Oregon Tech's Madisen Garlie (7) and Mykala Rubey team up for a block on a Corban hitter. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech used runs in both the opening two sets to pull away from
Corban University in Cascade Conference volleyball action to earn a
sweep over the Warriors tonight at Danny Miles Court 3-0 (25-16, 25-21,
Oregon Tech stays steady at the sixth and final playoff spot with a 5-6 record in conference play. The Owls are 12-13 overall. Corban falls to 5-17 on the season and 2-10 in the CCC standings. Tech will host Northwest Christian, while Corban travels to Southern Oregon on Saturday.
Corban jumped up early on the Owls in the opener, holding a 4-0 lead. The Owls would eventually tie it at 7-7 with Madisen Garlie igniting Tech’s offense on back-to-back kills to give the home team their first lead of set 1. Back-to-back aces next pushed the Owls to an 11-7 lead. Tech would maintain the lead throughout the opening set to win 25-16.
Corban once again took control early as Clair Bailey scored the first point for CU, followed by an Olivia Shropshire spike and ace from Haley Meili giving the Warriors a 5-0 lead in set 2. The Owls scratched their way back, trailing 8-9, before Tech would score the next nine-straight to take a commanding 17-9 lead. Garlie would assist on three blocks and Joelle Swanson two, with a Kelsey Sampson ace and four Warrior miscues aiding the Owls during that stretch. Tech would move on for a 25-21 win to lead 2-0.
Set 3 was never in doubt as the Owls pushed out to a 6-1 lead to open, eventually leading 11-3. Corban was able to cut their deficit in half at 6-12, but a 10-3 Owl run led to a 22-9 advantage with Tech earning the sweep winning the final set 25-12.
Kelsey Sampson finished with a match-high 10 kills, followed by Marlee Smith with nine and Madisen Garlie seven in the win for Tech. Tori Porter and Kayleigh Whelchel added 16 and 14 assists with Renee Baumann tacking on five aces and Sampson three. Marie Baumann anchored the Owl defense with 13 digs with Smith adding eight and Whelchel and Sampson contributing six each.
Miah Smith tallied five kills to lead the Warriors with Payton Wilcox and Olivia Shropshire combining for eight kills in the loss. Shropshire recorded a team-high nine digs with Katherine Salness and Meili adding six each.