Tech setter Tori Porter sets up Madisen Garlie (L) and Joelle Swanson (R). (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech battled back from deficits in the opening two sets and rolled by Northwest University in set 3 to earn a sweep 3-0, (26-24, 25-23, 25-16) in Cascade Conference volleyball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech improves to 10-12 overall and 3-5 in CCC play. Northwest fell to 6-11 on the season and 2-6 in the conference standings. Oregon Tech will host Evergreen State College Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. while Northwest travels to Southern Oregon University.
Kelsey Sampson and Marlee Smith led the Owls with seven kills each with Madisen Garlie and Joelle Swanson recording five each in the victory. Tech totaled 12 team blocks led by Mykala Rubey with six assists and five each from Kylie Kitzmiller and Garlie. Marie Baumann notched a match-high 21 digs with Tori Porter and Kayleigh Whelchel combining for 24 assists.
Sarah Stoker and Dakota Adams finished with seven kills each to lead the Eagles offensively with Hannah Hanson and Rae Ann Haistings coming away with six each. Setter Christina Gleb totaled a match-high 29 assists with three NU players recording double-digit digs led by 19 from Leia Roy and 18 from Arika Zwack.
The Owls and Eagles matched up well over the first two sets with the teams tied on 10 occasions in set 1 before Tech took what looked to be a commanding 17-12 advantage. NU, however, scored five of the next six points to trail by one, 18-17, eventually moving up 24-23. Oregon Tech would use a NU error to tie it back up with Kelsey Sampson giving Tech a 25-24 lead. A second Eagle miscue gave Tech the opening set win 26-24.
Tied 5-5 in set 2, the Owls got kills from Marlee Smith and Joelle Swanson and would lead 8-5. Four-straight by the visitors put NU in the lead by one before Tech answered with three-straight and regain the lead 11-9.
The teams could never stretch a lead past two points with NU looking to tie the match at 1-1 after taking a 23-21 lead late. A Marlee Smith kill got Tech to within a point, while NU hurt themselves with three-straight errors giving the Owls a 25-23 victory in set 2.
Midway through set 3 the teams seemed to be battling back-and-forth with NU holding their largest lead of the evening at 13-9. It was all Oregon Tech form that point as the Owls strung together seven points to go up 16-13. NU recorded the next point to climb to within two, but eight in a row by the Owls solidified a win as Tech rolled to a 25-16 final.