Geoducks Prove "Amazing"

September 24, 2005

Olympia, WA - Pumped and ready to improve their standing in the Cascade Conference, the now 2-5 Evergreen State College Geoducks sent Cascade College home with a loss after four games. Winning 24-30, 30-21, 30-24, 30-28, Evergreen demonstrated how to come from behind and win as a team. The win pushed the Thunderbirds to 2-7, 1-6 in conference play.

Blocking proved a most effective tool against the T-Birds, as did the kill ratio: three Geoducks finished the match with over 10 kills. Emily Peterson, Elyse Johnston and Mattie Blevens-with 10, 11 and 17 kills respectively-took command of the net, worked the angles and came away with the bulk of Evergreen's 57 total kills. Cascade finished the night with 45 successful kills. Tied with Blevens for the most blocks for the Thunderbirds was Kelsey Killen.

Geoduck setter Chelsea Jacobson finished her night's work with 44 assists and three kills of her own and digging out 11 shots. Working the mid- and backcourt were Stephanie Cameron and Jesseka Bethke, who contributed a match-high 27 defensive digs.

Evergreen, visibly disappointed after losing the first game after their victory last night, refused to let any easy points go to the Thunderbirds and fought for every long rally point they faced. The longest, coming as the Geoducks' tenth point of the second game, was awarded only after a 15-shot rally finally ended when T-Bird Jennifer Braceros' call for help went unheard. This would soon become a standard for the remainder of the match, as Evergreen took each long rally point from Cascade due to lack of communication or a frantic miss-hit. Evergreen led for the duration of games two and three before Cascade threatened to push the match to a fifth game.

Starting off strong, the Thunderbirds jumped to a 3-0 lead over Evergreen in the fourth game, before seeing things tied at six points, and again at 10, 11 and 12 points. A Blevens kill to score Evergreen's 20 th point led to a three-point surge before Cascade took back the serve. Another Blevens kill ushered in a five-point stretch to lead the game 26-19.

And then came the errors.

Six errors on the part of the Geoducks were almost their undoing. Cascade, however, committed 13 errors in the final game, giving Evergreen just enough leverage to inch ahead and take the final game by two points.

The Geoducks are now 2-5 overall and in conference. Evergreen will host the Oregon Institute of Technology on Friday, September 30, and Southern Oregon University on Saturday, October 1. Both games start at 7 p.m.