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Evergreen loses second straight game, falls from second to seventh in the conference standings

October 11, 2003

by James J. Portune


Olympia, WA - The run was nice while it lasted. Four consecutive wins, a 4-0 start at home, second place in the Cascade Conference standing, and national recognition.

But with a 3-1 (30-26, 30-18, 19-30, 30-15) win by visiting Concordia University (7-4 CCC, 7-10 Overall) tonight and having also lost Friday night to visiting Western Baptist, The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball team (6-5 CCC, 9-8 Overall) fell from second place to seventh in the conference standing and are fighting for a playoff spots. Six teams in the ten school Cascade Conference advance to post-season play, with the conference champions hosting the tournament.

After losing game one, 30-26, on a service error, Evergreen stumbled through game two, scoring only 18 points and recorded more attack errors (13) than kills (11).

There were bright spots though in the Geoducks play. Junior Meredith Lane (Olympia, WA / Olympia HS) lead the Geoducks with a game high 17 kills and senior Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS) had 11 kills. Their combine total twenty-eight kills exceed Concordia's top two players, Krista Ekeberg with 12 kills and Kelly Holleran 11 kills.

Also, setter Hannah Plunk (Bloomfield, CO / Bloomfield HS) had a solid performance. She finished behind Lane and Short with 8 kills, had the highest hitting percentage (.357) on the team, committed only 1 serve error, and a recorded a game high 11 defensive digs. You don't typically see a setter leading an individual category other than assist.

At the net defensively, Evergreen was no threat to Concordia. Lane recorded the Geoducks only block, a solo block in game three. This is not typical for Evergreen, as Coach Bill Lash's previous two teams finished season as one of the top five teams in the conference in blocks.

The Geoducks regrouped in game three and showed those in attendance how they defeated a regional and nationally ranked team last weekend, dispelling Concordia quickly by a score of 30-19.

Then, in game four, the misnomers of game one and two returned for Evergreen and the Cavaliers achieved the match victory with a 30-15 game four win, Evergreen's lowest offensive output of the season.

Next Friday (Oct. 17), the Geoducks host red hot Northwest College, who climbed out of the 7th place spot last night with a win over Concordia and are moving up the conference standing quickly.

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