Ahead 2-0, Evergreen loses to Warner Pacific 3-2
October 25, 2002
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - History was on the line tonight as the Warner Pacific Knights brought their eight player team to Evergreen State College to play the Geoducks.
In only its second year of existence the Evergreen's women's volleyball team was looking to equal last years record of five wins. Against the very same team that gave them their record setting fifth win last season.
After winning the first game, 30-28, and then the second, 32-30, it look as though Evergreen (4-18, 2-11 CCC) would achieve their goal. What the gods were not saying was that it was not to be, as Warner Pacific (7-12, 4-10 CCC) emerged a 3-2 victory (28-30, 30-32, 30-21, 30-18, 15-9).
The combination of increased effort by Warner Pacific and mental relaxing by Evergreen proved to be a fatal combination. As the Knights won game three handily, 30-21, and rode the momentum to a 30-18 game four victory.
"We got cocky after the first two games," said Head Coach Bill Lash. "We thought all we had to do was step on the floor in game 3 and we would win."
In the fifth and final game, an early 4-0 lead by the Knights proved too big of a hole for the Geoducks to climb out of, as Warner Pacific went on to win their third consecutive and fifth game 15-8.
"Tonight we didn't come out to battle," added Lash, "we just came to play." Three players from each team, six players in all, recorded double digit kills.
Jo'lene Bogle lead Warner Pacific with 16 kills, Allison Tingey earned 15 and Kaylee Stone had 11. Overall the Knights recorded 65 kills on the night.
Senior Courtney Brandon (Pomeroy, Wa/Pomeroy H.S.) and junior Stephanie Short (Spokane, Wa/Shadle Park H.S.) both lead the Geoducks with 12 kills apiece. Freshman Kristen Bartley (Lubbock, Tx/Monterey H.S.) followed with 11 floor pounders. As a team, the Geoducks successfully turned 160 attacks into 49 kills.
"We did not expect to be down 2-0," said Warner Pacific Head Coach Tom Russell. "But the girls understood that if we lost tonight it may very well knock us out of the playoffs."
Behind the service line Warner Pacific's Kaylee Stone lead all players with five service aces.
Remarkable, Evergreen dominated on the front line, registering 14 blocks to Warner Pacific's 2.
Saturday night Cascade College will be in town to take on the Geoducks at 7:00 p.m. in the College Recreation Center.