Lady Yotes beat EOU for Cascade tourney title
CALDWELL, Idaho — A furious first set rally fueled The College of Idaho to their fifth Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships title in seven years, as the Lady Yotes defeated Eastern Oregon, 27-25, 29-27, 25-20, inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The victory for the No. 15 ranked Lady Yotes (21-6) clinches the CCC’s automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships — their fifth-straight trip to the tournament and their seventh trip in eight years. The Mountaineers missed out on an at-large bid despite a 23-7 season and a second-place finish.
The Mountaineers, playing in their first tourney title in program history, sprinted out of the gates in Set 1, taking advantage of three C of I errors and a Katie Keeney kill in a five-point run to lead 13-7. EOU had set point after a Casey Loper kill at 24-19, but the Yotes got a kill from Torrey Hulsey, back-to-back combo-blocks from Sierra Porter and Liz Myers, an Eastern setting error, and a Jessica Peacock kill to even the score. Peacock’s fifth kill of the set gave the Yotes their first lead at 26-25, with a Kylee Nawahine spike down the line giving the hosts the win.
Set 2 was even tighter, as the teams combined for 19 ties — as the Mountaineers staved off four set points, the last on Stefani Sorensen’s sixth kill of the period to tie the score at 27-27.
However, Hulsey smashed a quick set in the middle and Peacock ripped a kill down the line to give the Yotes the two-set edge.
Peacock had three kills in a 12-4 push to open Set 3 for the Yotes, but EOU had one last run, closing the gap to 18-16 on a Sorensen kill.
However two kills from Hulsey and a pair from Sofia Anxo fueled a five-point C of I run that closed out the match.
Peacock had 15 kills and 11 digs in the victory for the Yotes, with Hulsey recording 10 kills and four blocks. Nawahine had nine kills, 13 digs, and four blocks for the Yotes, with Kylie Porter coming off the bench with six kills in two sets. Sierra Porter had 46 assists, 13 digs, and four blocks, with Janel Porter leading all players with 21 digs.
Rebecca Haight had 13 kills and 15 digs for the Mountaineers, with Sorensen adding 13. Casey Loper had seven kills and five blocks, with Jessica Perron leading EOU with 21 assists.ADD NAIA berths if EOU makes it...
EOU beats Raiders Friday
Rebecca Haight recorded 20 kills and added 18 digs, leading Eastern Oregon to the Cascade Conference Championships final, defeating in-state rival, Southern Oregon, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The Mountaineers (23-6) won for the 11th-straight time and lifts EOU into their first-ever CCC title tilt against tonight’s College of Idaho-Concordia winner. Southern failed to reach the CCC final for the first time in over a decade.
Haight got EOU started on the right foot, pounding four kills in the opening set, as the Mounties used a three-point push midway through the frame to take a 16-11 and cruised to the win. Eastern never trailed in Set 2, though a Natalie Scheller kill cut a 13-7 lead to 18-17. Two-straight Haight spikes fueled a four-point surge that put the Mountaineers up two sets.
The Raiders (19-12) responded in Set 3, taking advantage of three-straight EOU errors in a 6-0 run to grab a 15-9 lead – forcing a fourth set.
EOU used a 7-1 run early in the fourth set to take a 16-8 lead, but SOU did not quick, getting within 23-21 on a Haley Kasler kill. The Mountaineers got a side-out on a Haight kill, then ended the match on a Stefani Sorensen kill.
Sorensen logged 15 kills in the victory, with setter Karly Stack recording 27 assists and eight digs, and libero Kaitlyn Duncan leading EOU with 24 digs.
The Raiders got 16 kills from Scheller and eight from Liz Madden in the loss. Setter Caryn Westrick had 23 assists and seven digs, with Renee Yomtob recording 29 digs.