong power game, which allowed us to utilize our quicks, which is our strength. As the season goes on, we will definitely become more proficient in our attack," Lash said.
A week off - Without a match this week, Evergreen will be able to work on fundamentals in practice. However, Lash seems a bit concerned with the time off. "Although it will allow for our players to heal any injuries, the time off will not give us the needed competition against someone other than ourselves."
Revolving Walla Walla games - Once again, the dates of the non-conference matches with Walla Walla College have been moved. Evergreen faces the Wolves in Walla Walla, Sept. 17, and host the NCCAA squad on Sept. 20.
Fore more information - For all press releases, statistics, and team information about every Geoduck athletic team visit www.evergreen.edu/crc, the official website for Evergreen athletics.