Evergreen Pushes Albertson To Five Games And Wins

September 28, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Oh what a difference a day makes, in game preparation, desire to win and hustle. All three elements came into play as the Evergreen State women's volleyball team improved to 2-5 in Cascade Conference action, 4-11 overall, beating the visiting Albertson College Coyotes in five game, 3-2 (30-18, 26-30, 16-30, 30-19, 15-11).

"We played like the future champs they are going to be," said Evergreen head coach Bill Lash.

Senior Courtney Brandon (Pomeroy, WA / Pomeroy HS) lead the Geoducks in kills (17) for the third night in a row, junior Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS) followed with 13 floor thumpers.

Junior middle-blocker Kristen Bailey lead Albertson (2-4 CCC, 5-9 Overall) with 17 kills, freshman Fran Hartman was close behind with 14.

"I was disappointed in our performance tonight," said Albertson head coach Liz Mendiola, beginning her second season. "Evergreen played well, with confidence, and I do not what to take anything away from them."

Everything went Evergreen's way in the first game. A 10-1 run to open the game proved to be too big of a hole for the Coyotes to climb out off.

Through hard effort Albertson turn the tide in game 2. Four times the score stood tied.

When freshman Jaime Russell pounded out a kill, on an Amanda Basanez assist, to give Albertson a 14-13 lead, the

Coyotes never looked behind for the remained of the game.

Game 3 was a repeat of game 1, but, this time Albertson jumped to a 10-1 lead and dominated through all thirty points.

Albertson opened game 4 strong. Evergreen tied the score at 4 all. A service error by Hartman put the Geoducks ahead 5-4 and Evergreen never let Albertson catch up, winning 30-20.

"Prior to the start of the fifth and final game, I told the girls it would go quick," explained coach Lash. "I let them know that the team that made the fewest errors would win."

In the fifteen-point, fifth and final game, Albertson committed six team errors, Evergreen 4. The Geoducks celebrated a 15-11 victory following a kill by Short, from Brandon. "Meredith Lane stepped up for us," said Lash.

Playing in only three of five game, Lane (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS) lead the Geoducks with 3 solo blocks and 4 assist blocks. Lane also served the final four points for the win.

Evergreen will enjoy a five-day break before traveling to Ashland, Oregon, to play Southern Oregon on Friday, Oct 4th. The following night they will be in Klamath Falls, OR, for their first of two games this season against Oregon Tech.

A non-conference game on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, will be their next home game (7:00 p.m.) against Pacific Lutheran University. On Sept 11th they lost three of four games at PLU.

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