Evergreen does what they need to against Eastern Oregon
October 31, 2003
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - Tonight was almost a records setting night for The Evergreen State College Women's Volleyball team, as three individual season records stood on the verge of being broken - Most Kills in a Match (29), Most Assists in a Match (47), and Most Service Aces in a Match (7).
When the game ended, with Evergreen (9-6 Cascade Conference, 13-9 overall) defeating the visiting Eastern Oregon Mountaineer (1-13 CCC, 2-20 overall) 3-1 (30-20, 30-19, 26-30, 30-27), all four records remained exactly as they had been before the night started.
Evergreen's offensive threat tonight was sophomore middle blocker Kristen Bartley (Lubbock, TX /Monterey HS). With her father and younger sister in the stands, visiting from Lubbock, Texas, Bartley scored 25 kills on 43 attempts. Four kills short of the 2003 season record.
Effectively delivery the balls to Bartley was junior setter Hannah Plunk (Broomfield, CO / Broomfield HS). Her 46 assists ended up one set short of the 2003 record, but kept Eastern Oregon on their heels all night digging out Evergreen attacks.
Behind the service line, seniors Stephanie Short (Spokane, WA / Shadle Park HS) and Richele Stark (Bellevue, WA / Samamish HS) were hot. Their six service ace each, one short of the record seven Short recorded last weekend, propelled Evergreen to game high 21 service aces.
Other than losing game #4, Evergreen dominated the Mountaineers across the board, in attacks, sets, serves and blocks. Though, Eastern's 52 defensive digs were four more than the Geoducks 52 team digs.
With the win, Evergreen prevented Eastern Oregon from knocking them out of the playoff race, who have no chance of playing after Oct. 25, the final regular season Cascade Conference game.
Tomorrow night, Saturday, the fun begins for Evergreen as they enters their most challenging part of the season. In order to claim one of the six post-season berths, they need to defeat either Albertson, tomorrow night at home, or Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech ,on the road next weekend. A win over anyone of the three schools will get them into the playoff. A win over two or even all three will move them significantly up the Cascade Conference standings and improve their playoff spot. The unthinkable is a loss to all three, closing the door on Evergreen first playoff appearance in the history of the volleyball program.
Saturday's game against Albertson will be played in The Greenhouse on the campus of The Evergreen State College. Game time is 7:00 p.m.