Evergreen beats Eastern Oregon spikers in four games
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
The Eastern Oregon volleyball team looked to be in control against Evergreen State Saturday.
However, the Mountaineers lost 30-32, 30-23, 25-30, 18-30.
"It's just we're not aggressive yet," Eastern coach Ryan Platt said.
He said the Mountaineers have the ability to be ranked third or fourth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Platt said the Mountaineers lack a "killer instinct."
In Game 1, the Mountaineers got off to a quick 10-1 start. The Geoducks kept slowly chipping away at the lead.
They eventually knotted it up at 28-28. Eastern's Kaki McLean hit a ball off an Evergreen block and the Mountaineers hit a ball out to tie it at 29-29.
McLean was blocked and Eastern's Brina Fritzsche tipped the ball over to tie the game at 30-30.
The Geoducks' Stephanie Short hit a ball off the block and Hanna Plunk dumped the ball to give the game to the Geoducks.
It was a different looking Mountaineer team in Game 2. They outhit the Geoducks .250 to .161.
The Mountaineers snapped a 19-19 tie and took the lead for good on Tara Daly's service ace. Jana Brotherton's (Union HS) kill extended the Mountaineer lead to 23-19.
In Game 3, the Mountaineers got off to a slow start and tried to rally back.
The Mountaineers eventually tied Game 3 at 22-22. The Geoducks took the lead for good off Stephanie Short's backrow spike.
Eastern's Misty Jenkin was blocked, then Emily Peterson's slammed the ball down the line to put the Geoducks ahead 25-22.
The Geoducks gradually picked up their hitting percentage in each of their four games. They hit .303 in Game 4 compared to Eastern's .091.
In Game 4, the Geoducks got off to a 15-7 lead and never looked back.
The Mountaineers (1-13 overall, 0-6 CCC) were led by Brotherton's 12 kills and McLean's 11 kills.
Brotherton had one solo block and two block assists.
McLean had 11 digs, and Jessie Morris 10.
Rhianna Stafford had four aces, and Morris three.
The Geoducks (6-6, 4-3) were led by Kristin Bartley's 17 kills, four aces and three block assists.
Short tallied 13 kills and 24 digs.
The Mountaineers travel to Cascade Friday.