Geoducks Improve to 9 & 6 with a Five Game Victory Over Nationally Ranked Southern Oregon
October 4, 2003
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - If you though that the win by The Evergreen Women's Volleyball team last night over Oregon Tech was a fluke, you might have been correct. The Geoducks had never beaten the Hustlin' Owls before. If you think that Evergreen's 3-2 (23-30, 30-27, 30-27, 21-30, 16-14) win over Southern Oregon tonight was because the Raiders played bad, then you have not watched the Evergreen women's volleyball team play this season.
For the second straight night the Geoducks (6-3 CCC, 9-6 Overall) defeated one of the top teams in the Cascade Conference. Tonight's win was bigger that Friday's victory because Southern Oregon is also currently ranked #1 in NAIA Region 1 and #15 in the national poll.
Those in attendance at the College Recreation Center on the campus of The Evergreen State College saw championship caliber women's volleyball, two experienced teams going head-to-head with each other.
Lead by senior Kristina Matchett, who produced a team high 26 kills, and assisted by junior outside hitter Krisen Ferris, Southern Oregon won the open game 30-23 and game 4, 30-21.
Evergreen answered with junior Meridith Lane (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS), who recorded a game high 29 kills on 58 attempts, sophomore middle blocker Kristen Bartley (Lubbock, TX / Monterey HS), 14 kills, and senior Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS), 12 kills, to win game 2, 30-27, game 3, 30-21, and game 5, 16-14.
At the net the Raider gave the Geoducks problems all night. Eleven total blocks, 2 solo and 9 assisted, by Southern Oregon made Evergreen hitters rethink their shots all night.
Nineteen combined blocks for Evergreen, 5 solo and 14 assisted, kept Southern Oregon on their toes through all five game and gave the Geoducks the 19 additional points they need to leave the gym winners, for tonight at least.
From their service line, Southern Oregon recorded six aces. On the other end of the floor Evergreen stuck ten serves for aces.
"I know that I am stating the obvious," said head coach Bill Lash, "but this was our biggest win here at Evergreen. The bad part, is we just made out trip to Ashland, OR, on October 10th one of our toughest trips of the season. But, isn't that why we play this game."
If you haven't figured it out yet, this year's Evergreen women's volleyball team is on a mission. Not only to go down in history as the best team every to play the sport at Evergreen but also to send a message to the student body and faculty, as well as the community, that they are worth watching.
What a good time to spend such a message, as the Geoducks are at home the next two weekends. Next Friday (Oct. 10), they host Western Baptist. The following night, Saturday (Oct. 11), Concordia University will play in The Greenhouse. Friday, Nov. 17, Northwest College comes to town, a team Evergreen beat 3-1 in Kirkland, Sep. 12. All three of the games will start at 7:00 p.m.