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Evergreen Volleyball Shows Some Rust in Season Opening Loss

September 3, 2004

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College volleyball team opened its 2004 season with a three game loss to the Albertson College Coyotes. It was apparent in the first game that the 'Yotes were already games tested as they jumped to a commanding lead in what was their sixth game of the season.

Behind the setting of 5'5" Sophomore Erin Cherrington, Albertson moved the ball crisply around the court avoiding the blocks of the Geoduck defense. Junior Kaylene Black and sophomore Emily Peterson worked hard to keep the 'Yotes attacks in play coming up with several nice digs throughout the game. But it was not enough as Albertson won the game 30-15.

"You could tell it was our first game tonight," said Evergreen coach Bill Lash. "We found out what we have to work on. Our blocking needs to be better. So does our serving. I bet we had more errors than kills."

Despite the early season rust, there was plenty to be hopeful for in the Geoducks' play. Senior setter Anna Plank found 6'0" middle hitter Meredith Lane and Sophomore outside hitter Emily Peterson to generate several kills for the Geoducks and played several dumps herself to try and keep the Alberston defense on its heels.

The Geoducks found some rhythm in the second stanza as the two teams traded points for most of the game. Often playing with three freshmen on the floor the Geoduck's looked as though they would climb back into the match. Some smart play from freshman Chelsea Jacobson and some off-speed attacking from Plunk and Black and the occasional exclamation point kill from Meredith Lane kept Albertson' blockers guessing.

But with the Geoducks leading 25-23 a well-timed timeout from 'Yote coach Liz Mendiola seemed to break Evergreen's rhythm. After several hitting and service errors and a powerful kill from Albertson senior outside hitter Ashlea Thornton the Geoducks found themselves losing game two 30-28.

Albertson regained their form to win the last game 30-18 with quality defending from senior libero Kahli Mann, consistent passing from Erin Cherrington and Charity Gaston and overwhelming hitting from Thornton.

"There were some bright spots tonight. Alberstons is a very good team. We have a lot of new players on the team and we will need some time to gel. But it is a long road ahead of us and now we see where we need to get to. Hopefully we can get them back at there place."

With the win Albertsons bring its record to a level 3-3 while the Geoducks drop to 0-1. Evergreen will play again tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m in their home gym against the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers.