Evergreen Volleyball Sets Records By Beating Oregon Tech

October 3, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - When The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball team stepped on the floor tonight, they were in unfamiliar territory. With conference play barely underway the Geoducks already had four conference wins and had equaled last years record breaking seven season wins.

When The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball (5-3 CCC, 8-6 Overall) team left the gym after hosting Oregon Institute of Technology (5-3 CCC, 13-6 Overall), ranked #6 in the current NAIA Region I poll, they were in ever more unfamiliar territory. In just four games (30-23, 31-29, 21-30, 30-23) they defeated the Husslin' Owls for the first time in school volleyball history (4 season) and had established a new all-time records for season wins (8).

"Why does everyone keep saying this a shocking victory?" said junior middle hitter Meridith Lane (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS). "We knew we could beat OIT tonight."

One look at the final game statistics shows that Evergreen was the better team tonight. Three Geoducks recorded double digit kills, Lane - 17, Kristen Bartley (Lubbock, TX / Monterey HS) - 16 and Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS) - 11, while only Anita Stanford scored ten or more kills for Oregon Tech. At the net, both teams were strong. Bartley's four solo blocks were game high, as Evergreen stuffed seven balls. OIT rejected five of the Geoducks attacks.

Kristen Bartley

Remarkably, there were major short comings in Evergreen's game tonight. Eighteen times the Geoducks served the ball into the net, giving OIT a free point. Additionally, defensive specialist Mandy Barnett (Marysville, WA / Marysville-Pilchuck HS) was playing under-the-weather.

What this means, from a volleyball perspective, is that Evergreen did not show all of its potential in tonight's victory over Oregon Tech.

"Yes, we will worked harder on our serves tomorrow," said Bartley. "But the key tonight was our play at the net, we did not waste opportunities."

But the Geoducks new enthusiasm will be tested tomorrow night as they host Cascade Conference leader Southern Oregon, who have lost only one conference game, to Western Baptist, so far this season. Currently the Raiders are ranked 15th in the NAIA.

Saturday's game will start at 7:00 p.m. in the College Recreation Center, on the campus of The Evergreen State College.

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