Evergreen sweeps Walla Walla in 2003

October 26, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - For the third consecutive year The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball team (8-6 Cascade Conference, 12-9 Overall) swept the Walla Walla College Warriors (10-11 Overall).

Tonight's contest took no more than 1 hour, with the Geoducks winning all three games (30-14, 30-24, 30-22). In the three-year history of Evergreen volleyball the two teams have faced each other six different times. Of the eighteen total games played, over six matches, the Geoducks have won 17. Not since October 31, 2002 has Walla Walla beaten Evergreen in a game (30-27).

The highlight of the game was senior Stephanie Short's (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS) serving. In the first game she racked up five service aces. By the end of the match she had raised her total to seven, establishing a new season high and tying the Evergreen/Walla Walla rivalry record of seven service aces, set by setter Hannah Plunk (Bloomfield, CO / Bloomfield HS) in 2001.

Hitting percentage was not one of Evergreen's strength tonight, as the team scored on only 36 of 94 (.160 perc.) attacks. Middle blocker Meredith Lane (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS) had a game high 11 kills, the only player to record double digit kills.

Evergreen did dominate at the net. The eight players that saw playing time recorded four solo blocks and twelve assisted blocks.

Senior Stephanie Short talking with play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Mac following a win over Walla Walla College. Photo by Isaiah Halpin

Since Walla Walla College plays as an independent school (not affiliated with any conference) tonight win has no bearing on the conference standings. Having lost to Warner Pacific on Friday, Evergreen has dropped to 7th place in the conference standing. In the remaining two weeks, four conference games, the Geoducks need to win two games to qualify for a playoff spot. The win does increase Evergreen overall record to 12 wins and 9 losses.

Conference play for Evergreen resumes next Friday when the Geoducks host the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers. The game will be played in the Greenhouse, on the campus of The Evergreen State College and will begin at 7:00. The game will be broadcast on the Athletic Web Site, with the pre-game show kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

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