OIT keeps Evergreen winless in conference volleyball play

October 23, 2004

Olympia, WA - For the briefest of moments, it looked like The Evergreen State College might win its first Cascade Conference volleyball match of the season Saturday night at home when the Geoducks knocked off Oregon Tech in the first game, 30-28.

But it was not to be as the Owls (12-9, 9-5 in the Cascade), behind the hard-hitting of Michelle Klaja and Marcie Mitzner and the versatile offense of setter/hitter Megan Albertson, swept the next three games in decisive fashion, 30-18, 30-19, 30-20, to hand the Geoducks their 14th conference loss without a win.

Klaja pounded home 14 kills for OIT off a stellar .387 hitting percentage, but Mitzner was even better, putting away 13 balls on a .462 percentage. Albertson, who tallied 44 set assists, had nine kills as well and a .421 percentage.

On the night the Owls, who came into the match hitting .183 as a team this season, banged out a .341 percentage to Evergreen's .116. The Geoducks (5-18, 0-14 in the Cascade) were led by Capital High grad Stephanie Jackson, who had 10 kills, and Tenino grad Emily Peterson, who had nine.

River Ridge grad Chelsea Jacobson had 34 assists against only one error while Hanna Plunk and Elyse Johnston had 20 digs apiece defensively.

The Geoducks close out the home portion of their season next weekend, when they host Cascade College on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and Warner Pacific College on Saturday night at 7. Saturday's match will be Senior Night with Plunk and former Olympia High star Meredith Lane being honored.