ALBERTSON'S SERVERS ACE EASTERN

October 29, 2002 11:00 pm
HITTING THE FLOOR: Eastern's Mariah Dodrill dives for a dig against Albertson College Tuesday night. Also on defense is Kaki McLean (at right). (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
HITTING THE FLOOR: Eastern's Mariah Dodrill dives for a dig against Albertson College Tuesday night. Also on defense is Kaki McLean (at right). (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

Albertson College served up a team-record 18 aces in its 30-21, 30-26, 30-18 Cascade Collegiate Conference win over Eastern Oregon Tuesday.

Amanda Basanez's jump serve gave Eastern fits as she tallied seven aces.

In Game 1, Eastern trailed 24-16 before Basanez served two aces in a row leading to a timeout and 26-16 lead.

Down 24-19 in Game 2, Eastern fought back to 24-22 off Cassie Beyer's dumped ball. Emily Lee served points 20 to 22 but her next serve was out, momentarily halting Eastern's rally.

Bina Hall slammed a kill through the block and a net violation was called on Albertson, with Eastern trailing 25-24.

Fran Hartman hit a kill in the middle to put Albertson up 26-24, and Eastern could only get as close as two or three points the rest of the way. Basanez served game point and Eastern could not get off a good pass, giving Albertson the game.

"First two games, (it was) pretty tight," Eastern coach Ryan Platt said. "We could've won 'em."

Platt said the team is getting respect and is not being overlooked by its opponents, something that was not there last season. "They played really well," he said.

Kaki McLean led Eastern with nine kills but only a .061 hitting percentage and had a team-high 10 digs.

Albertson was led by Jessie Lassen and Kristyn Price, who combined for 21 kills and a .235 hitting percentage. Lassen had four block assists.

Eastern dropped to 4-15 overall, 2-13 CCC. Albertson improved to 12-13, 8-6.

Eastern will host Evergreen State College 7 p.m. Friday and Northwest College 7 p.m. Saturday.