Weekly Release

August 22, 2001

Coming up - host Northwest, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. (first-ever intercollegiate volleyball game)

Volleyball at Evergreen - One of the stipulations in Evergreen's admittance into the Cascade Conference was the addition of volleyball as a sport. After two years of planning, the Geoducks will hit the court for the first time Friday night against Northwest, in the inaugural home match. With the addition of volleyball and cross country, Evergreen now has nine intercollegiate sports.

Roster Moves - During the past week, a pair of roster changes have been made by the Geoducks. Defensive specialist Sarah Johns (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS) has left the team to spend more time with her husband, and outside hitter Richele Stark (Bellevue, WA / Edmonds CC) will spend the 2001 season as a redshirt player.

Schedule changes - Evergreen has changed the date of its home match against Walla Walla College. Originally scheduled for Sunday, October 7, the match has been moved to Monday, September 17, at 7 p.m.

National Rankings - Three of the Geoducks opponents during the 2001 season are among those ranked in the preseason NAIA poll. Concordia, who swept through the Cascade Conference with a 16-0 record last season, is ranked No. 8 in the poll, with Albertson, who along with CU, advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2000, ranked No. 15. Evergreen also faces Westmont of California on August 31, a team ranked No. 26 in the poll.

About the Coach - The 2001 season marks the return to the college ranks for Bill Lash (32-43 record in three years at Saint Martin's). A former high school and collegiate coach, player, and referee with 26 years of volleyball experience, Lash leads Evergreen into Cascade Conference play. Prior to coming to Evergreen, "Grandpa" spent three seasons at Saint Martin's College, along with five seasons at Centralia CC - with pit-stops at North Thurston and River Ridge High Schools. At SMC, the Tumwater native led the Saints to their first-ever playoff berths in 1997 and 1998, along with second-place finishes in the PNWAC and Pacific West Conferences. The trend of postseason action was also true at Centralia, as his squads qualified for the NWAACC tournament in each season from 1992-96. Lash won the Western Division crown in 1996 and earned NWAACC Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1993.

About the Northwest - The Eagles from Kirkland, WA finished the 2000 campaign with a 6-10 record in the Cascade Conference and a 6-18 overall record. Northwest, which qualified for the conference tournament, has a new head coach in Shaun Kupferberg. The squad returns a trio of juniors - outside hitters Kelly Hopkins and Amanda Peterson, and setter Kyle Petrick.

Fore more information - All press releases, statistics, and team information about every Geoduck athletic team, visit the official website for: Evergreen athletics.