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Oregon Tech Falls to Northwest Christian in Three

Oct 19, 2013

Oregon Tech's Joelle Swanson (8) and Madisen Garlie (7) combined for 11 kills tonight versus NCU. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Oregon Tech's Joelle Swanson (8) and Madisen Garlie (7) combined for 11 kills tonight versus NCU. (photo by Kelly Caleb)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Looking to climb to within a game of Northwest Christian College in the Cascade Conference volleyball standings, Oregon Tech fell to the Beacons tonight at Danny Miles Court 3-0, (25-22, 25-16, 25-22).

Oregon Tech fell to 12-14 overall and 5-7 in CCC play.  NCU, meanwhile, improves to 15-7 on the season and 8-5 in the conference standings. 

Set 1 saw the team’s battle to three ties, the last at 9-9, before NCU was able to pull away and hang on.  NCU’s Chandler Gabrio would record three kills in a 4-0 run to put the visitors up 12-9.  Madisen Garlie got the Owls going in the right direction, and when Renee Baumann and Kelsey Sampson scored back-to-back spikes, Tech trailed by just two points, 13-15.  The Owls would use two NCU miscues to pull to 15-16, and again trail by one point, 21-22, on a Kylie Kitzmiller kill, but the Beacons would outlast the home team winning 25-22 in the opener.

Set 2 saw the Beacons hold a lead throughout.  Tech would score three-straight points to cut their deficit from 6-10 to 10-11, using three Joelle Swanson scores, along with a NCU attack error, to get there.  NCU, however, would notch the next five points and go up on the Owls 2-0 after a set 2, 25-16 win. 

Set 3 saw the Owls jump up on the visitors by a 12-9 score.  NCU, meanwhile, threw together another 5-0 run to move ahead 14-12.  Kelsey Sampson stopped the NCU streak, but the Beacons recorded the next four to take control 18-13.  After a pair of Garlie kills, along with scores from Kitzmiller and Mykala Rubey, the Owls closed to 19-23.  Tech, trailing 19-24, never gave up, scoring three in a row to pull to within two points, 22-24, with NCU needing a timeout.  NCU, however, would use a Chelsea McGowan kill to take the set and match, 25-22.

Oregon Tech was led by Kelsey Sampson’s eight kills, followed by six from Madisen Garlie with Joelle Swanson and Kylie Kitzmiller adding five kills each.  Tori Porter and Kayleigh Whelchel would combine for 26 assists with Marie Baumann leading Tech with 11 digs. 

Chandler Gabrio tallied a match-high 15 kills with Chelsea McGowan adding 11 in the win.  Cori Wallace came away with 39 assists and Dana McGowan 21 digs for NCU.

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